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Ms. Tessa Shaffer

Corvisiero Literary Agency

New York, NY


Twitter: has_no_regrets

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Online Form: Yes

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from banaesma
Jun 28, 2022 11:24 am

FQ: 19 June, 2022
QR: 28 June, 2022

Took a real shot with this one and I'm pleasantly surprised by the feedback given to me by Adam on behalf of Tessa. Said that while they found many qualities in the work, and loved the intriguing concept, they didn't connect with the dialogue as much and suggested utilising beta readers and/or critique partners.

All in all, a very lovely rejection letter even finishing off with "we're rooting for you!" :)

adult 83k LitFic
from SloanE
Jun 14, 2022 4:47 pm

Queried 5/27/22
Full request 6/9/22 by Tessa Shaffer
Personalized but not terribly helpful rejection 6/14/22 by Tessa's intern Adam...
and I'll be honest, it felt off to have a personalized rejection on a full come from an intern. I'm a little confused why a newer agent who just opened up to queries is not reading their own requested fulls. Rejections are never easy, but this was one of the least impressive I've received.

from MelissaJonesMurphy
Jun 12, 2022 9:07 pm

Personalized rejection from her intern - very helpful and actually made my day
from mzalkan
Jun 10, 2022 11:51 pm

Nice, very complimentary rejection letter with good suggestions.
from RestartLMAuthor
Jun 10, 2022 12:01 pm

I had a similar reaction as candyguy. I received a personalized rejection from her assistant or intern, but it had a missing word and I felt it was kind of condescending. I imagine the intent was to be helpful/encouraging. My question is did Tessa even read any of my submission, or just the assistant?
from aatordoff
Jun 09, 2022 11:29 am

@jjadamson, someone on Twitter asked her if she was open to Fantasy on May 26th 2022, because like you said her QueryTracker and MSWL on the website didn't match. She replied: "Yes, sorry to be so mysterious with my list ???? I went through a non-fantasy vibe for awhile, but I'm always happy to look at anything multi-POV. Send it over!"
from candyguy
Jun 07, 2022 7:52 pm

Got a particularly unprofessional query rejection from her intern. I've received dozens of rejections, but this was full of typos and had some somewhat condescending/odd language. I appreciate adding details, but a form letter would have been preferable to what I got. Pretty disquieting since the agency already has such a bad reputation.
from Mesmer7
Jun 07, 2022 11:10 am

Also received a personalized rejection from her intern. Said she found my topic interesting, but 'didn't connect with the book's method for explaining the foundation' of my topic.
from rsilvestro
Jun 05, 2022 9:12 pm

Rejection came from Tessa's intern, Adam. Said loved my premise but got lost in my prose. Happy for a personalized response!
from specuKate
Jun 04, 2022 10:59 am

Personalized rejection from Adam, Tessa's intern! Amazing. I'm so impressed!
from mnorthy297
Jun 03, 2022 1:25 pm

Queried 5/26/2022
Somewhat detailed rejection from intern Adam 6/2/2022 (said Dear Tessa) not my name haha....tempted to reply back saying my name is not Tessa but since he is actually one of the few that gave details about the rejection I'll let it slide!
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 02, 2022 4:12 pm

@jjadamson, she does include fantasy as an option on her query form so I’d go ahead and query her. If she didn’t want fantasy she wouldn’t have it as an option.

The problem is, it usually takes longer for them to update their websites then it takes them to update their forms.
from jjadamson
Jun 02, 2022 1:50 pm

From the agency website:

Please do not query Tessa with:
Picture books
Historical Romance

Why does this happen so often? I see "fantasy" in the list of genres on QueryTracker, then go to the agnecy website to find Fantasy is in the "Please do not every query me with this garbage" list.

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