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Ms. Tina Schwartz

The Purcell Agency, LLC

336 Belle Court

Grayslake, Illinois 60030

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from danniemolguin
Aug 17, 2019 2:05 pm

In-person pitch 6/23/19--62K Contemporary YA
Full Request 6/23/19
Sent submission 6/24/19
R&R 8/17/19--It took her longer than she thought to get to my MS, but she was enthusiastic about it and is excited to get the resubmission.

Met Tina at a conference, and she is straight up awesome!
Pro tip: she mentioned that she appreciates a short reply if she sends feedback with a rejection.
from Catsamoa79
Sep 13, 2018 4:06 pm

I emailed Tina in June to see if she would be interested in reading a revised version of a manuscript that she had previously read in full. She graciously agreed, despite being technically closed to queries, and I sent it off. After 3 months, she ultimately passed, citing the pacing being too slow for her as the primary reason, though she complimented the writing as poetic. She wished me luck in finding just the right agent. I would love to work with her someday.
from JessyKah87
Jul 27, 2018 6:21 pm

Met at Conference 06/23/2018. Asked for Full.
Sent on 06/24/2018
Told me to nudge at 4 wks if I still haven't heard a reply.
Nudged at 4 wks. Got immediate reply that she would get to it ASAP.
Next day she sent a detailed rejection based on plot issues she saw. Very nice. Asked me to query my next project.
67,000 word YA Contemporary
from Catsamoa79
Aug 10, 2017 11:16 am

ejmccay - Tina is awesome! She has read several of my full manuscripts, but no offer of representation. She has given great feedback though! Congratulations!
from ejmccay
Aug 09, 2017 6:40 pm

I queried a romance, Love in Reality, and I got a call today for representation. I really like Tina.
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 23, 2017 5:45 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from ejmccay
Jun 22, 2017 11:44 am

YA Adventure 71K
EQ 6/5
FR 6/7
6/10 Got an email this morning saying "Let's touch base in three weeks."
6/22 ER Nice letter. Nice agent. If you get the chance to work with her, you should.
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 02, 2017 7:21 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries.

from Catsamoa79
May 06, 2017 11:29 am

EQ: 3/19/17 (Women's Fiction - 93K)
FR: 3/24/17
ER: 5/5/17
Even though Tina was closed to queries in general, she had invited me to query her when I was ready with my next manuscript. She had previously requested a full on another novel of mine. She kept me up to date on her progress throughout the time frame. She loved my main character and writing style, but ultimately felt the pace of the book was too slow for her. A disappointment, but she would be awesome to work with! She left the door open for me to query her with future projects.
from deborahloi
Mar 14, 2017 9:13 am

EQ 2/15/17
FR 2/25/17
ER 3/14/17 Very nice rejection. Didn't like the direction the story took.
Women's Literary Fiction
from kjmclaugh
Feb 11, 2017 2:14 pm

EQ: 2/10/15 - YA Contemporary, 57k, from #AgentMatch Twitter contest
FR: 2/11/15 - Full request a day later!
4/12/15 - She nudged me and wanted to make sure my MS was still available since she plans to read it soon.
ER: 5/8/15 - Rejection with a few helpful suggestions and a possibility of her taking a second look if I revised.

EQ: 5/21/16 to see if she'd still be interested in a revised version of my novel, she requested full
Nudge: 8/2/16 - I nudged her to see if she was still reading. She responded and said that she'd get back to me soon.
2nd Nudge: 11/20/16
1/8/17 - R&R, personalized with suggestions to improve and resubmit. She is very nice!

1/29/17 - Emailed to say revisions were ready. Replied asking for full MS.
2/2/17 - ER - She decided she didn't like the voice. It was quite disappointing since original query was 2 years ago and I worked hard on two separate revisions for her. Oh well, I guess. It really hurts, but I'll move on.
from Catsamoa79
Sep 27, 2016 5:42 pm

EQ: 5/19/16
Partial request for this historical novel, after having already requested a full on my YA novel, all on the same day! (See previous comments below.): 5/19/16
ER: 9/27/16, primarily because historical novels are not a primary interest of hers. She gave positive feedback with regard to my writing and encouraged me to continue, as well as query again if I had any contemporary YA novels in the future. Tina is a gem and anyone would be lucky to have her as an agent!
from Catsamoa79
Sep 14, 2016 11:37 am

Update! I wrote back to Tina asking if she might consider reading additional chapters of my YA novel since the paranormal part is not the heart of the book, the love story is. She agreed to review the full manuscript! Plus, she requested sample chapters from another YA historical novel I have written!

Update: Submitted full manuscript on 5/19/16
ER: 9/12/16, saying she could not connect with the characters as much as she would have liked, though she thought the writing was good and the story was rich and vivid. Tina corresponded with me a number of times when I wrote to check in and also let me know when she had difficulty opening the first attachment of the manuscript I sent. It is so appreciated to have someone willing to take the time to communicate with an author, so you know what is going on, and don't feel like you've fallen into the writer's abyss! She has a partial of another novel I wrote, for which she said she would get back with me soon.
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 01, 2016 8:29 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from Catsamoa79
May 18, 2016 6:24 pm

EQ: 5/18/16
ER: 5/18/16, a few hours later.
She wrote a very complimentary letter, saying she was torn because she loved my writing, but has difficulty placing anything with a paranormal bend to it. She asked if I had any other manuscripts and said she would be happy to review them. Seems like a wonderful agent. By the way, if you look at their website, they only take queries in May and October!

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