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Ms. Rena Rossner

The Deborah Harris Agency

Jerusalem, Israel

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Twitter: renarossner

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from hkral11
Feb 15, 2019 1:42 pm

6/8/2018 - #Pitmad request
7/9/2018 - 50 pages sent
12/12/2018 - Nudge
12/14/18 - Reply that she has it loaded on her Kindle and is excited to read.
2/13/19 - Full request
2/15/19 - nudge with offer of representation

79k word Contemporary Romance
from querymary
Feb 14, 2019 8:16 am

EQ 10/12/18
ER 2/10/19

Short but nice personalized rejection
from catamg
Feb 11, 2019 9:43 am

I was surprised to hear from Rena after over 100 days, but her rejection was nice - she said voice was great and concept interesting, she just didn't fall in love enough.
from Daisy22
Feb 01, 2019 10:01 am

EQ: SFFpit request 2/1/19
MG fantasy 68k
from PSbookish
Jan 29, 2019 4:12 pm

Sent out a query letter as of 1/29/2019. Hopefully I get a reply back and I will update this when I do.
from turtlefairy1
Jan 21, 2019 8:38 am

EQ 6/24
PR 7/19
ER 1/21

YA Fantasy
from MyLittleCthulhu
Jan 15, 2019 3:46 pm

EQ 4/4 (#adpit req)
PR 4/23 (went to my spam)
Sent 50 pages on 4/23
FR 6/18
ER 1/15, form.

88k adult paranormal romance
from TGrace
Jan 14, 2019 8:42 pm

EQ: 12/5/18
PR: 1/2/19 - asked for first 50!
YA Contemp Fantasy 86K
ER: 1/14/19
from Daisy22
Jan 06, 2019 9:58 am

EQ: 9/13 Adult Urban fantasy
ER: 1/6/19 (115 days later)
from Winterborne
Jan 03, 2019 7:39 am

EQ: 6/29/18
PR: 7/17/18
Sci-Fi Space Opera 126K

I'm closing this query based off time. (170ish days) Ms. Rossner seems to be pretty busy with her own book.
from karenleespree
Jan 02, 2019 7:29 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. I'll wait to nudge Rena again once I'm finished.
Asked if she'd like to read the R&R revision. 12/11
12/14/ 2018 ~ she'd be happy to read the updated version - sent the same day. A Pass on the full. 1/2/2019 (first rejection of the new year. yay, me)
from ksommerlot
Dec 13, 2018 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 jeasley
Dec 12, 2018 4:47 pm

EQ 10/31/1895K upmarket
CNR 12/12/18
from ksommerlot
Dec 12, 2018 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.

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