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Ms. Jane Dystel

Dystel & Goderich 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 cterlson
May 21, 2016 9:25 am


EQ - 05/20/2016
FR - 05/20/2016
In about an hour she asked for it, with an interesting question: "As long as this novel has not been previously presented to publishers, I would like to read it."
I never sub to publishers, so I wondered why she wondered that. Maybe because in my query I mention being previously represented by another agent. I also got an auto reply that she was not answering emails this weekend, and then shortly after got the request.
from sincerelyamelia
May 12, 2016 1:28 pm


EQ: 5/5
FR: 5/5 (ten minutes later!!)
ER: 5/12

Kind rejection, but not very specific in terms of any revision or improvement. Noted that it was a compelling story that the agency read with interest, and that I'm clearly a talented writer, but they just didn't fall in love with the story. My first rejection on a full. I appreciate their quickness and kind rejection all the same.
from reason
May 09, 2016 3:36 pm


EQ: 5/9
Proposal request: 5/9, within an hour

Submitted memoir query
from haydenmcasey13
May 05, 2016 11:45 am


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

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 CandaceDavenport
May 03, 2016 3:00 pm


No YA
from elysezane
Apr 28, 2016 3:28 pm


12/13/15 - EQ & FR
4/28/16 - Nudge & ER

Form rejections on fulls are the worst.
from renefomby
Apr 14, 2016 12:43 pm


3/30 - EQ
3/30 - FR
4/14 - ER

Very nice personalized response... she clearly understood my book and appreciated what I was doing with the main character, but just "didn't fall in love with the book." Disappointed, but she handled it very professionally.
from pickfordm
Apr 04, 2016 12:43 pm


WritingForFun, that's awful! It's great when someone rejects with a helpful critique, but there's no need to be mean. We're all trying our best.
from WritingForFun
Apr 01, 2016 6:41 pm


3/26 - EQ
3/28 - FR
4/1 - ER

Got a really mean rejection. Personalized, but incredibly harsh and long. :(
from BlackRose101
Jan 19, 2016 7:52 pm


not true. I was also rejected by somebody else (Michael) , but I currently have full requests from a few amazing agents.
from verakurian
Jan 18, 2016 6:05 pm


At a minimum I know the stats that are on this website which go back 2 years and show many requests over time. people record both snail mail and email queries on here.
from Thulsa_doom
Jan 18, 2016 2:26 am


According to her 90 day history it's not a huge amount of requests per query (and I'm a reject in that pile!)

It may be that they've streamlined interns and email requests. Some agents just cant deal with the HUGE amount of work coming through the query pipeline, but snail mail is drying up with the increase in postal costs.
from shanewrites
Jan 15, 2016 6:42 pm


Really? A history? She just began accepting emails about a yearago, maybe less. So how would you know her snail mail stats? Psychic? I have a friend who was a client at her agency. She only took queries by referral. But clearly, you two go back a long way. :)
from verakurian
Jan 14, 2016 8:49 pm


It isn't every query she's requesting on and it isn't all the sudden. She has a history of making a lot of requests.
from shanewrites
Jan 14, 2016 4:46 pm


Just curious. Anyone have a theory as to why an agent who used to be reachable only by snail mail is suddenly asking for fulls on every query that comes her way? I don't get it.

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