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Ms. Michelle Hauck

Storm Literary Agency



Website: stormliteraryagency.com

Twitter: Michelle4Laughs

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Online Form: Closed

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from christinaferko
Jun 15, 2022 1:24 pm


5-12-22 : Online form query
6-15-22 : Full Request! Yay!

YA Psych thriller
from theinkwyrm
Jun 14, 2022 8:47 pm


FQ: 5/12/22
Full Request: 6/14/22 Woohoo!

135k Adult High Fantasy
from mnorthy297
Jun 07, 2022 12:25 pm


Queried 5/9/2022
Rejected 6/6/2022

Really, really, really bummed about this one...she was a dream agent :(
from sallyawalk
Jun 02, 2022 1:38 pm


Form Query: 5/7/22
Form Rejection: 6/2/22

MG SF 45K
from demiller
May 27, 2022 7:47 pm


Form Query: 5/5/22
Full Request: 5/27/22

YA Contemporary 79k
from galian84
May 19, 2022 5:07 am


Form Query: 5/1/22
Form Rejection: 5/19/22

YA Contemporary Fantasy 92k
from Patrick (admin)
May 13, 2022 9:08 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks Mpspeegle
from Willow_Tree
May 13, 2022 7:35 am


@patrick Closed to queries until late summer.
from RRouth
May 06, 2022 12:34 pm


FQ: 4/25/22
ER 5/5 form
42MG adventure
from RestartLMAuthor
May 03, 2022 2:21 pm


Queried on April 23
Polite form rejection on May 3
MG fantasy 26K words
from ijsparks01
May 03, 2022 10:04 am


Form Query: 4/21/22
Form Rejection: 5/2/22
YA Fantasy, 90k
from PLeitzen
May 02, 2022 1:06 pm


Submitted 4/21
Rejected 5/2
Scifi, 75,000 words

Helpful rejection, stating that she already has a client who does similar work. Very polite
from jun1p3r
Apr 29, 2022 6:26 pm


Submitted: Apr 20, 2022
Rejected: Apr 28, 2022

Fiction, Young Adult (unfinished)

Customized email (that I much appreciated!)

"I love getting queries from young writers and you've done a very professional job with your query letter and sample. However, I’m afraid this project isn’t the right fit for me at this time. I'm not the biggest fan of assassins as main characters." This proves that she did indeed read the story, at least, because she brought up details about my query letter and story that only one who had read it would know.

If you're reading this, Ms. Hauck, thank you for reviewing my story and taking the time to write back.
from Anonymous230910
Apr 26, 2022 9:32 pm


Waited to post to remain anonymous.

Cons:
Form Rejection.
No explanation.

Pros:
Prompt Review - but that comes with a caveat (see below)

The lack of an explanation seems to be her modus operandi. It's unclear if she actually reads all of the submissions, if she is a speed reader (which is almost as bad as not reading), or if she actually read it. The fact the rejection was so prompt is a double edge sword in her evaluation. She may have read it, in which case: "Rejections happen"; or she may have just decided to clear out her mailbox for the week and decided to "see if the first sentences grabbed her before tossing a rejection".

The difficulty with believing she read it is her assessment turnaround was faster than FedEx, despite the fact her literary agency clearly states they are inundated with emails. The size of submission required and responses of others who have been rejected seem to suggest that she is the type of agent who "Reads what she can" and after a timer has reached on her calendar, goes through and just mass rejects everything.

In addition to this, I'm seeing other assessments of her (on this site and elsewhere) all show the same dates of "rejections" vs "submissions". It's difficult to see how and why the dates could match up all within 1 day if this isn't what she's doing.

In checking all dates going months back, he cycles appear to be as follows:

People who submit first week of that month, are rejected in the final week of the same month. Those who submit middle of the month tend to not be rejected until the end of the following month. This site reflects this cycle, as do other reviews. In addition Form Rejections appear to be more frequent with those who are non-minority/protected classes. Personalized rejections and considerations seem to be more common with those who are minority/protected classes.

This is just an assessment of how things seem, no vitriol is intended, and it may be wrong.

Her form rejection is polite, for what that's worth, but in my experience, an agent who is unwilling to write anything that indicates they read the material 9 times out of 10 never read the material. Considering her apparent turnaround cycles, and reviews from others, it seems she is a "slush pile agent".

As I said above, I waited to write this assessment. I won't say how long. I waited specifically to see if my theory was correct, and in checking reviews, my prediction of her rejection cycle seems to have been accurate.

The only good thing about this cycle of hers: It doesn't waste your time any longer than it already has, and it allows you to seek another agent pretty quickly. It's still 1-2 months down the drain, but at least it isn't like some other agents who sit on their reading pile for 6 months before replying.
from cwbuecheler
Apr 25, 2022 5:18 pm


FQ: 2/11/22
Full Request: 3/3/22 - Sent same day
Personalized Rejection: 4/25/22 - very pleasant and complimentary, but wasn't getting the characterization she wanted midway through the book. Bummer!

Dark Fantasy 96K

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