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Ms. Gail Hochman

Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

1501 Broadway, Suite 2605

New York, NY 10036

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AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from acschroeder
Oct 19, 2020 11:32 pm

EQ: 09/25/2020
PR: 09/28/2020 - Sent same day
ER: 10/06/2020 "I am so sorry, but I am drowning in work at the moment – obligations to current clients and an enormous reading pile. I should not take any new material at this time.. I am so sorry, but I thank you for thinking of me and I wish you great success with this novel."

So for whatever weird reason she sent me a second (almost identical albeit slightly more personalized) rejection letter today on 10/19/2020... not sure what's going on there.

Not sure why she'd do a partial request if she knew she wasn't going to take on anyone new...?

Literary, 98k
from carbogast
Oct 08, 2020 10:44 am

10/8 QL with ancient referral note
from NHWriter_bipoc_she_her
Sep 29, 2020 9:31 am

by referral only. Have the person who refers you send your cover letter and ms. "DO NOT QUERY ME DIRECTLY" - AAR profile note
Her website not: query by email only.
Go figure.
from Interluke
Sep 01, 2020 10:50 am

EQ 9/1/20
upmarket historical fiction 90k
from katiebird
Jul 23, 2020 11:07 pm

5/26/20 Email query (historical, literary, 107K)
Request for Full within 15 minutes
("But note, I am absolutely drowning in reading, so will probably be slow. Thanks. Yours, ‘Gail H’")

from IgnatiusR
Jul 19, 2020 3:31 pm

07/16/20 Email query (upmarket mystery, 72K)
15 min later she kindly declined, she's too busy to take on new clients/mss
NOTE: it looks like she's been sending the same msg for 3+ years so maybe she's closed to unsolicited queries?
from yrkr001
Jun 12, 2020 10:19 am

May 2, 2020, Email Query (Literary fiction, 80K words)
May 5, Email partial Request
May 5, Five chapters sent by email
June 11, Email rejection

I sent my query with the first chapter of my MS included in the query on May 2.

On May 3, actually I received email rejection from Ms. Hochman with a personal note from her, saying that my MS is her liking, but she has to consider commercial implication of the MS as publishers these days seeks commercial success. Since my MS is literary fiction, Ms. Hochman said, she does not feel confident to find a publisher. Although it was a rejection, her personal letter was the best rejection letter I had ever received.

One day later, on May 4, I replied to her and thanked her personal letter. Then, I asked (apologizing my audacity) if she would be willing to read the first five chapters of my MS. On May 5, to my happy surprise, she agreed. So, the same day, I sent the first five chapters of my MS to her.

Since she is a well-known, powerful agent, my expectation to get her reply was a little low. However, to my happy surprise again, she replied to me on June 11 with a personal note. It was a rejection, but the tone was warm. I was grateful to her for her time to read my partial MS and reply to me.

Ms. Hochman really reads the queries, and she has eyes to discover MSs which have potentials. She has my deepest respect.

from jeeje2u
Feb 03, 2020 11:38 am

EQ 12/6/19
CNR 2/3/20
100k memoir
from domberoonie
Dec 22, 2019 6:43 pm

Submission guidelines in her AAR profile says:
Have referring client forward to me your 1pg pitch plus sample ms. and contents.
Do not get in touch with me directly.

Regular agency website says:
Query by regular mail preferred.
from jeeje2u
Dec 06, 2019 10:20 am

ER 12/6/19
ER 12/6/19
Memoir 100k
Kind personal email rejection.
from KristenH
Aug 17, 2019 7:40 am

On 11/4/15, I've requeried Gail with Venom. Today I've nudged her and heard back from Jody Kahn with a pass--they didn't respond to this material. I'll try him next month with Chain Reaction.

On 3/16/16, I requeried Gail with Chain Reaction. Today I've nudged her and heard back from Jody with a pass--same as before. I'll try Marianne Merola this summer with Venom.

8/17/19: EQ 8/14/19 (2nd/final requery Venom)
ER 8/15/19 (Passed--overwhelmed with client list)
from MReyesWrites
Jun 28, 2019 5:53 pm

EQ: June 28
ER: June 28
MG fantasy

At least she's quick. :)

"I wish I could help. But at the moment, I am absolutely drowning in my manuscript and obligations to current clients. I just can’t take in new reading until I get that all under control. I am so so sorry, but I thank you for writing me and I wish you every success. Sincerely, ‘Gail H’

Sent from my iPhone"
from Doreen
Mar 25, 2019 12:35 pm

QM to Bill Contardi on 8/10 Two pages
No response.
from Alberta
Feb 12, 2019 10:02 am

Sent query with a desire to find a publisher for the substance abuse books. Sent to Emma Petterson
from KristenH
Dec 23, 2018 12:14 pm

EQ 12/7/18 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 12/10/18 (Passed--same as below)

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