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Allegra Martschenko

Ladderbird Literary Agency



Website: ladderbird.com

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from AmberMHerbert
Jan 26, 2023 9:48 am


FQ: 01/24
FR: 01/25

YA retelling 50k
from KKParfait
Jan 25, 2023 8:11 pm


FQ: 01/24
PR: 01/25 (Query + Synopsis + first 50 pages)

Upper YA Fantasy ~75k
from jchsyu
Jan 24, 2023 12:31 pm


FQ: 01/18/23
FR: 01/24/23

epic fantasy, 101K

Slightly tailored form like others have received, with a nice touch: "In search of that elusive personal "fit" I have to pass on a lot of truly interesting projects. Including yours, which I waffled over for several days (if that's at all helpful). It really just is a fit thing."

Helpful? Yes. Painful? Also yes.



from hcross13
Jan 20, 2023 5:51 pm


FQ: 1/14/23 - 160k queer sci-fi retelling
PR: 1/18/23 (query + synopsis + 25 pages)
Kind, personalized rejection: 1/20/23

Said it was an issue of slow pacing not being their taste, but referenced my partial as being 50 pages (as I'd seen in other comments of PRs here) instead of the 25 they'd asked for. The longer partial would have included the things they were hoping to see, but alas. They said I could R&R with a more condensed opening, though, so there's that!
from Writinglu
Jan 19, 2023 6:08 pm


Queried 11th January
Partial Request 13th January
Full Request: 20th January
from EHAndersonAuthor
Jan 16, 2023 8:37 am


Query: 1/13/23
FR: 1/16/23

YA Fantasy 88k
from iyatabida
Jan 16, 2023 7:41 am


1/12/23
FR 1/16/23

Fantasy 86k
from mjj054
Jan 13, 2023 9:56 am


Submitted 12/13/2022
Super kind and VERY personalized rejection 12/15/2022

They named specific worldbuilding from my opening pages and said that the rejection wasn't craft-based. So, basically (to read between the lines) they didn't feel like they could sell vampires. Seems super sweet!! Will definitely query my next project.

102k Paranormal Fantasy
from jmraymond
Jan 12, 2023 9:54 am


FQ: 12/8/22
Partial Request: 12/8/22 (First 50pgs + Query + Synopsis)
Rejection 12/12/22 but with the most actionable, kind, and engaging feedback I've ever seen with permission to resubmit after edits! I'm glowing.

--

UPDATE:
Resubmit: 12/27/22 with requested edits
PR: 12/29/22
FR: 1/2/23
Personalized full rejection, praise for my craft but not a "fit".

100k Adult Science-Fantasy
from AshShees
Jan 12, 2023 9:53 am


FQ: 1/10/2023
Form: 1/12/2023

YA contemporary fantasy 98k
from rhberry
Jan 12, 2023 9:12 am


Query submitted: 1/10/2023
Form rejection: 1/12/2023
Adult fantasy, 102k
from lumberjacksnackpack
Jan 09, 2023 2:54 pm


YA Dark Fantasy + LGBT (109k)
FQ: 1/4/23
PR: 1/6/23 (sent same day)
Rejection: 1/9/23

I appreciate the fast, personalized response. She said it was a matter of taste, and that she had no constructive feedback, only that the voice was younger than she was looking to represent at this time. For a 17yo POV character nearing his 18th birthday, that others have read as too mature, I'm not sure how much older the voice can get. YA sounds like a hard sell to this agent atm.
That said, Allegra was very professional, and I appreciate the time she put into responding to my work. If I have an adult project to query in the future, she'll be on my list
from Sunshine227
Jan 09, 2023 1:35 pm


FQ: 1/8/23
63 k YA High Fantasy
Email rejection: 1/9/23
Thank you for submitting XXXXX for my consideration—I appreciate being trusted with your work. Unfortunately, I have decided not to pursue the project further.

This is a subjective, taste-based opinion and is not intended as a condemnation of your craft or a reflection on your worth as a writer. In search of that elusive personal "fit" I have to pass on a lot of truly interesting projects.

I'm sorry not to write with better news and sincerely wish you the best of luck in the query trenches.

all best,
Allegra
from glitter5
Jan 06, 2023 1:44 pm


Queried ya sci fi Jan 4 2023 97,000 words
Form rejection Jan 6 same one others got no feedback provided

I appreciate being trusted with your work. Unfortunately, I have decided not to pursue the project further.

This is a subjective, taste-based opinion and is not intended as a condemnation of your craft or a reflection on your worth as a writer. In search of that elusive personal "fit" I have to pass on a lot of truly interesting projects.

I'm sorry not to write with better news and sincerely wish you the best of luck in the query trenches.
from Anthony_J_Bush
Jan 06, 2023 11:54 am


Submission date : 12/23/22

Rejection date: 01/03/23
Sci-Fi


"This is a subjective, taste-based opinion and is not intended as a condemnation of your craft or a reflection on your worth as a writer. In search of that elusive personal "fit" I have to pass on a lot of truly interesting projects.

I'm sorry not to write with better news and sincerely wish you the best of luck in the query trenches."

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