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Mr. Steve Schwartz

Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

59 West 71st St

New York, NY 10023



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Website: www.sarahjanefreymann.com

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Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from papernpengal
Oct 13, 2020 9:31 am


EQ: 10/11/20
ER: 10/12/20 (same form as below)

Historical 104k
from anotherearth
Sep 29, 2020 10:06 am


EQ: 09/24
ER; 09/29 Literary 75K

Though it was a form rejection, I found it refreshingly straightforward.

[My Name]: I'm afraid this won't work for us. Today, publishers typically make business (rather than artistic / creative) decisions; only taking on what their sales and marketing departments say is a sure thing. And, unfortunately, I don't believe this is sure to break out of a very crowded marketplace. Others might feel differently however, so obviously don't take my response as the final word.
from Cherylbt
Jun 13, 2020 11:18 am


I also submitted a query letter to submissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com and it was bounced back as undeliverable.
from VTVet2020
May 18, 2020 8:29 am


Emailed query to address on this site and website: submissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com
but it kicked back. Deciding whether to use his personal email address (although instructed to use agency one).
from ashpsych123
Feb 11, 2020 12:58 pm


EQ 2-11-20 A Father's SIn Thriller 80k
from hexylady
Jan 20, 2020 9:18 pm


Email query 11/22/19
Partial request, 6 chapters, 11/28/19 (Thanksgiving Day)
Full request, chapter 7 through the end, 11/30/19

Update 12/3/19: Steve emailed me with some questions (publishing history, did I already have an agent, would I be willing to change the ending of the manuscript, some others). Not sure how to feel. That is definitely not a rejection but I'm reluctant to feel enthusiasm, since it's still not an offer of representation, nor even a revise&resubmit.

Update 12/5/19: "Now through the holidays is a very busy period, but if are still looking for an agent after the first of the new year please be back in touch."

Update 1/10/20: I got back in touch on 1/6/20. Today he emailed me with an offer of representation. I've asked for 10 days to contact the other agents I've queried, because it's always nice to have choice, but I'll be happy to sign with Steve regardless.

Updated 1/20/20: I accepted Steve's offer of representation.

Crime novel, 79k words
from Nostromo
Jan 16, 2020 11:03 am


EQ: 1/15/2020
ER: 1/16/2020
from CPetaSykes
Nov 01, 2019 4:32 pm


Query: 10/29/19
Reject: 10/31/19
Form letter (with first name spelt incorrectly just to add to the utter humiliation factor)
Carolyn: I'm afraid this won't work for us; the plot just didn't grab me. Others might feel differently, so obviously don't take my response as the final word.

Sincerely,
Steve Schwartz
from KristenH
Sep 29, 2019 3:41 pm


EQ 9/20/19 (DIplomatic Immunity)
ER 9/23/19 (Passed--not going to work--same as CR's rejection.)

Congrats ANSmith!
from ANSmith
Sep 01, 2019 1:56 pm


EQ: 8/17/19 (Crime fiction, 71K)
PR: 8/21/19 (sent 8/21)
FR: 8/22/19 (sent 8/22)
ER: 8/24/19
from KristenH
Aug 25, 2019 4:39 pm


EQ 8/14/19 (Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 8/19/19 (Passed--not convinced to sell it successfully)
from cterlson
May 22, 2019 10:10 pm


EQ - 05/08/2019
ER - 05/11/2019
Form - oh, and got my name wrong too (Carl)
And it isn't personalized, it's a form.

Carl: I'm afraid this won't work for us. Today, publishers typically make business (rather than artistic / creative) decisions; only taking on what their sales and marketing departments say is a sure thing. And this isn't sure to break out of a very crowded marketplace. Others might feel differently however, so obviously don't take my response as the final word.
from KristenH
May 18, 2019 10:18 am


EQ 5/6/19 (2nd/final Requery Venom)
ER 5/13/19 (Passed--didn't work out and not good fit)
from imjjang
Mar 22, 2019 11:30 am


EQ 3/21
ER 3/22

He wrote a personalized note about the premise might not sell well in a crowded market but not to take his word as "final"
from Dwilladsen
Feb 20, 2019 11:20 am


EQ 2/16.
Nice personalized rejection 2/20, essentially, "publishers only choose what's guaranteed to sell well and while this reads quite well, we can't count on sales."

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