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Ms. Em Lysaght

Ladderbird Literary Agency

Oakland, CA


Twitter: mmmlysaght

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Online Form: Yes

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from K_Hana_Lee
Apr 13, 2021 6:30 pm

FQ 4/8/21
Nudge with offer of rep 4/13/21
Full request 4/13/21 - sent

Adult Fantasy 120k
from smanrique
Apr 11, 2021 3:54 pm

02/02/21 Queried MG horror/suspense
03/12/21 Full request, sent same day
03/29/21 Offer of rep
04/09/21 Offer accepted!
Fortunately my scary story creeped her out! Em was so easy to talk to, and very transparent about her process, communication, and editing style. I am so looking forward to working with her!
from philipmilne
Apr 10, 2021 9:28 pm

Queried 10th of April 2021. MG science fantasy 43k.
from droideka
Apr 08, 2021 7:06 pm

FQ: 3/10/2021
Full Request: 4/8/2021, sent same day

95k Adult SF Romance
from Mossie
Apr 08, 2021 6:20 pm

FQ: 8th March 2021
Full request: 8th April 2021 (uploaded same day)

80k Adult murder mystery
from Erin_Fulmer
Apr 07, 2021 6:09 pm

EQ: 3/1/2021
FR: 4/7/2021
Adult sci fi 117k
from mkhardy
Apr 05, 2021 5:05 pm

Cold queried Feb 16 2021 and received request for full March 29th.
Got an R&R request from a different agent on Friday April 2nd.
After chat with other agent, messaged to offer revision when it's ready (est. three or four weeks), as the R&R is non-exclusive.
She replied quickly with a friendly message saying to send it on when ready.
Thought I'd note this as R&Rs are a strange beast and people seem curious about how they go.
from nomsequitur
Apr 04, 2021 8:45 pm

FQ: 4/7/20
Full request: 4/21/20, uploaded next day
ER: 5/7/20
"Thank you for allowing me to review the manuscript for [project]. I really love the world you've built and the approach to narrative-as-tool-of-imperialism, and you have a strong writing voice. Unfortunately I didn't connect very strongly with [character 1] or [character 2], so I wasn't particularly motivated by their plight. I wouldn't be the perfect fit for this title, so unfortunately I will have to pass.

Thank you for the opportunity, and good luck with other agents. I am very interested in your writing so if in the future you have another project to query, please consider submitting it to me."

81k adult fantasy
from sophiakate
Mar 30, 2021 7:23 pm

EQ 2/21/21
ER 3/30/21
"Thank you very much for your submission. I'm sorry, but your project is not a perfect fit for me at this time so unfortunately I will have to pass. Thank you for considering me and best of luck with your future queries."
85k adult fantasy with queer themes
from cjosep13
Mar 22, 2021 1:04 pm

EQ: 3/22/21

Fantasy, 74K
from eggqueenluli
Mar 04, 2021 1:25 pm

FQ: 1/16/2021
ER: 3/1/2021

107k YA Fantasy with multicultural elements
from ajensrud
Feb 08, 2021 10:40 pm

FQ: 12/31/20
FR: 02/08/21

120k LGBTQ+ New Adult
from vickshi
Feb 06, 2021 3:08 am

EQ (#DVpit request via Query Manager): 11/8/2020
Full Request: 12/8/2020, sent 12/11
Call to Discuss (no offer made): 2/1/21
Submission pulled for revision, kindly acknowledged: 2/4 and 2/5/2021

It was really awesome talking to Em, she's knowledgeable and friendly. We agreed to reconnect in a few days, but I got into a writing mentorship on the next day and I want the experience, so I've pulled all my queries. Despite the bizarre situation, she was interested in the revised full once complete!

118k science fiction thriller
from DrAshleyNova
Dec 23, 2020 5:25 am

88k Urban Fantasy with queer and historical themes

FQ: 11/03/20
Full Request: 12/08/20 sent same day

Cautious optimism about this one, I think I tick a lot of boxes on her MSWL.

Rejection 22/12/20: Disappointed to say the least, short but personalised response. She felt the narrative and and tension worked really well, but had trouble empathising with the protagonist.
from MarshmallowBard
Dec 10, 2020 5:46 pm

Queried: 11-2-20
Rejected: 12-10-20
Graphic Novel (script only): 38K

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