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Ms. Meredith Kaffel Simonoff

DeFiore and Company

47 East 19th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10013



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Website: www.defliterary.com/

Twitter: mere215

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Include in Query... A brief description of your book A brief, relevant bio For fiction, please include the first five pages in the body of your email For illustrators, please include your website or online portfolio

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from gabriellestory
Sep 28, 2017 9:17 am


EQ: 7/24
FU: 8/28
ER: 9/8 form
from LightofBeauty
Sep 06, 2017 1:43 pm


9/6 EQ

9/6 (16 hrs later) ER, but suggested that I'd send my manuscript/query to her colleague, Ashley Collom.

It's nice to know that some agents do actually think about their colleague when they feel that the submission is better suited for someone else. Very thoughtful, she could have simply gave an ER. It went like this:

"Many thanks for thinking of me with ______. I’m so sorry to say it’s not quite right for my list, but I wonder if you might like to try my colleague Ashley Collom with it. I so appreciate your giving me a shot here, and wish you all the very best of luck in finding a good publishing home for your work.

All best,
Meredith"

Even a response like this is probably a form nonetheless, tweaked a little, but still, very nice of her to suggest someone else within the agency who might be a better fit!
from themuffinsk8
Aug 19, 2017 11:09 pm


Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your work. We've read your query, and I'm sorry to say that we don't think it is right for the specific talents of the people working at our company at this time.
Publishing is a tough business, and the response of any individual agent—or indeed dozens of agents—is not necessarily a comment on the inherent value of the project. Every agent has individual tastes and individual business requirements. We wish you the best of luck in finding the right path to publication.


Sincerely,


Ashley Collom
Assistant to the DeFiore and Company staff ________________________________
from Littlewren
Jul 13, 2017 1:56 pm


EQ- 4/4/17 No autoresponse.
CNR- 6/4/17
Historical Fiction
from Boreas
Jul 08, 2017 5:53 pm


EQ: 4/19/17
CNR: 7/8/17

YA Action/Drama 107k
from popolopo
Jun 21, 2017 5:45 pm


EQ 6/6/17
FR 6/7/17
literary fiction
from AllisonAWriting
Jun 02, 2017 8:33 am


EQ: June 2nd, 2017
from StoryMan
Feb 02, 2017 11:29 am


Judging from the comments below, it looks like it's hit or miss whether you get a rejection notice from this agent or whether you just end up having to CNR your submission.
from EMBmom
Jan 10, 2017 10:39 am


EQ - 10/19/16
CNR - 1/10/17
from JustinBrower
Jan 01, 2017 7:12 pm


Adult Mystery/Fantasy: 87K
EQ: 1/1
from SnapPeas
Nov 08, 2016 11:18 am


EQ- 11.7.16
ER (form) 11.8.16
from nadja1972
Aug 12, 2016 3:17 pm


EQ + 5 pgs 7/28
Full request 8/1
Encouraging sincere-seeming personalized rejection 8/8
from sabrinajasmeen1234
Aug 03, 2016 10:29 pm


Backtracking to give stat updates for my querying peeps:

EQ: 7/6/16
email sent to notify her of an offer from my dream agent 7/17/16
8/316: No response to date and have already accepted
from cat451
Jun 22, 2016 9:49 am


Auto-reply says she's out of the country/office until 6/27
from QuillScribe
May 16, 2016 4:02 pm


InconstantMoon,
Sorry to hear about the CNR of a full. You are not alone, there are 11 CNR's for submissions according to Reports for her.

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