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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

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from SherLeeWriter
Apr 24, 2021 4:35 am


EQ: 01/29
Full Request: 01/29 (less than an hour later), sent same day
In February, I decided to revise based on editorial feedback, and she was happy to wait for the revised.
Revised Full Sent: 04/01
Nudged with offer of rep: 04/08
OFFER OF REP!: 04/14

I went with another agent (I had five offers of rep), but I would HIGHLY recommend Amy. She's enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and her clients love her. Her kind and sincere personality really shone through during our call and in subsequent emails. Connecting with her was an overwhelmingly positive experience, and I consider myself lucky to have met her!

YA queer rom-com #ownvoices POC, 84K
from Isolamelia
Apr 06, 2021 10:11 am


EQ: 3/15/21
ER: 4/6/21

Upmarket fiction
from annaupt
Mar 23, 2021 1:46 pm


EQ 2/23/21
ER 3/23/21

literary, 97k
from SteinbeckFan
Feb 17, 2021 4:47 pm


EQ: Jan. 19, 2021
ER: Feb. 17, 2021

Upmarket Fiction (71,000 words)
from jdominiclim
Feb 08, 2021 2:32 pm


#ownvoices LGBTQ+BIPOC rom-com 80K words
EQ: 12/22/20
PR: 01/04/21
Rejection: 02/08/21: Informed Amy I'd been offered representation on 02/01/21. She read my manuscript and also shared with Jim McCarthy (VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret). Jim wrote me back saying they loved the characters and story, but were concerned about the format (it alternates w/chapters in 2 timelines--the earlier ones have a more YA feeL), saying they "lacked the kind of clarity of vision for how this could be best published" and will "step aside and wish you the best of luck with your new agent." Super friendly and very helpful. Would highly recommend querying (Amy and Jim, both)

from katarinabett
Jan 16, 2021 1:18 pm


EQ 12/10
ER: 1/16

Form rejection but SUPER kind. Will definitely query again!

119K adult spec fic
from Jay_Pop
Dec 16, 2020 1:05 pm


Form rejection: "I like the themes you’re exploring here, but 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 (title) successfully and in your future endeavors. Be well and stay safe."
from hollyanna
Nov 11, 2020 12:04 pm


EQ 10/29
FR same day
ER 11/9
81K thriller
She provided excellent, actionable feedback that kept me up last night (excitedly planning). Her expertise will serve you well as an author; sometimes we're too close to the story and our betas miss things. Highly recommend querying.
from ClaudiaWeiskopf
Nov 05, 2020 7:15 pm


I queried Amy on the 21st of October, and although she replied on the 3rd of November saying it wasn't quite right for her, she directed my material to her colleague Michaela Whatnall (they/them) who loved it and requested the full! So it seems that this agency is happy to refer material in-house if they think it will suit someone else better. All hope is not lost!
from MERTWRITER
Oct 28, 2020 10:57 am


Hi! Amy seems to go through the queries methodically--rejecting or requesting--but then, she seems to skip over a few queries altogether (i.e., no rejection and no request). Does anyone think those queries are being placed in a 'maybe' folder? Or if the email query never made it to her?! Yikes!
from zbedee
Oct 26, 2020 10:07 am


Personalized rejection after twenty days
from Caitlin100
Oct 23, 2020 8:24 pm


EQ 10/02/20 - 25-page sample in the body of the email
ER 10/23/20 - nice rejection
from ShaynaGrissom
Oct 13, 2020 9:10 pm


Subbed 10/11/2020
from gellisbarber
Sep 24, 2020 2:28 pm


FYI Dystel Goderich & Bourret does not allow you to query another agent at the agency after you have been rejected by one of them. A rejection by one is a rejection by all. I recommend waiting to query them until you 100% sure you have a winning query letter and a solid submission and then sending to your top pick, because you only shot with them.
from SugarMagnolia
Sep 21, 2020 9:52 am


EQ: 8/20/20
ER: 9/18/20
Adult Paranormal Suspense, 94K

Very encouraging, personalized rejection letter. Appreciate the response!

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