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Ms. Helen Zimmermann

The Helen Zimmermann Literary Agency

New York

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Twitter: @AgentZimmy

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Query Guidelines

For fiction queries, please send a query letter and the first 10-20 pages of the manuscript embedded in the email. No attachments please! For non-fiction queries, just send a query letter. All via email. If there is interest, I will be in touch within two weeks. Thanks very much for considering my agency.

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from KristenH
Apr 21, 2019 7:01 am

4/21/19: EQ 2/15/19 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
CNR 4/18/19 (No word via nudges)

Panda, did you mean you requeried her? Did you nudge her?
from PandaBear
Feb 24, 2019 1:57 pm

Queried twice, didn't get a response on either times.
from KristenH
Jan 27, 2019 7:16 am

EQ 7/23/18 (2nd/final requery Venom)
CNR 10/9/18 (No word from nudges)

1/27/19: EQ 11/19/18 (2nd/final Requery Chain Reaction)
CNR 1/22/19 (No word via nudges)
from sbernich
Jul 30, 2018 8:08 pm

7/30 - query - hist fic 99K

trying new query letter - more pitch focused - not totally comfortable with it but...
from Blackhat
Dec 01, 2017 11:05 am

EQ: 12/1/17 Query + first 20 pages
Women's Fiction - 100k
from BillGinTexas
Nov 06, 2017 8:13 pm

EQ: 11/06/2017 77k Hist Fic Fam Saga
from BillGinTexas
Nov 06, 2017 8:12 pm

01/18/2017 88k Hist Fic Thrlr
04/04/2017 nudge
05/01/2017 CNR
from LightofBeauty
Sep 27, 2017 10:37 am

I forget when I submitted to her, got the same auto-reply as below. I couldn't help but think it odd that she'd advertise her newsletter, it's kind of tacky and unprofessional.
from CherylW
Sep 18, 2017 3:44 pm

After I submitted my query, I received this: "Thank you so much for your submission. This auto-reply is intended as a verification that your email has been received. If the agency is interested in your material, we will be in touch within two weeks. Meanwhile, I curate a free monthly newsletter that will help keep you apprised of news and changes in the book industry. If you're interested, just click on the "subscribe" button here: (Your email will not be shared with any other service)."
from Bluedreamwoman
Jul 31, 2017 2:02 pm

EQ 6/25/17 . epistolary memoir
FR 7/17/17
ER 7/31/17 kind personal note with useful feedback
from KristenH
Jun 19, 2017 2:31 pm

Eq 3/22/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
CNR 6/16/17 (No word from nudge.)
from Catsamoa79
Jun 13, 2017 10:52 am

EQ: 4/22/17
CNR: 6/13/17
Website gives a two week time frame; otherwise, a pass.
from suzyengland
Jun 04, 2017 9:16 pm

EQ: 05.20.17

88K Romance
from Ash_Fos
Mar 03, 2017 2:41 pm

I sent her my query and a few pages and got a really nice email the next day requesting my full manuscript. She is fast!
from KristenH
Aug 10, 2016 4:05 pm

EQ 7/1/16 (Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 8/10/16 (Responded to nudge--not interested).

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