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Changed agencies. Formerly with Marsal Lyon Literary.

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Ms. Jolene Haley

Donald Maass Literary Agency


Twitter: jolenehaley

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from fictiongirl
Nov 06, 2022 6:25 pm

does anyone know what's going on with this agent? one of her colleagues at maass tweeted that she's open to queries, but her querymanager has been closed for days. I am quite eager to submit to her now that she's with a new agency!
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 28, 2022 3:55 pm

Profile Update: Changed agencies. Formerly with Marsal Lyon Literary.
from 908mom
Sep 28, 2022 3:48 pm

Oneunkindless, I got the exact same. Wondered if this invite is for the same ms. or my next, which I'm preparing to start subbing in a bit. Her wording wasn't clear. ("I am moving agencies so for this reason I must decline. Please know that I welcome your submission at my new agency when it is announced.") But if for same, it indicates she hasn't had a chance to read requested fulls while at the agency she has just left. Let us see where and when Jolene lands and proceed if relevant
from Oneunkindness
Sep 27, 2022 5:31 pm

I received a rejection on a full, but with an invitation to resubmit once she finds a new agency.
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 27, 2022 3:33 pm

She’s probably just clearing out her inbox.
from fictiongirl
Sep 27, 2022 3:15 pm

according to the timeline, she rejected four submissions today. could be related to whatever is happening. it seems she is still a literary agent, but is not with Marsal Lyon anymore.
from Bethie
Sep 27, 2022 1:01 pm


My guess is that she'll probably get in touch with you soon regarding your full. Who knows? There have been some agents talking about being very behind on queries/fulls on Twitter, so that's another possibility. In this situation I'm not sure what the etiquette is, but perhaps you could send a polite note saying the moderator on Query Tracker left a comment that she had left the agency and ask her what she was going to do with your full.
from wirdschonklappen
Sep 27, 2022 1:57 am

Soooo... does anyone know what's going on? She still has my full.
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 26, 2022 6:54 pm

Profile Update: No longer with this agency.
from serendipper
Sep 09, 2022 8:39 pm

EQ: 06/24/2022
FR: 09/09/2022
YA Fantasy, 98k

A form rejection, but it was quite a lovely one! :)
from rsilvestro
Sep 09, 2022 3:42 pm

Had marked as CNR on 9/1/22 but received rejection today. Query age 79 days.
from jenniferkathleen
Sep 09, 2022 3:23 pm

FQ (Narrative non-fiction/True Crime: 7/10/22
FR: 9/9/22 (Looking at all the rejections today, I see I'm in great company.
Sep 09, 2022 2:55 pm

Submitted mystery 93,000 words 1 May 22
Form rejection 9 Sep 22
from writtenintheclouds
Sep 09, 2022 1:56 pm

Form query: June 10, 2022
Form rejection: August 9, 2022

66k YA Contemporary Romance (BIPOC)
from honeybeehorror
Sep 09, 2022 1:07 pm

Thank you so much for thinking of me and telling me about your work. The premise is interesting and I appreciate you sharing it with me.

I'm so sorry to say, but I am going to pass on this project. It's not a reflection of you, this simply isn't a good fit for my list at this time.

You and your novel deserve a champion who loves it as fiercely as you do and I know you will find one. The publishing industry is very subjective, so what may not work for me could be just what another agent is looking for. Keep honing your skills, learning about the industry, and always embrace a growth mindset, which it seems like you are already doing.

Thank you for considering me for your manuscript. I wish you great success with your writing career.

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