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Mr. DongWon Song

Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

30 Pierrepont Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201



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Website: www.morhaimliterary.com

Blog: dongwonsong.com

Twitter: dongwon

AAR Member: No

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from mfdeluna
Jun 24, 2019 9:31 pm


EQ: 6/14/2019
ER: 6/25/2019

Form letter.

"Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, I don't think your project is a good fit for what I am looking for right now. As such, I am passing at this time. Good luck and thanks again for thinking of me."
from zehvran
Jun 04, 2019 11:44 am


EQ (#DVPit request): 04/23/2019
Nudge with offer: 04/30/2019
FR: 04/30/2019
Emailed back 5/15 and apologized for missing my deadline.

YA Contemporary Fantasy, 100k
from TaylorJ
Jun 02, 2019 7:36 am


EQ: 6/2/19

YA science fiction, 85K
from aidanmoher
May 28, 2019 4:47 pm


EQ: 5/24/2019
FR: 5/28/2019

Post-apocalyptic fantasy: 64k
from shawnspeakman
May 28, 2019 4:05 pm


EQ: 5/19/2019
FR: 5/28/2019

YA SF: 88K
from ToTheWind
Apr 22, 2019 4:18 am


Re: @mrjacobs2003 post about Mr. Song's 9/12 twitter saying: "A common complaint I hear about queries is the idea that it's not enough material to make a decision. The idea that an agent is reacting to a pitch and a few sample pages is held up as an example of how the system is somehow unfair. And yeah, it is unfair, but I want you to consider this as you think about putting your query together. A full letter and ten pages is a lot more material than what a potential reader in a bookshop is making their decision on."

Bookstore shoppers not only have the book jacket blurb, but they also have the entire, fully edited and professionally proofed book to peek through; they can even read the end. But most people buy books online now, in which case they have a longer blurb, almost a synopsis, a “look inside” the book on Amazon, and detailed reviews. A book is under construction until published. A book buyer gets the finished product with more information than an agent can ever have at any stage of the process. I’d be a little wary of an agent that doesn’t under this.
from KristenH
Apr 20, 2019 2:36 pm


EQ 4/10/19 (Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 4/18/19 (Passed--not good fit)
from lknerl
Apr 18, 2019 2:11 pm


EQ - 4/9
FR - 4/18

Horror 72K
from KristenH
Mar 31, 2019 8:45 am


EQ 2/1/19 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 3/29/19 (Passed--not good fit)
from PenelopeWaits
Mar 19, 2019 1:05 pm


EQ: 2/14/2019
ER: 3/19/2019 (Form)

65K SciFi suspense

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, I don't think your project is a good fit for what I am looking for right now. As such, I am passing at this time. Good luck and thanks again for thinking of me.

from weirdpsyence
Mar 02, 2019 4:31 pm


He requested a full from me but never responded even after being nudged. Gave up and went with another agent.
from placebo_junkie
Feb 06, 2019 11:08 pm


EQ 4/16 LGBTQ contemp. fantasy, 62K
Full request 5/31, sent same day
Nudged on 10/11
Nudged again on 1/4 after no response
Still no response whatsoever, so CNR 1/25--I was really hopeful because he's my dream agent and seems like he'd be amazing to work with, particularly for what I write, but I think keeping a full ms, without even a "still considering" email is pretty rude, so... at this point I think I just need to move on.
from JoLadzinski
Jan 07, 2019 10:28 am


EQ 10/22/2018
ER 01/02/2019 Form rejection

#DVPit Adult Fantasy 88K
from IFermont
Jan 03, 2019 7:27 pm


EQ 12/15/2018
ER 01/03/2019

Sci-fi/Mystery
from aalogan
Jan 03, 2019 6:52 pm


EQ 10/31/18 39k MG contemporary fantasy
FR 12/6/18 Sent same day
12/12/18 Nudged with offer of rep on another (adult) ms from another agent
12/13/18 Asked to see full of other manuscript (adult), sent same day.
1/3/19 Polite step-aside

Thanks KristenH!

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