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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

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from naziarahman123
Today 1:03 am


What does it mean that they skip over yours and move to the next one? the one above me and below me were rejection, so does that mean she is still reading mine or what?
Someone please send a message. Thanks!
from ThatsNoMoon
Jul 22, 2021 8:16 am


EQ: 7/13
FR:7/13
Form rejection: 7/22

Thank you for letting us review your material, 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.
from YellowStrike1
Jun 30, 2021 10:38 am


Sent letter on June 23, 2021

Sci fi romantic comedy 125k words

Form rejection on June 30, 2021
from Evelyn_Freeling
Jun 29, 2021 3:21 pm


06/25 - Queried Jane


I only noticed today that there was an agent I queried at this agency due to PitMad who discovered upon the query that the genre wasn't up her alley and that this is an "a no from one is a no from all" agency, which is incredibly disappointing because I only queried that agent because she liked my tweet and if I had known querying her meant I couldn't query Jane, I wouldn't have queried her. Sad day. Jane represents one of my favorite authors. I don't know if this means I won't get any response at all, but we'll see. :(
from June_K
May 26, 2021 7:12 am


EQ: 5/13/2021
Full request: 5/13/2021 - she sent the request in 16 minutes, I am humbled beyond words! Sent immediately.
Form rejection: 5/26/2021 - they are not the right agents to represent our story.

Adult Contemporary Romance 88k
from June_K
May 14, 2021 9:41 am


Thank you, charlie_girl! I am still somewhat in disbelief =D
from charlie_girl
May 14, 2021 9:23 am


June_K, your comment made me smile. Lifting my morning cup to your sub.
from jdruffin
Apr 08, 2021 8:54 am


EQ: 3/30/21
ER: 4/8/21

Fantasy 78k
from awendel01
Apr 01, 2021 4:47 pm


EQ: 3/22/21
ER: 4/1/21

Fantasy 111k. Form Letter.
from malcorbin
Mar 02, 2021 12:23 pm


EQ: 2/26/21
Request for Proposal: 2/27/21!
Memoir, 83k words
Sent proposal on 3/1. Fingers crossed!!!!!!!
from carolynltesta
Feb 12, 2021 8:31 pm


EQ: 1/15/21
Request for Proposal: Same Day!
Memoir, 69k words
Just googled "Book Proposals" and besides Query Letter detailing book, motivation for writing, and audience/Bio/Sample chapters, I'm not sure what else to send! First time author. Going to be honest with her and offer her whatever else she wants.
UPDATE 2/12/21: POLITE DECLINE. But happy to have created a Book Proposal that I've been asked to provide to several other agents. It was a helpful exercise.
from Whitegardenia
Feb 04, 2021 1:49 am


@LinRay, I did not receive a confirmation email when I sent my query.
The only email I received was their form rejection email... :(
from LinRay
Feb 03, 2021 4:59 pm


Does anyone know if this agency provides a bounce back email after you submit your query? Do they send
any acknowledgement they've received your query at all???
from MichaelBarDaniel
Jan 28, 2021 12:17 pm


EQ: 1/12/2021
ER: 1/28/2021 Form

89K YA Science Fiction
from sachi6
Dec 17, 2020 12:44 pm


EQ 12/7
Request for full 12/7
ER: form 12/17

Women's fiction 100K (Someone said in previous comments that most rejections for a full come on a Thursday or Friday. That was true in my case. Glad it wasn't a prolonged wait.)

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