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Ms. Rena Rossner

The Deborah Harris Agency

Jerusalem, Israel

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Website: thedeborahharrisagency.com

Twitter: renarossner

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E-Mail: Yes

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from ksommerlot
Today 8:59 am


EQ: 8/7
ER: 12/12

Had closed this out as no response in October and finally got the form rejection 127 days later.

81k historical fantasy
from karenleespree
Today 8:22 am


I'm wondering if I should query my new (Middle Grade) MS?
She's had my YA submission after upgrading to a full since 6/22/18. What to do what to dooooo

I nudged today and got this:
That's my thing, I email agents when they're out of the office.

"I am currently out of the office traveling for work at various conferences and fairs, and on a book tour for my debut novel, THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD. I will be in NYC for meetings from October 23-31, at World Fantasy Con in Baltimore November 1-5, at YALLFEST in Charleston November 8-11, and finally at the Miami Book Fair on November 18. Please bear with me as my response times may be slower than usual.

Meanwhile, I'm working on an R&R with another agent for this MS. Guess, I'll wait to nudge Rena again once I'm finished.

No response to the email asking if she'd like to read the R&R revision. 12/11 (i used the original email chain. ??)
from hkral11
Yesterday 6:37 pm


6/8/2018 - #Pitmad request
7/9/2018 - 50 pages sent
12/12/2018 - Nudge

78k word Contemporary Romance
from jeasley
Yesterday 4:47 pm


EQ 10/31/1895K upmarket
CNR 12/12/18
from ksommerlot
Yesterday 6:09 am


EQ: 8/7
ER: 12/12

When the form letter came back to me, the subject line said [SPAM], but I'd followed the directions clearly with submission. Just a note to others out there that your emails to her may be going into the spam folder as well.
from jen_e_e_edwards
Dec 10, 2018 10:53 am


YA Contemp Sci-Fi 88k
#PitMad request 6/7
EQ: 6/8
CNR: 8/1
Form Rejection: 12/2

Update 12/2: *Finally* got my rejection after 6 months of nothing. Form rejection, did not even spell my name right. Which is quite something, considering I have 3 letters in my name. While she seems like a great agent, I don't think I'll query her on future projects.
from planetofsound
Dec 08, 2018 9:26 pm


EQ: 06/23/2018
FR: 07/04/2018 :)
Nudge with offer of rep, 12/08/18


MG fantasy
from SaraCo
Dec 02, 2018 8:18 am


EQ YA Fantasy 6/8/18
Confirmed receipt a couple hours later.
Form Rejection 12/2/18
from lexdncn
Nov 26, 2018 5:56 pm


EQ: 4/26/18 (#DVPit request)
FR: 5/3/18
FRS 5/3/18

So, I sent Rena an updated version of my manuscript a few months after the initial query. Then I messaged her again in September to see if she'd gotten to read any of it. She told me, very politely, that she hadn't.

It is now 11/26/2018 and I have yet to get any further response, but she does seem to be very busy.

NA dark fantasy, 107K
from MorningRainbow
Nov 26, 2018 11:55 am


EQ: 9/17/2018
CNR: 11/26/2018
from aalogan
Nov 26, 2018 11:13 am


EQ: 12/15/17 #SFFpit request 73k adult fairy tale retelling
FR: 1/31/18, sent same day (subject line had "SPAM" in it, so I'm wondering if this got sent to her spam folder, then retrieved?)
6/11/18: sent nudge, no response.
7/26/18: Rena belatedly liked my #Pit2Pub pitch for a different ms (39k MG fantasy). I asked if I should send her a query (reminding her she still has my full of this ms) and she said she'd like to see both!
EQ 7/26/18 #Pit2Pub request. 39k MG contemporary fantasy. Now Rena has one full adult MS and one MG query from me.
Rena liked my #PitMad pitch for my MG fantasy, so I resent it again with a note reminding her of what she already has - 9/7/18
9/21/18: Nudged regarding my full ms (which she's had since 1/31/18) in a new email thread, attached full again
11/26/18 ER on adult Full ms. Apologized for wait, slight personalization. Says she looks forward to reading my other query.
from alisebradford
Nov 26, 2018 6:10 am


EQ: 10/26/18
PR: 11/2/18
She said, "This looks great! I'm excited to read!"
ER: 11/26/18

UF PR 65k
from SarahLRWriter
Nov 03, 2018 4:26 pm


EQ: 7/3/18
PR: 7/4/18
9/7/18 - R&R offer (from another agent); asked for me to re-send when completed.
10/11/18 - sent revised version
11/2 - upgraded to full request upon nudge from offer of rep
83K YA gothic mystery
from bearmama
Nov 02, 2018 3:34 pm


EQ: Oct 17
ER: Oct 19 (extremely kind!)

88,000 YA Fantasy
from StaceyTrombley
Oct 19, 2018 3:54 pm


Never got a response on third (or second) nudge. Guess I'm closing this one out.

EQ 10/4/2017
PR 11/26/2017
FR 12-23-2017
Nudge 3-27-2018
Response saying she's behind in reading will get to it soon 4-25-2018.
Nudge 8-12-2018
No response.
Nudge 10-5- 2018
No response.
Closed no response 10/19/2018

Moving on to a publisher or two before publishing this book myself sometime next year. We shall see. (this is my 4th no response on a full from an agent. Over it.)

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