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Ms. Lucy Cleland

Kneerim & Williams

Boston, MA



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Website: www.kwlit.com

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from KristenH
Jul 25, 2017 3:09 pm


Eq 5/4/17 (Chain Reaction)
CNR 6/30/17 (No word from nudge.) Will try Katherine with Venom next month.
Update: ER 7/25/17 (Passed, not a good fit, no interest in thrillers.)
from SaraCo
Jul 24, 2017 1:04 pm


EQ; 6-12-17
ER: 7-24-16
Personalized response focusing in on what she liked and didn't like, but she was talking about one character and using the name of a different one.
from deebiedoobie
Jul 18, 2017 4:49 pm


EQ: 5/29
FR: 7/18

YA Psychological 79k

Fingers crossed!
from ARiley
Jun 20, 2017 9:38 pm


EQ: 2/7/17
ER/R&R: 5/9/17
She's SO nice! She told me what she did and didn't like. While she stepped aside, she did offer to look at it again if I made significant changes. I've already ripped apart the beginning since I queried her so I'm definitely going to bring her notes into the revisions and resend. :)
Resent 6/20/17
from kdword
Jun 11, 2017 3:45 pm


Submitted a synopsis, brief bio, and twenty pages of my 116 K literary fiction novel on 5-10-17.
from redpandabear
Jun 01, 2017 11:29 am


EQ: 4/19/17
ER: 6/1/19

VERY kind rejection letter, and clearly personalized. A shame she didn't connect with the writing, as she seems a lovely person to work for. Complimented the title, which was a first. Will definitely query her for future work.

YA Paranormal Romance 78k
from saintsavant
May 10, 2017 6:24 pm


Most thoughtful rejection I've ever gotten with interest in my WIP went and if I query it. I will defiantly query her if the full requests I have out don't pan out with this novel.
FYI: It took 71 days for her to respond to the query. Long wait.
from kdword
May 10, 2017 2:45 pm


EQ 3/30. Requested full m/s 5/10.
from KristenH
Apr 12, 2017 4:02 pm


Eq 2/21/17 (Venom)
CNR 4/12/17 (No word from nudge.) I'll try her with Chain Reaction this summer.
from CassandraFear
Apr 01, 2017 7:58 am


EQ 1/16/17
ER 1/31/17 but turned into revise and resubmit full.
ER on full 3/31 with reasons she couldn't take it on and what she liked.

Sent revised full ms on 2/20 and got a response back the next morning that she's looking forward to seeing what I've done.
YA Fantasy

Lucy sent me a very personalized rejection with a lot of valid points that I had already begun making revisions on, so I took a chance, asking her if she would let me query again after my revisions were complete. She said she would rather read the full once I have pushed it as far as I am able, so what started as a rejection turned into a revise and resubmit. Lucy is lovely and I am very excited to send revisions. She is one of my top picks so fingers crossed!
from Boreas
Mar 13, 2017 10:09 am


EQ: 2/10/17
ER: 3/13/17 - I was blown away by her thoughtful, personalized rejection. Ms. Cleland gave me a few notes about what she loved and why she was stepping aside. She mentioned a bit of my personal background from my query that intrigued her, and said that she would be interested in reading material from me about it in the future, should I write it. All in all, Ms. Cleland has shown herself to be a wonderful agent. It's a shame we can't work together on this project, but I wish her only the best.

YA Action/Drama 107k
from pickfordm
Mar 01, 2017 4:43 pm


jaconoley -- great news!! thanks for sharing. also, I hope everything is alright with your family.
from jaconoley
Feb 23, 2017 7:09 pm


****fyi Lucy told me they have a problem with yahoo email addresses getting stuck in their spam filters. So if you're emailing from yahoo & haven't heard anything you may want to follow up.
EQ: 12/5/16
nudge w/another offer: 1/16/17
FR: 1/19/17
Request for phone call: 1/27/17
Several phone calls over next month (delays on my end due to family circumstances)
Offer of rep: 2/13/17
Offer Accepted: 2/21/17

Lucy has been fantastic to work with so far. Attentive and thoughtful with constructive feedback.
from CarolBlondette
Jan 12, 2017 1:06 pm


EQ: 11/22/16
Full Request: 12/7/16 :)
ER: 1/12/17 (A very kind, personalized rejection with thoughtful notes and an offer to look at it again should I choose to revise. She seems truly lovely.)
Contemporary YA
from karambelas
Dec 14, 2016 2:20 pm


EQ (finally went through!): 10/7
Full req: 10/7 TWO MINUTES LATER (WHAT!?!)

So glad I didn't give up, y'all! I didn't paste a full ten pages since I had a curse word, and it finally went through! Guess I should've tried sooner. Silly me. :) Thanks again for everyone's help.


Update: Nudge sent - 12/1

12/7: Lucy responded to my nudge saying she'd like more time to consider. She was very sweet in her reply. :)

12/14/16 I'm telling you, getting rejections around this time of year hurt a little more. Lucy ultimately rejected my novel but had some very nice editorial notes. I asked if she'd be willing to look at a revision. Will keep you posted.
Update-- Lucy agreed to a revise & resubmit and gave me additional editorial notes that are very helpful. She also said her door is open to any future work I have as well. :)

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