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Ms. Jane Dystel

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



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Website: www.dystel.com/

Twitter: jdystel

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from KSWomack
Jul 01, 2020 10:49 pm


EQ: 061520
FR: 061520
ER: 062520

Literary/Historical/Multicultural: 102K
from Hulagirl
Jun 13, 2020 4:47 pm


EQ: 12/28/19
FR: 1/2/20
ER: 1/9/20
Very polite form rejection; same form rejection others have received.
Women's Fiction 89K


Dear Jeanne

Thank you for letting us review your material for TITLE, which we read with great interest.

Unfortunately, we have determined that we are not the appropriate agents to represent this material. In this very competitive market, we are simply not enthusiastic enough about our ability to sell this work to offer representation.

We wish you the best of luck placing this successfully. Thank you, once again, for letting us consider it.

Best regards,
from Hulagirl
Jun 13, 2020 3:13 am


EQ: 6/12/20

Historial Romantic Women's Fiction approximately 77K
from akarras823
Jun 11, 2020 6:56 pm


EQ: 6/11/2020
FR: 6/11/2020 (about 25 minutes)
from matoaka
Jun 04, 2020 6:13 pm


EQ: 5/22
FR: 5/26
Historical Women's Fiction 102K
Still waiting. (Will update) Read somewhere that she makes full requests on about 50% of all submissions and accepts 3-4 new clients a year.
ER: 6/4
from Faye_Hicks
Jun 01, 2020 1:46 pm


EQ: 4/2/20
NF, Memoir-in-Essays 90K-110K
Gentle nudge 6/1/20
from Catsamoa79
May 14, 2020 12:17 pm


EQ: 3/9/20
ER: 5/14/20
Form letter
from thoyem
Apr 24, 2020 2:28 am


Finished, professionally edited, 103,400-word historical novel. Slightly niche.
EQ: 23 March 2020 - Project description sent
ER: 09 April - "Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time."
from snolan
Apr 14, 2020 10:20 am


EQ: 4/14/20
FR 4/14//20 (about two minutes later)
from STLrlc
Apr 09, 2020 7:40 pm


EQ 04/08/20
FR 04/08/20
from slcody
Mar 13, 2020 1:09 pm


EQ: 2/27/20
FR: 2/27/20
ER: 3/5/20

70k historical literary
from holli7285
Mar 12, 2020 5:45 pm


EQ: 2/23/20
FR: 2/24/20
ER: 3/12/20

73k women's fiction. Form rejection. Was hoping for some feedback, but appreciate the fast response.
from christinesimon
Mar 05, 2020 10:38 am


EQ: 1/5
FR: 1/6
ER: 3/5

Very nice rejection with some personalized comments.

For people who are insane like me, I've noticed that almost all of Jane's responses to requested material seem to come in on Thursdays and Fridays

Upmarket, 64,000 words
from MsSarajevo
Jan 30, 2020 1:45 pm


EQ Jan 21
Full request Jan 21
Encouraging and personalized rejection letter Jan 30

Upmarket commercial fiction, 92,000 words
from qbee2001
Jan 24, 2020 8:16 pm


Any success stories here or all these requests and no offers?

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