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Michaela Whatnall

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

Los Angeles, CA



Website: www.dystel.com/

Twitter: mwhatnall

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from droideka
Jul 01, 2022 12:53 pm


FQ: 5/23/2022
Full Request: 6/3/2022
Nudge with offer of rep: 6/19/2022
very kind, very complimentary step aside: 7/1/2022

my experience querying Mike with this MS and the one before was so positive, they're so kind and seem like an amazing agent. highly recommend querying them!

Adult SF 93k
from kirwin
Jun 13, 2022 11:15 am


Query sent 6/5/22
Rejection received 6/13/22

500 word PB
from sophiakate
Jun 06, 2022 3:05 pm


Form query sent - May 13
Rejection - I didn't realize no from one = no from all, and I had queried someone else there a while earlier! oops. They sent a very nice reminder.
84K ya fantasy
"Thank you for sending me your query and sample materials. However, it looks like one of my colleagues has previously reviewed your query, and our policy is that a pass from one agent is a pass from the agency.
I wish you the best of luck, and thank you, once again, for reaching out."
from jchsyu
Jun 06, 2022 12:24 pm


Form Query: 05/18/22
Form Rejection: 06/06/22 - appreciate the quick turnaround and polite form

epic fantasy, 101K
from roxananourishad
Jun 04, 2022 3:45 pm


fq: june 3rd
full requesr: june 4th

ya fantasy 65k
from sallyawalk
May 23, 2022 1:05 pm


Queried: 5/9/22
Form Rejection: 5/23/22
MG SF 45K
from Utopiandreams
May 23, 2022 11:25 am


4/15/22
FQ: ASF 93K
5/23/22 form pass
from KKnowles
May 21, 2022 8:14 pm


EQ 4/19
5/20 nudge with offer
5/20 personalized rejection, very kind
from virtualzelly
May 20, 2022 5:34 pm


12 April 2022 form query
11 May 2022 nudge with offer, same day full request
20 May 2022 very kind step aside, I've marked this as a rejection but it doesn't feel like one
from abarenblitt
May 16, 2022 6:04 pm


Thank you for sending me your query and sample materials. However, it looks like one of my colleagues has previously reviewed your query, and our policy is that a pass from one agent is a pass from the agency.

(I knew this was the policy, but tried again because Jim McCarthy sent me a rejection so fast I got whiplash.
from andrewntzouras
May 14, 2022 1:24 pm


Query Sent: 4/25/22
FR: 5/9/222
from AstraRae
May 12, 2022 1:16 pm


Pitch Wars partial request sent on Feb 16.
Personalized rejection on May 12.
89k Adult paranormal mystery
from potatochip
May 03, 2022 9:25 am


I'm noticing that some people who queried well after me have received responses--do we know if Mike has a maybe pile? Or am I just reading into this?
from sorrowandchartreuse
May 02, 2022 10:44 am


FQ: 4/27
FR: 5/2

YA Adventure 78k
A form rejection, but very nice.
from AllisonKrebel
May 02, 2022 10:11 am


Queried 4/23
Form rejection 5/2

The form rejection was very kind and supportive!

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