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Ms. Amy Bishop

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

1 Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



Website: www.dystel.com/

Twitter: amylizbishop

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E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from JamesHLewis
Jul 23, 2021 10:27 am


Form rejection 7/23/2021. I am fine with this. A seven-day turnaround to let me know to look elsewhere is kind and professional.
from Asiyah_h
Jul 21, 2021 3:17 pm


Rejection today for YA fantasy. Says she's not doing much YA fantasy these days but praises my work.
from JamesHLewis
Jul 16, 2021 3:21 pm


Submitted historical thriller, 96k words, 7/17/21
from pappasmdz
Jul 16, 2021 11:25 am


EQ 6/4/21
ER 7/16/21
Form rejection.
Upmarket 98K
from neuravinci
Jul 13, 2021 8:28 pm


EQ: 6/7/21
New Adult fantasy, 83k

First 100 pages requested 6/8/2021.
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 12, 2021 10:58 am


Profile Update: Now using QueryManager for queries. Genres updated.
from SGA001
Jun 08, 2021 9:02 pm


EQ 6/8/21
YA Fantasy 99k
from ArtEqualsOxygen
May 19, 2021 9:24 pm


EQ 5/19/21
Memoir
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."

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