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Ms. Kelly van Sant

Red Sofa Literary


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Twitter: bookishchick

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from JessyKah87
Jul 11, 2018 6:06 pm

Met @ Conference 06/23/2018. Asked for proposal.
Sent 06/24/2018
YA Contemporary
from worddance
Jun 21, 2018 5:58 pm

EQ: 6/21/18

YA Fantasy, 79,000 words
from NicoleWalllace
May 29, 2018 5:56 pm

As far as I can tell, Kelly tweeted that she is OPENING to queries on May 11th, 2018. I submitted tonight, and received her automated response! :)
from NicoleWalllace
May 29, 2018 5:55 pm

@JRuete I sent it May 16th. From her twitter: "Today seems like a good day to open back up to queries!" That was May 11th. I think you should be fine. Maybe she just hadn't changed back her automated response yet :)
from newsomeam
May 28, 2018 1:39 pm

@cmandrewslit Some agents prefer different things in their queries than the rest of the agency, so I submitted what her MSWL profile asked for and just referenced that. If you have a source, an agent shouldn't mind it being included.
from cmandrewslit
May 28, 2018 9:26 am

What is everyone putting with their Query to Kelly? The Red Sofa website says to just have a query letter, nothing more, but the MSWISHLIST profile on her has a different query email and says to also put in the first chapter.
from thewhipslip
May 27, 2018 1:40 pm

EQ: 5/27/2018

66K YA Fantasy
from Cashwinne
May 22, 2018 5:40 pm

I'm just chiming in, but I sent mine on 5/12 and I got this response:

This is an automatic response to confirm that your query has been received.

I aim to respond to all queries within 8 weeks. If you have not heard from me in that time frame, you are welcome to request a status update, but please be aware that if you respond to your original query it will automatically be pushed to the back of my queue, which may result in longer wait times. I do my best to be prompt in my responses, but do occasionally fall behind. I often post current query stats and timelines on twitter @bookishchick and on my blog

If you are receiving this confirmation in response to an email you sent regarding a status inquiry, a notification of an offer of representation, after sending requested materials, or about anything other than an original query then this automatic reply is working overtime! Please be assured I will read and respond to your message at my first opportunity.


from JRuete
May 22, 2018 4:32 pm

@NicoleWallace when did you send your query? I also read that she had reopened, but when I sent an email 5/14/18 I got an automated response that she was closed and all emails would be deleted unread.
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 30, 2018 11:45 am

Changed agencies. Formerly with D4EO Literary Agency.
from agreeable
Apr 28, 2018 12:08 pm

EQ: 2/8
ER: 4/23

YA Contemporary
from yesrielee
Apr 25, 2018 1:43 pm

EQ 3/3/18
ER 4/25/18

YA LGBT+ spec-fic 103K
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 11, 2018 6:18 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

(Thanks Korthadir)
from Korthadir
Mar 11, 2018 12:10 pm

Tweeted that she is closing to queries at 5pm today. I'm assuming that's EST, where she's based.
from annikab
Mar 09, 2018 5:03 pm

Thank you, @WhiteGardenia!This process is slow and discouraging and baffling at times, but just keep swimming... you'll get there!

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