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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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Blog: brilligblogger.blogspot.ca

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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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 OF REPRESENTATION: 5/6/19
Offer Accepted: 5/17/19 - https://twitter.com/ClayHarmonII/status/1129771659538288640

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
from merrygawain
Mar 29, 2019 11:47 am


EQ: 1/29/19
ER: 3/29/19

historical fantasy 175K
from rnkash18
Mar 11, 2019 6:39 am


EQ 3/11/2019
from KimKirkland
Feb 21, 2019 9:29 am


EQ: 9/15/18
Partial: 9/17/18
Sent Partial: 9/17/18
PR: 2/15/19 Very nice, but I'm still trying to glean constructive feedback from it.
from alibryn
Feb 09, 2019 1:50 pm


Last year I received a request from his previous assistant during a Twitter pitch contest, and she liked the pages but said it wasn't really for her, and suggested I was free to query Joshua directly, which seemed a bit odd but I did in November 2018. A little disappointed to CNR this one because their website says he does reply to all queries that follow the instructions, and also appreciates any personal connections to be mentioned. Alas.
from KristenH
Jan 27, 2019 6:05 pm


EQ 11/15/18 (Diplomatic Immunity)
CNR 1/24/19 (No word from nudges)
from IFermont
Jan 13, 2019 11:20 am


EQ 11/15/2018
CNR 01/13/2018

sci-fi/mystery
from ksanderson
Dec 16, 2018 1:29 pm


EQ 12/16
supernatural thriller
from jjadamson
Dec 10, 2018 4:55 pm


Glad I checked here. I guess he says "put it at the top of my reading list" to a lot of authors. Nothing personal either way. Still waiting to hear back eight weeks after getting a request for a sample and synopsis.

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