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Ms. Joyce Sweeney

The Seymour Agency


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Twitter: joycegrackle

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from Patrick (admin)
May 04, 2022 7:16 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from tharvey
May 03, 2022 12:33 pm

Hmm, you could ask on Twitter?
from carnie8
May 03, 2022 9:28 am

Does anyone know if she's currently open to queries? The agency website doesn't say she's closed, but Twitter does. I can't find the post that says when she closed though. Some of you queried fairly recently, so it's confusing. Thanks.
from Satuskey
Mar 31, 2022 9:51 pm

EQ: 6/18/21, Friday
FR: 6/21/21, Monday
Nudged with offer of rep: 9/13/21
Told me she bumped me to top of reading list: 9/14/21
Asked to set up call: 9/16/21
Offered rep!!! But I ended up choosing another agent.

MG Fantasy, 55k
from rcpopovic
Mar 08, 2022 10:42 am

Full request within an hour! Glad I hit send this morning. Her response was warm and encouraging, and she was honest about how long it might take due to her backlog, which I appreciated.
Queried: 3/8/22
Full Request: 3/8/22
MG Contemp 59,000 words
from ajaymac
Mar 04, 2022 11:41 am

She is quick, as people have noted. I sent an EQ on 3-3-22 and received a rejection the next day, but I did appreciate that it was a personalized note.

"Dear Andrew - This doesn't fit my list but thanks for thinking of me. Best of luck with your agent search. Joyce"
from joelstetler
Mar 04, 2022 9:40 am

As of 3/4/22 she holds the record for the swiftest rejection I've ever received. My email window was still open when I received my form rejection. On to the next!
from slm8669
Feb 14, 2022 10:08 am

EQ: 2/12/22
Form Rejection: 2/14/22
from JHall1
Nov 08, 2021 10:31 am

Less than 24-hour turnaround for a PB Bio with a very encouraging "champagne" rejection. "Dear xx - This is a great piece and I love to see xx in a biography. With that said, unfortunately, I have acquired all the non-fiction authors my list can hold right now, so this is a reluctant pass. I will tell you it's a great idea and well-executed so I am rooting for you to find the perfect agent to represent it. Best of luck!" That really took away the sting. In fact, I'm even feeling excited and uplifted right now!
from lipshasu
Oct 11, 2021 4:33 pm

Received a wonderful email rejection from her. She said I was doing my agent research well and was on the right track. Unfortunately, she already has a client with similar work but gave me a gold star! These rejections are so appreciated!!
from cardinal2021
Oct 11, 2021 2:09 pm

Email query - 10/10/2021
ER - 10/11/2021 brief saying it's not a good fit, but at least she responded...
from ItalicsTheGreat
Oct 07, 2021 12:33 pm

EQ - 10/7/21
ER - 10/7/21
MG Contemporary Fantasy 64k
Fastest rejection I've ever received. Same form letter as below.
from adventuresparenting
Sep 20, 2021 5:55 pm

EQ: 9/18/21
ER: 9/20/21

I received the kindest rejection note from her. She shared that I had beautiful writing and that she remembered it from a past contest. She has too many lyrical picture book writers right now, but referred me to two of her colleagues. She's so lovely.
from erinquill8
Aug 09, 2021 3:03 pm

EQ: 8/6/21, Friday
ER: 8/9/21, Monday

PB, 600 words, Alzheimer's
from oftarth
Jun 11, 2021 2:31 pm

EQ: 5/3/21
Full Request ten minutes later! Guess I had good timing haha.
Very kind and encouraging rejection on 6/11/21.

MG LGBT Romance, 53k

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