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Ms. Merrilee Heifetz

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010



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Website: www.writershouse.com/

Twitter: MerrileeHeifetz

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes (preferred)

Online Form: No

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Query Guidelines

Please query with a thoughtful, personalized query letter and the first 10 pages of the manuscript. A synopsis is optional.

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from shewrites
Mar 21, 2018 12:13 pm


EQ 26 Feb
FR 21 March from Merrilee's assistant :)
Sent same day
from Laurnsaurus
Mar 20, 2018 2:13 pm


EQ: 7/26/17
Re-query: 2/4/18. (Since it seemed like she replied to all queries, I checked in to see if it was lost in a spam folder.)
PR: 3/7/18
ER: 3/15/18. Personalized, and very kind.
from KHFlaata
Mar 19, 2018 5:30 pm


EQ 12/18
P 1/20 first fifty
Full request 1/23
R&R 3/19

96 K Adult fantasy
from heayates
Mar 19, 2018 1:27 pm


EQ: 2/15/2018
FR: 3/6/2018 (response from Rebecca Eskildsen, Assistant to Merrilee Heifetz)
Full text sent: 3/12/2018
ER: 3/13/2018

Rebecca said Merrilee is taking on very few picture books and they didn't quite connect with the project so they are stepping aside.

Quirky, offbeat children's book 890 words
from mawidmaier
Mar 16, 2018 10:38 am


EQ: 1/5/18
PR: 1/23/2018
ER: 3/15/2018
115K adult fantasy

I followed the agency submission guidelines, but her assistant asked me to go ahead and send in the first 10 pages and query again. Rejected 3/15/18.
from justlikethediet
Mar 15, 2018 9:02 pm


EQ 1/5 (sent 10 pages + synopsis, per QT guidelines)
PR 1/24 (sent 1/25)
R&R 2/27 (sent 3/9)
ER 3/15 (personalized)

93k adult contemporary fantasy

My first request!
from bookwormwrites
Mar 14, 2018 12:48 pm


EQ: 02.05
PR: 03.07
FR: 03.14 (!!!!!)

78k YA Fantasy
from Rocket
Jan 21, 2018 3:25 pm


No, no confirmation here. I was getting nervous but if no one else got one either, then I guess it's fine.
from KHFlaata
Jan 20, 2018 4:09 pm


chibichibi - no, no confirmation. Anyone else?
from chibichibi
Jan 20, 2018 7:16 am


Looks like lots of partials are being requested lately. I second Rocket's question: Anyone getting a confirmation when they send their fifty pages?
from peppermint22
Jan 19, 2018 8:42 am


EQ - 9/7 (referral)
ER - 9/14 (personalized, complementary, helpful)
from Rocket
Jan 18, 2018 3:23 pm


Coffeemonk, if you're checking in here, did you receive a confirmation when you sent in your partial?
from Utopiandreams
Jan 05, 2018 11:09 am


EQ: 1/5

84k YA SF
from coffeemonk
Dec 20, 2017 9:25 pm


EQ: 12/04/2017
P: 12/20/2017 - first fifty
76k Sci-Fi

Agency submission guidelines indicated just a query letter with a synopsis, however, guidelines posted here on QueryTracker suggested that Ms. Heifetz prefers to also see the first 10 pages, so I included those in my original query as well.
from KHFlaata
Dec 20, 2017 12:27 pm


Eliza_f,

Thank you, that’s what I thought too. I also now see that she specifies that synopsis is optional.

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