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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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Twitter: jdystel

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from Arte_Evans
Mar 08, 2018 2:41 pm

EQ: 2/22/18
3/8/18 Thinking of requesting a status check, considering numerous others got a response the same day.
from BeverlyMT
Feb 01, 2018 2:09 pm

EQ: 1/18/18
Full sent: 1/19/18
Rejection: 2/1/18

Form rejection. No personal input.
from Nostromo
Dec 19, 2017 2:59 pm

EQ 12/04/17
FR 12/04/17 - within an hour
ER 12/19/17

Psychological Thriller 97K
from Hulagirl
Dec 07, 2017 10:57 pm

EQ: 11/22/17
FR: 11/27/17
ER: 12/7/17

True to form, she rejected the manuscript after her full request.

Contemporary Romance 76K
Don't have much hope for this one. This agent's mode of operation is asking for a full request and then rejecting the manuscript.
from lisasturm
Nov 18, 2017 5:26 pm

EQ: 9/18
FR: 9/18
ER: 11/16
Women's Upmarket Fiction

This was the most gratifying and heartbreaking rejection I have ever received:

"Thank you so much for thinking of us and letting us have a look at ECHOED IN MY BONES, which several of us read with great interest. Tahisha, Jasmine, and Tessa are well-wrought, complex, and interesting characters, whose own personal stories weave together beautifully. After careful review, however, we have decided that we are not the appropriate agents to represent this project.
Fiction is just about the toughest thing to sell in today’s saturated market and though you’re a really lovely writer, I’m sorry to say that ultimately, I’m not completely convinced we would be able to place this successfully.
Thank you again for the chance to review ECHOED IN MY BONES and I wish you all the best of luck in finding the perfect home for it."

I wrote back and thanked her, and told her she was a compassionate person. At least she recognized all the work that went into the book, even if she ultimately couldn't represent it.
from vbarger
Oct 02, 2017 10:14 am

EQ: 10/2

YA Thriller
from Hulagirl
Sep 29, 2017 1:36 am

EQ: 9/19/17
FR: 9/20/17
ER: 9/28/17

I was hopeful, but no dice.
from qbee2001
Sep 12, 2017 2:43 pm

@bert what do you mean by shortlist?
from BertWouters
Sep 11, 2017 1:36 pm

Short List?
from qbee2001
Sep 06, 2017 2:57 pm

EQ 9/5/17
Out on vacation
from AliciaIsWriting
Jul 31, 2017 6:40 pm

EQ 7/26 YA Dark Fantasy 76k
ER 7/31 from Jim McCarthy
from AuthorTeacherkl
Jun 22, 2017 11:00 am

EQ: 6/12/17
FR: 6/13/17
ER: 6/22/17
Form letter, I'd guess...

Dear Kathryn,

Thank you for letting us review your material for DON'T JUDGE A CON BY HER COVER, 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,

Jane Dystel

Contemporary Con/Heist 80k
from bevjack1
Jun 16, 2017 10:03 am

EQ 6/5/17 Q+25 (1st per vs) Lit Fic 73K
Request for full 6/5/17
Rejected 6/15/17 - might be a form? Not enthusiastic about their chances of selling the book. No feedback on book itself? I like the way they do biz.
Classy outfit.
from jwtownsend49
May 18, 2017 9:32 am

Although I am disappointed that she did not choose to represent me, I am pleased that she reviewed the entire manuscript and responded quickly.
from KristenH
May 10, 2017 4:10 pm

Eq 5/10/17 (requery Venom)
FR 5/10/17 (Will send this out this summer after revisions are done.)

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