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Moved to Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. Formerly with Writers House.

Ms. Soumeya Roberts

Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency

37 West 28th St., 8th Floor

New York, NY 10001



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Website: hsgagency.com

Blog: www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/SoumeyaRoberts/

Twitter: soumeya_b

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from hdiangelis
May 17, 2017 7:40 pm


EQ: 2/18/17
ER: 5/16/17 (form)
from Jennifer13
May 16, 2017 7:29 pm


EQ: 4/23/16
FR: 4/25/16
99K Commercial fic with Jane Austen themes

UPDATE: ER 5/16/17 (over a year later)
I know several of you are waiting to hear from her, so I'll share my experience. Soumeya and I have kept in touch over the year she was considering my novel with quick emails about once a quarter from either her or me. She said at one point she had other readers at Writers House looking at the manuscript, too. After she switched to HSG, the first I heard from her was in response to an email I sent in early May. She responded today with an apology for taking so long to get back with me, and a somewhat helpful rejection. She complimented my characters, my concept and plot, my writing style...but rejected me because "the book is ultimately too commercial for my list," followed by the form rejection lines about subjectivity in the agenting biz. I have no hard feelings over this (though a quicker rejection would've been nice); in the end, this rejection tells me that she wasn't the right agent for this novel, but that someone else out there will be. I'm sending out another query letter tonight, in fact...
from Patrick (admin)
May 16, 2017 3:46 pm


Profile Update: This agent reviewed and approved this listing.

from reiterwriter
May 11, 2017 2:37 pm


PR: SIWC October 2016
EQ: May 11, 2017

50 pgs + short bio + 1 pg synopsis
Delayed sending because it looked like she was swamped with the agency shift and QT writers weren't getting much response.

96K YA Fantasy
from booksbooksbooks
May 04, 2017 3:52 pm


I'll just say I waited a very long time for a response on my full request, and though what I received was ultimately not an offer, it was constructive, kind, and attentive feedback that showed she'd really read my manuscript and given it some genuine consideration. It's a tough spot to be waiting so long and feeling very ignored in the querying progress, and I appreciate shared frustrations from the writer's perspective, but I also wanted to offer a little empathy for a keen-eyed and kind reader likely burdened by the overflowing inboxes and unrelenting change and motion that plague this whole industry. I'd query her again on another project, even knowing I'd have to wait.
from CTScott
May 03, 2017 7:23 pm


ritingJunkie, I agree that this behavior is unacceptable. When you solicit someone's business, you have an obligation to respond. If the number of queries an agent receives is too many to permit them to respond, the appropriate solution is hiring another assistant or not accepting queries until they catch up.
from SnapPeas
Mar 28, 2017 12:26 pm


EQ 11/21/16 at Writers house
Personalized rejection 03/28/17
from Terri_Martin
Mar 21, 2017 6:42 pm


Thanks for doing the legwork on this one, whitewavedarling. Much appreciated.
from whitewavedarling
Mar 20, 2017 9:12 pm


I'm among the folks waiting to hear back on a Full I sent Soumeya while she was at Writers House, and I finally tweeted at her this past week, for lack of knowing what else to do when email didn't seem to work--but, it had occurred to me that that email address was primarily for queries, and since she wasn't open to queries... well, I finally decided to tweet.

For what it's worth, Soumeya tweeted this today:

"Thx to the authors who sent me full MSS for their patience. Email me at HSG if you need to pull the sub otherwise I will get back to you"

I'm not sure I'm holding my breath for a response, but...
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 20, 2017 4:12 pm


Profile Update: Open to queries.

from SnapPeas
Mar 20, 2017 1:32 pm


EQ 11/12/16
CNR 3/20/17

I have a note in my query list that she will respond, however, with the change in agencies, and that it is at the 119 day mark I am closing this one out.
from BlueRidgeDave
Feb 22, 2017 11:53 pm


EQ: 2/8/17 Didn't know she was closed. Or else she just closed in the past couple of days.

Spiritual/Lit. fiction, 117,000 words
from redwriter31
Feb 09, 2017 7:55 pm


Thanks, Jennifer13! And good luck to all of us playing the waiting game ... !
from Patrick (admin)
Feb 08, 2017 1:15 pm


Profile Update: Moved to Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. Formerly with Writers House.
from Jennifer13
Feb 08, 2017 11:29 am


@redwriter31,she posted this on Twitter last night: Writers: if you queried me, no need to do so again. I'll be looking at those! Just let me know if you submitted to diff agent at #HSGAgency

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