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Mr. Leon Husock

L. Perkins Agency

5800 Arlington Avenue

Riverdale, NY 10471

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from doofus1968
May 22, 2017 7:12 am

EQ: 12/27/14 (not kidding)
FR: 12/29/14 (not kidding)
SENT: 12/29/14
NUDGE: 02/15/15 no response
NUDGE: 06/01/15 no response (so I gave up)

ER: 02/11/16 received a 'I appreciate your query but I'm not open for new queries email'

REPLIED TO HIM 02/11/16 and mentioned that I had sent a query originally in 2014 and asked if the email I received meant he wasn't interested in the full manuscript to which he replied oh no that message was sent by mistake you're still under consideration.....REALLY? a year and three months later he sends a final rejection email 03/11/16.

I wish others luck with this agent and faster responses, because this was more than a little ridiculous in my opinion.

from Shoeless
May 19, 2017 9:05 pm

One general rule of thumb I've heard is that you shouldn't do any nudging in the first three months after a submission. An agent is obviously prioritizing his or her own clients, then going over queries and making other requests, so it's good to be patient and understand that even a full request--unless they were clearly super excited about it--is not going to be read immediately. It's definitely not wrong to nudge after 6 months, and if you still haven't heard from them after nearly a year, it's time to nudge, or else accept the possibility that your full request may be a non-response rejection.
from angshelley
May 18, 2017 4:10 pm

Do any of you have advice on when (or if) to nudge Leon on a full request?
from chelseajmosley
May 18, 2017 2:34 pm

E/R: 5/16
F/R: 5/18

...fingers crossed for good news!
from madeleinec
May 18, 2017 2:02 pm

Finally panicked and sent a follow-up email. He got right back to me, the gem. All is well, and the MS is in good hands!
from madeleinec
May 12, 2017 11:31 am

That makes me feel a little better. I'll wait until next week, and if he hasn't responded, I'll check in. Thanks, guys!
from dennison2969
May 12, 2017 7:58 am

@madeleinec There was a tweet on May 8 that he was in his first auction, so that certainly could have delayed his response time. I had a full request on April 20, sent the same day, and got a confirmation on April 24.
from Shoeless
May 12, 2017 1:27 am


I'd inquire about whether he got it, just to be sure. He usually does seem to send a reply to indicate that he's received the e-mail. I got my confirmation the day after I sent in the full. Or maybe for some reason, his receipt confirmation got lost in the mail. That happened to me with Kurestin Armada at PS Literary, where I sent in an e-mail after a week asking if they'd received the full, and they sent an e-mail back saying that they had and forwarded the receipt notification, which somehow wasn't in my spam filter, or anywhere else, I just never got it.
from madeleinec
May 11, 2017 9:42 pm

Hey, friends.
I queried Leon on the 28th and got a full request the following morning. I applied a few big revisions, didn't send off the full until the 8th...and never got a confirmation. This doesn't seem like his norm--any ideas what I should do, if anything? In my email response, I didn't draw any attention to my stupid late submission.

If he's trying to make me squirm, it's working.
from horrorchix89
May 08, 2017 10:58 pm


Thanks, I queried Leon and got a quick rejection so I'll try someone else in a few weeks. The worse thing that could happen is another no. So we'll see
from Shoeless
May 06, 2017 1:25 pm


For what it's worth, I originally queried Maximilian Ximenez with a science fiction novel back in January, but got no response, then tried querying Leon Husock instead in April, and got a request. So I don't *think* it's one of those "a no from one of us is a no from all of us" scenarios.
from horrorchix89
May 06, 2017 12:43 am

Is this agency a "no from one is a no from all"? Their website doesn't exactly say this, it just says don't submit to more than one agent. I want clarification before querying another agent here
from Shoeless
May 02, 2017 11:33 am


That's too bad, it sounds like you really got close with this novel and have put a lot of work into it. I got a request for a full with him around the middle of April. He sounds like a very engaged agent who gives a lot of valuable feedback. It seems like people who sign with him are very fortunate, but I'll try to keep my expectations in check. Been down this road before with a full request, so if it's not this book, maybe the next one.
from Allister
May 02, 2017 10:28 am

6/04/2016 EQ
6/04/2016 FR
7/5/2016 R with detailed response

Leon gave me amazing feedback on my full and was wonderful and prompt throughout the process. Anyone would be lucky to have him!

UPDATE: Did R&R with another agent and Leon was more than happy to take another look

R&R sent: 2/7

Leon gives such thoughtful feedback and was the first to see potential in my manuscript. It's thanks to him and the agent I did the R&R for that I have a wonderful manuscript now. Fingers crossed!


4/12 - asked for copyedit
4/12 - copyedit submitted
4/13 confirmation

I'm on pins and needles waiting! It's only been two weeks but he is one of my top choices. It was so nice of him to ask for a copyedit. I'll let everyone know how it turns out!

5/2 Kind rejection - didn't fall in love with project. Onwards and upwards!
from tiff880515
May 02, 2017 3:36 am

Thank you, Allister! And same to you :)

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