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Ms. Betsy Lerner

Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

27 West 20th Street, Suite 1107

New York, NY 10011

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from BarbaraDrake
May 01, 2022 3:30 pm

EQ 5/1/22

memoir 88K
from dbelmonte
Oct 29, 2021 1:43 pm

Sweet rejection note. Suggests she is taking on no more new projects until she clears off present ones. Authors take note.
from Laura747
Mar 14, 2019 11:04 pm

EQ - 3/1/19
Memoir 92K

On 3/14/19 received this response. A disappointment to get a rejection, but I appreciate the polite email and just being acknowledged.

Dear Laura,
Many thanks for reaching out. I’m afraid I’m not taking on new projects at this time. I’m sorry to step aside.
Best of luck with your work.

from rachelbirds
Mar 16, 2017 3:09 pm

EQ: 03/16/2017
Memoir 86k
from shedwriter
Jun 02, 2014 7:16 pm

EQ, 30 minutes later a nice response saying she no longer works with fiction.
from gollumsring
Mar 05, 2012 11:42 am

EQ 12/12/11
NR 3/5/12 Commercial fiction - Kennel Cough
from KristenH
May 16, 2011 4:06 pm

On 3/3, I queried her. Two weeks ago, I nudged her. No dice. It's closed/no response.
from NicoleSkuba
Jan 31, 2011 7:09 pm

Thanks, professor! I'm plugging away. Query, query, query...
from professor
Jan 31, 2011 5:56 pm

This is an example of a really good response, even though it is a pass. Tells you she liked it but is a pass because she is tired of the topic, not because of the writing. Likes the title and voice, but can't muster the enthusiasm. Good stuff. Keep plugging away - sounds like you are most certainly on the right track.
from NicoleSkuba
Jan 31, 2011 9:14 am

Submitted memoir query letter by snail mail 1/14/11. Received nice, personal rejection letter on 1/31/11. (The topic is recovery from depression.)

Dear Nicole,
Thank you for getting in touch with your work. I'm afraid it's a pass for me because I'm just too burned out on the topic. You deserve an agent who comes to the table with a kind of enthusiasm I can't muster for breakdown narratives.

I love your title and you've got a great voice. I wish you every success and I hope you'll understand.

Betsy Lerner
from Zooks3
Dec 16, 2010 6:52 pm

12/16/10 - equeried w/1st 10 pgs. re: offbeat/quirky DATDI.
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 12, 2010 5:05 pm

Thank you tarzan.
from tarzan
Dec 11, 2010 7:38 pm

Patrick: Betsey Lerner has a blog:
from tarzan
Apr 15, 2010 2:25 pm

cauman: Definitely not out of biz. Try again?
from cauman
Apr 15, 2010 1:13 pm

not a good email address - googled and it sent me to the same one - out of biz?

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