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Mr. Paul Lucas

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

285 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10017

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Include your query letter, synopsis and first 10 pages in the body of the email. Please include "Query" in the subject line. Mainly looking for in fiction: genre (science fiction, fantasy, historical, some war, quiet/literary thrillers) and literary fiction. In non-fiction: pop science, biography, history. Not looking for: romance, women's fiction, erotica, anything to do with CIA, terrorism, courtroom or congressional fiction, children's, picture, graphic, poetry, screenwriting, memoir, practical (ie how-to) and essay collections. May not be able to respond to every query.

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from kitaeri
Feb 14, 2019 1:10 pm

EQ 2/02
ER 2/14
Polite form :)
Hist. Fantasy 110k
from merrygawain
Feb 11, 2019 11:31 am

EQ: 1/29/19
ER: 2/11/19

historical fantasy 175K
from alibryn
Feb 09, 2019 1:41 pm


After Brenna requested my full and I received the auto-reply from my nudge saying she'd left, I queried Paul directly, explaining the situation and asking if he'd be interested in taking a look. No reply. Adult fantasy.
from alibryn
Jan 10, 2019 10:07 am

Thanks for that info on Brenna. I did see she'd moved on via her Twitter bio, but I hadn't considered she might've taken requests with her, I don't know what agency policy is on that sort of thing. Also don't know if it's appropriate to contact her there since she didn't inform me she was leaving. I guess I'll just let it go and see what happens. Cheers!
from Futchesta
Jan 09, 2019 11:43 am

Re: Brenna

According to her new listing in QT she's now a junior agent at Transatlantic. So if she did request your full, she may still be considering it for her list at her new agency.
from alibryn
Jan 07, 2019 6:01 pm

Update: Nope. Brenna doesn't work here anymore. I waited 3 months to nudge her on a full she requested, and got an auto-reply stating she's moved on.

I hope no one else is waiting around to hear from her. Pretty disappointed as fulls are always a gut-wrenching roller coaster to begin with, but to find out that she's left the agency without notifying those she'd requested from is disheartening. Wish I'd known sooner.

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Does anyone know if Brenna English-Loeb is still with the agency? I don't see her name on the website, but she requested my full a few months ago. I don't want to nudge her as it's only been 2 months, but at the same time, if she's no longer with them I'd be keen to try querying this agency again. Thanks!
from MorningRainbow
Nov 26, 2018 10:55 am

EQ: 8/18/2018
CNR: 11/26/2018
from cwbuecheler
Oct 17, 2018 8:27 pm

EQ 10/17/18 - SF Space Opera, 103k Words
from spieles
Oct 15, 2018 11:55 am

EQ: 4/25
FR: 5/21 (from Paul directly - I had done a follow up due to other agent interest and it appears Brenda, his ass't fwd'd to him) - sent same day
Update on Aug 8 with major revision based on feedback from other agents
from tome129
Oct 12, 2018 3:34 pm

EQ: 10/11/2018

Adult Historical fiction 98k words
from Catsamoa79
Sep 26, 2018 10:35 am

EQ: 7/20/18
CNR: 9/26/18
from SpinyFirx
Aug 18, 2018 1:25 pm

EQ: 8/18/2018 (Fantasy)
from donnascott
Aug 15, 2018 6:53 pm

EQ: 5/31
FR: 6/15
ER: 8/15
Hist Fic 105k

His rejection was personal and complimentary. The first part discussed what he liked about the book and how he parsed it out with regards to tone and sub genre. He then mentioned how difficult the historical market is (which is what I hear from agents ALL THE TIME). How does anyone who writes HF ever get published? But I digress . . .

The second part of his email said this: It is rare for me not to offer to represent a book submitted to me that I actually finish. (Lucky me! Not!) And, candidly, I really enjoyed it. But I don’t have a sense of how to position this best for the market and don’t think I’d be the right agent for it. If you end up not placing the book, I’d be happy to look at future projects. In any event, I wish you the best.

Even though it was a rejection in the end, I think he is a class act and anyone who manages to be represented by him is quite lucky!

Wishing everyone the best!
from Sparverius
Aug 14, 2018 8:23 am

EQ: 4/29
— 5/17 Nudge with offer of rep on second MS.
FR: 5/18 He requested fulls of both MSs and said he would read them over the weekend but I never heard from him again.
CNR: 6/1 Deadline up.
from Fj2018
May 30, 2018 9:04 am

EQ 3/21
CNR 5/30

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