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Ms. Nikki Terpilowski

Holloway Literary

Washington D.C., DC



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Website: hollowayliteraryagency.com

Twitter: awomanreading

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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In the subject header write: Nikki/Title/Genre. Email a brief query and the first 15 pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email.

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from shelz01
Feb 14, 2019 2:59 pm


I sent a query along with first fifteen pages on 28 June 2018 for a 99k family saga [commerical fantasy].
I had given up receiving a reply, but was delighted when a request for a partial (first 50 pages) came on 31 January 2019.
The material was sent on 11th February and now both my fingers and toes are crossed hoping for the best.

Also, according to the email confirmation I received, response times are currently as follows:

Query - Twelve weeks from the date of original communication
Partial - Four to five months from the date of requested partial manuscript
Full Manuscript - Six to seven months from the date of requested full manuscript
from Mildlymary
Jan 30, 2019 8:27 am


EQ: 11/26/18
ER: 01/30/19
Form Letter:


Thank you for your submission.



Your work has been carefully reviewed, and it has been determined that Holloway Literary will not be pursuing representation of your manuscript. We regret sending you this information in a form letter; however, due to the volume of emails we receive daily it is almost impossible to send customized letters to every author. Thank you again for thinking of Holloway Literary, and we wish you every success in your writing career.
from AngelaEvans
Jan 21, 2019 4:58 pm


Nikki requested a partial at RWA in July. I submitted it as she requested on 8/8/2018. I followed up on 11/8/2018 and her assistant indicated Nikki was still evaluating and I would hear something "in the next two weeks". Another follow up on 12/4 and 12/11 and on 12/12 I heard from her assistant again simply saying Nikki is still evaluating it. 126 days and counting.

After a third submissions coordinator emailed me out of the blue assuring me their normal response time was 8 weeks and she'd get me an update just as soon as possible I received a form letter rejection today which is just over 5 months from submission.

75,000 words romantic suspense
from LRSmith53015
Jan 18, 2019 3:19 pm


EQ: 10/27
CNR: 1/18
80K Adult Contemporary Romance
from aalogan
Jan 03, 2019 6:54 pm


#Pitmad request EQ 9/7/18 39k MG contemporary fantasy
12/13/18 Nudged with offer of rep
1/3/19 CNR
from tome129
Nov 10, 2018 2:35 pm


EQ: 8/5/18
ER:10/20/18
Historical fiction 98k
from CEDeRosier
Oct 29, 2018 9:54 am


Got a #PitMad like by Nikki and sent her my query on 6/8/18, got no response after 60 days so I closed it out as CNR, but yesterday I got a form rejection by Alese Gwinn. So 142 days.

EQ: 6/8/18
ER: 10/28/18
from Catsamoa79
Oct 28, 2018 2:04 pm


EQ: 5/23/18
Resent on 7/20/18
Received a note from Sabrina Berndt on 7/31 saying that I it was still being considered and I should expect an answer in about two weeks.
Sent another note to Sabrina on 8/21 and still nothing.
CNR: 9/4/18
ER: 10/28/18...really?
from Laina1312
Oct 21, 2018 1:24 pm


EQ: 08/02/2018
ER: 10/20/2018

Yea, this one is entirely my fault, and the fact that they even put my name on the form is better than I did XD I think I was sick or something doing this one, because I actually forgot to change my placeholder for her name.

*scrolls through comments* Ahhhh this was the one that I got asked to redo with the author bio. No wonder. Meh, not fussed about this one too much tbh.
from askjudyww
Oct 21, 2018 12:40 pm


Adult SFF 140K
EQ: 10/05
ER: 10/21 Form letter
from Rhyan_Wittman
Oct 20, 2018 5:00 pm


EQ: 10/18 (late at night)
10/20: Email from submission coordinator Alese Gwinn asking me to resend query with author bio (forgot to copy paste *smacks forehead*). Very quick response and very considerate. She could have just deleted it. Tells me this is a personable agency.
from KristenH
Oct 20, 2018 2:03 pm


EQ 7/25/18 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 10/19/18 (Passed--can't offer rep)

from saladspinner
Oct 18, 2018 6:21 pm


EQ: 2-6-18
PR: 6-6-18 50 pages
form letter rejection 10/18/18 (same as the query letter rejection, above)
from flyblown
Oct 15, 2018 6:55 pm


Strange, I'd written this one off but...
EQ: Jan 5th.
FR: March 31st. (Wrote back, informing I was in the middle of a rewrite. Sabrina said to send when I was ready.)
Full sent July 13th, automated response. Says it should take 4/5 months for response.
10/15 Alerted her to offer of rep.
from brantldm
Oct 15, 2018 1:11 pm


EQ: 8/25/18

90K Contemporary Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Met her at Killer Nashville conference. Very personable and provided great feedback on the opening pages during a roundtable read. Had great advice on the agent panel as well.

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