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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

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from mirandamiller137
Today 6:55 am


EQ: 4/29/19
Follow-up: 8/19/19

108K Adult historical fiction
from suzyengland
Aug 07, 2019 3:30 pm


EQ: 08/01/19

77K Romantic Comedy
from dpfs_2018
Jul 31, 2019 2:28 pm


EQ: 7/31/19

Romance 71K
from kdprudolph
Jul 29, 2019 1:59 pm


EQ 12-12-2018
PR 4-8-2019
ER 7-29-2019 (helpful comments provided)

Upper MG contemporary 50K
from mhknecht12
Jul 22, 2019 9:18 pm


Just received a great personalized rejection on the first fifty pages of my YA scifi/fantasy MS. She detailed exactly what worked for her and what didn't, and what she thought would help fix it. It was fantastic feedback, and despite the long wait time, Ms. Wekstein seems like a great, knowledgable agent and I would definitely query her again.
from GeriMC
Jul 12, 2019 1:00 pm


She tweeted this on July 10:
Lots of check-ins lately and I'm sorry! In case you were wondering what I have on my plate to read (combined total for myself and my boss):
1,127 Queries
24 requested fulls
61 requested partials
6 client manuscripts

Interns are helping, but it's a lot. Thanks for your patience!
from SylvieGirl
Jul 12, 2019 10:48 am


MG - HF - 36k
Email Query - 7/12/19
from SLUSHPILESADNESS
Jun 29, 2019 12:34 pm


Yes, she's behind. I queried 2/1 and she requested partial 5/22.
from MeganAScott
Jun 29, 2019 12:16 pm


@melody227 & @DLShepherd, the confirmation said she's out of office from the 20-27 of June so she'd be checking her emails sporadically--so yes I think it's a new thing. She did say she was having a small surgery on Twitter, too, but it went ok and she was fine.
from DLShepherd
Jun 29, 2019 11:15 am


melody227--I queried on April 6th and my notes don't show an automatic confirmation either, and I'm still waiting to hear also. I think she's just really behind.
from melody227
Jun 29, 2019 10:45 am


I didn’t get an automatic confirmation when I queried her back in early May. Is that new? Now I’m worried my query is stuck in some spam filter.
from MeganAScott
Jun 28, 2019 6:12 am


QUERIED: 27 JUNE 2019 @19:15 U.K. time (got automatic confirmation)

YA Contemporary Fantasy 100k
from ChrystalS
Jun 20, 2019 8:30 pm


EQ: 2-12-19
Partial Request: 6-20-19

YA Fantasy Retelling 86k

Ms. Wekstein is so nice. I accidentally left my query opening as "Dear [Agent]" and she was so understanding about it. I'd even sent a second query months later unsure if the first one would be seen and she said she doesn't auto-delete queries for mistakes and will just disregard my second query since she requested the partial from my first. Worth the query wait to have someone so understanding! Aaaaand now fingers crossed!
from blanghinrichs
Jun 19, 2019 1:12 pm


Samantha tweeted today that she is having some "(non-invasive and not dangerous) surgery" and asked everybody to be patient over the next few weeks. Just fyi if you're waiting on her. https://twitter.com/SWekstein/status/1141206723086245888
from JessyKah87
Jun 13, 2019 11:26 am


EQ: 02/22/19
CNR: 05/22/19

Received offer from another agent. Courtesy email 06/07/19

06/13/19 loved the premise but didn't have enough time to read before my agent deadline. Graceful step aside.

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