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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 StaceyTrombley
Oct 05, 2018 2:33 pm


Ugh, never got a response on a full sent in December. Nudged in April and she said she was still reading. Nudged in September to no response. I sent another email just now saying it would be my last attempt if I didn't hear back assuming it was a no *shrugs*
from askjudyww
Sep 26, 2018 11:01 am


Adult SFF
EQ: 9/26
from rejectionsurvivalist
Sep 23, 2018 8:40 am


I did get confirmation of receipt of the query/partial, but that might be because I started off on a personal note (she turned down my previous MS--later published by a small press--with regrets, and we've had some other interactions online since)

EQ after #DVPit: 4/27/18
Confirmation of receipt: 4/27/18 (in my spam folder!)
FR: 5/3/18
Sent a note to inform that another agent requested the full: 6/10
Rc'ed note that she's still considering it: 6/11
Rejection 9/23: "This was a difficult call for me, there are so many things I love about this manuscript, but I’m not enough in love to offer representation. My apologies for taking so long to get back to you, but it truly was because it was not an easy decision to make. I wish you the best of luck with this manuscript and feel free to try me again in the future."

Adult literary 50k
from aalogan
Sep 21, 2018 2:05 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.
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
from SinArchitect
Sep 20, 2018 9:40 pm


@karenleespree Focus on one manuscript at a time. Any agent that will sign YA with a writer will most likely sign a MG manuscript from the same writer. If you get offers from different agents for both manuscripts at the same time, it could become a messy situation. I would only query two different manuscripts if the genres were significantly different.
from karenleespree
Sep 20, 2018 8:19 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
from Christi12
Sep 17, 2018 5:43 pm


9/13/18 - Upgraded to a full request! She had first requested the first 50... FINGERS CROSSED!
9/17/18 - Sent full request

from EZippermeyer
Sep 17, 2018 2:25 pm


Rena double-rejected me today. She rejected my manuscript months ago, and today she (accidentally?) sent me another rejection for the same manuscript! Since she read a different manuscript of mine last year and rejected it, that means she's rejected me three times for two manuscripts. I'm guessing she's not my agent, huh? She didn't give me any feedback on either of the manuscripts she rejected.

Regardless, she does seem like a very nice person, and I imagine she'd be a pleasure to work with.

from ktwills79
Sep 17, 2018 10:21 am


EQ: 6/13
ER: 9/17 (form letter)

PB, 300 Words
from rejectionsurvivalist
Sep 16, 2018 4:11 am


@karenleespree, I've been waiting since the beginning of May, and if you scroll down a bit you'll see that there are some here who've been waiting since long before that (March, December). My impression is she's stretched thin, requesting a lot of MSs but not prioritizing reading them.
from KristenH
Sep 15, 2018 6:50 am


EQ 7/30/18 (2nd/final Requery Venom)
ER 9/13/18 (Passed--not a good fit)
from karenleespree
Sep 14, 2018 7:49 am


I'm wondering when I should nudge about my full MS. She's had since 6/22. Guess, it's not quite three months yet. Suppose I'll wait till the end of the month or early Oct.

Those with submissions, what was the response time? ThX
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 11, 2018 9:42 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.

from LightofBeauty
Sep 04, 2018 5:45 pm


You can only nudge an agent so many times. Too many times and it's gonna be even more of a reason for a NR. It's always better to move on and query on to other agents after one or two nudges. Sounds like maybe she's backlogged, but I wouldn't hold out and on for a response if she didn't even respond to the first nudge. Move on to the next agent or pub meanwhile. And good luck!
from SaraCo
Sep 04, 2018 2:58 pm


LightofBeauty, but from what I read in the comments, the full's been out since dec. I wouldn't call that a cnr yet. Maybe the nudge got caught in spam filters. Wait until the agency is done whatever email overhaul their doing and send another nudge, but maybe word the subject different? And if there is still no response, even to say she is still reading it, then I can see you writing it off.

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