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Ms. Tara Gilbert

Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

New York, NY



Website: www.jdlit.com/

Blog: taragilbert.com

Twitter: Literary_Tara

AAR/AALA Member: No

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from mjshelt
Apr 11, 2022 4:38 pm


FQ: 1/12/2022
FR: 4/11/2022

Form, but a really nice one:

Thank you so much for sending me [title]; I’m honored you chose to query me. After reviewing your materials I don’t feel that it’s the right fit for my list at this time, so unfortunately, I'll have to pass.
I know querying is a difficult process and applaud you for following your dream. I strongly encourage you to continue your pursuit of publication, and in finding your perfect agent.
Thank you for considering me, and I wish you great success with your writing career.
from Ensari
Mar 30, 2022 2:21 pm


EQ: 11th Dec 2021
FR but very nice and semi-personal: 31st Mar 2022

Gothic Romance 73K
from CombatKatie
Feb 10, 2022 5:45 pm


I'm one of Tara's clients and I can confirm that Tara is a fantastic agent. If you want to query someone at JDLA, I can't recommend Tara enough.

@wirdschonklappen I thought you might want to hear this! :)
from wirdschonklappen
Feb 10, 2022 1:21 am


An agent at this agency dropped ten authors on one day, and the agency as a whole acted extremely unprofessional. If you want to query anyone at this agency, please check out this thread.

https://twitter.com/AthenaBliss4/status/1491549521678979074
from alee16
Jan 21, 2022 6:52 pm


EQ: 10/27/2021
Pass: 12/9/2021

YA LGBTQ+ contemporary
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 17, 2022 7:35 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from HeidiANickerson
Jan 15, 2022 11:12 am


Queried on 12/10/21—as of 1/15/22, still no response, but her Twitter did claim that she just closed to queries to catch up, so maybe I'll hear something soon.
from wlsgrace
Jan 15, 2022 8:50 am


@roswordsman I’m not sure if this helps, but she mentioned on Twitter that she’s closing to queries right away because she needs to catch up on her inbox. It wouldn’t hurt to politely nudge! Best of luck!
from roswordsman
Jan 15, 2022 2:13 am


sent query on 10/28 after a request from a twitter pitch event in october. Still no response. I haven't seen anything that says she only follows up if interested; is her response time generally this long? debating following up or just assuming uninterested.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 14, 2022 6:44 pm


Profile Update: Genres updated.

Thanks c_rush. That was definitely a mistake on my end. It was supposed to be 'women's fiction, not 'western'.
from c_rush
Jan 14, 2022 5:35 pm


Hey, Patrick! I think this one might need a genre update. Her profile on her agency's website specifically says "no westerns" and this genre is not available as a choice from the dropdown menu in her query submission form.

Link for reference: https://www.jdlit.com/tara-gilbert
from Billrobbins
Dec 08, 2021 9:46 am


withdrew to resubmit;
from Jettie
Dec 07, 2021 7:39 am


FQ: 10/18/21
Rejection: 12/7/21

110,000 Adult Contemporary Fantasy. The beginning didn't pull her in.
from jillianamena
Nov 27, 2021 11:23 am


FQ: 10/21/2021
Rejection: 11/27/2021
104,000 YA fantasy

She says it's not a fit for her list but my manuscript literally has all the things she looks for in a book...
from KJWright97
Nov 21, 2021 9:33 am


FQ: 10/18
Form Rejection: 11/21
60k YA Fantasy

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