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Ms. Rebecca Strauss

DeFiore and Company

47 East 19th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10003

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Twitter: RebeccaLiterary

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E-Mail: Yes

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from CaitlinS
Apr 13, 2015 1:00 pm

EQ: 2/19
ER: 3/12 (form)

YA Near-Future
from NewmanTiger
Apr 08, 2015 2:28 pm

EQ: 3/23/15
ER: 4/08/15
Women's Fiction
I also thought the form was polite.
from Ardenwolfe
Apr 01, 2015 8:10 am

Thank you very much for sharing that Mari.
from mari_writes
Mar 29, 2015 7:20 pm

I had her as my agent for almost a year. I'd been querying that project forever and she seemed like a good choice, good agency, a few clients whose names I've actually heard of before--no matter that they weren't in the genre I wrote in. she had no sales I knew of in my genre/category but she told me she was just seeking to get into it. She was super-nice and enthusiastic, we talked at length about my book, so I was like all right, I'm on board.

Well, the first red flag was when she never mailed me back the signed contract. Then she made me do revisions for eight months, taking a month+ to read each new version I sent her. Finally I put something together that was to her satisfaction (I actually disagreed with most of the changes but hey... An agent from NY was paying attention to me so I kept my reservations to myself and did as I was told.) And then we went on sub.

After it didn't sell for six figures after three months, she just kind of lost interest in me. She took two weeks to answer a two-sentence email, she hated everything I sent her... And then she dumped me over email, in the weirdest freaking message I've ever read. In the year I was with her she didn't make a single sale in my genre/category...and as far as I know she STILL hasn't made one.

I'm writing this here after a talk with a friend who suggested I share this experience with others who are querying/choosing their agent. At the end of the day, sales talk and everything else walks. Lesson learned. I'd avoid her if I were you.
from eiverson
Mar 18, 2015 6:18 pm

EQ: 2/27
ER: 3/18

YA Fantasy

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