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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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E-Mail: Yes

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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 kriskris
May 21, 2018 9:30 am


EQ: 3/20
FR: 5/18 (My first one. Eek)
YA Contemp 70k.
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
Apr 23, 2018 4:09 pm


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

Form rejection addressed to "Dear Author."
from jcyearwood
Apr 23, 2018 11:25 am


Email rejection addressed to “Dear Author”.
from ispyamystery
Apr 23, 2018 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.
Onward!
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
from EZippermeyer
Apr 17, 2018 3:49 pm


Has anyone had a reply from Lauren lately? it looks like she does respond, but that's it's been awhile..
from Writingwithtancat
Feb 02, 2018 10:01 pm


11/8/2017: Sent query based on MSWL. I received a full request an hour later.
1/12/2018: Lauren email me to set up a call. We have a call that afternoon and she offers representation.

I ended up signing with another agent, but Lauren was absolutely wonderful during the whole querying process and anyone would be lucky to work with her. Her clients clearly love her.
from tamirw
Jan 30, 2018 6:57 am


EQ: 01/13
ER: 01/29 "Dear Author" form

New Adult contemporary
from safashaqsy
Jan 29, 2018 11:58 am


EQ: 12 Jan 2018

Ya contemporary

ER: 29 Jan 2018 (not the right fit for her list)
from hdiangelis
Dec 14, 2017 3:46 pm


EQ: 10/5/17
ER: 12/14/17 (form)

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