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Mr. David Hale Smith

InkWell Management

521 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10175


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from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Aug 16, 2021 12:00 am

CNR @ 51 days
from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Jun 25, 2021 7:04 pm

EQ 6/25/21. I spent some time on the Web site. If DHS is closed to queries, I guess I'll find out soon enough.
from Pelegrin
Sep 12, 2017 9:44 pm

add Michael Mungiello
Michael Mungiello graduated from Georgetown University, where he studied Government and English. In the intern years, he worked for Lippincott Massie McQuilkin and Dzanc Books. He also spent a semester working in his college’s English Department as a teaching assistant for a course on Jewish American Literature. His tastes run toward intellectual histories, psychologically-minded social studies, and stylistically innovative literary fiction. His interests include jazz, classical music, Abstract Expressionism, and many, many other interesting things.
from Pelegrin
Sep 12, 2017 9:44 pm

likes thrillers
from DocsLadie
Nov 03, 2011 1:41 pm

(Part Two)

However, I just don’t believe the publishers with whom I work most frequently would get behind it in a significant way. I have to be extremely selective about my clientele, and I only pursue the properties about which I am totally passionate. In today’s tough publishing market, I have found that is the only way I can be successful. I’m sure you will find another agent who disagrees with my opinion, but I’ve learned to follow my gut reaction in these matters. Thanks again for giving me a chance at this. I wish you the best of luck with it. Sincerely, David

Disappointing, but after follow his Twitter feed, I don't think we're right for each other anyway. Alas!
from DocsLadie
Nov 03, 2011 1:40 pm

QT won't allow me to post the entire response in one screen, so I'll split it.

Full request from Catherine Drayton for David Hale Smith, 8/22/11
ER 11/3/11

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to consider ¬SOUTHERN SON for representation. Please accept my apologies for the delay in this reply. After careful review, I have come to the decision that I would not be able to market this project successfully to any of my contacts at the major publishers. As I read the material, I just didn’t get as caught up in the story as I had hoped. It certainly has its merits; the research you have done is tremendous and it is indeed a new and fascinating view of the “real” Doc Holliday and the world as it was then.
from flygal716
Oct 14, 2011 5:18 am

Patrick, I was just on the Inkwell website and it looks like this agent is open to queries.
from DocsLadie
Sep 16, 2011 9:05 pm

At least you had some personal interaction! Since my query was sent to him from Catherine and I then sent a new version of the full manuscripts to her for him, I have had no contact from him at all. Kind of an odd way to deal with an agent!
from MelissaMorgan
Sep 16, 2011 6:59 pm

Last year, I received a Direct Message on Twitter from DHS inviting me to send him my query. I did. He requested a full. Months later, he e-mailed to see if the MS was still unagented. I said it was but that in the meantime I wrote MS #2. He asked me to send the first chapter of MS #2. I thought by this point we'd established a bit of a rapport. A few weeks later, received a form letter rejection.
from DocsLadie
Aug 25, 2011 7:01 pm

Received a referral to David Hale Smith from Catherine Drayton at Inkwell. He is based in Texas but on the Inkwell website as an agent now. He is reading my Southern Son trilogy, which is at four other agents as well. Catherine was my former agent before she limited her clients to Childrens and Young Adult.
from Patrick (admin)
May 01, 2011 6:14 pm

Thanks Tarzan. I'm going to wait until he shows up on the Inkwell website before I change anything here, so I know what his new status will be.
from tarzan
Apr 27, 2011 2:25 pm

Patrick: Apparently he is now an agent with Inkwell.
From Publisher's Lunch:
Dallas-based literary agent David Hale Smith has joined Inkwell Management as an agent, bringing along his list featuring crime, suspense and thriller writers as well as literary fiction and nonfiction that ranges from narrative history and business to health & wellness and cookbooks. InkWell partner Michael Carlisle says in the announcement, "Inkwell's success has come from the collegial atmosphere among our colleagues and the quality of our clients. It is with special pleasure that we invited David Hale Smith to join our ranks. He represents some of the best young writers of our time with whom we will be working to build international recognition and the bestselling careers they deserve."

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