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Ms. Mary Cummings

Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises

607 Foothill Blvd. #1061

La Canada Flintridge, CA 91012

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from kmajor
Mar 25, 2018 8:55 pm

EQ: 2/25/18
CNR: 3/25/18

Picture book
from DarlingAshes
Nov 02, 2017 6:01 pm

EQ: 10/09/17
CNR: 11/02/17

Picture Book
from coffee_drinker4
Sep 24, 2017 12:14 am

EQ: 6/8
CNR: 9/24
Picture Book
from Kdf2023
Jul 28, 2017 2:30 pm

EQ: 3/30/17
Partial Request: 3/31/17
Nudge with offer of rep from other agent crossed in email with FR: 7/17/17 (so weird!)
Offer of rep: 7/25/17
Signed with another agent: 7/28/17

Mary seems great. Do know that she works on a project by project basis though. It does have some benefits, but I went a different way. Good luck, everyone!
from jedishywalker
Jul 17, 2017 9:21 pm

EQ: 4/4/17
PR: 7/13/17 :D
ER: 7/16/17 :(
from Boreas
Mar 14, 2017 6:25 pm

EQ: 2/8/17
CNR: 3/14/17

YA Action/Drama 107k
from orangrila
Mar 07, 2017 3:06 pm

EQ: Jan 20
CNR: March 7 Given her apparently fast response time on requests and the large number of CNR's, it seems like time to close out.

MG Fantasy
from ammeyer
Feb 13, 2017 4:31 pm

EQ: 2/13/17

She critiqued my first page at a conference.

YA Contemporary Cinderella Retelling
from livyink
Dec 12, 2016 7:37 pm

EQ: 2/19/16 Sent 1st 3 pages of chapter book + name of mutual acquaintance who recommended I query her.
from jubilee
Oct 27, 2016 9:58 pm

EQ: 10/27

75K YA Urban Fantasy (submission page says no fantasy, but Ms. Cummings' personal bio says she represents fantasy so I'm giving it a shot.)
from karalarussa
Oct 02, 2016 12:37 pm

Does not want Apocalypse-based stories.
from brittmull
Jun 17, 2016 3:00 pm

EQ- 5/19
CNR - 6/17

YA Contemporary
from Jwrite
Apr 16, 2016 1:39 pm

EQ: 2/5/16
CNR: 4/16/16

YA Contemporary Supernatural 85K words
from InconstantMoon
Feb 19, 2016 7:37 am

EQ: 2-19

YA Contemp
from mfeller
Feb 02, 2016 6:15 pm

on Sub It Club blog --> (
"Sub It Club Kidlit Giveaways with Author Ariel Bernstein – Enter to win a picture book and query letter critique from Ariel. Plus we’ll be giving away a pass to jump the slush pile from her agent Mary Cummings of Betsy Amster Literary. Mary represents fiction and poetry for children and teens, from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. Entry will be in the comments section of the post on the 11th."

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