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Ms. Kate McKean

Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

30 Pierrepont Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Twitter: kate_mckean

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from karenleespree
Oct 26, 2017 11:42 am

EQ: 7/6

ER: 10/26 YA
from jsarak
Oct 26, 2017 9:49 am

EQ 7/3/16

ER 10/26 Form
from LightofBeauty
Oct 25, 2017 4:08 pm

EQ: Don't remember exactly when, sometime in September or something.

ER: 10/25

One of those weird form rejections that doesn't address you by name anywhere nor mention your project at all, it's essentially anonymous all except for who signed it.

Thank you for sharing your work with me. Unfortunately, I feel that in today's market, I cannot take on projects unless I feel strongly about them. I'm sorry to say that it didn't happen with this one. This, of course, is just my opinion and others may feel differently.
I wish you the best of luck with all your publishing endeavors.

Kate McKean
Vice-President & Literary Agent
from jerilyn8
Sep 26, 2017 6:35 pm

6/21 EQ
9/19 ER for letter
Not addressed to me.
from AlisonFaith1212
Sep 20, 2017 10:48 am

GROUP form rejection letter as reported by chelseambrown
from chelseambrown
Sep 19, 2017 4:35 pm

EQ: 6/20/2017
ER: 8/30/2017 form

I'm pretty sure my rejection was in a batch. It didn't have anyone (not even me) listed in the To: line and there was no name in the body of the email.
from horrorchix89
Sep 18, 2017 1:02 pm

@mslackore: agents send rejections at any time. Some people get them when their grandmother's die. I wouldn't take it personally. Honestly, she probably never read your nudge email about evacuating as that would've sent the query to the end of the line. You'd be better off just moving on. Responses to form rejections is why most agents don't even send form rejections. Let it go and keep moving.
from mslackore
Sep 18, 2017 11:11 am

EQ: 6/13
Nudge: 9/8/17 informed Ms. McKean; "I'm being evacuated from my home due to hurricane Irma. I was worried
that you might contact me and i wouldn't be able to answer right away. Hopefully all will be ok."
ER: 9/11/17: I was disheartened to receive a form rejection while under mandatory evacuation orders while hurricane Irma was ravishing my home. I spent the night stranded due to traffic jambs, multiple accidents, and no gas. At five in the morning I finally found a hotel room. I was scared that i'd lost my home. Seeing the e-mail from Ms. Kate McKean made me think she might be cheering me up with a request. Surely, she wouldn't send a rejection when she was aware of my situation. She waited 90 days. Another week might have been a more compassionate. I was taken back when i read her form rejection. Really bad timing.
from mslackore
Sep 18, 2017 11:09 am

It was also September 11th. I think someone from New York would be a little more caring and not send out any rejections on that day.
from StaceyTrombley
Sep 17, 2017 8:29 am

I'm sorry Mslackore. It was probably just by chance and she hasn't seen your email about Irma. I'd like to think she'd at least send a personalized response if she had (or like you said, wait a week) but with thousands of emails it is really hard to keep all of it under control so I wouldn't fault her too much.

Sometimes rejections simply come at the worst times :(

I hope everything is okay with your home and family and that another agent recognizes your genius :)
from alibryn
Sep 14, 2017 4:55 am

EQ: 7/7
ER: 9/14

Form rejection which wasn't a reply to my email, so the subject just said "Query" and my original email was not included, nor was my name. Also, it was actually sent TO "Catherine McKean" and I was BCCed on it. Not sure but I can't imagine that's what she intended. (Assistant gone awry?) This was the form-iest of form rejections ever, and a bit confusing because I wasn't even sure which project she was rejecting, given I've had two out in the past year.
from BillGinTexas
Aug 22, 2017 11:06 am

EQ: 03/12/2017 88K Hist Fic Thrl
05/19/2017 nudge She said she needed more time to evaluate the work
ER: 08/22/2017 form rejection

Same response that CindyintheRain received
from tennisplayernw
Aug 07, 2017 1:09 pm

EQ, 3 chapters, 8/7/17
from Catsamoa79
Aug 03, 2017 10:16 am

EQ: 3/27/17
CNR: 7/1/17
ER: 8/3/17, form letter. I had closed this one our earlier.
from Jennifer13
Jul 31, 2017 6:20 pm

5/19/17: EQ
7/20/17: Nudge re: offer of representation from another agent
7/31/17: polite step-aside

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