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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 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?
from Hafandeg
Jun 20, 2009 12:00 am

Received a British agent's offer of representation today!

Sent query May 29. They asked for full June 9. Offer of representation June 20!

Thought you'd like to see my query stats since I started on February 16:

9 Pending, 1 Partial, 1 full(and subsequent offer), 10 No Response, 12 Rejections, for a total of 33 queries.

Keep submitting! Never give up!
from paxetaurora
Apr 12, 2009 12:00 am

Sent an e-mail query at the end of December to no response. Just sent a follow-up e-mail today (4/12).
from san_dimas_woman
Nov 15, 2008 12:00 am

Requested partial via e-mail a week after I mailed my query letter. She's the first agent I heard back from! I sent her the first five chapters, and a week later, she sent me a kind and encouraging e-mail, even though it was still a rejection. :(

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