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Ms. Laura Bradford

Bradford Literary Agency

5694 Mission Center Road # 347

San Diego, CA 92108

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Twitter: bradfordlit

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from KellyFriedman2013
Yesterday 8:46 pm

EQ - 4/23/18

Paranormal Romance - 53,000
from WhidgetBaker
Apr 15, 2018 8:59 am

EQ 3/1 (I knew she was closed to queries at that time, but a friend of mine knows her and asked her if she'd take a look at mine. She said yes. query plus first chapter)
FR 3/7
Got an R&R and made changes. Agonized over whether to update other agents with changes. Finally decided to do it... she said her reader had finished and liked it, so she was reading soon. She told me she'd read the updated version. So, she has a prelim reader, and if that person likes it, then she reads it herself. I know that's pretty common, but at least I made it past the prelim reader.
4/12 form rejection on my full, which was kind of disappointing since she read it herself, but since I paid for premium, I knew she offers on less than 1/125 of the fulls she requests so hardly surprising.
from Kaiodem
Mar 16, 2018 11:30 am

EQ: 3/16/18

from FGeiger
Mar 16, 2018 9:02 am

EQ 75,000 word, mainstream work of fiction
from PhaylennMcKnight
Mar 13, 2018 12:23 am

I hope not, I queried her the day she was listed as open and was able to confirm on the website
from sarahh
Mar 10, 2018 4:06 pm

Note: On Twitter she said she'll open on Monday 3/12, so I think the only submissions she's accepting right now are from #PitMad.
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 08, 2018 7:18 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries.

from mattyc81
Aug 18, 2017 2:53 pm

EQ: 7/28
ER: 8/18

from EMBmom
Aug 11, 2017 6:51 pm

EQ - 7/19/17
ER - 8/11/17 (form)
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 09, 2017 11:09 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from eebnhab
Aug 06, 2017 6:36 pm

Contemporary Espionage/Thriller 72K
ER: 8/6/17 form
from fornwalt
Aug 06, 2017 1:22 pm

YA Fantasy (90k)

EQ: 7/19
Nudge with offer: 7/26
FR: 8/1
Polite step-aside: 8/6

Thanks so much for sending me a copy of [manuscript], which I read with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, while I found it a cool, atmospheric story that was zippy and easy to read, overall, it was a case of like, not love for me. You literally caught me days before I was closing to queries in advance of going on maternity leave and right now, because of my own time considerations, I can only take on pieces that I am absolutely over the moon for AND which are pitch ready (it's a tall order, I know). All my best to you with your new agent."

What a incredibly kind, personalized response! Anyone would be lucky to work with Ms. Bradford. She seems very professional, albeit busy. Keep the maternity leave thing in mind--she's closed for submissions now, and I'm sure she'll be remarkably busy even when she reopens! But good luck to everyone else! :)
from JaeStories
May 16, 2017 3:27 pm

[76k YA Sci-Fi]
4/29: I met Ms. Bradford at the Books Alive 2017 conference and had a nice conversation during our pitch session. Although sources don't mention her wanting Sci-Fi, she told me she was open to the genre and invited me to send my Partial MS and synopsis.
4/30: Sent my submission materials via email. Fingers crossed!
4/30 (Few hours later): Received a short response from Ms. Bradford thanking me for the submission. This acknowledgement was unexpected, but very much appreciated. :)
5/15: Very kind, personal rejection. Oh well. :( That's just how it goes sometimes...
from chicklegirl
Apr 29, 2017 5:19 pm

EQ 3/10/17 (80K--YA speculative/time travel)
ER 4/29/17 (form)
from marinmcg
Apr 22, 2017 7:38 am

EQ: 2/23/17
Form R: 4/21/17
Historical romance, 78K

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