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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

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes (preferred)

Online Form: No

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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 Katydidnt
Sep 18, 2021 8:16 am


EQ: 8/13/2021
ER: 9/16/2021
Rejection came from assistant Rebecca Eskildsen, who I had queried already independently, so now I have been rejected by her twice, which is a first.

84k YA Fantasy
from writingbubbly
Sep 16, 2021 12:21 pm


EQ: 7/31/2021
ER: 9/15/2021-Similar to others, a polite rejection via assistant.
MG Fantasy 50K
from raktinope
Sep 14, 2021 10:20 am


What are her submissions instructions? Her QM profile says to include 10 pages in the query, but that's no where on the Writers' House website and she doesn't have a Publisher's Marketplace profile I can find.
from ABPenland
Aug 23, 2021 9:17 pm


EQ 7/14/21
Polite rejection from assistant: 8/23/21

Same as others--her list is full so she has to be extremely selective.
from Vaitalla
Aug 04, 2021 9:26 pm


Got request for first 50 pages two weeks after I sent my query. Personalized rejection 3-5-21 (with feedback that really helped me!) from the agent's assistant, received after I sent a polite follow-up (three months waiting on a response). YA fantasy 87,500 words.
from Kate_TheAvidWriter
Apr 28, 2021 9:20 am


EQ: 1/27
CNR: 3/29
ER: 4/27 - Rejected via her assistant. Very polite and said Merrilee's list was full.

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 K_Hana_Lee
Apr 19, 2021 1:03 pm


EQ 4/5/21
Nudge with offer of rep 4/13/21
Polite rejection email from assistant 4/19/21

Adult Fantasy 120k
from Nadler369
Apr 12, 2021 7:01 pm


EQ: 4/12/21
108k fantasy
from jaymeinman
Mar 26, 2021 5:19 pm


EQ: 2/24/21
ER: 3/26/21

Very polite form letter from her assistant. Merrilee's list is very full.
from MarlowePercival
Mar 26, 2021 3:40 pm


EQ: 01/11/2021
PR (10 pgs): 02/24/2021
PR (50 pgs): 03/05/2021
FR: 03/25/2021

YA Literary 68K
from sophiakate
Mar 22, 2021 5:52 pm


EQ 1/30/21
ER 3/22/21
"Thank you so much for thinking of Merrilee for representation, but this 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."
85K adult fantasy
from LSalt1
Mar 10, 2021 4:54 am


EQ: 22 Jan 2021
ER: 09 Mar 2021

Generic email from her assistant.

Adult sci-fi/thriller 73K words.
from tarislb
Mar 09, 2021 8:24 pm


EQ: 02/20/2021

79 000 YA Magical Realism
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

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