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Ms. April Eberhardt

April Eberhardt Literary

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from Mesmer7
Mar 21, 2021 1:02 pm

Her web site lists a few nonfiction books that she's represented, but I can't tell what genre they're in.
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 21, 2021 10:38 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries. Her recent opening generated such a large number of queries that she needed to close again in order to catch up.
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 20, 2021 3:37 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries.
from TheHayseed
Mar 20, 2021 10:58 am

I queried Ms. Eberhardt after visiting her website and reading an interview with her. I hadn't realized that she was closed to queries, so when I entered the data here on QT, I was mortified I hadn't verified her status first. To my dismay, she answered me two days after I sent the query. She could not have been lovelier or more kind, and she actually read the sample story I sent from my collection, which is a genre she does not represent. My impression is that Ms. Eberhardt is courteous, professional, and a deeply engaged agent who champions and guides her clients through each step of the editing and publishing process. I recommend that women who write polished literary/upmarket fiction with a historical bend query her. (She also runs a yearly writers' retreat in France, which sounds delightful and supportive. Applications for the retreat can be found on her website.)
from AntonHHCurtis
Feb 09, 2019 6:56 am

I met April at a conference in May, 2017. She was extremely encouraging and on-point in her critique of the first 20 pages of my novel manuscript and asked for a full read of when it was complete. Twenty-one months later (Feb, 2019), I e-mailed her with it and she responded enthusiastically within three hours(!!) and read it within three days. Her response offered a short but useful further critique, more encouragement, and the main reason for her not offering representation: her focus had shifted since we met, to "women's book club fiction featuring strong female protagonists". (My protagonist is male.) Very positive experience despite rejection.
from m_pepper
Oct 25, 2017 3:09 pm

I met April at a writing workshop this past June. She liked my WIP and asked me to send it to her when I finished it. I emailed her the manuscript on 10 October 2017 and received an offer of representation on 24 October 2017.
from LightofBeauty
Sep 23, 2017 1:48 am

EQ: 9/21

ER: 9/23

Basic form, slightly tweaked I guess:

"While I appreciate your query, your manuscript isn't a good fit for my list.

Best of luck and kind regards,"
from redwriter31
Apr 12, 2017 6:48 am

My new least favorite rejection letter. "While I appreciate your query, and find the premise you describe interesting, I’m afraid I wasn't drawn in by the opening pages below. I wish you the best in identifying just the right agent for your work."

from Klausner
Jul 14, 2016 2:27 am

I think it's more like she'll take a long time to get back because the other submissions have priority
from fornickels
May 06, 2016 1:47 pm

Her website doesn't say she's closed, it just says "First priority will be given to manuscripts pitched in person at literary conferences, events and symposia"
Is she actually closed to general queries?
from pickfordm
Aug 01, 2014 4:07 pm

good luck to you jkknauss!!!
from pickfordm
Jun 17, 2014 7:07 pm

Although April doesn't consider queries except from conferences, when I wrote and told her a bit about my novel she asked me to send the first three chapters. She was late in her response, but very conscientious -- that is, she promptly and courteously responded to my inquiry with an update.
After she read the first three chapters of my novel, she asked for the entire mss and wrote that she couldn't wait to savor it. We also corresponded a bit, and she came across as a very nice, professional individual. Therefore, and based on her more detailed response to the first three chapters, I was surprised and disappointed to receive a generic rejection letter with my novel's title typed in, in all caps. From it, I could not tell whether she'd read any of the remainder of my mss. I wish she'd included a line or two about my novel in particular, or indicated whether she'd been engaged and lost interest, or something. I suppose that is the frustration inherent in the submission business. While we corresponded though, it was lovely to interact with her.

I'd kept the submission exclusive with her for a while, so now it's back to square one. (sigh)
from jkknauss
Apr 27, 2014 6:52 pm

Got an impersonal-feeling rejection on my submission today. Says I should submit more broadly -- little does she know I've already queried 127 agents! Time to start querying small presses. Wish me luck.

Thanks for all your support through this horribly frustrating process.
from JD_Wallace_826
Apr 11, 2014 1:52 pm

EQ 4/8/14
ER 4/8/14

Commercial Spy-Romance - 104k

FYI - "While I appreciate your query, unfortunately your manuscript isn't a good fit for my list, which consists of mainstream women's book club fiction.
from ashley71
Mar 21, 2014 3:56 pm

She gave a very nice, personal rejection, saying this about my first ten pages: there's a chilling urgency to your story that readers of apocalyptic thrillers will love, but that she's only representing literary historic fiction at the moment.

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