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Ms. Thao Le

Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

1155 Camino Del Mar, PMB 515

Del Mar, CA 92014



Twitter: AgentThao

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from JustinJoseph
Today 1:23 pm

Bipoc form 3/18
I don’t know if I can trust the 6 week response time especially after she requested material after three months in 2020.
from raktinope
Apr 17, 2021 9:38 pm

@roxananourishad That reads like a form
from roxananourishad
Apr 17, 2021 5:25 pm

can anyone tell me if this is a form?
Thank you so much for querying me INSERT TITLE and for your patience as I reviewed your work. I was very intrigued by the premise, but after some consideration, I'm sorry to say that I don't have the clear connection to the writing and vision that I need in order to be the right agent to champion this particular work. This is extremely subjective and therefore, I'm stepping aside so that you can find the perfect agent who can passionately advocate you and your story.

I'm sorry I don't have better news, especially after all this time, but I hope you will continue striving towards publication. I will cheer you on from the sidelines and wish you the very best in getting your work placed.
from Query2020
Apr 12, 2021 1:42 am

EQ: 4/11/2021

Thao is a great agent! I still "feel safe" to query her even after reading Candlewick's personal comment below.
from candlewick
Apr 09, 2021 12:20 am

One of Thao's white clients was recently exposed for antisemitism, making fun of csa/incest victims, racism, and bullying online and in their books. Thao has not responded yet, but as she is only open to bipoc writers, knowing how Ms. Le responds can be helpful for those deciding to query her. I'll try to update if Ms. Le does respond.

Update: Ms. Le hasn't made an official statement addressing what happened, but she has tweeted to condemn those who are leaving 1 star reviews on Rin Chupeco's books. She still refers to Duncan as her client in the tweets. If there is a change, I will update.

On a personal note, I will be withdrawing my query, as I don't think that after the things that came forward, with proof and real, actually harmed victims, is acceptable, especially as Ms. Le is only open to bipoc writers. However, querytracker is not the place for debate, so I implore anyone who wants to discuss Duncan and the situation outside of how it affects your query/decision to leave it somewhere else. This is not a place for debate over this specifically, and I'm only leaving this here to inform writers, as publishing is a professional space and we, as people of color, should feel safe/comfortable with who we choose to work with.
from raktinope
Apr 07, 2021 11:40 am

Emily A. Duncan has posted an apology on twitter:
from candlewick
Apr 06, 2021 8:54 pm

JustinJoseph Emily A. Duncan, author of Wicked Saints/Ruthless Gods/Blessed Monsters
from JustinJoseph
Apr 06, 2021 6:30 pm

Candlewick, do you know the name of the writer so we can look up the author?
from MarlowePercival
Apr 02, 2021 3:50 pm

*I'm a BIPOC author
QM Query: 04/02/2021

YA Literary, 69K
from JackSkellington
Mar 05, 2021 8:44 am

1/14: Queried her with a #MSWL item - a very specific picture book she tweeted about wanting - I had exactly that. I'm also a marginalized creator (she was only open to marginalized creators at time submission)
Nudged with 2 offers of rep on 2/26 (based off of manuscript submitted to her)
Rejection on 2/26 within hour of sending nudge (slight personalization of form response - just that story is not a good fit for her list).
from Anansi
Feb 18, 2021 3:15 pm

BIPOC FQ: 2/18/21

Adult Contemporary Fantasy, 123k
from eggqueenluli
Jan 16, 2021 11:00 am

EQ: 8/17/2020
ER: 12/15/2020

107k YA Fantasy
from pearlgreylatte
Dec 23, 2020 12:11 pm

BIPOC Form Query: 9/7/20
Fantasy Romance 95k
ER 12/22/20 saying that she was intrigued by premise and thought it had potential, but didn't feel right for it
from qbee2001
Dec 21, 2020 5:32 pm

It's crazy how behind this agent is, even more so by the fact she's only taking queries from BIPOC writers.
from FreakNo9
Nov 04, 2020 2:33 pm

@NKG_ESK, she's just been behind. According to her most recent tweet re: queries, she's still in june

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