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Ms. Jane Dystel

Dystel Goderich & Bourret Literary Management

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



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Website: www.dystel.com/

AAR Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from JadahMcCoy
Yesterday 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
Yesterday 7:25 am


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

113,000 Fantasy Romance
from evan11
Nov 28, 2016 4:45 pm


EQ: 11/28/16
FR: 11/28/16

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 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.
from yetanotherheather
Sep 30, 2016 10:44 pm


Thanks for the quick replies! I just sent my query and I also got an immediate full request :) Congratulations awkwordly and fingers crossed for both of us!

UPDATE: I received a short but kind personalized rejection on 9/30/16. It was my first rejection on a full, but Jane's feedback was specific and encouraging which eased the sting. I would definitely recommend submitting to Jane!
from awkwordly
Sep 08, 2016 12:36 pm


EQ: 8/24/2016
FR: 8/25/2016
ER: 9/8/2016 form via D&G email address

Though it wasn't surprising considering her MO lately, a form rejection on a full still stings a bit.
from awkwordly
Aug 25, 2016 1:27 pm


Hi Yetanotherheather,
I noticed that too, but sent a query this week and she requested a full immediately--so she must be open! Good luck. :)
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 25, 2016 11:43 am


Hi yetanotherheather,
The email address came from her profile at AAR, which you can get to from the link on the "Main" tab above. Good luck.
from yetanotherheather
Aug 25, 2016 11:21 am


Does anyone know for sure if Jane is accepting queries? QT indicates that she is and gives what appears to be an accurate email address, but I noticed her email address is conspicuously absent from the DGLM website.
from Bryn_75
Aug 18, 2016 11:30 am


EQ: 7/28/16
Request for full ms: 7/29/16
Suspense/Thriller
ER: 8-18-16. Form rejection. I believe Jane, or a staffer read the ms, but it probably didn't fit their wheelhouse. My story has a fairly strong Christian theme.
from frennis
Jun 26, 2016 1:04 pm


EQ 6/26/16

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