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Ms. Amy Berkower

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010

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from missymc
Oct 08, 2018 6:33 pm

EQ -- 10/3/18
Full request per Genievive 10/8/18
from swatithegeek
Oct 05, 2018 1:15 pm

EQ: 09/12/18
ER: 10/05/18

Not sure if form.

"Thank you very much for sending your query for BOOK NAME to Amy Berkower, and for your patience while we considered it.
Amy appreciated the opportunity to review your project, but unfortunately she is unable to offer representation at this time. Despite the many virtues of your work, it doesn’t feel like a fit for her list.
Please remember that this is only one opinion in a highly subjective business and another agency may feel differently. Good luck in finding representation, and thank you for thinking of Writers House."

Contemporary Romance, 70k words
from m_pepper
Sep 12, 2018 9:51 am

EQ: 8/12
PR: 9/6 - 100 pages (sent 9/7, confirmation of receipt 9/11)
from parkes817
Aug 17, 2018 11:29 pm

Here's my timeline (touches on the below comments, too):

Queried - 1/22/18
Full request - 1/22/18
Exclusive R&R offer from Genevieve (In-House Editor at WH and Amy's associate) - 1/29/18
*I had six other fulls out, so needed time to figure out how to handle that - took two weeks and then accepted the exclusive*
Notes from Genevieve received (less than two weeks after accepting exclusive - very quick!) - 2/28
Revision sent back - 6/12
Note from Genevieve saying she loved it and is going to show it to Amy / if Amy passes, am I okay with her showing to other agents at WH (to which I replied: yes, of course!) - 7/31
Note from Genevieve saying Amy passed but she had shown it to Andrea Morrison and she was VERY interested - 8/6

A couple things:

a) If you are offered it, doing an exclusive R&R with them will make your manuscript SO much stronger (Genevieve's notes are invaluable).
b) They do result in offers.

from Valwurth
Aug 12, 2018 3:52 am


I understand that it's disappointing to do major revisions and then get rejected. But to be honest, I would be stoked to get free, professional editorial feedback, even if it was on an exclusive basis and the manuscript didn't work out in the end. Maybe it would mean taking a break from querying other agents for a few months, but considering the time it takes to write a good novel, I really wouldn't care.
from planetofsound
Jul 12, 2018 10:54 am

EQ: 05/31/2018

PR: 100pg request from Genevieve same day.

ER: 07/12/18. Feel super gutted by this one, but REALLY appreciate how specific Genevieve's rejection was. With references to the MS, she pointed out what she loved, and what she didn't love. This was the first query I ever sent out, and my first request, so even though I'm disappointed, I'm so happy they gave it this much thought. A few tears and a bucket of ice cream, that's what I need.....

from zoper33
May 08, 2018 10:53 am

@horrorchix89: She doesn't hate fantasy (yours or anyone's). It's just that as far as I know, Amy no longer represents YA fantasy.
from horrorchix89
May 04, 2018 9:03 pm

EQ: 5/3
PR: 5/8 from Genevieve (50 pages)
Asked if I had any other requests out.
ER: 5/18 Personal Feedback. Issues with world building. Oh well

Updating this because I was going to query a new project, but reread the rejection letter. Genevieve told me not to send them fantasy. Not sure if it's just MY fantasy she hates or everyones. Just a heads up for YA Fantasy writers

YA Dark Fantasy 89k
from ispyamystery
Apr 27, 2018 10:09 am

The person who manages her submissions, Genevieve Gagne, just wrote this on twitter:

"Absolutely 100 percent make sure your email address is working before you e-query! I just requested a book I was excited about, and got multiple bounce backs saying my reply was undeliverable."

Eeegads maybe check your email address? Send yourself an email from another address.
from Hulagirl
Apr 25, 2018 5:19 pm

EQ: 3/23/18
ER: 4/17/18
Contemporary Romance 71K
Form letter
from sherloh
Mar 22, 2018 2:59 am

EQ: 2/8
FR: 2/8 (from Genevieve, very enthusiastic)
Nudge with offer: 3/11
3/13 - Genevieve loved my novel but it isn't right for Amy’s list (she’s now acquiring less YA and more literary fiction). But Genevieve said she was so passionate about the story that she wanted to show it to other agents at Writers House.
3/19 - Genevieve emailed to say the agents she showed it to wanted to do an R&R, but she's so glad I already have an offer.
3/20 - Signed with another agent that I absolutely love.

Genevieve was kind, encouraging, and enthusiastic at every step of the way, and she was a pleasure to correspond with.

YA contemporary speculative
from Zooks3
Mar 19, 2018 1:55 pm

2/11/18: EQ re: N&G - Quirky
3/19/18: Form rejection from Genevieve Gagne-Hawes.
from Boreas
Mar 08, 2018 9:03 pm

1/15/18 - I resubmitted my revised manuscript to Genevieve, who was thrilled to hear from me again.
Confirmation of receipt: 1/16/18
Rejected: 2/15/18

(YA Action/Drama 106k)

Again, long paragraphs about how much she loved it--but this time it was followed by a casual suggestion to divide the book into two novels. That struck me as an odd piece of feedback. I asked a friend of mine in the industry what the hidden message was, and she said that publishing houses are fiercely competing with indie publishing, with its low overhead and authors that churn out 2-3 books per year. They want, you guessed it, longer and more bankable series.

Anyway, I'm going indie and launch in June. I've been networking for a week or so and I've already gained 500 subscribers. I'm part of some major giveaways and promotional events, plus a major boxed set.

It's been fun, guys.
from JaeStories
Feb 28, 2018 11:02 am

EQ: 1/20 via email
PR: 1/22 via Genevieve. Writer's House is my dream agency. Fingers and toes are all crossed! :)
R&R: 1/29 with a lot of wonderful feedback and an eager invitation to resubmit.
Resent the revised PR: 2/26. I hope the changes I made are in line with her vision. @__@

99k YA Japanese Myth.
from ChickLitChick
Feb 27, 2018 11:36 am

Queried almost a month ago. About to close this one out.

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