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Ms. Kelly van Sant

D4EO Literary Agency

Minneapolis, MN

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Twitter: bookishchick

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from yesrielee
Yesterday 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!
from WhiteGardenia
Mar 09, 2018 4:31 pm

So excited for you @annikab. Best of luck! Hearing things like this definitely keeps me motivated (it's tough facing so much rejection!).
from annikab
Mar 08, 2018 10:18 pm

EQ 10/01/17
FR 12/16/17 (Personalized, charmingly enthusiastic), sent same day
R&R Request 12/21/17 (Again, enthusiastic and sweet email--she seems delightful). Confirmed same day that I would be open to an R&R, and would love to see edit notes
3/6/18 Edit notes finally arrived! (Two nudges plus a last-ditch Twitter nudge in the mean time without response, I was starting to feel quite Ack!) Great suggestions on her part so I'm diving into revisions and keeping my fingers crossed.

YA SF, 95k
from Alorac
Feb 11, 2018 2:26 pm

EQ 1/23/18
Form rejection 2/7/18
YA Historical
from AgentUndead0913
Jan 29, 2018 7:49 pm

Partial sent 7/31
ER 1/29
from Elysia
Jan 16, 2018 9:48 am

Kelly is reopened for queries:

Also, if you're waiting to hear from her still from 2017, this tweet would be of interest:
"I did not catch up fully, which I had hoped to do by tomorrow. But I'll definitely be able to close out 2017 queries and most reading by the end of the week."
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 15, 2018 4:49 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries as per her Twitter feed, even though her website has not yet been updated to show her open.

(Thanks Elysia)
from cavalcar
Jan 13, 2018 8:54 pm

EQ: 11/28/17
ER: 1/13/18
from ambmae
Jan 12, 2018 11:14 am

EQ: 11/17/17
ER: 12/12/17
85000 ya fantasy
from Blackhat
Jan 12, 2018 10:45 am

EQ: 11/17/17 Query + first chapter
Women's FIction - 100k
ER: 1/12/18
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to consider your manuscript. Unfortunately this project is not the right fit for me, but it may very well be perfect for another agent. This industry is so subjective; please don't think this pass reflects poorly on your work. In order to be the best champion for a project I need to fall completely in love, and I'm just not feeling that connection here. I wish you the best of luck in all your publishing endeavors, and I hope this project finds the perfect home soon, even if it can't be with me.
from comets
Jan 09, 2018 8:49 am

@AgentUndead0913, yes - I'm still waiting to hear back about a full that was requested in mid/late summer
(although the recent twitter thread is also very illuminating, and I hope it applies to requested material too - I'd much rather wait than receive a quick rejection)
from Patchi
Jan 09, 2018 8:28 am

She has a great Twitter thread on Jan 6 about query purgatory:

"Since I'm pushing hard to wrap up 2017 queries before I reopen mid-month, I thought I'd pause and take a minute to talk about query limbo, since I absolutely send about 5% of queries to purgatory any given month.
"For the majority of queries I read I know pretty instantly whether it's a reject or, more rarely, a request.
"Earlier today I opened one of those queries and I just KNEW. I requested within 5 minutes after opening the email. I knew.
"For most rejections, I know right away whether or not the project is a good fit for me, and those rejections get sent as soon as I finish reading the email, too.
"Note that I'm talking about the time passed from when I read the query to when I respond--NOT when I initially receive the query! (since right now I'm still behind--but catching up quick).
"But sometimes I can't decide what to do with a query right away. And then that happens, I sort it into a special email folder and I come back to it later.
"There are lots of reasons for this!
"Sometimes, I can tell there's something compelling about a query, but I am Not In The Mood.
"If you've listened to @PubCrawlBlog at all you know that I can get into really deep moods about books and I want what I want and I don't want anything else. (I'm a Cancer. I'm moody).
"But I know quality when I see it! And I don't want to burn a potentially great project just because it's a mystery and what I'm in the mood for is fantasy, you know? Because soon enough my mood will flip and I'll be dying for a great mystery.
"SoI hang on to it for a little while to come back to it with fresh eyes.
"Sometimes it has nothing to do with mood. Sometimes I think the premise is great, but I'm unsure about the writing so I want to think on it. Sometime the premise doesn't do it for me, but the writing is SO good I want to give it a second look.
"Sometimes I read the query and it's GREAT but I get interrupted before I can read the writing sample, and need to set it aside and I star it so I remember it and it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
"True story: that last one happened with @Rachael846's query. I got interrupted and starred it for later, and then it sat waiting for a handful of weeks, during which time I responded to other queries from that same time period.
"But once I got back to it and read the writing, I requested the manuscript, stayed up all night to read it in one sitting, and sent an email at 1am to initiate an offer call.
"Query purgatory doesn't always lead to an offer, of course. And I don't know whether or not other agents employ similar practices for similar reasons. But I developed this system for myself because it helps me bring my best eyes to every project.
"So if you're waiting on me for a response (and I know many people are) know that I appreciate your patience, I do respond to every query I receive, and I do my best to give my full attention to the queries that I receive, even when it takes a little longer."

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