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Ms. Amy Berkower

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010

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from bandofinsiders
May 21, 2019 4:59 pm

3/7 EQ
4/3 PR
5/21 ER

Very helpful email pointing out what they liked/didn't like.
from RRouth
Apr 01, 2019 4:10 pm

EQ: 2/19/19 (query only)
CNR at 6 weeks
ER: 4/1 nicely worded form

Will update if I hear anything.

MG Adventure 42k
from Semba400
Jan 12, 2019 2:41 am

Where do you find this agents MSWL? Or she does not have one? I read on here she does NOT accept email queries? It's really hard to pin down what she does/doesn't want?
from HollyM
Jan 03, 2019 9:38 pm

PitMad request: 9.7.18
FR: 9.17.18
Request technical edit with sample: 11.1.18
FR of revised MS: 11.9.18
ER: 1.3.19
84k Adult thriller.
Long, winding road for this one. Amy's assistant Genevieve (and Writers House in-house editor) liked my PitMad pitch in September. She requested the full, and then requested I do a technical edit before she'd consider sharing it with any agents. She asked that I start with the first 50 pages, and made it clear it was not an exclusive R&R. I turned the 50 pages around in a week, then she requested the revised full shortly after. Two months later, she said Amy is passing and gave detailed feedback on why. It's disappointing, of course BUT, working with Genevieve made my MS so much stronger. Her feedback is invaluable. I'm thankful for the experience.
from Buddrcup
Dec 04, 2018 3:03 pm

EQ: 11/13/18
ER: 12/04/18
Personalized kind form rejection from assistant Genevieve
MG Contemporary Supernatural Mystery
57,000 words
from seanic21
Nov 29, 2018 8:46 pm

EQ: 11/8 2018
Request for full 11/14 2018
Rejection with feedback 11/19 2018
from wtbyrne
Nov 07, 2018 9:04 am

EQ: 11/7
from SarahLRWriter
Nov 05, 2018 10:29 am

January, 2017: rejection on full

10/8: emailed Genevieve (Amy's assistant) and asked if she'd take another look at my completely revised manuscript (I have no shame!)
10/9: Genevieve kindly agreed to read the first 100 pages
10/11: sent revised 100 pgs in PDF format (per request)
10/22: upon offer of rep from another agent, requested full manuscript
11/5: kind step-aside

83K YA gothic mystery
from m_pepper
Oct 18, 2018 1:05 pm

EQ: 8/12
PR: 9/6 - 100 pages (sent 9/7, confirmation of receipt 9/11)

Personalized rejection w/ feedback: 10/18

Pretty disappointed. Would have really liked a chance at an R&R.
from emholyoak
Oct 18, 2018 11:36 am

EQ: 10-3
Closed 10-18 as people after me have gotten responses.
YA action adventure 74k
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 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.....


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