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Mr. Harold Schmidt

Harold Schmidt Literary Agency

415 West 23rd Street, #6F

New York, NY 10011

AAR Member: Yes

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E-Mail: Closed

Online Form: Closed

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from JohnPansini
Sep 18, 2015 3:29 pm

PW 2015 is over and I did not get picked. Back to querying. I will mail him my query on Tuesday, 9/8.

9/18/15 He is retired and closed to queries. He's a class guy. The industry has lost a good one.
from KristenH
Sep 12, 2015 6:57 am

John, I didn't get picked either for Pitch Wars. I did get feedback and will resume querying next week. There are other contests going on this fall.
from JohnPansini
Jun 29, 2015 9:27 am

Mr. Schmidt was my agent for a nonfiction book about the Cold War in 1988-1989.Harold is a hard worker, really cares about his clients, and is an overall great guy. He has what all agents should have: access to the big publishers. And we hit every one of them with my manuscript, but in the late 80s they all passed because they said the Cold War is dead. (Go tell that to The Americans!)

Anyway, I suspect that he is now closed to queries because he is so damn big and successful. I might query him anyway by mail because I was a former client.
Any writer that has Harold on his/her team is damn lucky.
from roland007us
Jul 20, 2013 11:34 pm

Noteworthy (I thought): Sambuchino's 2013 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS lists this agent only having 3 clients, no website, and established 1984.
from KristenH
Nov 21, 2012 4:20 pm

1/17/12, I queried him. I sent him a belated nudge for my CR query this September. No response/closed.
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 26, 2011 10:40 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from KristenH
Oct 17, 2011 6:33 am

Oh well. I wonder how you get those referrals.
from WhatAWriter
Oct 16, 2011 12:20 pm

On AQ: says:

Does not accept email queries.

Literary Fiction | Multi-Cultural | Gay & Lesbian | Offbeat/Quirky


This agent does not currently accept unsolicited queries


This agent likes unconventional, cutting edge fiction


Accepting new clients through referral only
from KristenH
Sep 16, 2011 4:02 pm

Wow, no one commented on Schmidt in 3 years. On 2/27, I've sent him a query. Belatedly, I've sent him a follow up, two weeks ago. It's a NR.
from Dwightwannabe
Aug 31, 2007 12:00 am

Mr. Schmidt has all the earmarkings of a non-responder. He didn't respond to the query for my previous novel, and it looks like (after four months at the time I write this) he isn't going to respond to my latest novel.

If you have received even so much as a form letter rejection from Mr. Schmidt, please indicate in a follow-up note.

There's darned little about this guy on the Internet. Quite the cipher, it would seem.

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