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Ms. Kelly van Sant

Red Sofa Literary


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Twitter: bookishchick

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from jennadevillier
Yesterday 10:16 am

EQ: 8/22/18
UPDATE: soooo I'm really dumb and apparently thought I had sent Kelly a query in August, but I never did xD
EQ (for real): 10/18/18
Check-in: 6/18/19 (I originally wrote this off as a CNR but I figured I'd try)
CNR: 7/19/19

79k YA Fantasy
from SasaHawk
Jul 04, 2019 7:36 am

EQ: 6/22/19

from Elysia
Jun 07, 2019 9:50 am

Utopiandreams definitely possible that she plans to catch up. I just remember querying her with my last project and her timeline was full of responses. It looks like her policy has changed, because her timeline now only shows two total replies to queries in all of 2019 (one rejection in March and one request in Feb).
Of course, not everyone uses QT, so she might be replying to some who aren't on here.
from Utopiandreams
Jun 06, 2019 11:34 am

EQ: 5/24/19
YA soft sci-fi, 81k
Elysia, it looks like she hasn't dipped into query slush since March, but w/BEA/Bookcon last week, it may be another week or so before she catches up. Looks like she reads in spurts.
from Elysia
Jun 06, 2019 11:04 am

EQ: 5/22
CNR: 6/6
She doesn't seem to be replying to anyone anymore?
from cbazay
Jun 04, 2019 1:57 pm

My email to Kelly just came back as undeliverable. Anyone else have this issue?
from RebC123
May 16, 2019 4:50 pm

EQ: 3/7
CNR: 5/16

YA Fantasy at 60K
from RRouth
May 10, 2019 10:03 am

EQ: 3/17/19 (query only)
CNR: 5/10/19
Confirmation e-mail.

It looks like she responds only if interested? The website says agents will respond if interested, but confirmation e-mail says she tries to respond in 8 weeks? The e-mail also says anyone who is nudging from their original query gets bumped to the back of the line.

Will CNR after 12 weeks.
from Haleighm
Apr 29, 2019 9:23 am

EQ: 3/21

YA contemporary romance
from jennadevillier
Apr 05, 2019 7:58 am

@GoergesSimenon Kelly has only been an agent about a year, and has been building her client list and working with them editorially. I'm not sure if she has made sales yet, but she is on sub with several clients now. I follow the PubCrawl podcast, which she cohosts. Please do not spread misinformation or imply that she isn't a real agent.
from GeorgesSimenon
Apr 03, 2019 3:31 pm

Kelly van Sant was an editorial assistant at my publisher, mercifully for not very long. Suggest trying an AAR agent or at least one with a proven track record of sales first. Anyone can set themselves up as a literary agent.
from ChrystalS
Apr 03, 2019 9:36 am

@jennadevillier I sent mine to (got a confirmation email and that was the address she also responded from when she requested my ms)
from jennadevillier
Apr 03, 2019 8:53 am

So, I sent to the address, not kellyqueries... I never got a response, but I DID get an auto response right after I sent. I don't want to resend to the other address if she received my query already, but I also don't want to not get a response because I accidentally sent to the wrong address, either...
from MandyMBallard
Apr 02, 2019 2:38 pm

EQ: 3/30/19

107k YA fantasy
from Faltho
Mar 30, 2019 4:54 pm

EQ: 03/30/2019

MG Urban Fantasy (66k)

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