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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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from thewhipslip
Aug 15, 2018 6:33 am


EQ: 5/27/2018 (pasted pages instead of attaching - website says different submission info, but my bad)
ER: 7/30/2018 (form)

66K YA Fantasy
from shockvaluecola
Aug 08, 2018 11:10 pm


DVPit request 6/8/18, confirmed receipt
CNR 8/5/18

We've gone three weeks over her usual rejection response time, and she confirmed that she had it and was reading, so I'll go ahead and close it out.
from bostonwriter
Aug 01, 2018 8:46 am


Emailed Query: 1/26/18
Partial Request: 2/6/18
Full Request: 3/11/18
Form Rejection: 7/30/18


LGBT YA, 52k
from bethanyr32
Jul 31, 2018 3:35 pm


Yeah, that must be a form reply for fulls. I got the exact same email. Oh well.
from aalogan
Jul 30, 2018 5:11 pm


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.
from CaitlinEJones
Jul 30, 2018 1:07 pm


EQ: 12/16/17
03/12/18 - Full request (I'd almost given up on this query, hooray!)
7/10/18: Nudge
7/30/18 - PR. I suspect it may be a form. " a great voice here, and I really liked the concept, but in the end, I just didn’t fall enough in love to be able to offer representation."
from Winnie12
Jul 30, 2018 9:27 am


EQ Dv pit request
FR 5/3/18
Lit fic/ magical realism
ER 7/30/18
Kind of formy.
"Great voice and premise didn't fall in love"
from brantldm
Jul 30, 2018 8:23 am


EQ 3/1/18 90K Urban Fantasy/Contemporary Fantasy
PR 6/12/18
ER 7/10/18

Very nice pass - said I have a great voice and concept, just not right for her. It's always nice to get validation. Glad I queried her!
from horrorchix89
Jul 27, 2018 10:55 pm


Does anyone know if she confirms receipt for #Pitmad requests?
from SarahLRWriter
Jul 26, 2018 7:52 am


I'm an intern at a NYC lit agency and I'm a querying writer. Writers: have patience when nudging. A reasonably time to nudge on a partial/full is three months. It's good to note that agents have something like 10 full manuscripts pending at any time (AT LEAST), so the sheer volume does take some time to read through. (Imagine your own "To Be Read" list on your bookshelf; that's the agent's list, along with their own client's manuscripts, along with other materials, along with living their life!) It's really hard, but be patient! Nudging after a month is only going to irritate the agent, which, in turn, makes them think, "They're already impatient during the querying process, so what will they be like as a client during submissions?" I know how it feels to wait, but please just be patient!
from rejectionsurvivalist
Jul 26, 2018 12:46 am


Jen, a lot of us have been waiting for responses on our full MSs for months (looks like there are still people here who have been waiting since December; she's had mine since May). It does seem like she responds more promptly to queries, but the first time I queried her a few years ago, heard nothing, nudged three months later, heard nothing... and then got a full request 2 months after that! I think I'd wait another month or two before checking in.
from jen_e_e_edwards
Jul 25, 2018 7:25 pm


YA Contemp Sci-Fi 88k
#PitMad request 6/7
EQ: 6/8

Update 7/25: Wondering if I should send a nudge on this one? It feels like a lot of #PitMad requests (and queries after) have been responded to by now and I've heard zip. What's typical procedure on this?
from Skhubido
Jul 24, 2018 8:18 am


Thriller. No acknowledgment, no reply. Signed with another agent.
from DueleNinja
Jul 19, 2018 12:29 pm


EQ: 6/28/18
Part of the sub package was the first 50 pages
ER: 7/19/18
YA Sci-Fi 93k
from turtlefairy1
Jul 19, 2018 4:33 am


EQ 6/24
PR 7/19

YA Fantasy

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