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Ms. Amy Bishop

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

1 Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



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Website: www.dystel.com/

Twitter: amylizbishop

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from SarahLRWriter
May 04, 2018 9:32 am


EQ: 4/18/18 -- 71K YA Historical Mystery
PR: 5/2/18

I'm in the middle of an R&R, so Amy said to send revised ms when completed.
from ZaidaM
May 03, 2018 3:10 pm


EQ: 4/8/18
ER: 5/3/18

Contemporary YA, 84K

I appreciate that she pointed out what she liked, the setting and protagonist specifically, but wasn't sure of her ability to sell the work. Her email was brief but pleasant.
from HollyM
Apr 19, 2018 11:22 pm


EQ: 3.18.18
FR: 3.29.18 (sent same day)
ER: 4.19.18
96K women's fiction
The rejection felt semi-formy with bits of personalized feedback inserted. Amy referred to my characters by name and called them dynamic and sympathetic. She also said she loved the suspense elements of my story, but ultimately didn't connect closely enough. Overall, the feedback was complimentary, which almost makes the rejection worse. At least it was all said and done within a month!
from Hulagirl
Apr 05, 2018 4:23 pm


EQ: 4/5/18

Contemporary Romance 75K
from Hulagirl
Apr 05, 2018 4:06 pm


EQ: 3/15/18
ER: 4/5/18
Contemporary Romance 71K
from amylululouise
Apr 04, 2018 10:31 pm


EQ: 3/12/18

WF 106k
from Sierrawrites
Apr 04, 2018 8:06 pm


EQ 1/30/18 adventure fantasy 120k
ER 2/22/18

Thanks so much for thinking of me and sending along your query and first 25 pages for THE MONSTER WITHIN.

Unfortunately, after careful consideration, I’ve decided I’m not the best agent to represent this book. I’m simply not enthusiastic enough about my ability to sell this work to offer representation.

I wish you the best of luck with placing this book and in your future endeavors.



All the best,



Amy Elizabeth Bishop
from PilotKelson1056
Mar 10, 2018 9:29 am


EQ: 12/22
Resent: 2/12, agency guidelines states to resubmit after 8 weeks have passed.

Amy wrote me back today, 2/14, to confirm receipt and that she never got my first submission.

ER: 3/9
from kvleahy
Mar 08, 2018 12:01 pm


EQ: 3/8/18
HF: 119k
from terrilynm
Feb 15, 2018 5:22 pm


EQ; 1/22
ER: 2/15
75K upmarket. Form rejection.
Thanks so much for thinking of me and sending along your query and first 25 pages for XXX.
Unfortunately, after careful consideration, I’ve decided I’m not the best agent to represent this book. I’m simply not enthusiastic enough about my ability to sell this work to offer representation.
I wish you the best of luck with placing this book and in your future endeavors.
from themuffinsk8
Feb 08, 2018 12:12 pm


Thanks so much for thinking of me and sending along your query and sample pages for YOUR WORK.

Unfortunately, after careful consideration, I’ve decided I’m not the best agent to represent this book. I’m simply not enthusiastic enough about my ability to sell this work to offer representation.



I wish you the best of luck with placing this book and in your future endeavors.



All the best,
from lcgwriter
Feb 01, 2018 1:12 pm


EQ: 1/8/18
ER: 2/1/18
Amy's was a more personal rejection than the others I've received. She said my premise was clever, but ultimately she wasn't enthusiastic enough to offer representation. I wish more rejections were as kind as hers :)
from nathang
Jan 17, 2018 2:51 pm


EQ: 01/12/18
FR: 01/17/18

Literary Fiction -- 86,000 words

Note: I queried Jane Dystel but received the request from Amy Bishop.

Update: I received an offer of representation from another agent, and I've informed Amy Bishop. She is currently reading and will respond before the deadline of notification for the offering agent.
from gabriellestory
Dec 21, 2017 9:54 am


EQ: 11/20
ER: 12/20 Well, its a slightly tailored rejection. Kind but ultimately not helpful. I did something I swore I would never do and that was respond. She was my 50th rejection and my novel hits her descriptions spot on- I just HAD to ask why. Ill let you know if she replies.
from leightongrey
Dec 08, 2017 4:29 pm


I signed with Amy last month after she liked my DVpit tweet and she's been amazing. I chose her over other offers and I would do it again. She's very hands on and I can already tell my MS is going to be 10x better with her editorial input. If you're unsure of who to query in Dystel, query her. :)

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