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Ms. Ellen Pepus

Signature Literary Agency

4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, #106-233

Washington, DC 20016

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from Patrick (admin)
Jan 17, 2016 10:08 am

twoeggheads, There is a note on their submissions page that says, "NOTE that Ellen is currently closed to submissions other than referrals."
from twoeggheads
Jan 15, 2016 12:04 pm

The website does not indicate she is closed to queries.
from KristenH
Dec 16, 2011 6:22 am

Hugs LShiroff.

4/6/12--requeried Chain Reaction.
from Lshiroff
Dec 15, 2011 9:07 am

EQ: 6/7.
Received request for full: 8/1, submitted that day.
Received email rejection 10/14.

Here's what the letter said: Thank you for sending your manuscript and for your patience while I reviewed it. I'm afraid I'm going to have to pass on A LITTLE LESS OF LUCY. This is an interesting idea and you are a very good writer but, unfortunately, I did not find it compelling enough to want to take it further The market for fiction is so competitive now that you need an agent who really connects emotionally with your work and will be an enthusiastic advocate for it.

In any case, thanks again for the chance to consider this and good luck in your search for representation.
from KristenH
Dec 15, 2011 6:20 am

Hugs Cassandra. She did give me a NR for Chain Reaction. I'll be requerying her in 2012.
from Cassandra_L
Dec 14, 2011 9:55 am

Ellen rejected my partial with what I hope was a lovely sentence of personalized encouragement. It can be hard to tell, but if it was a form letter, it was polite. Just to give a timeline for others waiting to hear back, I queried Ellen on 7/5. She requested the partial 8/1, which I emailed on 8/3. I asked about the status of my partial 12/6 and was rejected 12/14.

Best of luck to those still in the game!
from KristenH
Oct 29, 2011 6:49 am

Thanks Cassandra. I'll nudge her on Monday, since they're now closed to queries.

11/17: 8/2, I queried her. Two weeks ago, I nudged her. It's a no response, not interested. I'll try Amy next month and requery her in 2012. Cassandra, she did say no earlier this year for Venom and responded to it.
from Cassandra_L
Oct 28, 2011 2:27 pm

Angelscribe, the website says they only respond to queries if interested - within 2-3 weeks. It's so hard to keep all these agents straight.
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 28, 2011 7:16 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

(Thanks Cassandra_L)
from KristenH
Oct 28, 2011 6:49 am

Hmm. I sent her a query on 8/2 for Chain Reaction and haven't heard back from her yet. I'll be nudging her next week.
from Cassandra_L
Oct 27, 2011 9:37 pm

I hear ya, Flygal. I used to let the process stress me a lot, but I've definitely chosen to focus on the parts of writing that make me happy. Best of luck to you. : )
from flygal716
Oct 27, 2011 7:39 pm

Cassandra, I'm wondering the same thing. I sent her my full on 8/2, which is getting close to 3 months. Hope we both hear something soon.

I'm getting discouraged with this whole process. The only thing that keeps me going is working on my next book. That's exciting and fun. Thinking about agents and what they want or don't want is becoming more and more frustrating and self-defeating.
from Cassandra_L
Oct 27, 2011 10:24 am

I'm not sure how long this note has been on the Signature Lit website, but it now says, "Ellen is currently closed to submissions other than referrals."

I also don't know what that means for those of us who sent her submission material 3 months ago. The website states a response time of 8-12 weeks. It's been 12 weeks on my partial now. Ellen is likely trying to catch up. I hope to hear soon.
from KristenH
Sep 26, 2011 6:26 am

Thanks so much Ciarra. She did give me a R for Venom this spring.
from ciarraimcmaness
Sep 25, 2011 11:26 pm

Good luck, Angelscribe, fingers crossed for you!!!

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