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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 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 PilotKelson1056
Feb 14, 2018 10:16 pm


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.
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. :)
from Miggie
Dec 07, 2017 10:47 pm


EQ: 11/20 (historical fiction)
ER: 12/07 (personalized)

Because Amy added some nice comments at the beginning of her reply, for one tiny second I thought it wasn't a rejection. Sadly it was, but that moment of hope has given me the sustenance needed to endure the next batch of rejections. I mean, hope, even those tiny scraps carelessly dropped where we're grovelling, are what we writers feed on, right?
from CaitlinEJones
Dec 06, 2017 1:44 pm


EQ (50 pgs requested from PitDark): 10/27
Full Request: 10/30/16
Rejection: 12/06 - she was on the fence and had a lot of good to say, but passed due to pacing. Would absolutely query this agent again.
from karenleespree
Nov 03, 2017 11:26 am


EQ: 10/ 11

A somewhat personalized pass. 11/2 YA Historical Fantasy.
from SmithsNewMapofLondon
Oct 30, 2017 11:57 am


EQ: #PitDark Request for first 50 pages 10/26
ER: 10/30 (personalized with compliments but generally no feedback)



YA Victorian Mystery 77K
from emwrites
Oct 20, 2017 3:33 pm


EQ: 9/26
ER: 10/20
102K upmarket women's fiction
Semi-personalized form rejection. Acknowledged that it met many of her #MSWL, however she was not enthusiastic enough about her ability to sell it.
from Missbluestocking
Oct 04, 2017 11:59 am


I accepted Amy's offer on Sept 29! She's a great, very hands-on agent.
from isidri
Oct 03, 2017 10:18 am


EQ following #PitMad favorite 9/7
FR 9/11
ER: 10/3 personalized and encouraging

Adult Historical Fantasy, 106K
from cleigh73
Oct 02, 2017 10:23 am


EQ: 9/6/17
ER: 9/29/17 Form

Women's Fiction 90K

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