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Ms. Jill Marsal

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC

PMB 121, 665 San Rodolfo Dr. 124

Solana Beach, CA 92075



Website: www.MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com

Twitter: jillmarsal

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from RayNan
Nov 14, 2022 1:51 pm


Thank you for your email. While XXX sounds interesting, I don’t think it is right for my list at this time.
Thank you for the quick reply.
from Writinglu
Nov 08, 2022 12:49 pm


Queried 31st October
Full Request: 31st October

Pass 8th November
Thanks for sending your manuscript. Your writing is very strong, and I enjoyed reading your pages. I also liked the characters.
Unfortunately, however, I worried editors would say the story didn’t quite feel new/fresh enough to break out in the current market, so I am going to step aside.
Good luck with your project.

from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Nov 07, 2022 10:06 am


I've gotten so paranoid that when I got an early morning email from Jill M. I froze, thinking it was another instantaneous No, but no, it was just a note to say she'd received and was looking forward to reading the Proposal.
from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Nov 06, 2022 1:44 pm


Immediate Request for Proposal after submitting a relatively short form. The full Proposal with photos is about 4MB, so thankfully I can submit it through regular email and not via a form limited to 2MB.
from Kate3544
Nov 03, 2022 8:10 am


Queried: 11/02/2022
Form Rejection :11/02/2022
120K
Female Lit / Police Procedural
from itsmetheresac
Oct 25, 2022 1:28 pm


Query sent Oct. 3
Form rejection received Oct. 5

I appreciate the prompt reply!
from VLeeNYC
Oct 24, 2022 2:11 pm


Query sent on Aug 12, 2022
Full request on Aug 13, 2022
Kind and personalized rejection on Aug 16, 2022

She had said it was a close call for her, and provided helpful feedback on how to improve. I appreciate how quickly she replied, especially on the full.
from sruthb
Oct 21, 2022 2:18 pm


FQ 10/20/22
Form Rejection 10/21
89k adult suspense

As always, not the response you hope for, but I appreciate the quick reply! Her form rejection is also very polite and encouraging, which softens the blow.
from jenniferkathleen
Oct 10, 2022 3:40 pm


FQ: Narrative Non-Fiction/True Crime 9/20/22
Requested Proposal: 9/24/22
Proposal sent by email: 10/08/22 (delay because of death in the family)
ER: 10/10/22 rejected due to "lack of national platform." Blah.
from LisaMontanaro
Oct 01, 2022 8:13 pm


EQ = 9/30/22
FR = 10/1/22
Upmarket Women's Fiction/Family Saga - 94,000 words
from Roll_4_Initiative
Sep 29, 2022 9:42 pm


Queried 9/28/22
Polite form rejection 9/29/22 (I appreciate the fast response!)
71K Adult suspense novel with plus sized protagonist and amateur sleuthing in a haunted mansion

"Thank you for your email. While [REDACTED] sounds interesting, I don’t think it is right for my list at this time.
I appreciate your querying us and wish you good luck in finding the right agent who can successfully champion your work."
from Mevrouw_Bee
Sep 24, 2022 1:48 pm


09/24/22 FQ
Women's Historical Fiction 99k
from 1edpsf1
Sep 20, 2022 8:58 am


Rejection in < one week. Psychological thriller, 76k words.
from adaptation
Sep 19, 2022 6:57 pm


Electronic Query: 9/13/2022
Form Rejection: 9/19/2022

category romance 61k

"Thank you for your email. While PROJECT sounds interesting, I don’t think it is right for my list at this time.

I appreciate your querying us and wish you good luck in finding the right agent who can successfully champion your work."
from atatko_peterson
Sep 18, 2022 2:40 am


Form Query: 6/26/22
Full Request: 6/30/22
Rejection: 7/12/22

"Thank you for sending me your manuscript. I enjoyed reading your pages.
While your story is interesting and well-written, unfortunately, I worried editors would say it isn’t new/different enough to stand out in the current market.
I wish you the best in finding the right agent who can successfully champion your project."

Quick response, and although somewhat of a form response, she offers a more personal slant than most.

78K Historical Romance

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