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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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from SteinbeckFan
Feb 26, 2021 8:22 pm


EQ: Jan. 19, 2021
CNR: Feb. 26, 2021


Upmarket Fiction (71,000 words)
from MarlowePercival
Feb 25, 2021 1:00 pm


EQ: 01/11/2021
PR: 02/24/2021

YA Literary 68K
from jaymeinman
Feb 24, 2021 10:29 am


EQ: 2/24/21
from MichaelBarDaniel
Feb 22, 2021 6:01 pm


EQ: 1/11/2021
ER: 2/22/2021 (Form)

YA Science Fiction 89K

Thank you so much for thinking of Merrilee for representation, but [TITLE] is not right for her list at this time. With her very full client list, Merrilee has to be extremely selective, and she wasn’t able to fully connect with your project. We wish you all the best, and thanks again for reaching out to us.
from JSZ0819
Feb 12, 2021 10:32 am


EQ: 1/18/21
PR: 1/25/21
FR: 2/12/21

YA Horror
from sophiakate
Jan 30, 2021 8:13 pm


EQ 1/30/21

85K adult fantasy
from Kate_TheAvidWriter
Jan 27, 2021 11:00 am


EQ: 1/27

YA Fantasy 102k

NOTE: I was rejected by a different agent at Writers House and I waited a week before reaching out to Merrilee.
from SteinbeckFan
Jan 20, 2021 7:47 pm


EQ: May 22, 2020
PR: June 2, 2020
ER: July 13, 2020
Personalized rejection with some incredible feedback. :-)

2nd EQ (with changes according to her feedback): November 23, 2020
PR (first 50 pages): November 23, 2020
ER: January 20, 2021 (with personalized feedback once again)

YA Historical Fantasy 115,000
from Zamo32
Dec 31, 2020 7:34 pm


Merrilee requested a partial in 3 days through her assistant, and rejected through her assistant a month later. A kind, personalized reject that gave clear reasons for passing. Top notch.
from HuxleyElliott
Dec 16, 2020 2:03 pm


EQ: 8/12
Partial Request, 10 pgs: 9/25
Partial Request, 50 pgs: 10/5
Full Request: 11/2
Rejection: 12/16

Middle Grade Dark Fantasy. *Fingers Crossed*
from M_Heck
Dec 10, 2020 4:11 am


48 day form rejection
from jennadevillier
Dec 07, 2020 2:03 pm


EQ: 10/7
ER: 12/7

88k YA Science Fantasy
from Buddrcup
Nov 25, 2020 5:18 am


EQ: 09/26/2020
CNR: 11/21/2020
ER: 11/25/2020 (kind form letter)
Contemporary Fantasy
83,000 words
from MandyMBallard
Nov 17, 2020 12:06 pm


EQ: 9/11
ER: 11/16

90k YA fantasy
from EwoksOverPorgs
Nov 11, 2020 11:37 pm


EQ: 9/17/20

As of 11/11/20 nothing. Sent a gentle nudge at the 7 week mark asking if they could confirm they received it but haven’t heard. Response time was listed as 5-6 weeks.

Still hopeful but waiting to see if I can move on to toner WHEN agents or if I have a shot.

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