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Mr. Joshua Bilmes

JABberwocky Literary Agency

49 W. 45th St., #12th Floor

New York, NY 10036-4603

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from Toatos
Jun 30, 2020 4:43 am

EQ: 14 May 2019
CNR: 13 July 2019
Partial request: 26 August 2019

Rejection, June 2020. A copy-pasted response that still included the title of someone else's book.

from starbaker
May 20, 2020 2:29 pm

EQ: 8/18/19
Request for first 10 pages: 11/11/19
Adult mystery 82K words

Rejection on 10 pages: 5/20/20

I think this agent is the kind of agent you can attract after you've had book deals. His response time is so slow.
from ms_saturn
May 12, 2020 8:10 pm

EQ: 30 April
CNR: 29 July
Partial request: 27 August
CNR: 12 May, after a nudge in February
Adult Science fiction 74k
from CALende
Apr 24, 2020 5:10 am

Epic Fantasy 78k

EQ: 11.04.2019
Respone for 10 first pages 03.31.2020
from cheesymoonboy
Nov 01, 2019 12:51 pm


Thank you very much for the opportunity to consider your query. I sincerely apologize for the delay in my reply, It turns out that your query was buried deep in my inbox and I have recently discovered it.

I have reviewed your query and I am sorry to say that I am just not getting excited for it as much as I should be. As such, I am going to step aside and let you find more enthusiastic representation elsewhere, if you haven’t already.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn more about you and I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey.

from Nadler369
Oct 18, 2019 10:16 am

From his bio on website:
With the success of the agency and his long-time clients, Joshua is no longer the main point of contact for newer writers via unsolicited queries, but does still solicit material from aspiring authors he meets at the conventions and conferences which he attends.
from sjkelley
Oct 14, 2019 12:02 am

EQ: 22 April
Partial Request: 27 August
Fantasy 84k words
from LGV_AL
Sep 07, 2019 7:18 pm

EQ 7/8/19 mystery @97K words
CNR 9/7/19
from KristenH
Jun 15, 2019 3:56 pm

EQ 4/5/19 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 6/5/19 (Passed via nudges--not good fit)
from laurablackwell
Jun 10, 2019 5:17 pm

Met at Nebula Conference 5/18/19
EQ 5/30/19
10 pp requested 6/4/10
ER 6/10/19 with kind note
from charliewade
Jun 10, 2019 3:22 pm

9/19/18 EQ
Request for 10 pages: 12/5/19
Fantasy 117K
Sent a nudge with revised pages on 4/17/19
I agree with alibryn. Moving this particular query to the CNR column does not a great day make. However, Joshua was the first to request pages from me, and I'm very grateful for that rush. Cheers to all.
from taylormc
Jun 04, 2019 10:43 pm

4/9/19 EQ
6/2/19 ER
Thriller 73K
He sent a very kind email. I appreciated not receiving a form letter.
from taylormc
Jun 01, 2019 10:03 pm

4/9/19 EQ
6/1/19 CNR
Thriller 73K
from C_Harmon
May 20, 2019 6:02 pm

Epic Fantasy, 129k

EQ: 5/7/18
Request for 10 pages: 6/17/18
Request for 50 pages: 7/31/18
Met him at WorldCon76, and he offered in-person notes on my fifty pages, which culminated in an R&R. He expedited queries/requests for anyone who attended the convention: 8/19/18 (Sent 9/2/18)
2nd R&R: 11/6/18 (Sent 11/18/18)
FR: 11/25/18 (Sent 11/27/18)
Phone call with R&R: 1/1/19 (Sent 3/2/19)
Offer Accepted: 5/17/19 -

Exactly one year passed between my initial query and the offer of rep. :) To anyone reading this, I would recommend visiting agents in person at conferences. Meeting him at WorldCon played a significant factor in him giving a closer look to my submission.

After eight years in the query trenches, I can finally leave. Thanks Querytracker!
from Mustang82
May 08, 2019 6:48 pm

EQ 3/11/2019
CNR 5/8/2019

SF, 96k

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