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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 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.)
from paulaschumacher
Nov 28, 2020 8:22 pm


EQ: 11/28/20 Historical speculative fiction. 79k Send to agent Jessica Papin.
from hollyanne
Nov 13, 2020 11:40 am


EQ: 11/13/2020
68K Memoir
from lindsaysmith818
Oct 29, 2020 9:02 am


EQ 10/4/20
New Adult Fiction 50k
Form Rejection 10/29/20
from notsonewbie
Oct 01, 2020 8:33 am


EQ: 9/23/20
FR: 9/23/20
ER: 10/1/20

92k contemporary romance
from JourneymanNS
Sep 29, 2020 5:30 am


EQ: Historical Fiction/Women's - 90K - sent Sept. 28/20
Full request of manuscript: Sept. 29/20
from gellisbarber
Sep 24, 2020 2:28 pm


FYI Dystel Goderich & Bourret does not allow you to query another agent at the agency after you have been rejected by one of them. A rejection by one is a rejection by all. I recommend waiting to query them until you 100% sure you have a winning query letter and a solid submission and then sending to your top pick, because you only shot with them.
from jwschlack
Sep 24, 2020 8:52 am


Form rejection letter sent within 3 weeks of submission.

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