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Mr. Stephen Fraser

Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

245 Park Avenue, 39th Floor

New York, NY 10167



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Website: www.jdlit.com/

Twitter: fraserstephena

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Put "Query" in the subject line of your email. For queries regarding children's and adult fiction, please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis. For queries regarding a non-fiction book, please attach the entire proposal as a Word document (the proposal should include a sample chapter), along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis of your book in the body of your email.

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from AmityIrene
Jul 06, 2018 4:37 pm


@mc1234
That is his definition of a query - a paragraph synopsis and a paragraph bio (in a letter format). From a workshop I attended once, he also loves a good comp line in there if you can pull it off. My final 'query' had three paragraphs in it - the synop (pitch) followed by the wordcount/comp/bio (BOOK is complete at WORDCOUNT and is written in vein of Title meets Title. I am blah blah blah). Since I had met him personally, I prefaced my query with one paragraph jogging his memory of the workshop I'd taken and what I'd been up to since.

Hope that helps :)
from Woodwardia652
Jun 25, 2018 10:58 pm


Within 2 hrs of submitting a query for a NF PB received a request for a revise and resubmit. He provided helpful comments to shape the revision. After revision I resubmitted and am waiting to hear back four weeks after resubmitting.
from mc1234
May 31, 2018 8:15 pm


For submissions, he asks for a one paragraph synopsis and a one paragraph bio. Is this a replacement for the traditional query letter or in addition to it? Thanks.
from coffee_drinker4
May 22, 2018 8:26 pm


EQ: 5/15/18 PB
from JackSkellington
May 18, 2018 1:47 pm


EQ: 5/16 (I queried him 1/5 months ago and received a rejection)
On 5/17 he emailed me early am stating what he liked in my picture book manuscript (and about my writing) but also pointed out what he'd like to see changed in it. Then he asked for additional manuscripts.
5/18: I emailed him the additional manuscripts + a revision of the manuscript he provided me with feedback for.
from Eliza_f
May 08, 2018 10:29 am


EQ: 11/18/17
FR: 11/18/17

1/10/18 - I reached out to Steve and told him I was considering some changes and he said to send the revision when it was ready.
5/1/18 - I sent the revision and got a kind response from Steve.

MG 77k (revised to 76k)

I met Steve at a conference and he's a lovely person.
from JackSkellington
Apr 09, 2018 2:49 pm


EQ: 3/9 w/ Picture Book
ER: 3/9 (3 hours after submission)

Queried with a picture book that was professionally critiqued and edited over several months and has already been requested by a publisher. Had really great feedback on it, and high hopes.

He responded right away saying that he liked the mood of my story. Pointed out a specific part of two. Said it would lend itself well to illustration. However, he felt the very opening was a bit "protracted" and recommended where in the beginning of the story I should cut a few lines. Didn't sound like anything major in terms of dislikes. Didn't even officially pass on me or the project in his wording. Just thanked me for submitting. But obviously safe to assume he did.
from jubilee
Jan 04, 2018 12:57 pm


EQ: 1/3/18
FR: 1/4/18 (sent same day)
87k YA Contemporary
from coffee_drinker4
Oct 13, 2017 3:05 am


EQ:10/13 PB
from coffee_drinker4
Aug 08, 2017 6:16 pm


EQ:6/4
CNR: 8/8 PB
from Stillwriting
Jul 31, 2017 11:38 am


It looks like he mostly doesn't respond anymore. I queried about 12 weeks ago, and checked in when I didn't hear anything, but never received a response.

ETA: This was a post-conference query
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 27, 2017 4:10 pm


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from Patrick (admin)
Apr 27, 2017 4:10 pm


Profile Update: Genres updated.

from TheDuckKnight
Mar 23, 2017 6:58 pm


EQ 03/23/17 picture book
from chicklegirl
Nov 06, 2016 12:52 am


EQ 8/20/16 (77K--YA contemporary with time travel)
CNR 11/5/16

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