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Ms. Tina Schwartz

The Purcell Agency, LLC

336 Belle Court

Grayslake, Illinois 60030



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Website: www.ThePurcellAgency.com

Twitter: tinaPschwartz

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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!
from Patrick (admin)
May 02, 2016 6:29 pm


Profile Update: Open to queries. Genres Updated.
from CathieArms
Jan 12, 2016 9:01 am


Received an offer from Tina on Friday! YAY! She's really fantastic!

A comment about Tina: I've been communicating with her off and on since I sent my original query last April. She is *very* approachable. If you've sent her a query and she hasn't responded within the time frame she's indicated on her website, consider sending her a gentle nudge. If she's asked for a partial or a full and hasn't responded, DEFINITELY send her a gentle nudge. She's very open to it and truly gracious about it.

Okay, ya'll -- happy querying! Squeeeeeee!

from beccaj
Oct 10, 2015 11:14 pm


Update:

11/20/2014 : re-submitted after re-writes

1/28/2015 : Offer of Representation.

Through out the process, Ms. Schwartz has been very, very, very friendly and approachable. I look

forward to working with her
from CathieArms
Oct 09, 2015 8:21 pm


UPDATE (10/9): Still waiting on an answer, but feeling cautiously optimistic. After not hearing for so long, I gently nudged her last weekend. She responded very quickly, apologized for the delay, and then called me later that afternoon. Still no decision from her, but she's not completely done reading the manuscript. Also found her to be a complete delight. I really do love her as an agent and person and hope she'll take my ms but, if not, I really feel like I'll walk away from this experience feeling positive overall. And, she's not my "last hope" if it comes to that. My ms is still out with 4 other agents and I think a couple of small publishing houses. Time will tell

Submitted a YA novel back in April and received an e-mail that she was excited to read my pages. I didn't hear back from her. In the meantime, I drastically revised my manuscript. I assumed the lack of followup indicated that she'd passed. It took everything in me to "bug her" to ask her to allow me to requery, explaining that I'd revamped. She was so kind and responded really quickly, saying she'd not read the sample pages yet. That was a huge relief and not at all what I expected. Then yesterday, I received a followup e-mail from her, asking for the full ms. I've been following her on Twitter for a while and really like everything I'd seen from her, but I never expected such a kind (long/friendly) e-mail from her.

I sent her the full ms right away and now I wait. I really love everything I've seen from his agent. She's one of my top 2 picks for an agent and I couldn't be more thrilled to have her look at my ms. Now I sit and cross my fingers and hope she loves my manuscript. If she does, I'll be ecstatic. If she declines, I'll be sad; but just knowing that she found redeeming qualities in it is enough to keep me moving forward. Crossing my fingers that Tina loves it, though...I can see the two of us working really well together.

My word of advice for anyone querying her or considering querying her: DO IT. She's absolutely lovely. If you've queried and not heard from her in a long time, gently nudge -- she seems to be open to the nudge. She's one of the few agents I've run across who seems to love not only her job and working with the clients she has, but also truly excited at finding new works.
from pickfordm
Sep 27, 2015 3:19 pm


good luck with the other agent, dgalyean. it sounds like a moving memoir.
from dgalyean
Sep 23, 2015 7:45 pm


Apparently my query letter was already in her queue before she stopped receiving queries. Of the thirty agents to whom I have submitted, she is the only one to make comments about my novel and tell me why she wasn't taking it and told me what she liked to encourage me to keep writing. I then thanked her for her response and sent her the first chapter of a memoir about raising our adopted African-American son. Working title: Confessions of a White Father. She like it so much she suggested an agent of adult books and told me to mention her name.
from MsMaryMoss
Jun 20, 2015 10:16 am


6/12/15- Offer of Representation!!!
6/12/15-Accepted!!!!!
So excited to be represented by Tina. She is AWESOME!!!!!!
from maracalone1
Jun 08, 2015 2:17 pm


Kjmclaugh, so sorry to hear this. I have my own disappointment to record here. Tina promised multiple times to get to the full read of my novel that she requested. I still have not heard from her regarding a rejection or comments (and this drama spans last year and this year). Last correspondence was June 3rd when she promised to get back to me. She did not. I am now revising for another agent.

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