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Mr. Stephen Barbara

InkWell Management

521 Fifth Avenue, Ste 2600

New York, NY 10175

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from LightofBeauty
Jun 21, 2018 11:12 am

EQ: 5/25
from jenwillett
Jun 20, 2018 8:18 pm

EQ: 6/20/18
from writer832
Jun 16, 2018 1:29 pm

EQ 6/7/2018
from Zooks3
Jun 15, 2018 12:32 pm

3/5/18 EQ re: TANCM
6/15/18: CNR
from AliciaIsWriting
Jun 06, 2018 8:21 am

06/06/2018 EQ - YA Dark Fantasy 87k
06/06/2018 ER
The rejection came within two hours. Polite, and it included both my name and my manuscript title. I'm simultaneously bummed and impressed. :)
from Eliza_f
May 16, 2018 9:23 pm

EQ: 5/16/18

MG Fantasy 76k
from JasonTVoiovich
May 06, 2018 1:46 pm

EQ: 4/9 Business
Nudge: 4/27/18
from safashaqsy
Apr 21, 2018 11:34 pm

EQ: 7th April 2018

YA contemporary #ownvoices 60K
from JackSkellington
Apr 11, 2018 6:05 am

EQ: April 10th
ER: April 10th (A few hours later)

I submitted a pb, but I knew my chances of securing representation with him were slim to none. Nowhere does he speak about picture books in specific, and they're not even listed on his website bio (though he is said to rep them). I later learned that he told my editor he doesn't take on many pbs. So heads up, pb writers.

Form letter: Dear [Full Name],

I’ll pass on the chance to pursue, but thanks kindly all the same for thinking of me for your picture book ms.

Best wishes on your agent search—"

from lenazanarbor
Apr 11, 2018 12:33 am

EQ: 4/10
ER: 4/10
Has a lot of YA in his list and isn't taking any more at the moment

99K YA fantasy
from cupcake
Apr 05, 2018 10:56 am

EQ 2/2/18
CNR 4/5/18

contemporary middle grade 65K

I met him at a conference and really liked him. He requested the full the last time I queried a project (a few years ago). Disappointed to receive no response.
from Kaiodem
Mar 14, 2018 1:46 pm

EQ: 3/14/18

from surfrat224
Mar 06, 2018 5:55 am

EQ: 1/2/18
CNR: 3/6/18

YA Contemporary
from udonnoodles
Feb 01, 2018 8:34 am

Hi KSmith, it is a standard agreement found commonly in the film industry. Given that Inkwell is a reputable agency, I wouldn't worry too much about it. An agency's business model profits by selling completed works. It's too much work for them to sift through thousands of letters, steal a good idea from a fully finished work, then ask one of their own clients to reproduce the work. Also, ideas are a dime a dozen :)
from KSmith
Nov 21, 2017 8:50 am

Has anyone read their submission agreement? I'm not a lawyer, but it seems to say, basically, that they can reject you and give your idea to one of their clients and there's nothing you can do about it. Maybe I misread, but I think I'll hold off on sending to them.

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