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Ms. Eleanor Jackson

Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

27 West 20th Street, Suite 1107

New York, NY 10011

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from robinkmoore
Sep 25, 2021 8:27 pm

Her list includes authors of fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of categories, including literary, commercial, memoir, art, food, science and history. She looks for books with deeply imagined worlds, and for writers who take risks with their work.
from bubblyian
Aug 22, 2021 6:01 pm

Sent email query July 20
Closed as no response 33 days
ya 65k
from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Jul 31, 2021 7:55 pm

CNR @ 45 days
from misstery
May 31, 2021 11:13 am

Email Query: 3/6/21
CNR: 5/31/21

Adult SpecFic, 89k
from MissPlum
Apr 04, 2021 11:43 am

Literary thriller CNR @63 days
from rahkan
Feb 25, 2021 7:20 am

No problem! Queriers should look out for each other! Good luck! Send me a private message if you want to talk more
from jaws17
Feb 24, 2021 4:14 pm

Thanks, rahkan! I appreciate the response and completely agree with your suggestions. Really helpful! :)
from rahkan
Feb 24, 2021 4:09 pm

I had said, "I get the sense you're not that interested, if I don't hear back from you, I'll consider that a pass." I tend to do this after six months w people who are from agencies w lots of well-respected agents: DCL has lots of cool agents who I could've tried next (I've heard good things about Stacia Decker).

She responded w something like, "Sorry I went silent on you, but I have some time to look at it this week." When I got back to her about the acquisitions thing, she indicated she'd already been reading my manuscript, and I have no reason to disbelieve that. Like a lot of agents, she's not on top of her requested manuscripts. I think she gets the lion's share of her clients these days from referrals. I do think it makes sense for you to pull the manuscript and query someone else at DCL

I did a lot of due diligence on Jackson over the last week. She sells lots of books, almost all of her clients are happy, she has great taste, and she doesn't try to guide or influence her clients too much--she's willing to follow their lead in terms of where they want to go career-wise--but people do think she's a bit overworked. Probably I'm overly sensitive to this because my last agent was very bad at responding to emails, but I wanted to go with someone who was more responsive.

On a sidenote, she is FAR from the only agent who ghosted on a full. I also received no answer despite a bunch of nudges, from Chris Bucci (Aevitas), Marya Spence (Janklow), Susan Golomb (Writer's House), Kristyn Keene (ICM), Ethan Bassoff (Ross Yoon), and Eddie Schneider (Jabberwocky) plus probably a few others whose names I'm not remembering. Bucci, Spence and Keene got back to me at least when I finally told them I had another offer, but the others I still haven't heard from. Just noting this out there so people know!
from jaws17
Feb 24, 2021 2:51 pm

That's interesting rahkan. So when you withdrew your manuscript what did she say? I wonder why that prompts a response and not nudges. I think it's easy to say, "I'm still considering" etc... Esp. when her original request email says she takes 4-6 weeks to come back to you. It's been over a year now!

Congrats on your deal, too! I hope it all goes well!
from rahkan
Feb 23, 2021 11:55 pm

Bit of an odd path to an offer. I had a manuscript for a literary novel with her from back in August. In the meantime i had sent a proposal to my editor at Harper (I also write YA novels), and my editor said the proposal was going to acquisitions. I updated Eleanor; sent her the proposal and some new pages (I’d been rewriting the literary novel), and she read them in a few days. We spoke this morning. It was a good talk! Will update you on what happens.

EDIT: Ultimately decided not to go with her, although she's a very successful agent. As a sidenote, she also ignored multiple nudges from me about my full, although when I said I was withdrawing the sub, she did get back to me (this was before news of my other book)
from jaws17
Feb 23, 2021 7:00 pm

Anyone else get ghosted on a full by this agent, even after multiple nudges?
from Eliza1822
Feb 08, 2021 4:27 pm

EQ - 12/5/2020
Auto responder "If you have submitted a query, we appreciate your patience. As we receive many submissions, we cannot send personal rejections letters; if you have not heard from us in 4 to 6 weeks, unfortunately we will not be pursuing your project."
Closed/CNR 1/22/2021
from andyscontras
Dec 03, 2020 7:10 pm

EQ -- 12/3/2020 Speculative Fiction 84K
from Cherylking
Aug 05, 2020 6:46 pm

EQ: 8/5/2020

YA hist fic 64k
from twiman
Apr 29, 2020 5:55 am

EQ 1/29/20
CNR 4/29/20
MG (light sci-fi)

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