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Ms. Laney Becker

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

27 West 20th Street, Suite 305

New York, NY 10011



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Website: mmqlit.com

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Include the word "Query" in the subject line. Tell her about yourself, your project, your writing background. For fiction, include the word count and your first chapter. For non-fiction, attach your proposal. You should expect to hear back from Laney within 2-4 weeks.

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from SweetCarolina
Jan 03, 2018 12:20 pm


Same nicely worded kiss off as below (within three hours of submission).
from emwrites
Nov 29, 2017 4:07 pm


EQ: 11/27
ER: 11/29 Form rejection
101K upmarket women's fiction
from Mylorian1
Nov 14, 2017 4:41 pm


EQ: 14/11
EFR 11/15

Biographical fiction (historical) 80,000
from Blackhat
Nov 10, 2017 3:52 pm


ER: 11/10 form rejection but nicely worded.

Thank you for your query. While your project certainly has merit, I'm going to pass. As I'm sure you know, it's important that your agent be totally excited by/committed to/passionate about your project, and I'm afraid that just didn't happen here. But opinions vary considerably in this business, and mine is just one. I'm sure you'll find others who feel differently. I hope so!

I wish you the very best in your search for representation.
from Blackhat
Nov 09, 2017 11:14 am


EQ: 11/8/17
Women's fiction - 102k

FYI the website indicated her name as Laney Katz Becker.
from debbie_rosenberg58
Oct 25, 2017 12:02 pm


Queried, then received auto response: out of the office until 10/31; queries received during this time will be deleted, unread.
from LightofBeauty
Oct 05, 2017 11:10 am


10/5 EQ
10/5 ER

A form rejection, very polite, but such a shame that a form that sounds so nice and sincere is canned.

Thank you for your query. While your project certainly has merit, I'm going to pass. As I'm sure you know, it's important that your agent be totally excited by/committed to/passionate about your project, and I'm afraid that just didn't happen here. But opinions vary considerably in this business, and mine is just one. I'm sure you'll find others who feel differently. I hope so!

I wish you the very best in your search for representation.

Warm regards,

Laney
from Lebowski
Aug 14, 2017 10:51 am


Same form as below. I have to say, when I used to send out queries and submissions via mail, the letters were rarely form letters. I think there are so many more people who query agents now because it's so incredibly easy that agents are just inundated...to get anything other than a form would probably have to be something that an agent really, really, really thought they wanted to take on but couldn't for one reason or the other. Unfortunately, it makes it much more difficult to gauge your writing ability and the project itself because there's no way to really know anymore.
from Junebug
Jul 27, 2017 1:40 pm


EQ: 07/20/17
ER: 07/27/17 Personal note, very nice, rejected but saw merit in my writing. Not a fit for her.


Upmarket Commercial Fiction, Suspense/Thriller 74K
from KristenH
Jul 18, 2017 3:47 pm


Eq 7/15/17 (Requery Venom)
ER 7/18/17 (Passed-not the right agent. Same has below.) Will do Maria next month with Venom.
from Catsamoa79
Jul 17, 2017 2:46 pm


EQ: 7/13/17
ER: 7/17/17
Same form letter as those below. A nice one though.
from hcmarks
Jul 17, 2017 10:04 am


EQ: 7/11/17
ER: 7/17/17

76k Thriller, Action/Adventure

Same form letter as istarwmn.
from FlyingViking
Jul 12, 2017 12:58 pm


Just received an automatic response to my query:

"Thank you for your email. I'm on vacation and will read your email when I return to my desk on July 10, 2017. Any queries received during the time I'm away will be deleted, unread."

I guess I'll query again tomorrow...

Edit 7/12/17 - she's now reading queries again.
from tomb245
Jun 28, 2017 6:13 pm


Very speedy reply (same day). Unfortunately a rejection form letter was sent :-(
from LBasher7
May 30, 2017 1:50 pm


EQ: 5/28
ER: 5/30 -- At least she's prompt?

91k Thriller

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