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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

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from bckinney
Yesterday 3:58 pm

EQ: 8/24/17
PR: 9/25/17, with apologies for slowly catching up on the pile that accumulated while traveling
On 3/13/18, I learned a special pro tip: if you meet with him and he gives you another email address, that one may be a better one to use for your query. Check with Joshua of course, but note the option for an alternate query address!
5/10/18: I had a revised version and asked if he wanted it. He said that he'd just been writing notes on the prior version, but wanted the new one anyways.
7/17/18: Nice personal rejection.

Epic fantasy 119k.
from Manifesto
Jun 23, 2018 9:32 am

Polite decline stating that the query was not intriguing enough for him
from Zurizip
Jun 19, 2018 2:11 pm

EQ: 2/17/18
PR: 2/25/18
Rewrote. Nudged 6/19 with revision: "I haven't gotten to February's reading pile yet, just finished up 2017."
Sent revised PR.
from budgiebrain
Jun 16, 2018 1:43 am

EQ: 9/2/17
PR: 9/25/17
ER: 2/11/18

cozy, 76K
from KristenH
May 26, 2018 6:51 am

EQ 4/30/18 (2nd/final Requery Venom)
ER 5/25/18 (Passed from nudges--doesn't appeal to his own tastes)
from Davfir
Apr 19, 2018 2:10 pm

EQ - 6/26/17
PR - 6/27/17, requested I send to his assistant.
9/10/17 nudged to confirm receipt. His assistant was awesome and responded right away, said he's been traveling and is trying to catch up.
FR - 11/17/17 with apologies for the long wait. Totally worth it! Sent Full and 1 page synopsis.
ER - 4/19/2018, Great constructive feedback. Just not ready for the big show.
75k sci-fi detective

from Joepetz
Apr 16, 2018 7:57 pm


EQ: 10/6/17
PR: 1/17/18

I have not heard back on the partial but Mr. Bilmes thanked me for my patience during the long wait between my initial query and the partial request so I am expecting it will take him some time to get back to me again.
from brantldm
Apr 15, 2018 11:47 am

EQ 3-25-18
Request for first 10 pages + short synopsis 4-12-18
Materials sent 4-15-18

90K Contemporary Fantasy

Read his bio and blog - he likes personalized queries! I thanked him for bringing Charlaine Harris's work to readers (I'm a fan) as well as for responding to a blurb request I sent to Ms. Harris through him a few years back. Very nice request and kind words on premise and writing credentials. Super excited and honored to get this far!
from Allister
Apr 10, 2018 1:53 pm

I got a 10 page partial request in March from his assistant, nudged in July and Mr Bilmes said it was at the top of his reading list.

75 Page PR: 1/10/18

Worth the wait, yay!

Has anyone with a partial or full heard back yet? Biting my nails!
from KristenH
Mar 27, 2018 4:21 pm

EQ 3/24/18 (requery Chain Reaction)
ER 3/27/18 (Passed--doesn't appeal to his own tastes)
from 22niel
Mar 24, 2018 3:50 pm

EQ: 02/09
ER: 03/24
from Catsamoa79
Mar 24, 2018 3:19 pm

EQ: 3/5/18
ER: 3/24/18
Form letter.
from jsdama
Mar 05, 2018 7:58 am

1/19: EQ
2/22: Nudged with offer of rep
3/2: Deadline for nudge w/no response, marked CNR

121k sci-fi
from Arrendle
Mar 01, 2018 12:33 pm

EG 11-28-2017
PR 12-2-2017
Nudge 1-22-2018
response to nudge 1-29-2018 - he was still working his way through his reading stack, will try to get comments to me soon
from Slicksix
Jan 12, 2018 4:07 am

EQ: 5/17
PR: 7/17 requested I send directly to him
Nudge 10/17 to confirm receipt...
received polite confirmation from agent--still going through inbox
Got form rejection letter on a Sunday evening in 12/17 with no comments
Then got same form rejection letter over a month later
This agent either is either completely disorganized or cruel, neither of which is a characteristic I want in an agent.

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