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Mr. Dominick Abel

Dominick Abel Literary Agency

146 West 82nd Street, #1A

New York, NY 10024

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from carrieann
Apr 08, 2018 10:48 am

Despite the diclaimer on his website that he accepts virtually no new clients I submitted 4/5/18.
rejection 4/7/18 Saturday afternoon 2:30ish

Brief in any case, probably a form, but it looks updated from the previous form letters submitted here so...

"Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, I am accepting virtually no new clients and do not think we would be a match. I wish you success."

85k word Heist/Suspense
from JD_Wallace_826
Mar 09, 2014 3:15 pm

EQ 1/12/14
ER 1/12/14

"Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, I am not accepting new clients. I wish you success."
from KristenH
Mar 22, 2011 4:08 pm

Although he's closed to queries, I've tried anyway. I've gotten the same response as CHowland again, another same day rejection.
from onceupon
Mar 05, 2011 11:07 am

EQ 2/20
ER 2/21

Thanks for querying me about your work. With a very full plate, I take on new writers only in exceptional circumstances, and your work is not, I am sorry to say, for me.

Dominick Abel

from tarzan
Feb 24, 2011 9:47 am

bberetta: It is essentially a waste of your time and an agent's to send a thank you for responding to a query. It just clogs up their already very full inbox and slows response times because of it. If, on the other hand, you were thanking an agent turning down your partial or full, that's another story. As for his rather blunt rejection, it is what it is--he minces no words, is short and to the point. There is no room for hurt feelings (and I'm not aiming this at you, just as a general observation) in the querying process. It is best to keep this exercise in perspective: as a business letter soliciting an agent for representation. As eseckman succinctly stated: it aint personal. It's business.
from truegrit
Feb 24, 2011 9:19 am

I read his response differently...I think he is wanting you to know he didn't read it, doesn't read new writers, so don't take the rejection as any sort of opinion on your work. Kind of like when teenage girls say, 'nothing personal...I just don't date younger guys'
from EuroPorter
Feb 23, 2011 11:18 am

bberretta, while this won't make you feel a bit better, I know, it's probably worth taking into account the terribly pressure under which agents are working these days. Internet access has drastically amplified the number of people trying to get material to agents. Some get 10,000+ queries a year. Staggering. And as the industry falters, traditional publishers dropping away like dinosaurs after the meteor hit, it's the agents who are having to become all things to all clients. To survive, they have to learn transmedia possibilities, become remarkably savvy technologically, direct their clients' marketing and educate their clients to become entrepreneurial authors in a confused, complex tangle of author-"platforming" realities. We'd do well to cut agents some slack. Granted, some are rude folks, I'm sure. But most, I think, are just struggling to keep themselves and their authors afloat. We probably need to help THEM as much as we can these days. And try to be patient.
from bberretta
Feb 21, 2011 9:55 pm

I wouldn't say pretentious, just a little harsh, that's all. I sent a "thanks for reading" reply (try to be nice) and he replied with a snippy "You misread my email. I said I take on new writers only in exceptional circumstances. I offered no opinion about your work." Oh well, he's not the only agent out there and you just have to keep trying until you find the agent that does feel you are exceptional! Good luck and happy querrying!
from pborome
Feb 18, 2011 11:32 am

"Thanks for querying me about your work. With a very full plate, I take on new writers only in exceptional circumstances, and your work is not, I am sorry to say, for me."

seems to be the FORM rejection
from Patrick (admin)
Feb 15, 2011 8:31 pm

Closed to queries.
from professor
Feb 07, 2011 5:30 pm

Stephen King went through five novels before anyone liked Carrie. Gone With The Wind had something like 100 rejections. We're in good company - not that I want to be here forever least, with this project.
from rosehips
Feb 07, 2011 5:01 pm

It's nice of you to remind us! I just got two rejections today so I was feeling a bit more low than usual. Even though I have already accepted that famous writers have a stack of rejections to look back on, it's nice to be reminded of it on a day like today!
from BConrad
Feb 07, 2011 4:23 pm

I understand that J. K. Rowlins got 50 put downs before H.P. and the Sorceror's Stone was picked up. Rejection comes with the territory. Abel's response came with a few hours of my submission. I was not offended. It's not about liking my story; it's about deciding whether it will sell.

Charles Dickens would not get past most agents today. Jack London would still be setting traps in the Yukon Territory.
from rosehips
Feb 07, 2011 10:33 am

EQ 02/05
ER 02/07
Same form as everyone else.
Paranormal thriller.
from Skams19
Jan 31, 2011 10:45 am

Quick response. Same story about not taking on new writers.

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