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Ms. Samantha Fabien

Root Literary

New York, NY



Website: rootliterary.com

Blog: www.samanthafabien.com

Twitter: samanthashnh

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

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from MartinPorter
Jan 13, 2023 1:33 pm


Met Samantha at a Gotham Writers Workshop in October 2022
Submitted query and 2 chapters
Kind rejection 12th Jan 2023
Middle Grade Mystery - 46k
from rigrug
Dec 14, 2022 4:11 pm


Query 11/29
Form rejection 12/14

Exactly the same as was said by the last two comments.

75K High Fantasy
from galian84
Dec 14, 2022 1:34 pm


Form Query: 11/20/22
Form Rejection: 12/14/22

“Thank you for thinking of me for representation. After careful review of your query and sample pages, unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass. I'm truly sorry not to be writing with better news, but in the competitive marketplace, I have to be pickier than ever in my decision-making. Please keep in mind that publishing is a subjective industry. Although this didn't work for me, that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for someone else. I encourage you to keep submitting this and I hope other agents feel differently. Many thanks for the opportunity to consider your manuscript and I wish you all the best in your search for representation.”

99k Fantasy Romance
from Sapphire_Demoness
Dec 13, 2022 10:24 pm


Form query: 13th Nov 2022
Form rejection 13th Dec 2022
"Thank you for thinking of me for representation. After careful review of your query and sample pages, unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass. I'm truly sorry not to be writing with better news, but in the competitive marketplace, I have to be pickier than ever in my decision-making. Please keep in mind that publishing is a subjective industry. Although this didn't work for me, that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for someone else. I encourage you to keep submitting this and I hope other agents feel differently. Many thanks for the opportunity to consider your manuscript and I wish you all the best in your search for representation."
82K Adult Rom-com
from nicholelouise
Dec 06, 2022 7:57 pm


EQ: 11/28/22 Hist Fic 138k
FR: 12/6/22
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 01, 2022 5:17 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from Jlillie
Nov 23, 2022 9:00 am


Query sent 4/13
Full request 5/25
Rejection 10/11

Gave me a long rejection note that was very kind and helpful.

YA fantasy romcom
from togden
Nov 21, 2022 2:31 pm


Form Query: 11/21/22
from digitia
Nov 18, 2022 7:16 pm


Form query: 9/28/22
Full Request: 11/18/22

Adult Fantasy 85k
from ElleDesamours
Nov 08, 2022 1:05 pm


#PitBLK like. Query sent 10/10/22
YA Speculative Mystery, 75k
Nudge with offer of rep 10/28
Full Request 11/1/22
Offer of rep 11/8/22
from danielleewrites
Nov 01, 2022 3:30 pm


FQ: 8/23/22
Full Request: 9/15

Adult Fantasy Romance: 110k
(with Referral)
from kcartwright
Nov 01, 2022 5:58 am


FQ: 10/28/2022
97k Adult Fantasy Romance.
from 1edpsf1
Oct 20, 2022 3:08 am


QM query: 28Sept22.
Decline: 19Oct22
"Hi xx,
Thank you for thinking of me for representation. After careful review of your query and sample pages, unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass. I'm truly sorry not to be writing with better news, but in the competitive marketplace, I have to be pickier than ever in my decision-making. Please keep in mind that publishing is a subjective industry. Although this didn't work for me, that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for someone else. I encourage you to keep submitting this and I hope other agents feel differently. Many thanks for the opportunity to consider your manuscript and I wish you all the best in your search for representation.
Warmest,
Samantha Fabien
Root Literary"
from rebeccatrusty
Oct 20, 2022 2:21 am


Form query: 9/19/22
Form rejection: 10/19/22

Adult thriller 72k
from drewcomet
Oct 19, 2022 9:58 pm


Rejection on 24th of September

Thank you for thinking of me for representation. After careful review of your query and sample pages, unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass. I'm truly sorry not to be writing with better news, but in the competitive marketplace, I have to be pickier than ever in my decision-making. Please keep in mind that publishing is a subjective industry. Although this didn't work for me, that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for someone else. I encourage you to keep submitting this and I hope other agents feel differently. Many thanks for the opportunity to consider your manuscript and I wish you all the best in your search for representation.

Warmest,
Samantha Fabien
Root Literary

Does this help? -- No. If she read it and any element she didn't like, even an one-liner feedback can help! These days agents get so many requests, they don't care anymore.
But they keep on saying the same thing like a broken record - Please keep in mind that publishing is a subjective industry. Although this didn't work for me, that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for someone else. I encourage you to keep submitting this and I hope other agents feel differently.

Also, be very careful if you are BIPOC, LGBTQ and on agent's most wanted list for something other than being a writer. That means you are most wanted NOT to query them and they will CERTAINLY reject you if you do.

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