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Mr. Jim Rutman

Sterling Lord Literistic

115 Broadway, Suite 1602

New York, NY 10006



Website: www.sll.com

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from ericaeisen
Jun 29, 2022 7:28 am


I queried Mr. Rutman in April via the website form and did not receive an email confirmation (others have likewise said they did not receive one in the comments threads for other SLL agents on here.) After I got an offer of rep, I emailed the general agency email notifying them. Mr. Rutman's assistant wrote to me promptly and asked me to resend my query as he couldn't find it in Mr. Rutman's inbox. I wonder if this betokens an issue with the online submission form or if it's just a fluke.
from Chezsven
Nov 19, 2021 12:16 pm


EQ: 9/2/21
80,000 WC Hist. Fiction
from beckybosshart
Oct 13, 2020 3:04 pm


CNR not a surprise
from jsk_31
Sep 30, 2019 7:11 am


FQ: 9/30/19, lit fic, 80,500 words
from BillGinTexas
May 09, 2017 3:37 pm


05/09/2017 CNR nuts
from HopefulAuthor
Jul 07, 2016 9:51 am


I hope my package got to him before the office moved. I sent it ten days ago, but am stressed out now. *sob*
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 07, 2016 8:36 am


Profile Update: New postal address.
from snowcrocus
Jun 30, 2016 7:27 am


Mail query sent 5/24/16
Mail rejection sent 6/21/16

Represents Sheila Heti.

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to consider your work. Although there is much to admire in your submission, Jim will not be offering representation at this time. Of course, this is an incredibly subjective business, and we wish you the best of luck in your search for an agent."
Brian Egan (Assistant to Jim Rutman)
from booksbooksbooks
Feb 23, 2016 5:10 pm


Whoa, huge congrats to whoever just got that offer last week!
from dahosek
Nov 14, 2015 1:31 pm


SMQ 2 Nov
SMR 14 Nov

Literary Historical 86K, same form letter as everyone else.
from Marialena
Oct 16, 2015 9:09 am


snail mail query with first 3 chapters and synopsis on 09/02/2015
snail mail rejection from Brian Egan on 10/16/2015

same form letter as AncaLS. (Shorter wait though :))
from AncaLS
Oct 30, 2013 3:30 pm


snail mail query with first 3 chapters + synopsis, 1/17/2013 literary fiction
snail mail rejection from Dwight Curtis, 10/29/2013

"Thank you for sending us this proposal for [title]. We are grateful for your interest; ultimately, however, Jim was not passionate enough about this material to take it on for representation. We wish you the best of luck finding the right home for your work."

I think this might be the longest wait I've had for a rejection. It doesn't sting particularly because I'd given up on it! :)
from rusty_allen
Jun 26, 2012 7:48 am


snail mail query 6/15 literary-historic fiction
snail mail rejection 6/25 from Dwight Curtis, assistant to Jim Rutman

"Jim isn't taking on many new clients right now, and I'm afraid this isn't the type of project he's looking for at at the the moment."

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