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Ms. Leslie Zampetti

Dunham Literary, Inc.

110 William Street, Suite 2202

New York, NY 10038-3901



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Website: www.dunhamlit.com

Twitter: leslie_zampetti

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from adventuresparenting
Oct 21, 2021 5:53 pm


Queried PB: 9-12-21
Full request: 10-21-21
from bubblyian
Oct 20, 2021 6:22 pm


Sent email query October 14
Standard rejection October 20
Scifi 76k
"Thank you for sending me your query.

I'm sorry not to request the full manuscript or offer to represent
you, but this isn't a good fit for my list. Publishing is very
subjective, and other agents may well feel differently.

I wish you all success finding it a home.

Best wishes,
Leslie Zampetti
Dunham Literary, Inc."
from robinkmoore
Oct 06, 2021 11:57 pm


[via website] For children’s books, Leslie seeks middle grade and young adult novels, especially mysteries and contemporary fiction. Historical fiction with a specific hook to the time and place, novels in verse, and off-the-beaten-path romances are on her wish list. For picture books, Leslie prefers nonfiction that tells a story almost too good to be true, stories that show everyday diversity to mirror under-represented readers and open windows to others (per Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop), witty wordplay, and dry, sly humor. Drawn to books about Florida, odd homes, and kids with book smarts and big hearts, Leslie is highly selective.

For adult fiction, Leslie is interested in literary mysteries, upmarket romance with interfaith or marginalized couples, and historical fiction set in regions other than Europe and North America.

For nonfiction, Leslie finds narrative nonfiction that straddles the boundaries between crime, memoir, and literature especially appealing. An armchair adventurer, Leslie enjoys experiencing wild places and extreme challenges from the comfort of her chair.

Though she reads widely, she’s not a fit for political thrillers, inspirational Christian fiction, memoirs about violence against women, or hard sci-fi.
from JoyNetanya
Sep 28, 2021 4:00 pm


EQ: 9/17/21
Form Rejection: 9/27/21

MG historical fiction, 61k words
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 07, 2021 9:58 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from TooMuchCoffeeMan
Aug 22, 2021 8:00 pm


CNR @ 33 days
from elisastoneleahy
Aug 17, 2021 8:58 pm


Email query: 6/28/21
Full Request: 7/30/21
Nudged with Offer of Rep: 8/10/21
8/12/21. Leslie and I had a wonderful conversation and she offered representation. I ended up going with another agent but it was SUCH a hard decision. Leslie was fantastic. She is passionate and knowledgeable and her authors all gave glowing reviews. Anyone who has the good fortune to have her on your side, know that she believes in your manuscript and will do it justice.
MG contemporary, 57k
from bubblyian
Jul 24, 2021 9:47 pm


Sent email query July 10
Standard rejection letter July 23
scifi 65k
"Thank you for sending me your query.

I'm sorry not to request the full manuscript or offer to represent you, but this isn't a good fit for my list. Publishing is very subjective, and other agents may well feel differently.

I wish you all success finding it a home."
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 19, 2021 7:49 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks Zooks3
from Zooks3
Jul 19, 2021 7:34 pm


7/19/21:On her Twitter:
Dunham Literary is closed to *unsolicited* queries from July 15th-Sept. 7th, 2021.

Have a referral, a conference code, or a pitch contest ?? (heart)? Those are solicited queries & you can still send one. Everyone else - hang onto your query till Sept!
from andshap2
Jul 06, 2021 9:45 am


EQ: 5/9/19
CNR: 6/7/19
ER: 6/12/19- but asked to see YA ms.

NF PB
from rhmae_me
Jun 07, 2021 2:48 pm


EQ 3/25
FR 5/4
Informed Ms. Zampetti of offer of rep 6/1
polite step aside 6/7
from teddyxwrites
May 26, 2021 7:33 pm


EQ: 5/18/21
ER: 5/26/21 - "Not a good fit for my list" standard email.

YA Contemporary - 86K
from writinginfragments
May 15, 2021 8:45 am


EQ 5/15/21

YA Thriller 75k
from oftarth
May 12, 2021 4:18 pm


EQ: 5/1/21
ER: 5/12/21

MG LGBT Romance, 53k

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