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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/AALA 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 NathanRH
Jun 27, 2022 1:22 pm


41 day old form rejection.
from magryme
Jun 21, 2022 10:48 am


EQ: 05/02/22
Form Rejection: 06/21/2022 (from her assistant and similar to earlier posted examples)

76k Middle Grade Science Fiction
from Writer67
Jun 17, 2022 11:27 am


EQ: 05.19.2022
PR: 06.09.2022 (Materials sent same day with confirmation email received a few minutes later.)
Update - FR 06.16.2022 (Materials sent 06.17.2022 with confirmation shortly after.)

85K YA Fantasy
from elle_mac
Apr 29, 2022 7:36 pm


EQ: 03/07/22 Adult Fantasy 110k
FR: 04/29/22
from DeeCee2022
Apr 20, 2022 2:12 pm


EQ: 14 February 2022
FR: 18 April 2022
SF 85k

"We respond to all queries, generally within six to eight weeks."

"With her very full client list, Merrilee has to be extremely selective, and she wasn’t able to fully connect with your project."
from vickshi
Apr 11, 2022 1:20 pm


2/3/2022: EQ
4/9/2022: Updated EQ with revisions based on other agent feedback
4/11/2022: FR from agent assistant (very prompt after my update)

Same form E-mail rejection as @UnderTheTree!
from jonmhansen
Apr 01, 2022 7:54 pm


Email query 01/03/22.
Nudged 03/02/22.
Had originally considered this a Closed, No Reponse on 03/16/22, but I then got a form response no from her assistant on 04/01/22. I noted her email system had originally marked it as spam, which, I will admit, makes me nervous about every other Closed No Response I got from another agent.

Urban Fantasy, 85,000 words.
from BL2017
Mar 26, 2022 11:52 am


EQ: 01/25/22 adult sci-fi 76k
CNR: 03/26/22
from HereForTheMayday
Mar 23, 2022 3:40 pm


Email Query 3/2/2022
Adult Supernatural Romance, 113557 words
from KathrynFaye007
Mar 04, 2022 7:16 pm


EQ: 24 February 2022

Upper MG Dark Fantasy/Horror
from t_l_xanthion
Feb 28, 2022 4:28 pm


EQ: 12 December 2021
PR: 28 February 2021

YA Fantasy, 97k
from UnderTheTree
Feb 09, 2022 8:31 am


11/15/21 Emailed query
2/7/22 polite form rejection from assistant.
54k fantasy
"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 cameronwittbooks
Jan 21, 2022 3:02 pm


EQ: 1/21/22

Couldn't find clear guidelines, so I went with what was on here and on another site: Personalized letter, first 10 pages, synopsis optional, through email. Here's hoping!
from Shopcraze1
Nov 19, 2021 5:01 pm


EQ: 9/20
ER:11/18
MG sci-fi 60K
from gcontelmo
Oct 29, 2021 7:01 am


EQ: 9/6/21
ER: 10/28/21 polite rejection via assistant
YA fantasy 91k

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