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Ms. Lauren Abramo

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



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Website: www.dystel.com/

Twitter: LaurenAbramo

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from queenkp
Mar 03, 2021 3:33 pm


Queried on Monday, March 1; forwarded query to Sharon Pelletier who asked for a full on March 3.
from sara_gilbert_writes
Feb 26, 2021 8:53 pm


EQ: 2/26/21

Con YA 50k
from Coreyjayne
Feb 26, 2021 6:48 pm


EQ: 9/26
12/5: resent based on agency website (to resend after 8 weeks if no response)
CNR: 1/25
ER: 2/25 (21 weeks after original query)

Adult Contemp Romance 88k
from Catsamoa79
Feb 26, 2021 9:47 am


EQ: 2/20/21
ER: 2/25/21
Form letter, but a very nice one
from SaraCo
Feb 25, 2021 6:29 pm


EQ :2/19/21
R (form): 2/25/21
from AMWalters
Nov 06, 2020 3:12 am


I queried Lauren on September 4th and haven't heard anything. I see where some people have received rejections. Should I nudge?

Nudge with offer of rep- Lauren responded quickly and personally asking for the full manuscript to read before my deadline to the other agent.

Update: Accepted another agent's offer but she did get back to me and said she didn't have time to read my book before my deadline and wished me luck and congratulations on my offer.
from cloeykinn
Oct 30, 2020 9:17 am


EQ: Sept 30
ER: Oct 27
92k YA Fantasy
from Grasom
Oct 26, 2020 4:33 pm


ER: Form rejection after nearly 3 months.
from JoeyIdeaJones
Oct 26, 2020 12:28 pm


EQ: 09/07/20
ER: 10/26/20
WF 95k Points for getting back to me at all (some don't). It was a "Dear Author" email (when I think of the time I put into personalizing the query, I now wish I had addressed it "Dear Agent"). But hey, she did let me know, so, y'know, thanks for that.
from natalieu
Oct 26, 2020 11:07 am


EQ: 09/21/20
ER: 10/26/20
YA Fantasy 95K, "dear author" response... I understand she's very busy but it still hurts a little. :(
from mountaingoat
Oct 26, 2020 10:53 am


EQ 8/5/20
ER 10/26/20 "Dear author..." Ouch. I think I'd rather get no response than that.
from writingclouds
Sep 25, 2020 2:10 am


@gellisbarber: you actually are allowed to resubmit the same project after making revisions! so if you do find that your query/sample doesn't work and you decide to rewrite and your changes are significant, you can submit again. You're just not supposed to send the exact same submission package to more than one of their agents.

From their website: "If you’ve genuinely made it substantially different (and, one hopes, better) then we don’t at all mind if you come back to us and offer it again. Just be up front about it when you do, and if we think that a re-read might be to our and your benefit, we’ll be happy to do so."
from gellisbarber
Sep 24, 2020 2:28 pm


FYI Dystel Goderich & Bourret does not allow you to query another agent at the agency after you have been rejected by one of them. A rejection by one is a rejection by all. I recommend waiting to query them until you 100% sure you have a winning query letter and a solid submission and then sending to your top pick, because you only shot with them.
from skifast
Aug 14, 2020 11:30 am


EQ: 8/7
ER: 8/14
Rejection starts with "Dear author..." I don't mind rejections but I do think it's rude to not even use someone's name.
from writingclouds
Jul 18, 2020 6:20 am


@Jessie1994 I might give it another week or two just because of the general state of the world and then re-query according to their guidelines.

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