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Joyce Sweeney

The Seymour Agency


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Twitter: joycegrackle

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: Closed

E-Mail: Closed

Online Form: Closed

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from beege25
Oct 10, 2022 9:43 am

Queried on 10/8 and got a form rejection 10/10. Very much appreciate the swiftness of her response!
from mchupp
Oct 04, 2022 2:42 pm

I submitted a query on September 6 and got a champagne rejection on September 7. At that point, the agency website did not say anything about being closed and that is what I relied on.
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 15, 2022 9:31 am

@Sandbeck, she says she is closed to queries on her twitter page. Unfortunately, some agents will only announce it there.
from Sandbeck
Sep 10, 2022 7:58 pm

I went to The Seymour Agency site. It doesn't say that she is closed to queries. Does anyone have any additional information? Thanks.
from rcpopovic
Sep 01, 2022 8:15 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

Very cordial rejection 6/13/22
from hannahroylagrone
Aug 01, 2022 11:38 am

On the Seymour Agency website, it said Joyce accepts queries by email so I sent one. I didn't see on QT that it says closed to queries. Got a brief reply (the same form as someone else has shared below) within 48 hours. So is Joyce open? Anyone else query by email recently?
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 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!!

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