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Mr. Stephen Barr

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010



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Website: www.writershouse.com/

Blog: www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/sbarr/

Twitter: yikeslouise

AAR/AALA Member: No

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from writingbubbly
Nov 22, 2022 11:39 am


EQ: 11/22/2022


MG Paranormal
from Kidwell222
Oct 21, 2022 7:58 pm


Queried on October 5th
kindly passed on Cct 21ts
from GinaBMonroe
Sep 30, 2022 2:37 pm


Email Query: 8/30/22
Kind form rejection from his assistant 9/30/22

YA Contemporary Fantasy, 81k
from Kilgore_Trout
Sep 13, 2022 7:44 am


Pitched at a conference: May 2021. Full request.
Sent full: June 2021.
Nudged July 2022.
No reply, ever. Not even a form rejection.

Really disappointed.
from DeerMasked
Sep 03, 2022 7:20 am


Queried: 4/8/2022
Full request: 4/26
Nudge: 08/27
Step aside: 08/30
Adult science fiction - 82,000 words

Mr. Barr and his assistant, Ms. McGrath, gave my manuscript hard-hitting, insightful feedback. Although they chose not to take on my project, their criticism alerted me to some weaknesses in my book, and I'm very grateful for that. Both were very professional and I highly recommend them.
from TrackingMyQueries
Jul 27, 2022 4:14 pm


EQ : July 13th, 2022

PB
from MarshmallowBard
Jun 03, 2022 12:08 pm


Queried: 5-13-22
Rejection from Stephen's assistant, Erica: 6-3-22
It was a very nice rejection and she said my graphic novel had a lot of charm, it just wasn't quite connecting with them
from judyjcs
Apr 30, 2022 12:17 pm


sent query 4/7/22
nudge w/ offer of rep 4/28/22
rejection/ step aside 4/29
nonfiction PB
from SewellThompson
Apr 30, 2022 8:01 am


I got the usual “many charms” rejection. My book is a thriller that involves murder suspense and the rage that comes with sexual assault. Nothing charming about it.
from SPC001
Apr 30, 2022 2:09 am


Adult suspense/horror. 67,500 words
Sent a (too) long, funny, deeply-researched, highly personalized cri de coeur/query to Mr Barr that delivers precisely on his mswl desire for ghost stories “that blow reality to hell” only to receive the usual "many charms" for rejection from assistant McGrath. Pages unread. I have been published by Penguin, 4th Estate, MacMillan and others. I was once represented by Pat Kavanagh, as well as agents from ICM and WME. This is the 120th rejection for this ms. I am absolutely dumbfounded.
from Catsamoa79
Apr 29, 2022 5:28 pm


EQ: 4/6/22
ER: 4/29/22
Nice form letter from assistant, as quoted in other comments below
from mbmest
Apr 11, 2022 4:53 pm


EQ: 3/14/22
FR: 4/10/22
PB
from Doctorslug
Apr 06, 2022 12:39 pm


EQ: 02/02/22
YA horror, 97k
I think I’m gonna CNR this. 04/06
from bgtgauthor
Mar 11, 2022 6:05 pm


EQ: February 16, 2022
Form Rejection: March 11, 2022
from kwollett
Mar 07, 2022 1:48 pm


Query: 2/11
Rejection letter (same "charm" one noted below): 3/4

YA Fantasy 69k

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