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Ms. Samantha Wekstein

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010



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Website: writershouse.com

Blog: www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/SamanthaWekstein

Twitter: SWekstein

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from PilotKelson1056
Nov 15, 2017 11:25 am


EQ: 6/20
ER: 11/15

I didn't even remember querying her, so this was a surprise haha.
from hkral11
Nov 15, 2017 11:24 am


EQ: 6/22/17
ER: 11/15/2017
I had marked this as a CNR but ended up getting a form rejection after 146 days.
from alibryn
Nov 13, 2017 7:17 am


Queried early July 2017.

Received a form rejection on 7 July 2017.

Received an identical form rejection on 10 November 2017.

I don't know how these things happen, but I know that one rejection is plenty!
from karenleespree
Nov 03, 2017 11:33 am


Resent with new POV and tense changes, since I never received a pass after the "out of office" reply on June 30th. 9/18 YA


Closed this out and got the ER on 11/2 (form)
from Catsamoa79
Oct 26, 2017 3:09 pm


EQ: 4/3/17
ER: 6/29/17
Form letter
Update: I had sent a nudge on 6/22, so when I got the rejection on 6/29, I assumed that it was in response to the nudge. Received another rejection letter today, 10/26/17, in response to the nudge. Guess it's better than no response at all!

Also, i had already queried her with another of my novels just 10 days ago!
from sammartin97
Oct 25, 2017 11:30 am


EQ: 7/30
PR: 10/24

Lotsss of other agents have told me that the characters don't shape up for this one, so hopes aren't high, but you never know!
from Belle_91
Oct 24, 2017 9:09 am


EQ:4/25
I nudged in September and she told me she had marked it for further review.
ER:10/24

from FountainPen
Oct 03, 2017 9:54 pm


EQ 5/23
Form Rejection 10/3
from FalthoWitch
Sep 25, 2017 4:10 pm


EQ: 09/25/2017

YA Fantasy 83k
from CraneHana
Sep 12, 2017 12:25 am


EQ - 6/23/17 102K high fantasy w/ LGBTQI elements
nudged w/ offer of publication 8/20/17
polite step-aside on 9/11/17:
"Congrats on your offer. Unfortunately, I don't think your project is for me. I prefer my fantasy to be a bit simpler than the plot you've outlined.
I wish you the best of luck!"

She's much more passionate about YA SFF, so if anyone's querying adult SFF, the above comment might help narrow down whether your project is right for her. Great agent, though!
from fornwalt
Jul 31, 2017 12:54 pm


YA Fantasy

EQ: 6/5
Nudge with offer: 7/26
Polite step-aside: 7/26

"Congratulations on your offer! Unfortunately I already am out on submission with a dragon book and don’t feel I can add another one to my list at this time. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see [manuscript] in print soon!"

Incredibly polite agent! But keep the dragon thing in mind if you're querying a fantasy! :)
from karenleespree
Jun 30, 2017 1:46 pm


EQ: 7/30 YA, 68K "Out of Office" reply She's back after the 5th!
from JustNotReality
Jun 28, 2017 4:13 am


6/20/17 - Pitched to Samantha in person through the MSWL Academy 10-Minutes-With-An-Expert. She requested a partial.
6/20/17 - Partial sent

100k YA Fantasy
from AuthorCJBlack
Jun 21, 2017 1:16 pm


EQ: 4/1/17
Epic Fantasy 95K
ER: 6/21/17 - Gave some very specific reasons what she liked and disliked but ultimately a no. I'm always happy to R&R.
from Patchi
Jun 20, 2017 12:02 pm


Q 3/31/17 YA fantasy
R 6/20/17 form

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