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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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Twitter: LaurenAbramo

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from Patrick (admin)
Apr 22, 2019 10:57 am

Profile Update: Genres updated.
from swatithegeek
Apr 05, 2019 6:07 am

EQ: 04/05/19

Contemporary Romance, 67k
from Glitterfox
Apr 03, 2019 6:25 pm

EQ: 3/24
ER: 4/3

YA contemporary 63k
from kriskris
Dec 27, 2018 7:55 pm

EQ: 3/20
FR: 5/18 (My first one. Eek)
YA Contemp 70k.
ER: 11/20 Very personalized and that gives me hope I’m one step closer to finding my agent.
from sparklyunicorn
Nov 27, 2018 12:27 pm

EQ: 11/7/2017
FR: 11/7/2017
FRS: 9/7/2018
ER: 11/20/2018 Personalized. So close...
YA contemp

from swatithegeek
Nov 20, 2018 11:50 pm

EQ, DVpit like by both her and Kemi Faderin: 10/18/18
ER: By both, slightly personalized

Contemporary Romance/WF, 70k
from 5alchow
Oct 12, 2018 5:44 pm

EQ: 9/10/18
Nudge with offer: 9/26
Full request: 9/27

Lauren didn't have a chance to finish reading before my two-week decision deadline. She emailed me the day after to apologize and left me with a kind message of well wishes on the success of my manuscript.

MG Contemporary <50K
from sparklyunicorn
Sep 04, 2018 9:26 am

EQ November/7/2017
Full req 11/7
Pulled to revise 11/28/2017
Resubmitted Sept 2018
YA contemp 65k #MSWL
from Mananda9
May 31, 2018 1:04 pm

EQ: 5/31/18

YA Contemporary 78k
from LightofBeauty
May 21, 2018 3:15 pm

@ispyamystery - That's the biggest frustration and irony about querying. Agents encourage you to personalize a query so they feel all special, but then for doing just that, you're gimmicky, being a pushover, annoying, inappropriate, etc. That's why I just cold query, it has always worked for me, while personalizing always leads to either a CNR or just a rejection.

The thing is, I think social media always brings out the "mean" in the agents who use it so frequently, they sound so harsh. My experience with Lauren was nice though, even though it didn't go anywhere (I was close but no cigar)! A note I always make to myself though, cold querying works, the strength of the pitch always speaks for itself.
from agreeable
May 10, 2018 4:38 pm

EQ: 4/27 (#DVPit Request)
ER: 5/7 with personalized note about why she was rejecting it.

YA Contemporary 90K
from hernandeznovels
Yesterday 4:09 pm

EQ: 3/16/18
ER: 4/23/18

Form rejection addressed to "Dear Author."
from jcyearwood
Yesterday 11:25 am

Email rejection addressed to “Dear Author”.
from ispyamystery
Yesterday 10:40 am

EQ: 2/15
Nudged 4/16
last night she put this on twitter:
"writers: you want your query to stand out because your premise & voice are excellent and the perfect fit for the agent, not b/c you wrote a gimmicky query. Follow basic query rules and save the creativity for your novel. " An author asked what she meant and she continued:
"Basically anything where you think, “Ah, THIS will get their attention!” Some common ones: inappropriate chumminess or flattery, writing as if the protagonist wrote the query, “let’s cut to the chase”/“do you want to get rich?” bravado, lies about what the agent’s looking for."

okay on most of that, but a tad confusing since there is a fine line between personalizing a query (because you've done your research on the agent and you put a couple of lines at the beginning of the query as to why they might like the book/things you have in common with them) and "inappropriate chumminess."
I worried a lot last night that she was talking about me.
This morning I got a "Dear Author" form rejection. Well. Okay. I guess I was "inappropriately chummy".
As a note: I have an agent already for one genre; I'm querying a different genre. So I do know how to get an agent from the slush pile and query trenches, meaning I know how to write a query.
Sigh. This business is brutal sometimes. I wouldn't have wanted her as an agent at this point, because she sounds a little bit mean, even if she wasn't talking about me. Which is why this business feels brutal this morning.
She may not have been talking about me; but writers who are working hard take everything personally.
Dear Agents: please realize most authors are doing their best. They're not trying to piss you off, be inappropriate, be gimmicky. They're just doing their best.
I love query tracker because I can mark it rejected, hide the rejects from my list, and move on.
from maestraangel
Apr 22, 2018 10:41 am

EQ on 2/19/18 MG Fantasy Adventure 38,500 words. Received an automatic reply that she was out of the office but would get back to me when she returned. Nudged on 4/22/18

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