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Ms. Jennifer DuVall

Schiavone Literary Agency

3671 Hudson Manor Terrace, #11H

Bronx, NY 10463

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from KristenH
Mar 24, 2019 6:52 am

EQ 6/22/17 (requery Venom)
CNR 8/22/17 (No word from nudge.) Will try Kevin with DI next month.

6/7/18: EQ 4/6/18 (Diplomatic Immunity)
CNR 6/6/18 (No word from nudges)

8/26/18: EQ 6/25/18 (2nd/final Requery Venom)
CNR 8/24/18 (No word from nudges)

1/6/19: EQ 10.26.18 (Requery Chain Reaction)
CNR 1/3/19 (No word from nudges)

3/24/19: EQ 1/21/19 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
CNR 3/21/19 (No word from nudges)
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 05, 2017 6:27 pm

Profile Update: Genres updated.

from iBrian
Mar 16, 2016 5:03 am

No apparent website, just a blog that hasn't been updated in years.
from bruy11
Apr 10, 2015 10:10 am

I'd read all that, too. It looks like Kevin only takes 'music entertainment' pieces, Jennifer takes only real estate, and James covers General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Sports, African-American, Science, True Crime, Politics, Marketing, Advertising. That in mind, I'd recommend reading all the comments on his listing before you decide to submit to any of them. (Removing from Query List as I type).

Best of luck!
from Vandal
Apr 01, 2015 6:39 am

Conflicting information on their Publishers Marketplace site. At the top it says:

Jennifer DuVall, President
Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc.
New York, NY
Only considers real estate books.

At the bottom it says:

One page Email queries only. Absolutely no attachments. Postal queries are not accepted. No phone calls. We do not consider poetry, short stories, anthologies or children's books .

So I have no idea what they want.

from Dtroyg
Jan 29, 2015 7:00 pm

EQ - 1/29/15 (to James Schiavone, Ed.D)
ER - within minutes - "Thanks but we'll pass." (sent from his IPad)
from ingridlfoster
Aug 19, 2014 11:13 am

Judging by their website (recent sales and best-known projects) as well as the comments below, I'm thinking their main focus is non-fiction.
from PhantomII
Jul 29, 2014 2:30 pm

C'mon. Who yer kiddin'? Take a look at the "Query Replies" report.

Over 500, count 'em, 500 queries and zero - that is, nada, none, goose egg, number between -1 and 1 requests for partial or full reads.

This agent, IMHO, has only one reason for pretending that she wants unsolicited queries: she wants to torture writers with rejections and CNRs. She is the only agent so far that I've found that has never asked for a partial or a full read from an unsolicited query.

There's an old joke that goes, "What did the sadist do to the masochist?" Answer: "Nothing."

I think it's time to do nothing for Ms. DuVall. You may wish to consider not wasting your time by querying her.
from KaseyRiley
Jun 02, 2014 2:44 pm

This agent needs to update this file... from their website, it looks like they have a very narrow acceptance. Sounds too high and mighty for me to waste my efforts:

NOTICE: We give priority to authors published by major houses. We do not accept queries via post. All queries MUST be via email, one page and NO attachments.

The Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc., was established in 1996 by James Schiavone, Ed.D. Dr. Schiavone is professor emeritus of developmental skills at the City University of New York. He has authored three textbooks and five trade books as well as numerous articles in newspapers, magazines and professional journals. He is a noted authority in the psychology of reading.

Dr. Schiavone represents published authors. He accepts email queries only and will consider material of high literary quality and marketability from new authors. There is a 99% rejection rate for all queries received.

New York Offices:

Jennifer DuVall, President
Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc.
New York, NY
Only considers real estate books.

Francine Edelman, Senior EVP
Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc.
New York, NY
Ms. Edelman is interested in all genres, with an eye towards marketing and advertising books. Ms. Edelman has spent her entire career in the advertising/marketing industry. She held the post of President of a very successful publicly held ad agency in NYC for over 10 years

Kevin McAdams, EVP
Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc.
New York, NY
email: kvn.mcadams(at)
Mr. McAdams only considers books about music entertainment.

For useful interesting articles on publishing, and to enhance your relationship with our agency, go to our Blog Site at:
from writer_monkey
Jan 18, 2014 1:04 pm

From what I can tell, even though they have Sci-Fi/Fantasy listed as a genre in several places, it doesn't appear as though any of the agents are actually interested in much fiction-wise. Just an FYI if this agency is on your list.
from trishkaken
Oct 02, 2013 8:29 am

On Publishers Marketplace it says Ms. DuVall only considers real estate books.
from kathleea
Mar 22, 2013 9:17 am

@Odie8654 You are so welcome! Glad it helped.
from Odie8654
Mar 22, 2013 9:04 am


Thank you I have seen some of this before, but it helped to read it again. And sorry you went through this as well. Your advice helped a lot, thanks again.
from KristenH
Mar 22, 2013 7:11 am

Requeried Venom to Jen, one more time--I've revamped my chapters. I'll be logging in my April 2012 Venom's query submission details for Francine Edelman tonight, which was a pass.
from kathleea
Mar 21, 2013 7:18 am

She just wasn't the right agent for you. Someone will be. It's not unreasonable to ask what her long term plans are for your career. Always go with your "gut", if it doesn't feel right, it isn't. I was in a similar situation and didn't go with my gut feelings but wish I did. Ah well, water under the bridge so to speak. You can't think it was "too good to be true" if your book is solid, another agent will bite. It hurts but in the long run you're better off. Read this article from Writer Beware about agents:

The next time you're offered representation (and I believe there will be a next time!), if the agent is from a smaller agency, you can email Writer Beware and they'll let you know if there's any negative reports about the agent or agency. I've done this twice now since my former agent and I parted ways. And yes, it makes you more wary, see Jessica Faust's article on what to ask an agent too. Her blog is no longer up but you can still access older ones. Here's the link:

Good luck and keep us posted!

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