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Ms. Irene Goodman

Irene Goodman Literary Agency

27 W. 24 Street, Suite 700B

New York, NY 10010

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Irene prefers a particular format to queries. First, paste in the first ten pages of the manuscript. After that, include the synopsis. And finally, at the bottom, include the query letter.

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from KristenH
Dec 08, 2019 2:28 pm

Natasha, I believe she responds when interested.

EQ 10/21/19 (2nd/final Requery Venom--adult thriller)
Offer of Pub Nudge 12/3/19
CNR 12/6/19 (No word via nudges)
from NatashaGraceAnn
Nov 29, 2019 11:14 am

Do other people get acknowledgement of receipt from this agent?
from mirandamiller137
Jun 17, 2019 8:11 am

EQ: 4/29/19
CNR: 6/17/19

108K Adult historical fiction
from Sunny95
Jun 13, 2019 7:49 pm

Adult Commercial Fiction 78K
from anotherearth
May 06, 2019 1:30 pm

EQ: 03/25
CNR: 05/06

Literary 75K
from PandaBear
Jan 17, 2019 9:07 pm

Young adult ,
11/20/17 query
4-6 weeks, haven't heard anything.
from mellenakin
Nov 12, 2018 2:14 pm

EQ: 9/8/18
CNR: 11/12/18
from Catsamoa79
Nov 05, 2018 12:03 pm

EQ: 9/8/18
CNR: 11/5/18
Acknowledgement of receipt said 4-6 weeks
from askjudyww
Nov 01, 2018 8:10 am

MG Historical 27K
EQ: 11/1
from emwrites
Mar 14, 2018 10:12 am

EQ: 1/12
CNR: 3/14
101K Upmarket WF
from Blackhat
Nov 28, 2017 4:03 pm

EQ: 11/28/17 (first 10 pages, synopsis, query letter in that order per her submission instructions)
Women's Fiction - 100k
from Gracefulghost
Oct 06, 2017 4:01 am

A little history: I did Irene's Historical Fiction WD Webinar back in Jan 2017 with first pages, query critique, plus synopsis. She knew the novel wasn't finished, but asked me to send in the complete once it was. I dithered whether to query or not, since it had been nine months, but in the end I decided to go ahead, including our e-mail trail. So I'm noting it as a Full Request!

FR: 16.09.17
from reiterwriter
Aug 14, 2017 12:09 pm

EQ: March 3, 2017
First 3 chapters
Fulfilling PR from SiWC 2016
CNR: May 10, 2017
Was hoping for an ER, since I just saw her in Oct.

ER: Aug 10
Had marked CNR months ago, but was grateful to receive a personalized note with feedback: "This has a good premise, but the writing is not grabbing me. I'm not feeling as involved with it as I should and I am often confused because the world is not entirely clear to me. I'm afraid I'll have to pass, but thanks for the look."

YA/Fantasy 96K
from floridagal007
Jul 24, 2017 6:19 am

EQ: 6/27
Synopsis, Prologue, Chapter One
Fulfilling PR from HNS conference June 25 in which she requested material after I pitched to her.

ER: 7/18 (exactly 3 weeks)
A very nice email indicating that she read my piece "with interest" but felt it was leading to a mystery story, and then it did not (rather strange feedback, IMO, since my genre is HF and not mystery - and my query stated this.) Nonetheless, I was very grateful for a response and her time.

Historical Fiction 97k
from BillGinTexas
Jul 11, 2017 4:45 pm

EQ: 07/11/2017 87k Hist Fic Thriller

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