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Ms. Duvall Osteen

Aragi Agency

143 W. 27th St., Ste. 4-F

New York, NY 10001

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AAR/AALA Member: No

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Sep 22, 2022 9:26 pm

9/22 EQ Short Story Collection, 49k
from msiobhanb
Sep 22, 2022 9:12 pm

9/22 EQ
LitFic/ magical realism 83k
from Catsamoa79
Sep 16, 2022 11:06 am

EQ: 5/7/22
CNR: 9/16/22
from carbogast
Jul 19, 2022 11:29 am

Thank you for your interest in working with me here a Aragi Inc. I'm very sorry to be sending this letter but on the basis of your query, I'm afraid I can’t consider your work. The high volume of submissions I receive forces me to be extremely selective, and I don't believe I'll be able to give your work the time and attention it deserves.

I wish you the best in your search for representation.
from 20YearsAgo
Mar 23, 2022 5:20 pm

EQ 3/23/22
Reject maybe 20 minutes later that just about made my day:

Dear ----, thank you for querying me. I laughed out loud at the concept here – it’s fresh, and also moving, and rooted in a familiar sentiment! But I’m afraid I’m not the best agent for this type of work. I wish you the very best, though – and many congratulations on completing such a compelling novel.

from joyooo
Jul 12, 2021 2:06 am

When this agency asks for "a brief synopsis" in the query letter, do they want a synopsis (with spoilers/arc) or a blurb?
from rahkan
Feb 24, 2021 4:12 pm

I had a very good experience with Ms. Osteen. She requested my manuscript (a literary novel) and rejected it three months later after one nudge (she had sent an email previously but apparently I didn't get it). She was just very polite and friendly throughout. High marks to her as someone who treats authors like human beings.
from OmniWriter
Feb 19, 2021 2:02 pm

EQ: 12/18/20
Nudge: 1/15/21
ER: 2/19/21
63k word Magical Realism, form rejection
from mrucker
Oct 29, 2020 8:51 pm

Queried on a Tuesday and got a personal response on a Thursday. She passed but wrote a very kind personal note: "Thank you for sharing your story with me – what a gift you are giving readers in showing the way towards healing. It’s a beautiful and selfless thing..."

I wish more agents could be this responsive and this personal and, well, nice.
from jjacksonpomeroy
Aug 19, 2020 3:41 pm

FQ: 6/14
Rejection: 8/18. I did send her a (very nice) "nudge" email on 8/16, and she finally responded. The response was PERSONAL, providing me with specific feedback on the pages she'd read and saying very positive things, but not for her. She said "you will find an agent for this," which I thought was very nice.
from jjacksonpomeroy
Aug 18, 2020 8:30 pm

FQ: 6/14

No response/closed on 8/17.

Query Tracker says this agent has a 54% response rate, but on the basis of the last 4 months, that is not accurate; i.e., it's more like a 20% (or less) response rate.
from snolan
May 11, 2020 5:50 pm

Received the following message on 5/11/20:

"Thank you for your query. Duvall is currently on maternity leave, and is not reading submissions at this time. You are welcome to query her again in July."

from edoyle02
Nov 05, 2019 5:27 pm

EQ: 9/9
ER: 10/2
from KristenH
Sep 21, 2019 1:45 pm

EQ 3/13/19 (Venom)
ER 3/29/19 (Passed--can't offer rep aka not good fit)

9/21/19: EQ 8/2/19 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 9/21/19 (Passed--can't offer rep)
from Cire_Idle
Jul 11, 2018 12:05 pm

Literature / 70k
EQ: 07/09/18
ER: 07/11/18

Thank you for your interest in working with Duvall Osteen. We're very sorry to be sending this letter but on the basis of your query, we’re afraid Duvall can’t represent your work. The high volume of submissions she receives forces her to be extremely selective, and she doesn’t believe she’ll be able to give your work the time and attention it deserves.

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