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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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from ButtonEyez
Apr 01, 2020 8:41 am

YA horror/fairy tale retelling 52k
EQ: 3-11-20
CNR: 4-1-20
from samvanleck
Feb 24, 2020 9:06 am

EQ: 2/24/2020

85k Upper MG Fantasy
from ceb1129
Feb 04, 2020 9:44 am

EQ: 12/9/19
FR: 12/9/19 (sent 12/15/19)
ER: 1/11/20— a very kind personal rejection!

from SCwrites
Jan 19, 2020 10:40 am

2015- I'd submitted to her - women's fiction- but I received other representation before she got to my query. When I rescinded my query, she got back to me with regrets for missing the oppty.
2020- I'm searching for a new agent for the same title, re-queried. She responded in 24 business hours noting that her list had changed and recommending a couple of colleagues. Very nice and helpful!
from totallybuggin
Nov 19, 2019 2:12 pm

EQ: 19/11/19
from barnabyhazen
Oct 22, 2019 3:46 am

Query was Aug 12 19. I resent on October 22 out of concern of expletives dumping my queries into the abyss.
from alexathorn
Sep 21, 2019 10:38 am

Query: 7/25/19
Resubmit (after revisions to pages): 9/21/19
from keisenbraun
Jun 24, 2019 9:36 am

EQ: 3/25, lit fic, 93k
CNR: 6/24
from Sculptress
Apr 29, 2019 8:45 pm

4/29: EQ, memoir, 97K
from anotherearth
Apr 09, 2018 4:22 pm

EQ: 01/09
CNR: 04/09
from Kaiodem
Mar 16, 2018 11:51 am

EQ: 3/16/18

from froufrou
Jan 05, 2018 11:07 am

EQ: 1/4/18

YA historical fantasy, 91K
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,

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.


Ashley Collom
Assistant to the DeFiore and Company staff ________________________________

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