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Ms. Amy Berkower

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010

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AAR/AALA Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from krankycrow
Jan 04, 2022 7:03 pm

For anyone still waiting to hear on their queries or partials, three of Genevieve's tweets from Jan 3, 2022:

Tweet #1: a start-of-2022 update: if you e-queried Amy Berkower, we are caught up on general queries thru Nov. 30, 2021, and on partials (less folks I emailed) thru 10/25/21. #amquerying

Tweet #2: If you queried prior to those dates and didn't get a reply, please email me directly at ggagne at writershouse dot com

Tweet #3: excited to read in the new year
from heyitsLex
Dec 20, 2021 1:50 pm

EQ: 12/20/2021
YA Adventure Romance 120k
from tayslaysdragons
Dec 10, 2021 2:04 pm

EQ: 10/1/21
PR: 11/8/21
Nudge with offer of rep: 12/1/21
Upgrade to full: 12/6/21
Kind step-aside with specific and detailed feedback: 12/10/21

MG fantasy 48K
from NightSky
Dec 10, 2021 1:24 pm


I've queried twice and only send a query letter addressed to Ms. Berkower. Both times Genevieve responded. Once with a request for additional material, another time it was a rejection. If you follow Genevieve on twitter you will know how far along they are with query responses.

Good luck :)
from Diane5
Dec 07, 2021 2:11 pm

Hi, can anyone pls tell me what this agent's sub guidelines are? Are they the standard for writers house - the query and synopsis? I can't find her specific guidelines anywhere! And did you address your query to her or to Genevieve? Thanks
from krankycrow
Nov 30, 2021 1:48 pm

Ms. Berkower's assistant Genevieve Gagne-Hawes couldn't possibly be any more personable. She really puts the querier at ease when she requests, and I appreciate that she's an in-house editor. I'd LOVE to work with her and wouldn't hesitate to put her suggestions into action in my manuscripts. My fingers are crossed tightly that she enjoys my ms.

Good luck to everyone!
from Irmelsa
Nov 10, 2021 5:18 pm

Lucky me, I get to be one of the few with a form rejection. Oh well.
from tonya_c
Nov 08, 2021 9:09 pm

I'm getting ready to submit to her. But I dont see her requirements. Can someone LMK what they are?
Query letter and ??
from NightSky
Oct 13, 2021 1:43 pm

EQ – 8/27/21
ER 10/13/21

I sent a nudge to Genevieve on 10/13. She responded the same day. Although it was a rejection, it was personalized and kind.
from maryjanedarling
Jul 16, 2021 1:13 pm

Patrick, you are correct, my mistake. when I searched her name Meridith Viguet pulls up and that who is closed to queries....publisher's marketplace is new to me so I didn't catch that when I first looked. My mistake.
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 16, 2021 8:48 am

Hi maryjanedarling. I don't see a PM profile for her. Can you point me to it, please?
from Sagesoul
Jul 15, 2021 10:57 pm

EQ: 6/24
Personal rejection: 7/15

MG literary 51K
from Claxton
Jul 15, 2021 12:12 pm

First personal rejection in months. Really appreciate her and her assistant, Genevieve.
from LouiseCottrell
Jul 12, 2021 4:11 pm

EM: 6/24/21
ER: 7/12/21

MG Literary - 43,000 words

This was one of my dream agents, but I love when I can get closure...even with a rejection. Polite but standard rejection email.
from jbodwell
Jun 25, 2021 2:27 pm

Queried 6/10/21, rejection 6/25/21
Contemp YA 55k
Unlike others, I received a polite but form rejection email from her assistant Genevieve. Was hoping for more personalized, helpful feedback like so many others got, but that wasn't the case. Still always better to get a no than nothing in my opinion.

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