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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 KathrynFaye007
Nov 16, 2022 7:18 pm

I've had my query out to him for 155 days and even nudged him... no response. Is it better to just CNR this query?

I think mine was just deleted. I met him at a Kaffeklatsch in 2021 and, though my novel isn't exactly in his genre preference, he told me to query him. But oh well... I'll probably just close this one.
from JAVahren
Nov 13, 2022 5:24 pm

Query: March 1 2022
Partial Request: July 18 2022
Nudge w/ offer of rep: November 1 2022

Update November 13: I've nudged twice now. Have heard from other people that he doesn't tend to reply to nudges, even for a request, even for an offer of rep. Oh well.
from KathrynFaye007
Nov 11, 2022 9:36 am

I guess I'll give him a nudge. I'd rather have a rejection so I can query my next novel than be in limbo. Thanks :D
from CL_Hilbert
Nov 09, 2022 4:42 pm

@KathrynFaye007, he doesn't seem to answer very many at all, actually, according to the Timeline feature.
from KathrynFaye007
Nov 08, 2022 7:26 pm

Does anyone know if Mr. Bilmes answers ALL his queries? Mine's been unanswered for 147 days and I'm not sure if I should just close this one out. He seemed so nice in person.
from Avramides
Nov 07, 2022 3:55 pm

Sent a helpful email rejection on a partial. You’d think it would be better than the standard form letter, but it was so much worse because it showcased what a great agent he is and how wonderful it would have been to work with him.
from KathrynFaye007
Oct 15, 2022 2:10 pm

@Patrick Thank you because Mr. Bilmes tends to not answer queries until over 120 days.
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 14, 2022 7:39 pm

@KathrynFaye007, queries are automatically closed after 120 days. But you can turn that off by going to “Settings” in the top menu and then “Preferences.”
from KathrynFaye007
Oct 14, 2022 7:37 pm

Can someone else change a query status to Closed/No Response? Twice I've had this query updated to Closed which I don't remember doing so.
from haphapner
Oct 10, 2022 9:06 am

Queried Joshua adult commercial scifi thriller 82k words
emailed query per website/blog criteria 10/10/2022
from richinman81
Oct 04, 2022 8:28 am

EQ: 10/04/2022
Adult Fantasy 106k
from JMP_OO
Oct 02, 2022 11:59 pm


Fantasy 85K
from BL2017
Oct 01, 2022 3:40 pm

EQ: 07/31/22 adult sci-fi 76k
CNR: 10/01/22
from jmcelhaney
Aug 18, 2022 3:30 pm

Query sent epic fantasy story 8/16/2022. This man here is one of the best in the business and would be a dream come true to work with.
from TILT1988
Jul 30, 2022 7:53 pm

EQ: 3/12/22
Partial Request:(15 Pgs & synopsis): 7/25/22
Speculative Fic: 72K

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