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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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from reason
Apr 06, 2017 3:50 pm

EQ: 1/29
CNR: 3/30
FR: 4/6 :)

Women's fiction 81K
from Sheluvspink
Mar 21, 2017 3:00 pm

EQ: 3-19
FR:3-20 Full sent 3-21
Commercial Womens 90k
from haydenmcasey13
Mar 03, 2017 7:32 pm

EQ: 4/28
FR: 4/28 (an hour later)
ER: 5/5

Super personalized, the most personalized feedback I've gotten from anyone. Excerpts: "You have some really gorgeous language here, with a great rhythm and lovely descriptions." "You're clearly a talented writer with a gift for creating well-rounded characters." Is it bad to be this happy about a rejection? :)
from jjadamson
Feb 08, 2017 12:49 pm

Can't find her email address on the website; wondering if she's closed to queries.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 23, 2017 12:34 pm

snowcrocus, Kemi has been added.
from snowcrocus
Jan 23, 2017 9:24 am

I've actually submitted to Kemi Faderin, but this is a placeholder until she's added to the database.
from sriley1
Jan 19, 2017 12:18 pm

EQ: 1/7
FR: 1/9
ER: 1/19, form on a full!

81k, lit fic
from evan11
Dec 15, 2016 12:16 pm

EQ: 11/28/16
FR: 11/28/16
Form Rejection 12/15/16 At least it was quick, as expected.

FYI, she answered very quickly -- she couldn't have read my submission. This might explain all of her form responses on fulls -- she seems to make her requests judging from the query then reads the partial (or with any luck the full!!) later to make her determination.
from JadahMcCoy
Dec 01, 2016 1:33 pm

EQ: 11/14
FR: 11/14
Form rejection, as expected: 12/1/16

Contemp WF 65k. I admit, I'm not getting my hopes up on this one, since I see she sends a form rejection on a lot of fulls.
from KayBeyus
Dec 01, 2016 7:25 am

EQ: 10/25
ER: 11/30 Dear Author...womp womp...

113,000 Fantasy Romance
from Jennifer13
Oct 27, 2016 1:46 pm

EQ: 10/10/16
FR: 10/11/16
ER: 10/27/16 Form

99K upmarket commercial fiction with Jane Austen themes
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 21, 2016 8:22 am

Profile Update: Agency name changed from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management to Dystel Goderich & Bourret Literary Management.
from kady_hinojosa
Oct 19, 2016 6:14 pm

10/16/16 EQ
10/17/17 Full request
from ArtsyAmy
Oct 14, 2016 5:17 am

9-27-16 EQ
9-27-16 Full request
10-13-16 Pass on the full--form
from MarieJ29
Oct 01, 2016 1:55 pm

I thought my full rejection was personalized, but your guys' comments have me thinking she has a basic format for her personalized rejections as well. Here's a paragraph from my rejection letter.

"Fiction is just about the toughest thing to sell in today’s market, and so we must be very selective about the projects we choose to take on in this category. Although your writing is strong, with moments of nice description, we really have to fall in love with a novel to properly represent it, and that just didn’t happen here."

Oh well.

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