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Ms. Victoria Selvaggio

Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

299 Park Avenue, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10171



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Website: www.jdlit.com/

Blog: victoriaselvaggio.com

Twitter: vselvaggio1

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Put "Query" in the subject line of your email. For queries regarding children's and adult fiction, please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis. For queries regarding a non-fiction book, please attach the entire proposal as a Word document (the proposal should include a sample chapter), along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis of your book in the body of your email.

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from inluvwithwords
Dec 20, 2017 1:18 pm


EQ: 3.26.17
full request 3.30.17
ER: 12.20.17
from Catsamoa79
Nov 14, 2017 4:23 pm


EQ: 7/12/17
ER: 11/14/17
Great, personalized feedback. Anyone would be lucky to have her as their agent!
from hairaplenty
Nov 11, 2017 9:27 am


EQ YA suspense
from mirandaf
Nov 03, 2017 8:51 pm


Query April 2016
Form rejection today

Better than not hearing back at all I suppose :)
from Christi12
Nov 01, 2017 5:57 pm


Me too! Not quite at the 2 year mark, but just shy of it by 2 months. :) My MS has changed a TON since then.
from mochik
Oct 19, 2017 7:37 pm


Same here, 2 years after submitting. I got the same form letter and and the note about adding 2nd query to future projects.

I’m glad she has found a way to shorten her turnaround though haha I think future queries will get answered much sooner.
from Hulagirl
Oct 17, 2017 9:48 pm


Same for me - rejection 2 1/2 years after submitting. I'd closed her out for no response a long time ago.
from Kaiodem
Sep 26, 2017 11:17 am


EQ: 9/26/17

YA Dark Fantasy 87k
from eebnhab
Sep 17, 2017 6:19 pm


EQ: 7/17/15
ER: 9/15/17
Two years and two months to get a rejection. Self-published the book a year and a half ago and second book in series getting ready to come out.
from drdavidmgso
Sep 06, 2017 10:27 am


Got a response 2 1/2 years after a submission. It was the same form letter as received by others with an over two year response lag. I sent her a note telling her I was surprised by the extremely late response. She immediately replied that she had a lot of submissions and was changing her system.
from Viviane_Elbee
Aug 15, 2017 1:43 pm


I received a request for more work very quickly, in less than a week, but I had an offer on the table, so my email was probably treated with priority. After I sent her more work, she also got back to me quickly and we set up a telephone interview. It was great talking to Victoria Selvaggio - she seems very professional and well-organized. She cares about her clients and does not want to take on any projects she doesn't love because she feels that each project deserves her enthusiasm. She's very editorial and will help you polish your work before it goes on submissions. She also explained her submission process during the interview. She would be a fantastic agent to work with.
from jhunny
Aug 07, 2017 1:58 pm


Lol. Well I see I wasn't the only one that got a response two years later. Sad thing, I put that book aside over a year ago.
from PortiaDe
Jul 26, 2017 1:53 pm


EQ: April 2015
ER: July 2017

Seriously? 2 years and 3 months later. Wow! I guess everybody gets the same form letter which includes the line "Regarding your submission, while there’s much to like, I’m afraid I'm not connecting enough emotionally to your characters, which ultimately means I’m not connecting enough with the content of your story."
from Catsamoa79
Jul 12, 2017 1:40 pm


EQ: 6/5/17
ER: 7/12/17
Nice, personalized email with helpful feedback. She would be wonderful to work with!
from chicklegirl
Jun 24, 2017 12:27 am


EQ 2/22/17 (80K--YA speculative/time travel)
CNR 6/23/17

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