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Ms. Amy Berkower

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010

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from justapettyslytherin
Today 3:48 pm

EQ: 9/16
ER: 10/22

Very kind, personalized rejection. Genevieve said she admired my enthusiasm, but Amy was unable to offer representation at this time. She also said that while my query held passion, both she and Amy were cautious about taking it on because my word count is larger than most YA debut novels. Overall, Genevieve was wonderful and I know that both she and Amy put valuable time into considering my query. I highly recommend querying them because even if they don't offer representation, they are sure to give your query the attention it deserves.

YA Fantasy 122K
from brmyers
Oct 14, 2020 8:09 pm

EQ 17: APR 2020
Full R: 05 MAY 2020

26 AUG 2020: A very nice note from Genevieve saying she's half way through the manuscript and really enjoying it. Although, she doesn't think it's a good fit for Amy so she's going to pass along to a junior agent at WH who is eager to read. She still plans on giving me notes and hopes to have something for me by next week.

29 AUG 2020: Some general edits sent by Genevieve with lovely comments about what she liked. We agreed that I'll work on edits and send back to her. She'll then forward to Victoria D-M for her consideration. It will mean another long wait, but Genevieve's notes were spot on and even if this other agent passes, the novel will be much stronger for it. Getting this kind of feedback is so rare for a rejection, especially during these times.

22 SEP 2020: Revised manuscript sent to Genevieve.

14 OCT 2020: Genevieve read edits and is passing along to junior agent, Victoria D.M.

YA gothic mystery 83K
from TPreece
Sep 30, 2020 1:52 pm

EQ 9/30/2020 contemporary adult romance/rom-com 70K words
from blksnk2001
Aug 27, 2020 1:12 am

Hey all! Do we send Amy just the query or do we send a synopsis as well? I’m struggling to find any submission guidelines for her.
from ScribblingWoman
Aug 26, 2020 5:53 pm

EQ: 5/23/2020
Full Request: 5/28/2020

Full Rejection: 8/25/2020
Wow. You guys--I feel sooooo lucky to have gotten the NICEST and most helpful feedback from Genevieve. I'm so blown away by and grateful for how thorough she was. Can't wait to finish my current WIP and query again!

78k Commercial WF
from zoper33
Aug 20, 2020 4:00 am

@bluefire and @brmyers: yes, I sent her my R&R a couple of days ago. She said it would take a while, as they are completely swamped at the moment. Good luck to both of you!
from brmyers
Aug 16, 2020 1:28 pm

@bluefire She's had my full since early May and I haven't heard anything. I know she's behind her usual time frame, but she usually tweets when she's caught up. She has a reputation of always replying with extremely helpful notes so it will probably be worth the wait. Good luck with your submission.
from bluefire
Aug 14, 2020 9:35 pm

Anyone heard back from Genevieve lately? In the first half of August?
from sdurbois
Jul 28, 2020 2:12 pm

EQ: 7/3/20
ER: 7/27/20, PR: YA Modern Medieval Fantasy ~99,000

Amy is taking queries. Her box is monitered by Genevieve, who was very nice. Send just your query and synopsis.
from notsonewbie
Jul 20, 2020 5:58 pm

EQ: 6/24/20
ER: 7/20/20
from Courtneyrlee
Jun 24, 2020 8:26 am

You send the query to Amy Berkower's email. I don't know what you were looking at, but as far as I know, she doesn't have a PM page. Maybe you were looking at the wrong person.
from nicetouchaz
Jun 24, 2020 3:12 am

Does anyone know what to include in a query to Amy Berkower? Do you just email her or do you email Genevieve? I have gone through the Writers House website it lists some submission guides but says to refer to the individual Publisher's Marketplace (PM) profile. When I go there it says Amy is not open to queries but all the comments below that are recent seem like she is still taking queries.
from ExpatParis
Jun 17, 2020 5:17 am

EQ: 5/12/2020 Biographical historical fiction
6/13/20 I generally don't follow up but I did so thanks to comments here directing me to Genevieve's twitter.
Full Request: 6/16/2020 She said it had indeed 'fallen between the cracks' They are wonderfully committed to responding. And thanks to all of you who take the time to write comments.
from ScribblingWoman
Jun 12, 2020 7:28 pm

Per Genevieve’s Twitter:

If you've queried Amy Berkower, we are caught up on e-queries through 5/19 and partial/full requests through 4/21.
If you queried before those times and haven't received a response, please get in touch with me at ggagne at writershouse dot com.
from monarch
Jun 11, 2020 3:52 am

EQ: 15/5/20
FR: 04/6/20

YA Contemporary, 86k

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