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Ms. Suzie Townsend

New Leaf Literary & Media

110 West 40th Street, Suite 2201

New York, NY 10018



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Website: newleafliterary.com

Blog: suzietownsend.tumblr.com

Twitter: sztownsend81

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from ElaMishne
Today 3:12 am


EQ: 04/18/19
FR: 04/20/19

MG fantasy, 55k
Fingers crossed!
from zehvran
Yesterday 11:00 pm


EQ: 04/23/2019

YA Contemporary Fantasy, 100k
from gillianc
Apr 22, 2019 10:58 am


EQ 4/14/19
Closed on 4/22/19 due to message on her tumblr saying she is caught up with queries through 4/19

Adult scifi, 100k
from Carafoshizzle
Apr 18, 2019 1:42 pm


EQ: 4/18/19
YA sci-fi 58K
from William86
Apr 17, 2019 6:49 pm


4/17/19, EQ, Women's Fiction, 102k
from lv_bln
Apr 17, 2019 2:05 pm


EQ: 4/12
FR: 4/15

What a dream! Fingers crossed.
from eflora
Apr 16, 2019 10:28 am


@alibryn what?! Omg no that's so frustrating! I was going to query Devon Ross after closing Suzie out :( I'm so annoyed with how many agencies are changing over to that policy.
from alibryn
Apr 16, 2019 7:01 am


EQ 3/11
CNR 4/16

A bit surprised and disappointed at this one. Suzie critiqued my query and opening pages for this manuscript last spring for a WD webinar, and was really complimentary of my premise and writing. I think I got my hopes up when she even followed me on Twitter, so when I sent this one I mentioned her encouragement and help on this project last year. It's been 36 days and I've had no response, and she requested a full on another query she received the same day as mine.

Painful to close this one out. Sadly, New Leaf used to encourage querying other agents at their agency if you got a no from one, but their website indicates this is no longer a possibility. Bummer.
from Rozeswrite
Apr 13, 2019 7:08 pm


EQ 1/17
FR 1/22 (confirmation email a few hours later)
ER 3/26
YA Fantasy 90k

She is my dream agent so when I got a request from her I was so excited. I feel like it was an honor that she even considered my book even if she did pass. She's a tough agent to land but hopefully one of the others who requested will be the one. Fingers crossed!

Form Rejection Letter:

"Thank you for being so patient while I considered it for representation. I really love your premise. Unfortunately I don't feel it's quite right for my list. I'm regretfully going to pass.

Please don't take this rejection as a comment on your writing, because it isn't intended to be one. While your novel has merit, I am forced to give serious consideration to the realities of the marketplace when deciding which writers to represent. And I really have to be absolutely in love with every project I choose to take on.

Best of luck with this project and all your endeavors. Due to the volume of queries and submissions I receive, I'm unable to provide a personal evaluation and/or further explanation of my decision.

Good luck with your submissions."
from HopefulHopefulHopeful
Mar 26, 2019 8:08 am


EQ 3/7/19
FR 3/18/19
ER 3/26/19
Literary woman's fiction (if that is a genre) - 89,000 words

I thought this request for a full was one of the most professional emails I've seen from an agent. She said she hoped to read it within 30 days, but if I hadn't heard back within 60 days, to check in via email. I really appreciated the timeline and wish every agent was like this. My fingers are crossed, but even if she passes, I feel this was a very positive interaction and anyone would be lucky to work with her.
from Fordwalker
Mar 21, 2019 3:45 pm


(YA speculative fiction 103k words)
EQ: 1/09 (to Joanna Volpe, who passed me on to Suzie)
FR: 1/14
ER: 3/21
"I finished reading THE BLADE AND THE BOW. Thank you for being so patient while I considered it for representation. I really love your premise. Unfortunately I don't feel it's quite right for my list. I'm regretfully going to pass.
Please don't take this rejection as a comment on your writing, because it isn't intended to be one. While your novel has merit, I am forced to give serious consideration to the realities of the marketplace when deciding which writers to represent. And I really have to be absolutely in love with every project I choose to take on.
Best of luck with this project and all your endeavors. Due to the volume of queries and submissions I receive, I'm unable to provide a personal evaluation and/or further explanation of my decision.
Good luck with your submissions."

While that's truly lovely feedback from her, I've had a couple of "great! but not quite right for my list" responses in the past week and I would love it if someone could give me some solid workable feedback. I want to grow as a writer, and make this a better book.
from Idunnoyouyet
Mar 21, 2019 1:41 am


EQ: 2/7
CNR: 3/21

YA Fantasy
from PSbookish
Mar 18, 2019 2:38 pm


I sent a query to this agent on 3/18/2019. Hopefully they don't mind if you sent one to another agent in the same agency already. Will update this when there is a response.
from onelovegcy
Mar 16, 2019 11:25 am


I originally queried Joanna Volpe at this agency on 2/1/19, then last night (3/15) I was going through some old emails and found a full request from Suzie sent a month ago (2/16) which I'd somehow overlooked(!) Joanna had passed my query on to her. Of course, I was mortified and immediately sent her the material with my apologies. I hope she hasn't lost interest yet because her email was very warm and, after reviewing her profile, I thought she sounded great.
adult literary fiction 80k
from kjgillenwater
Mar 15, 2019 11:17 am


EQ: 2/7/19
I guess based on commenter post, she's all caught up and she's not interested.

80K romantic suspense

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