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Ms. Joan Brandt

Joan Brandt Agency

788 Wesley Drive

Atlanta, GA 30305

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Snail-Mail: Yes

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Online Form: No

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from shadowconn
Nov 07, 2017 9:58 pm

can't find a website. Can't find an email address. maybe one of these days I'll get around to querying the few that want paper sent to their postal box, but not today. I did that in 2008. It got expensive real quick!
from KristenH
May 13, 2017 12:58 pm

On 2/12/16, I sent my requery for Venom via snail mail to Joan Brant. Today I've heard back from her--she passed, not for her. I'll try her this spring with Chain Reaction's requery.

8/6/16: SQ 7/27/16 (Requery Chain Reaction)
SR 8/5/16 (Pass--not a good fit).

5/13/17: SQ 5/2/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
SR 5/13/17 (Passed-not a good fit.) Will try her with something new.
from CTScott
Nov 27, 2015 7:04 pm

I received a very prompt, personal rejection. Ms. Brandt did not like my writing style, but she was kind enough to give me helpful suggestions. She even marked up some pages of my manuscript, which I truly appreciate. This is so much better than a rejection laced with empty flattery designed to appeal to one's sense of vanity.
from WhatAWriter
Jul 08, 2013 3:58 pm

Warning: Don't bother querying this agent unless you want to receive a sarcastic note, telling you that your project or main characters are not anything she cares about. She'll also point out misspellings as though you are stupid twit. Although I'm grateful to have someone catch a typo, the rest of this woman's sarcastic diatribe is exalted literary snobbery. Query elsewhere, writers.

Oh, and by the way, the misspelling she pointed out was incorrect. And editor later corrected it!
from cathnemec
Sep 25, 2012 5:16 pm

I also got the "not for me" rejection letter with the "not" underlined. She also added that she is so not a fan of contrivance which is definitely an interesting way of putting it. Oh well...
from WhatAWriter
Jun 29, 2012 1:51 pm

@techihilla, I feel your pain. Clearly Ms. Brandt is an old-school (think "dismissive, cynical") agent living in Atlanta but hoping a famous New York-based writer will drop by. One good thing is she responds promptly. And, she DID correct a misspelled word in my sample chapter -- an important word that spell-checker did not catch. So, in spite of her brash critique that I felt was unprofessional and unwarranted, I did receive a reply and quickly made that spelling change. ;>)

PS: Congrats on signing with an agent!
from maybea2352
Jun 26, 2012 10:15 pm

When I sent her the first 50 pages she requested of my contemporary women's fiction last year she responded by telling me that she is a "literary agent" and that means she represents "literature", which my book "clearly is not."
I was interested in what she considers literature so I looked up the books she reps... very interesting.
Basically, don't waste your time querying her unless you're a sucker for nasty rejections.
Her rejection was easily the nastiest and least helpful one I've gotten and before I signed with my AGENT (note that Ms. Brandt!) I had plenty of rejections to compare it to.
Sorry, I'm really a very friendly, positive person; I've been waiting a long time to get that off my chest and I was so glad to see I wasn't the only one who'd been "Brandted".
from chughes27
Apr 02, 2012 12:49 pm

SMQ 3/26
SMR 4/2

She wrote on the query letter "So...not (underlined 3 times) for me"
from KristenH
Sep 28, 2011 6:29 am

You're welcome. Glad to help in some way, even if the blog have been updated and changed. I couldn't find the link yesterday. Hang in there.
from WhiteGardenia
Sep 27, 2011 3:56 pm

Thx @angel. Yes, I did visit the blog. Seems seasoned writers can write as much as they desire; Ayn Rand went a little over the top with "Atlas Shrugged," although I thoroughly enjoyed reading that book. And I am certainly no Ayn Rand! hah! This is my first novel, btw, so I fully anticipate making rookie mistakes.

My novel has four main characters and it is indeed difficult to "trim more fat" without a gastric-bypass. I'm trying, though. Seems just when I think I am ready to begin sending out my first query letters, I find more reasons to take a step back and rethink it.
from KristenH
Sep 27, 2011 6:47 am

Wow. That's a bit too much. My novels are at 110 K, even from edits. You could try to take a chance on it or par it down and wait until later. We both do thrillers, WhiteGardenia. Check out the Guide of Literary Agents blog. There's an article on word counts per genre from 9/2009.
from WhiteGardenia
Sep 26, 2011 5:52 pm

Sheesh. Read that 136,000 is "too long" in comments. I'm at 150,000. Not a lot of fluff in my novel; complicated, intricate story (suspense/thriller). Should I even bother sending query to this agent?
from charlys
Jul 12, 2011 11:59 am

mailed q 6/30/11, request 7/3 50 pgs, r received 7/9/11. At least she is quick. Wrote critque letter and marked up maybe 25 of 50 pgs with small corrections. She is definitely old school, perhaps retired English teacher who hasn't read many novels of today. I think she's the Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell type in her expectations. I don't take her critique letter serious at all since my story was professionally edited by a writer, teacher and changes made from his reommendations. The little corrections she made on my 50 pgs are what an editor would do anyway when accepting your story. So, if you want to write a story in the manner of old school with precise English, go for it. Me, I've had many other agents who couldn't accept as too full this year,
don't work with new writers, etc., but who liked the story as is written. Guess she didn't read the fact I had every page critiqued by a writer's critique group the past 8 years.
from KristenH
Jun 26, 2011 7:04 am

So close Elm.
from l_m_elm
Jun 24, 2011 6:39 pm

SM Q: 06/17/2011
R for Partial: 06/24/2011
SM Rejection: 07/05/2011

Historical Mystery

FYI: She's old school (using grammar jargon like: pluperfect tense & vocative case). She also sent a very nice personalized rejection detailing why my manuscript didn't work. She also sent the corrected material back to me, which she didn't have to do. It's nice when you get a rejection like this, instead of just a 'Sorry, this didn't work for me' response.

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