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Ms. Elana Roth Parker

Laura Dail Literary Agency, Inc.

121 West 27th Street, Suite 1201

New York, NY 10001



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Website: ldlainc.com

Blog: www.elanaroth.com/

Twitter: elanaroth

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Middle-grade and young adult fiction (all genres, though horror, thriller, Christmas, or talking animal books are not a good match); narrative non-fiction for children and teens; picture books from author/illustrators only. Along with your book's title, please include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject field. After your query letter, paste the FIRST 5-10 PAGES of your novel into the body of the email.

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from swatithegeek
Oct 04, 2019 12:50 am


EQ: 09/18/19
ER: 10/04/19, form

YA Contemporary, 85k
from jen_e_e_edwards
Sep 24, 2019 10:12 pm


9/5 EQ
9/24 ER - form

YA Fantasy 93k
from britwrites
Sep 19, 2019 10:53 am


Hey Shopcraze1! I saw something on Elana's twitter page the other day that did confirm that she accepts revisions.
However, I'm not sure how long you'd need to wait. I think, generally, some agents ask that you at least wait 6 months. However, if you've been in contact with her before, you could possibly reach out to her and ask if there's an ideal time frame.
from Shopcraze1
Sep 18, 2019 9:00 pm


If Elana rejects a query, does she accept revisions? If so, how long should you wait?
from merlot143
Sep 06, 2019 10:55 am


Submitted and got turned down from FR. Yes she is candid but her correspondence rubbed me the wrong way. Compared to other agents it was less tactful, more snarky.
from m_elizabeth
Sep 05, 2019 6:40 pm


EQ: 06/11
FR: 07/03 - sent 07/04, confirmed receipt 07/10
ER: 09/05 - She stepped aside but said she'd be happy to see a revision if it doesn't get "snatched up." She is so lovely.

YA Historical Fantasy, 103k
from Tajjaa
Sep 04, 2019 4:38 pm


EQ: 08/20/19
ER: 09/04/19

YA Urban fantasy
from redpandabear
Sep 03, 2019 1:25 pm


EQ: 6/6/19 #PitMad request
FR: 6/24/19 - sent same day
ER: 9/3/19 - Rejected with praise. Unfortunately, the market is crowded. Absolutely loved her candid response, will definitely keep her in mind for future projects.

YA Fairy Tale Retelling 67k
from MReyesWrites
Sep 03, 2019 12:54 pm


EQ: 6/7/19
FR: 6/25/19
ER: 9/3/19
Pretty generic rejection. “Didn’t connect to narrative voice” and mentioned problems with pacing.
Still, it’s always nice to get a response on fulls. Onward and upward!
upper MG fantasy adventure
from nmscholl
Aug 24, 2019 10:38 am


EQ: 7/26/19
ER: 8/12/19

YA High Fantasy 118K
from MR_Subias
Aug 14, 2019 2:37 pm


EQ: 7/12/19
ER: 8/14/19

YA horror, 68k

Thank you so much for your submission. Unfortunately I don't feel I'm the appropriate agent to represent your work as the project just isn't right for me.

I'm sure another agent will feel differently, and with the vast array of opinions in the industry, I wish you the best in finding the right representation.

Thanks again for thinking of me.
from Shopcraze1
Aug 14, 2019 1:41 pm


EQ: 7/30/2019
ER: 8/14/2019
MG Sci-fi 60K
Thank you so much for your submission. Unfortunately I don't feel I'm the appropriate agent to represent your work as the project just isn't right for me.
I'm sure another agent will feel differently, and with the vast array of opinions in the industry, I wish you the best in finding the right representation.
Thanks again for thinking of me.
from Roseppdle72
Aug 14, 2019 12:04 pm


EQ: 07/16/19
ER: 08/14/19
YA Fantasy 91k
from S_C_Easley
Aug 10, 2019 4:47 pm


EQ on 8/2/19
No confirmation query received

MG Fantasy 72K
from Catsamoa79
Aug 08, 2019 10:12 am


EQ: 7/20/19
ER: 8/8/19
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