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Ms. Victoria Selvaggio

Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

299 Park Avenue, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10171

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Twitter: vselvaggio1

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E-Mail: Yes

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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 kmajor
Mar 08, 2018 2:44 pm

Hello JaeStories,

Your rejection is the same as mine, word for word. I agree that the response was odd and was very wordy without giving us any tangible feedback. Too bad. It almost seems that she was trying to create a form response that has the look of an individual personalized letter, which it isn't . I guess we have to meet her criteria to get one of those.
from JaeStories
Mar 08, 2018 8:23 am

EQ: 09/16/2015
ER: 03/06/2018.
Huh.... Yeah, I closed this out and wrote two other novels in this time. The form rejection was a long explanation about why it wasn't a custom response, which was also a little odd. Here is the form:

Thank you for the interest in The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.
I do apologize for the delayed response. Due to my personalized letters, it does take me a long time to review every query and manuscript that I receive. As of September 2, 2016, my procedure for responding has changed. While I wish that I could continue my personalized letters, submissions have increased making it almost impossible to respond in a timely manner (hence the lateness of this).
My new procedure is below:
I will personally respond to any queries with the correct heading (will be given to you) in the subject line of the email, received from:
• my request
• offers (from another offering agent or a publication offer)
• conferences/workshops/retreats/other events
• contests (if a request has been made)
• interviews (selective)
All other queries will receive a form letter, with a brief comment on why I'm passing. I thank you for your understanding and patience.
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.
As this is a subjective process, I do encourage you to continue honing your craft as you submit to other agents and editors. I also encourage more feedback from agents and editors before delving into extensive revisions.
One rejection from me is not a rejection on future manuscripts, and if you decide to submit again please put “2nd Query” in the subject line. As noted, I’ve updated my submissions’ procedure and the time of my response has improved drastically.
Thank you, again, for sharing this with me.
All my best,
Victoria A. Selvaggio
from kmajor
Feb 28, 2018 11:36 pm


I was one of the luckier writers that got a response using Victoria's new procedures. Still it took almost 10 months. The response was very apologetic about the time delay. Her response was 7 paragraphs long too and stated that "One rejection from me is not a rejection on future manuscripts, and if you decide to submit again please put :"2nd Query" in the subject line..." Further, " ...I also encourage more feedback from agents and editors before delving into extensive revisions." These two comments seem like boilerplate language to me. There wasn't any specific comments on my ms in the email. Contact me at to discuss if interested in comparing notes.

from GoldenEagle
Feb 27, 2018 2:26 pm

EQ sent 12/5/2015
ER 02/27/2018.

Yup. 817 days later.
from EMBmom
Feb 09, 2018 12:55 pm

EQ - 1/10/17
ER - 2/8/18
Yes, she will eventually get to your query.
from Hulagirl
Jan 31, 2018 10:54 pm

EQ: 1/31/18

Contemporary Romance 75K
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.

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