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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

Online Form: No

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Please include a synopsis of your book, a short biographical note and the first two chapters of the work (or an equivalent of up to fifty pages) as a Word attachment. Include the word "Query" somewhere in the email subject line.

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from KristenH
Jun 23, 2019 2:20 pm


EQ 4/17/19 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 6/17/19 (Passed--not right agent)
from Elysia
Jun 17, 2019 11:18 am


EQ: 4/16
ER: 6/17
I was surprised by this, because she'd responded to a lot after me on the timeline. I'd already CNRed. I guess she doesn't reply chronologically.
from swatithegeek
Jun 11, 2019 9:37 am


DVpit EQ: 04/25/19, first 50 pp
She liked my pitch during Pitmad -- tweeted to let her know, and she said she'll take a look.
ER: 06/11/19, lightly personalized

YA Romance, 82k
from Utopiandreams
May 25, 2019 5:32 pm


EQ: 5/25/2019

YA soft SF, 81k
from HopefulHopefulHopeful
May 23, 2019 11:13 am


EQ: 3/3/19
FR: 5/23/19 (yay!)

Lit fic
from TangoTango
May 23, 2019 9:21 am


EQ: April 18
Partial Request: April 18
Very kind, personalized rejection: May 23

YA Contemp
from emmatens
May 23, 2019 7:44 am


EQ Feb 28, 2019
ER May 23, 2019

YA Historical Fantasy - 77,000 words
from brandonmc87
May 22, 2019 12:51 pm


EQ 4/19/18
PitMad request 6/7/18 (apparently she hasn't gotten to my initial query)
PR 6/21/18
5/22/19 Sent 50 pages today (rewrote my book after winning RevPit in 2018)

87K Adult Dark Fantasy (originally queries100K Adult Dark Fantasy)
from MR_Work
May 20, 2019 8:15 pm


@Kittywhite -- Ah-ha, mystery solved! Well done sleuthing :)
from Kittywhite
May 20, 2019 7:25 pm


@Mr Work Oh ok. I thought the sub guidelines showed the Word specification Ahhh ( *checks* ) The sub guidelines on her own site say 'Word Document' but on the Deborah Harris site it doesn't specify
from Kittywhite
May 20, 2019 7:25 pm


@MR Work Yes, that 30 page in email wouldn't have been much good as on Twitter she's said she reads on her kindle , and that's why sub guidelines specify Word doc. attachment
from Kittywhite
May 20, 2019 1:58 am


EQ 50 pages 5/9/19 DV Pit 100,000 words fantasy


@MR Work congrats on agent! That 50 pages request wasn't a partial request. She asks for the first 50 pages from everyone as part of query submission. It would appear it took her an abnormal amount of time to see your query and request the pages that should have been attached to your query email in the first place *( I've noticed people saying they are getting a 'partial request' after one day etc and I think that might be because they didn't read the sub guidelines that asks for 50 pages )

Duly noted about the letting everyone know though.
from MR_Work
May 19, 2019 8:06 pm


@Kittywhite -- Sub guidelines don't actually specify Word doc attachment, at least not on the agency website. The text of an e-mail can be read on a kindle, too, assuming you upload it there (which would have to be done for docs, too). You could be totally right that she simply doesn't read sample pages in e-mails and that that's what happened here, but I'd have to hope if this were an across-the-board thing for her, the sub guidelines would accurately reflect how to submit to her. It's a little unrealistic to expect query-ers to scour her Twitter for the secret rules, you know?
from MR_Work
May 19, 2019 5:26 pm


@lonna70 -- Thank you so much! (and I appreciate the vote of "that's what I would've done, too," haha -- makes me feel slightly less dumb.)

@Kittywhite -- Thanks for the congrats! The agency website sub guidelines say to include the first 2 chapters or an equivalent of up to 50 pages; so, I included the first 2 chapters (about 32 pages) with my query, pasted into the e-mail. I agree it seems a little weird that she then requested the first 50 pages (attached as a doc), which is only one more chapter than she's already (presumably) read, but... *shrug*.
from lonna70
May 19, 2019 4:31 pm


@MR_Work, first of all, CONGRATS on signing with an agent!

Secondly, I definitely understand why you CNR'd Rena. I would've done the same. But, if I ever get an offer, I'll follow your advice and nudge agents who I queried 6 months ago, lol, just to cover all my bases.

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