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Formerly with Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Current whereabouts unknown.

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Ms. Denise Little



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from KristenH
Feb 01, 2012 6:36 am

Hmm. Good to know--she's scratched on my list for now.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 31, 2012 8:06 pm

Formerly with Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Current whereabouts unknown.

(Thanks Goblinscribe)
from Goblinscribe
Jan 31, 2012 2:21 pm

Just a heads up. I was looking at the Ethan Ellenberg site yesterday and it seems Ms. Little is no longer listed as an agent. Just thought I'd put out the word to stop folks from sending in any more submissions at this time as it seems her email is still up and working.
from KristenH
Jan 06, 2012 7:05 am

No worries Dauntless. Just sharing her story of agony, when she nudged, nudged, nudged, and nudged--and got nowhere with Denise. I told her to take it as a no response and move on. She didn't receive an email, a phone call, or a snail mail letter from Denise; I do remember that it was sent to Ethan, since he was interested in it, when DL forwarded it to him. It had been weeks when she waited and got nothing back on her exclusive from DL, until she gave up.
from dauntless
Jan 05, 2012 11:02 am

I hate to be a broken record, but, seriously, "moved on?" "Got tired of waiting for her?" (I'm not picking on you OR your friend, just noticing a recurring theme.) Go back in this history and similar ones on other sites and you will find WAY too many people (hint: one person is too many) who submitted to Denise and then sat back and gave her an exclusive that she never asked for, wanting to hear back from her before querying others.

I hope this has demonstrated why this is NEVER a good idea. Do not give an exclusive, do not sit and wait without querying others, because you have no idea how long the wait will be, or if you'll ever hear back (no matter what kind of history of response times the agent has).

It's unnecessary and it wastes your valuable time. If another agent makes an offer, you can come back and notify the first agent. In Denise's case, she ignored those, as well.
from KristenH
Jan 05, 2012 6:33 am

Thanks Goblinscribe. No wonder she gave everyone a no response. I'll add a ? to her name in my notebook. A friend of mine queried her back in late 2009 and got a full request from her along with other information. She waited to hear back from DL and nudged her a few times before she gave up. She did get an email saying something about her being sick and the holidays came. Early 2010 my friend moved on. She was tired on waiting for her.
from Goblinscribe
Jan 04, 2012 4:04 pm

Oh, I'm sure she could do well as an agent if she chose to stick with it. I would have enjoyed seeing what might have developed in working with her. I think she has the skills and background to do a great job. It was part of the reason I held on so long looking to get some answers from her about where things might be going in the first place.

She's a very talented editor, among other things. She might have made a few mistakes going in--like trying to do too much and take too many folks on at once but that could have been smoothed out, I think, if that illness didn't took her for a loop in the middle of getting appears to have fouled things up enough to put things out of whack--in so far as agenting with the Ethan Ellenberg Agency goes.

Time will tell, I'm sure...

from dauntless
Jan 04, 2012 1:33 pm

Thank you for the info Goblinscribe. As for her starting her own agency later, she would have no problem getting submissions. There are so many people desperate for agents and new people joining the fray daily. That's the nature of the business!
from mschloe
Jan 04, 2012 1:03 pm

I saw something to this effect on other board. I don't understand why they don't remove her maybe there is some reason.
from ClaudeD
Jan 04, 2012 12:59 pm

Wow. Good to know. Thanks!
from Goblinscribe
Jan 04, 2012 11:37 am

I spoke with Evan, I believe, at the Ethan Ellenberg agency to clear up the matter of just where Ms. Little might be with getting back to folks, like myself, whom she had shown an interest in their work, requested fulls, etc.

I was told she is not longer taking clients and might very well no longer be an agent any more. Why they have her listed as still accepting submissions on their site I have no idea but just thought to pass this along to those might benefit from it. From what I was able to gather she might still work as a consultant/editor with the agency down the road but for now she is no longer in the agent business.

Of course, she might leave and form her own agency too--like others have done in the past but I don't know how well that would fly either given her current track record and having to start from scratch again, etc. Again, just an FYI for anyone who was looking for clarity on the matter, like I was.
from KristenH
Oct 25, 2011 4:01 pm

9/15, I've sent her a query. Two weeks ago, I nudged her. As of today, no response. I'll requery Ethan again next month.
from Goblinscribe
Sep 29, 2011 2:46 pm

Just curious if anyone has heard anything out there about Ms. Little and if she is still looking at agenting. I haven't been able to find much either way in looking around online and elsewhere.
from Cavillier1970
Aug 10, 2011 12:48 pm

Acsa Yes I did, but having an e-book is one thing. Having an agent is another.
from BethanyMC
Aug 03, 2011 1:05 pm

This is sad news--hopefluly she's feeling better soon.
I wish she'd have had someone monitoring her inbox in her absence. So many people waiting...

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