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Ms. Myrsini Stephanides

Carol Mann Agency

55 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10003

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Twitter: myrrr

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from LissaC
Dec 12, 2017 4:08 pm

I tried 5 times yesterday to query Ms Stephanides & it bounced back each time. Then I tried the general submissions email, only for that to bounce back, too. I went to twitter and asked the agency if their email was down & got a nice response with a new email to send to. It worked!
EQ: 1/11/17 YA
Full R: 28/11/17
R: 12/12/17 with some positive feedback
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 18, 2017 11:01 am

shadowconn, I sent a test email to them and it did not bounce. Maybe it was a temporary issue that they have now corrected. If it still isn't working for you, please let me know the details of the error message because, if that's the case, it could be something about your email service.
from shadowconn
Oct 17, 2017 11:09 pm

Email address returns mailer-deamon error
from KAMielke
Oct 05, 2017 12:38 pm

EQ 9/26/17
FR 9/27/17 - sent same day

80k YA contemp
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 31, 2017 3:57 pm

Profile Update: Genres updated. This agent reviewed and approved this listing.
from bevjack1
Jul 30, 2017 6:27 pm

EQ 6/21/17 Lit Fic 73K 15 pg. +
CNR 7/30/17 (3 to 4 week turnaround passed)
from karenleespree
Jul 06, 2017 10:49 am

EQ: 7/6 (sent 15 pages and not the 25 --oops) YA, Suspense
from mklaus36
May 26, 2017 11:52 am

Query: May 24
ER: May 25 -- Short, polite response, "We're not the right agency for your project."
from Kristine_Hagen_Johnson
Nov 03, 2016 5:13 pm

Thank you. I'm nearly over my spitting rage at all things superficial and will focus on the things I have control over rather than the things I don't. (The other me reads the above and says, "yeah, sounds like you're really putting that behind you - way to go, jerkwad.") -K
from nadja1972
Nov 03, 2016 8:54 am

Kristine, I feel your pain. I think a lot of agents keep memoir on their lists because, every once in a while, they find something truly spectacular (and easy to sell). The good news is that she sees potential in your project and would consider looking at it again. Maybe you can you pull a section out of your manuscript and turn it into an essay/article.
from Kristine_Hagen_Johnson
Nov 03, 2016 12:03 am

She was very professional. I like her. I wish I were her!

Now, in an about-face, I'm going to rant into the wind. Maybe at least this rant will reach some people even if my memoir never will.

Agents might consider removing memoir from their acceptable submissions lists if what this agent says is true about not being able to sell the genre. FYI - my memoir is about a company that had been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, SF Chronicle, NY Times, on the cover of a book, Martha Stewart Living, Oprah Mag, etc. ... so yeah, no platform 'cause I don't have a Facebook following. Come on. My contacts in the food industry have Facebook followings but that doesn't count somehow.

Not that my story or writing compares, but could you imagine Frank McCourt whinging about his childhood on Facebook? No. He was teaching school. To pay the bills. That's what people with bills to pay do. If he had submitted Angela's Ashes today, he would have gotten rejection letter after rejection letter. AAAARRRRGGGH. Ok. Done. Thank you for listening. Hope it helps.

Here's the very nice and very helpful letter (I'm serious. It's better to fail fast!):

Thank you for submitting your query, but we're not the right agency for your project.

I really like the premise of your memoir, but my concern is that you don't have a platform to support the book. Memoir is perhaps the most crowded category at the moment (I've had editors tell me they can't buy any more memoir even if they fall head over heels in love with the project), so I would advise you to consider building your profile in the media. See if you can get some pieces on high traffic sites to show that there's an enthusiastic audience out there hungry for stories like yours. Maybe look into starting a newsletter. I would be happy to reconsider your submission down the road if you do decide to build your platform.
from nadja1972
Oct 31, 2016 8:10 am

EQ: 10/28
ER: 10/31

I found an interview with Myrsini saying she hates prologues, which unfortunately I didn't see until after I queried her. So if your manuscript has a prologue, maybe try someone else at this agency.
from PaigeTurner
Oct 29, 2016 4:51 pm

EQ: 9/6/2016
ER: 10/29/2016 - guess this 'no' is a no from all.

Thank you for submitting your query, but we're not the right agency for your project. Best of luck elsewhere.

from Polonius
Oct 29, 2016 4:50 pm

EQ 10/3/16
ER 10/14/16

YA Contemporary
from justwondering
Oct 19, 2016 9:16 am

EQ 9/4
ER 10/19

YA. Form.

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