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Change of Direction

The Barnard Literary Agency is switching gears. As of this moment we will no longer be considered a “Literary Agency”. We will therefore no longer be accepting any submissions for representation.

That being said, all submissions currently on our reading list are released. We will try to send individual emails out to all authors, but this post serves as our official notice to all.

Moving forward, The Barnard Agency will now focus solely on our editing and critiquing services. As a literary agency it was impossible to offer these services to the public due to publishing morals.

This website will be updated soon to reflect these changes.

Also, we will soon be announcing a combined project with our sister site at www.blacklighthorror.ca.

Before the actual project is listed we will be releasing a “request for help” memo. If you are involved in the horror publishing world at all, keep an eye open for that notice hopefully later today.

It’s been fun, but I think what’s coming next will be a wild adventure!

–Wendy

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Reading Update - March 11th, 2009

Here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of March:

Five Page Rejection:
Bequeathed to an Alien
Boundary Conditions
Family Matters
Keeper of the Sword
RIP
The Princess of Goblins and Elves
Untitled Fantasy

Three Chapter Rejection:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life
Title removed at author's request.

Full Manuscript Rejection:
Title removed at author's request.

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (In Progress)
The Gehenna Experiment (In Progress)

Full Manuscript Read:

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.

Reading Update - March 10th, 2009

Here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of March:

Five Page Rejection:
Boundary Conditions
Family Matters
RIP
The Princess of Goblins and Elves

Three Chapter Rejection:

Full Manuscript Rejection:
Title removed at author's request.

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life (Re-edit Read - In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (In Progress)
The Gehenna Experiment (In Progress)

Full Manuscript Read:

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.

Reading Update - March 9th, 2009

Here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of March:

Five Page Rejection:
The Princess of Goblins and Elves

Three Chapter Rejection:

Full Manuscript Rejection:
Title removed at author's request.

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life (Re-edit Read - In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (In Progress)
The Gehenna Experiment (In Progress)

Full Manuscript Read:

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.

Reading Update - February 27th, 2009

Here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of February:

Five Page Rejection:
Goodhalo
Planet Dementia
Retirement Park
Seductions of an Oriental Girl
The Chronicles of Alex Wilde
The Memoirs of an Unrequited Love
The Ravens Folly

Three Chapter Rejection:
Painted Slate

Full Manuscript Rejection:

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life (Re-edit Read - In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (In Progress)
The Gehenna Experiment (In Progress)

Full Manuscript Read:
Title removed at author's request.

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.

Changes

*Also posted on my website www.barnardagency.ca

Those of you who follow my Livejournal Blog most likely already know what I'm about to say.

I am closing for submissions.

I will continue to read what is currently in my list. If you wish to remove your submission from my reading list, please feel free to contact me with your name, title, and date of submission, and I will delete it promptly.

I have decided not to take on any more than 5 clients at this time. I have 3 now. That leaves room for 2 more very talented writers.

That being said, I am still willing to look at work, if it proves to be absolutely amazing.

How do you prove that?

1. Send me a query that knocks my socks off. Make sure your grammar and spelling is immaculate.
2. Do not; I repeat, DO NOT, attach anything more than the very first page of your manuscript. If it is more than that I will delete it. If you can't follow instructions now, there is no point.
3. Make sure your one page is double spaced with one inch margins and all other proper formatting is in place. Show me that you know what you are doing.

Do you have any questions? Feel free to send me an email. I'm still here...somewhere.

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Reading Update - February 25th, 2009

So...I haven't updated in almost a month...

I lost my grandfather a few weeks ago...it hit me a lot harder than I thought it would. My family, we're not close. I used to think I didn't care about that. I was wrong. It hurts that I lost my grandfather, especially without saying goodbye. I won't let that happen again. They might not be perfect, but they are my family, and I missed them very much. It was wonderful, even under the circumstances, to hold my grandmother, and several others, in my arms again. I'm going to try harder.

It also made me look at other areas in my life and forced me to prioritize more. I am going to focus more on what I need, what makes my life better, and what makes me, and my family, happy.

I am completely closed to all submissions unless I am sent a query that knocks my socks off. I will of course continue to read everything in my current list, unless someone wants theirs pulled, which is fine by me. To be honest, I don't think I am going to take on more than five clients until things start picking up. That really only leaves room for two extremely talented writers.

That being said, here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of February:

Five Page Rejection:
Goodhalo
Planet Dementia
Retirement Park

Three Chapter Rejection:
Painted Slate

Full Manuscript Rejection:

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life (Re-edit Read - In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (In Progress)
The Gehenna Experiment (In Progress)

Full Manuscript Read:
Title removed at author's request.

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.

Reading Update - January 26th, 2009

This has been a busy month!

That being said, here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of January:

Five Page Rejection:
Extreme Liquidation
Flame Sisters: Mortals and Magic
Full Access
In the Book of Tom
Mister Khan
Nocturnal Illusion
Orlando Tales
The Satan Gene
The Tricicum Project

Three Chapter Rejection:
Joe and the UFO
Lengthening Shadows
The Collector

Full Manuscript Rejection:
Swamp Story (Withdrawn by Author)
The Border Nation
The Jewess

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life (Re-edit Read - In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (In Progress)
The Gehenna Experiment (Email verification sent)

Full Manuscript Read:
Title removed at author's request.

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.

Reading Update - January 16th, 2009

Well the bad news is a potential client pulled their submission. The good news is that still leaves room for me to take at least one other client!

That being said, here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of January:

On My Plate For This Weekend:
Five Pages of Extreme Liquidation
Five Pages of Nocturnal Illusion
Five Pages of The Gehenna Experiment

Five Page Rejection:
Flame Sisters: Mortals and Magic
Full Access
In the Book of Tom
Mister Khan
Orlando Tales
The Satan Gene
The Tricicum Project

Three Chapter Rejection:
Joe and the UFO
Lengthening Shadows
The Collector

Full Manuscript Rejection:
Swamp Story (Withdrawn by Author)
The Border Nation

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life (Re-edit Read - In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (In Progress)

Full Manuscript Read:
The Jewess (In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.

Reading Update - January 13th, 2009

I caught some kind of nasty bug that had me up at 3am. It wasn't pretty. Bad thing...missing work today. Good thing...reading some submissions.

That being said, here is the updated status of submissions as of today for the month of January:

On My Plate For Tomorrow:
Unknown as of right now

Five Page Rejection:
Flame Sisters: Mortals and Magic
Full Access
In the Book of Tom
Mister Khan
Orlando Tales
The Satan Gene
The Tricicum Project

Three Chapter Rejection:
Joe and the UFO
Lengthening Shadows
The Collector

Full Manuscript Rejection:
The Border Nation

Remaining on the Three Chapter Read List:
An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life (Re-edit Read - In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.
Demonsaint (In Progress)
The Continent of Laramor (Verification Email Sent)

Full Manuscript Read:
Swamp Story (In Progress - Holding for response from author for possible client work.)
The Jewess (In Progress)
Title removed at author's request.

Client Work:
Kim Cresswell - Reflection
Robin Wolfe - The Shadows of Dusk
Talitha Kalago - I, Aratika
Talitha Kalago - Meka

**All submissions are listed by title to protect the author's identity. If you are the author of any of the above titles and wish to have them removed from this listing please feel free to email The Barnard Agency at info@barnardagency.ca and we will attend to the matter promptly.