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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

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from wtbyrne
Nov 20, 2018 3:30 pm


EQ: 11/11
FR: 11/12
ER: 11/20
Mystery
from duke_of_lilywhite
Oct 21, 2018 2:35 pm


EQ: 9-27-18
ER: 10-18-18
Dear Author,

Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials,
and please forgive me for responding with a form letter. The volume of submissions we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally.
Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list
at this time. We wish you the best of luck in finding an agent and publisher for your work, and we thank you, once again, for letting us consider your materials.

Sincerely,
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
from RWO3ac
Oct 11, 2018 11:43 am


EQ: 9/18/18
FR: 9/19/18
Women's fiction 98,000
ER 10.11.18 - form letter
from KristenH
Oct 06, 2018 5:55 pm


Eq 5/10/17 (requery Venom)
FR 5/10/17
Full request sent on 9/17/18.
ER 10/4/18 (Passed--not right agent and not enthusiastic). She must've had a change of heart from last year's requery. ;-(
from KristenH
Oct 06, 2018 5:52 pm


Congrats RWo, but those two genres don't go together well. Congrats on the full though!
from jesskirkwood
Sep 05, 2018 10:01 am


8/16 EQ
8/16 FR

Upmarket Women's Fiction, 98K
from Kensi99
Aug 25, 2018 7:21 am


5/28 Same day full request
6/7 Nice personalized reject that called it "fascinating" but ultimately didn't "connect enough" - because of an email I was mistakenly sent I know Jane didn't read it, an intern did. At least was quick, and personalized. To be honest, if I knew then what I knew now, I'd try to select someone over there who was lower in the totem pole, and give the MS a chance to get read by the agent, because it's a no from one is a no from all policy there. Once the intern rejects, you're done and there were a couple of other agents I was interested in.

91K PsychThriller
from Batcop
Aug 16, 2018 5:13 pm


Dear Author,
Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials, and please forgive me for responding with a form letter. The volume of submissions we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally.
Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time. We wish you the best of luck in finding an agent and publisher for your work, and we thank you, once again, for letting us consider your materials.
Sincerely,
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
from Dasein
Aug 15, 2018 11:02 pm


8/15/18 EQ
8/15/18 FR

Unbelievable, I know. I am still reeling.
from Batcop
Aug 02, 2018 5:56 pm


A very nice letter telling why it was not excepted.
from WillowInc
Jun 14, 2018 9:14 am


5/31/18 EQ
5/31/18 FR
6/14/18 ER
Literary fiction, 76k
Kind, professional letter. Said they read with great interest, but did not feel strongly enough about their ability to sell the book.
from cqdarrell
Jun 08, 2018 3:50 pm


1/20 Query sent
1/22 Full request

And... crickets. I nudged her on 5/17, no reply to that, still no word back on the manuscript. This seems really weird for her. Should I just assume it's a no?
from Thulsa_doom
Jun 07, 2018 11:16 pm


Rejection after 11 days. 95k Fantasy.
from JKeller
May 24, 2018 12:18 pm


EQ: 5/15 (1 AM)
FR: 5/15 (8 AM)
Full sent: 5/16
Rejection: 5/24. Fast response for a full. Form letter.
from marnahale
May 21, 2018 4:29 pm


They sent a form letter to turn me down.

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