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Ms. Serene Hakim

Ayesha Pande Literary

128 West 132 St

New York, NY 10027


Twitter: serenemaria

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No (preferred)

Online Form: Yes

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from ladytuono
Mar 07, 2017 6:59 am

EQ 1.17
CNR 3/7

adult contemporary fantasy 86k
from Patrick (admin)
Feb 02, 2017 8:16 am

Profile Update: Genres updated.

from JadahMcCoy
Jan 18, 2017 3:22 pm

EQ: 1/11/17
FR: 1/18/17

WF, 65k
from Neverish
Jan 18, 2017 1:55 am

This is pinned on the Ayesha Pande Literary Twitter, dated January 10: "Our query form isn't working, so we can't see queries submitted after 1/5. Please resubmit to queries[@]pandeliterary[dot]com Our apologies!"
from CarolBlondette
Jan 11, 2017 9:16 am

EQ (online form): 1/11/17
Contemporary YA
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 05, 2017 6:11 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries.

(Thanks Neverish)
from Neverish
Jan 05, 2017 10:42 am

Reopened to queries today.
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 07, 2016 5:30 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

(Thanks Lobo52)
from Lobo52
Dec 07, 2016 2:47 pm

Website says they are closed to queries until 1/05/17
from amazonmomaap
Nov 29, 2016 2:56 pm

EQ: 11/29/16 57K YA
from aliceinw
Nov 22, 2016 5:50 pm

Personal rejection with helpful comments. Serene is enthusiastic and supportive. I'm now realizing I sent my manuscript out too early!
from FirePhoenix
Nov 03, 2016 8:53 am

Serene ultimately passed on my manuscript after an R&R this summer--she loved it but ended up not being able to get her boss' approval to take it on, since she's a new agent. But we communicated a lot via email and she gave me some really wonderful feedback and encouragement in the meantime, and said she was willing to look at it again should I ever revise again in the future. I highly recommend her to querying writers!
Early Oct 2016 Update! After doing an R&R for an editor at a medium-sized publishing company, I checked with Serene on whether she'd be willing to read the new draft (which was about 20% new plot and 40% new prose), and she said yes and is now reading the full.
Oct 24 2016 update: I got an offer from another agent just a little bit after I sent Serene the full. Serene finished reading and gave me a lot of really good notes, but ended up not offering for subjective reasons. I signed with the original offering agent but do highly recommend Serene; she's been responsive, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable in all our communications.
from KristenH
Nov 01, 2016 4:09 pm

EQ 8/22/16 (Venom)
ER 11/1/16 (Passed from nudge--not a right fit.) I'll try Anjali with Chain Reaction next month. Good luck FirePhoenix!
from senjiwalker
Oct 23, 2016 5:22 pm

Online form: 1016/16
YA Fantasy
from Catsamoa79
Oct 10, 2016 10:58 am

EQ: 6/29/16
ER: 10/10/16, after having written an email follow-up through their general contact form. Ms. Hakim took the time to check their query manager and write a very nice, personal note, saying that it was a pass.

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