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Ms. Amy Berkower

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from yesyesyes2022
Jun 21, 2022 4:41 pm

No confirmation

EQ: 5/25/2022
FR (full request): 6/21/2022

Literary mystery, 105k words

(I've published two novels with major NYC houses, and I still find this process demoralizing and dehumanizing. I've had several agents over the past two decades, but it's never been this difficult to land one. Thanks, Covid, among other things!)
from JaeStories
Jun 20, 2022 4:01 pm

I also didn't get a confirmation email. Have others?
from LightofBeauty
Jun 13, 2022 3:03 pm

EQ: 5/11/22
ER: 6/13/22

Very lovely, personalized rejection from her assistant, Genevieve Gagne-Hawes, who said such nice things about my query but admitted that she and Amy have had a hard time selling my kind of project. Fair enough!

LGBT Literary Fiction
from halihylandwrites
May 30, 2022 4:41 pm

EQ: 5/30/2022
98k Adult Cont Romance

The website says I should have received a confirmation email but I didn't, and I made sure to check my spam. Did anyone else not get a confirmation?
from sorrowandchartreuse
May 26, 2022 3:40 pm

EQ: 4/27
ER: 5/26

YA Adventure 78k
A form response, which is disappointing seeing as Genevieve is known for giving such thoughtful rejections. Good luck to everyone else, though! Hopefully you will receive more helpful feedback.
from theaking
May 22, 2022 4:11 am

Because no posted it here's Genevieve's Twitter:

If you queried prior to April 25 2022 and have not received a response email Genevieve directly at ggagne@writershouse. com
from tonya_c
May 20, 2022 10:14 am

EQ 3/8/2022
Historical fiction, 94K words
I've been wanting to query her for months because Genevieve sounds so spectacular, but I've chickened's my sons birthday today, so I'm hoping its good luck.
Form rejection. ngl, a bit sad. 4/13/22
May 19, 2022 4:49 am

Genevieve just sent me a very kind rejection, finding the positive in my query but letting me know that Amy didn't fall in love with the writing style.
I'm trying not to panic as I wait for other agents replies and freak out about my writing !
from brittkl
May 18, 2022 2:05 pm

Genevieve is the best. She had missed my original query, and it was ultimately a rejection, but she said she really liked the pitch and theme, but the magical realism made it not a fit for Amy’s list. Something for others to keep in mind :)
from JR_Fox
Apr 23, 2022 8:12 pm

EQ 2/22
Romantic comedy 85k words
Full request: 4/23/22
from letodd7
Apr 12, 2022 2:35 pm

EQ: 3/7
Personalized rejection: 4/12

I found this rejection to be the most palatable of any rejection I’ve received. Though it was concise, it was kind and personal. I believe the entire industry could benefit from such standards of communication.
from theaking
Apr 04, 2022 2:58 am

There's no information on how to query her so I ended up sending an EQ today (04/04/2022) with query, 10 pages and a synopsis. Adult LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
from medusaann
Mar 08, 2022 3:53 pm

EQ 2/4/22
Personalized rejection 3/8/22
Amy appreciated the opportunity to review your project, but unfortunately she is unable to offer representation at this time. We loved the voice and enthusiasm of your query, but the premise here feels too close to another title on Amy’s list.
from piperp
Mar 07, 2022 4:05 pm

EQ 02/01/2022
ER 03/07/2022
I found it in my spam folder, which I usually don't even check. I'm not sure why it ended up there.
from swatithegeek
Mar 02, 2022 10:31 pm

Email query: 01/20/22
Nudge to Genevieve, Amy's assistant: 02/25/22 because she stated on her Twitter that all queries prior to Jan 31 have received a response--I haven't yet.
Resent email query to Genevieve as per our correspondence: 02/26/22
Personalized rejection: 03/02/22

Adult Rom-Com, 75k words

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