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Ms. Michelle Tessler

The Tessler Literary Agency

27 West 20th Street, Suite 1003

New York, NY 10011


AAR/AALA Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from hsdonnelly
Oct 02, 2022 6:18 am

EQ: 2022-08-15 Lit, Hist, Humorous 98K

CNR: 2022-10-02 (Yeah, given that her response time is 2 weeks, I left it open for quite awhile. But I'm just getting around to doing some housekeeping)
from dragnipur
Jul 14, 2022 11:43 am

Really positive experience.
LGBTQ Memoir, 75k words.
Queried via form 7/12/22.
Partial request 7/13/22.
She read it last night and sent me the kindest and most personalized rejection I’ve yet received. Loved the writing and story but was concerned about the market for memoir, ultimately just a business decision.
from kmp152
May 21, 2022 4:54 am

submitted form query 3/2/22 Memoir 89K
No response after 10 weeks
from Tallis
Mar 26, 2022 4:29 pm

I'm encouraged to have received a partial request from Ms. Tessler.

However, in looking back at her timeline, it looks like she hasn't taken on a single new client in the past fifteen years. At least among Query Tracker users. Does anyone have any more information about her?
from tkm256
Jan 30, 2022 3:48 pm

Form query: 1/16/22
CNR: 1/30/22
Upmarket fiction, 92K

The confirmation page says if she doesn't respond within 2 weeks, consider it a pass. I didn't receive an automated confirmation that the form submission went through.
from TheKat
Jan 21, 2022 8:24 am

Pitch box in the online form has a 1000-character limit (including blanks).
from thamnosma
Jan 07, 2022 4:49 pm

Online form query - 1/7/2022
83K memoir
Her on-line form is CRAZY. You get two paragraphs for your 'pitch' and two paragraphs for your bio, but she places a word count limit...a severe one. I must have edited mine 5 times to work. Have fun. I'm learning how to become an advertising exec.
from prosperity1
Oct 02, 2021 6:18 pm

8-25-21 query memoir 38k
from Bonni_Brodnick
Sep 23, 2021 4:17 pm

Online Query 9/23/21
33K memoir
from Bonni_Brodnick
Sep 23, 2021 4:17 pm

Online Query 9/23/21
33K memoir
from OPKiwi
Sep 21, 2021 12:29 am

CNR 73 pages.
from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Sep 07, 2021 5:23 pm

This is a screen print I got immediately after submitting the (four paragraph!) form:

Thank you for your query.
We give every query we receive careful consideration.

Due to the number of queries we receive, however, we can only respond to submissions that we are interested in pursuing. If you do not hear from us within two weeks, please assume that your project is not a good fit for our list.

In this case, please do seek out other opinions. The Literary Marketplace is a good resource for finding other agents who may be of service.

Thank you so much for thinking of us.
from blue2280
Aug 06, 2021 2:46 pm

Does anyone know if once the query is submitted using their form, if a confirmation email is sent? I didn't receive anything, so who knows if it went through?

Women's fiction 8/5/21
from Maranda
Jun 11, 2021 6:11 pm

from Numi777
May 29, 2021 9:38 am

EQ: 5/18/21
PR: same day
ER: a week or so later, not literary enough
family saga, 91k

Based on other's comments, she's quick if she thinks she might like something, and equally quick to decline. ;)

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