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Ms. Susan Hawk

Upstart Crow Literary

244 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10001



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Website: upstartcrowliterary.com

Blog: susanhawk.blogspot.com/

Twitter: susanhawk

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from ltran_
Sep 22, 2022 8:35 pm


EQ: 9/1
ER: 9/22
1K PB
from writtenintheclouds
Sep 04, 2022 3:25 pm


E-mail query: May 7, 2022
Form rejection: August 4, 2022 (a Sunday! Appreciate the dedication to the job)

66k YA Contemporary Romance (BIPOC)
from SGA001
Sep 02, 2022 6:01 pm


EQ 9/2/22

YA Fantasy 98k
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 31, 2022 9:05 pm


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from GinaBMonroe
Aug 26, 2022 3:25 pm


Email Query 9Feb22
Full Request 25Aug22
Sent same day
Received auto-confirmation and a personalized confirmation of receipt of submission

YA contemporary fantasy, 81k
from Zooks3
Aug 10, 2022 1:50 pm


2/20/22 - accidentally queried her for Gatsby (she rejected it in 2012) - Contemporary MG
8/8/22 - form rejection - took her six months to reject it.
from jennadevillier
Aug 10, 2022 9:43 am


EQ: 2/19
Nudged (per guidelines): 4/19
ER: 8/10

89k YA Fantasy
from EOG2304
Jul 26, 2022 10:22 am


I completely forgot I queried Susan Feb 2022 for my YA fantasy. I accepted an offer of rep from an agent in March and just received my rejection from Susan three minutes ago. Lol!

Good luck to everyone still on the search for an agent. Don't give up!
from Shadow23
Jun 28, 2022 8:10 am


Has anyone nudged Susan? Her website says "If you don’t hear from me within that time [four weeks], feel free to query again."

That seems to indicate sending an entirely new email (rather than replying to the auto-reply), but I wasn't sure how to indicate it's a nudge/duplicate email.
from Patrick (admin)
May 25, 2022 9:18 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from Mellifera
May 24, 2022 7:22 pm


May 11--I subbed an illustrated picture book in March and after a month I resent/nudged, as Ms. Hawk advised in her sub guidelines. But a look at the timeline shows that most subs after the end of January haven't been responded to yet, so there is a backup in the slush pile and if you haven't heard, it's likely your manuscript hasn't been looked at yet. There are a few random replies to subs after late January and most (but not all) of these (rejections or partial/full requests) came in during the first half of the week (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday). Just thought I'd pass this along to anyone out there who is waiting and wishing and hoping--keep the faith!

from BigKid
May 04, 2022 9:35 pm


PSA for PB writers! I had a request for more work from Susan in June last year. She seemed fantastic and was initially super excited to see more. After lots of nudging and back and forths with her saying she was still interested she wound up rejecting me last week saying she really only wanted author-illustrators :(
from ItalicsTheGreat
Apr 25, 2022 7:23 am


2/8/22 - EQ

4/12/22 - Nudged with Offer of Rep

4/25/22 - Closing this out. No response. I’m thrilled to accept the offer of rep from the other agent!

MG Contemporary Fantasy 64k
from dclawr
Mar 07, 2022 9:15 am


EQ 1/28
Upper MG contemporary

I took a Speakeasy workshop with Susan last fall. Part of the package was a query critique. At the end of January, she sent me her comments, told me my query was "spot on," loved the story idea and asked for pages! I sent her the first 20, per her submission requirements, on Jan. 28. No response yet.
from RCrawford
Feb 14, 2022 5:54 pm


EQ: 2.14.2022

YA paranormal Romance 105k

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