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Mr. Bill Contardi

Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

1501 Broadway, Suite 2310

New York, NY 10036



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Website: brandthochman.com

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from Patrick (admin)
Feb 07, 2017 9:55 am


Profile Update: Genres updated.

from DW_Bailey
Feb 06, 2017 2:49 pm


Calling all authors: I've spoken to Bill several times today and he is going to update his website with what he DOES want. So to be clear: Bill wants middle-ware stuff at present. Bill says "At present I am not looking for sci fi or fantasy. My info on the website will be accordingly tweaked." So if you are accidentally sending Bill stuff with Fantasy or Sci-Fi or even some adult stuff be sure you'll get a very rapid response, as did I. Best check in a couple of days on Bill's website for those tweaks to see what really inspires him as an agent so we writers can send him the right stuff to suit, instead of wasting all our time submitting stuff because the website is years out of date and getting 2 hour responses. On the flip side I found him almost conversational and polite, and if you send him stuff he really wants you'll find him an able and well-connected agent, he's reputable and from my research he works hard. Rely on his unedited internet presence you might just be wasting your time. That way Bill will be happy because he gets what he wants and we'll be happy because we know not to send the stuff he doesn't want. Result.
from heroic665
Feb 06, 2017 2:06 pm


EQ: 2/6
ER: 2/6 (2.5 hours)
Fantasy, 95K

Love the fast reply. Obviously not the desired response, but it's best to get it over with than to languish for months.
from DW_Bailey
Feb 06, 2017 10:52 am


I thought I knew Mr Gonzalez's tastes but I was so wrong. It took 3 days to find out why I'd gotten such a speedy rejection (after first discovering Bill doesn't walk around with a radio controlled DELETE button glued to his finger every waking minute of the day), so I am better equipped to relate to Bill now and have learned an object lesson. My ambition is to withdraw a NYBS faster than he can accept it to teach the bugger a lesson.
from JEHolmes
Feb 05, 2017 10:30 pm


Email query sent February 5th.
YA Fantasy 105k words.
from mporgel
Jan 27, 2017 10:09 pm


EQ: 1/27
ER: 1/27

54 minutes! Short and sweet "not for him."
from catmly
Jan 26, 2017 12:01 pm


Is his correct email bill@billcontardi.com? I submitted on 1/20 and still haven't heard back...
from stephani111
Jan 26, 2017 9:13 am


EQ: 2017-25-1 4:44 pm
ER: 2017-26-1 8:52 am (everyone has to sleep!) Thank you for your query. But this is not for me. I wish you all the best. Bill Contardi
from dpasquantonio
Jan 26, 2017 7:50 am


EQ 2017-01-25 4:02 pm (adult mystery 88K)
ER 2017-01-25 10:52 pm ("Thank you for the query. But this is not for me. I wish you all the best.")
[six hours, fifty-two minutes]

Once two hours rolled around without a reply, I thought I still had a shot with Mr. Contardi. At three hours, I was growing more optimistic, and after four hours without a rejection, I was positively giddy! But at five hours, I became worried. Where was he? It's not like him to take this long! At the six-hour mark, I was sure something had happened to him. I was terrified. I was planning to call 911 at the seven-hour mark, but then the rejection came through. Phew! I'm glad he's okay!
from rossdc
Jan 24, 2017 9:27 pm


EQ 7:08 pm 24 Jan 2017
ER 10:02 pm 24 Jan 2017
Short rejection note, but nice.
from Bastet
Jan 21, 2017 7:57 am


EQ: 1/20/17
ER: 1/21/17
Blazing fast...
from Redcoatwi
Jan 18, 2017 9:47 pm


EQ 1/17
ER 1/18

Thriller 83k
from huggsngiggles
Jan 08, 2017 2:03 am


EQ: 1/6
ER: 1/7
from esadler1985
Dec 23, 2016 1:33 pm


EQ: 12/22
EQ: 12/23

125k fantasy

It wasn't the *fastest* I've ever received, but it's definitely in the top three.
from duke_of_lilywhite
Dec 09, 2016 12:29 pm


EQ: dec. 6
ER: same day rejected

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