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Ms. Michelle Tessler

The Tessler Literary Agency

27 West 20th Street, Suite 1003

New York, NY 10011



Website: www.tessleragency.com/

AAR Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from Crackedbelle
Yesterday 12:56 pm


Query: WF on 9/9
PR: a few hours later.
Hoping she'll request the full as she seems like a wonderful agent.
ER: Nice person. Not literary enough for her.
from NancyDWrites
Aug 25, 2019 7:32 pm


EQ: 8/25/19


Memoir 70k
from billybuttercup
Aug 16, 2019 3:29 pm


EQ: Aug 8/19
CNR: Aug 16/19 (she's requested pages for others since my query was sent)

Women's/Historical Fiction - 89K
from jsk_31
Jun 26, 2019 8:04 am


EQ 3/13, lit fic 74,500 words
PR, 3 chapters, 3/13 (within minutes); sent same day
FR 3/13 (she's fast!). She asked for an exclusive look but it's under review by other agents, so I had to ask if she would read anyway. She said yes, so I sent the full same day.
Response to full 3/20: She's not ready to sign the book on, but feels the potential is there if I'm open to revision. She called the next day to give me wonderful, thoughtful feedback, and I'll be excited to resubmit when the ms is ready if I don't sign with another agent before then. Fingers crossed!
2nd round submission 6/12, offered 2-week exclusive on the submission, which she accepted.
ER, 6/25. Heartbroken, but she's not fully behind the book, so it's best.
from LGV_AL
Jun 23, 2019 6:59 pm


EQ form: 5/31/19 literary novel @ 97K words
CNR 6/23/19
from KristenH
May 12, 2019 3:09 pm


EQ 4/1/19 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 5/6/19 (Passed via nudge--not good fit)
from KristenH
Mar 16, 2019 6:10 pm


EQ 2/8/19 (2nd/final requery Chain Reaction)
ER 3/13/19 (Passed via nudge--not interested)

Congrats Jsk!
from KristenH
Feb 07, 2019 9:02 am


EQ 7/23/18 (2nd/final requery Venom)
CNR 8/25/18 (No nudges)
from Jogapher
Aug 31, 2018 7:47 pm


EQ: 8/24
PR: 8/25 (3 chapters)
ER: 8/28

Personalized rejection email. Very admiring of the work, "purely a matter of taste and I encourage you to seek out other opinions."
from jeasley
Aug 17, 2018 3:24 pm


EQ 94K literary women's fiction
CNR 8/17/18
from Catsamoa79
Jul 02, 2018 10:24 am


EQ: 5/23/18, via form
CNR: 7/2/18
Confirmation note when you submit via their form says 2 weeks, otherwise, it is a "no"
from LightofBeauty
Jul 01, 2018 11:04 pm


EQ: 7/2
from adooley
May 23, 2018 1:56 pm


EQ 2/12/2018
CNR 5/23/2018
70k memoir
from JasonTVoiovich
May 11, 2018 3:00 pm


5/11/2018 business, via online form
from AAuthor
Apr 08, 2018 7:37 pm


3/29/18 online form (easy to use and a relief from the usual need to personalize!)
3/30/18 PR
4/2 Full
4/8 Lovely email about my writing and credentials but not literary enough for her list given the tough market for debuts. No specifics about the book. Was this a form letter?? Other agents who've read the full have said it's too literary. Sigh.
90+k Lit fiction

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