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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/

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Twitter: yikeslouise

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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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
from AjP1933
Mar 04, 2022 8:21 am


EQ: 82k Memoir 02/02/2022
FR: 03/04/2022 A nicely worded rejection.
from AmberMHerbert
Jan 21, 2022 11:12 am


EQ: 12/01/21
CNR: 01/21/22

Upper YA contemporary 70k
from Risa97
Jan 20, 2022 2:50 pm


EQ - 1/20/22

YA - 95k
from heyitsLex
Dec 20, 2021 1:44 pm


EQ: 12/07/2021
ER: 12/20/2021
YA Adventure Romance 120k

Polite step aside from his assistant; I'm grateful for the speed, even if it is a form
from Pablo_14abc
Dec 19, 2021 12:58 pm


Stephen's assistant: Thank you so much for giving us a chance to look at your project.
I’ve reviewed your submission with Stephen and I’m sorry to report that we just aren’t wholeheartedly connecting with your work, despite its many charms. So, we should step aside. We truly appreciate the look, though, and hope you find someone who is passionate about your project and confident in their ability to position it. We wish you nothing but the best of luck.
from Shamrock
Nov 18, 2021 4:53 pm


Nice personal from Stephen's assistant: Hi Dick,Thank you so much for giving us a chance to look at your project.
I’ve reviewed your submission with Stephen and I’m sorry to report that we just aren’t wholeheartedly connecting with your work, despite its many charms. So, we should step aside. We truly appreciate the look, though, and hope you find someone who is passionate about your project and confident in their ability to position it. We wish you nothing but the best of luck.

Sincerely,
Erica
Erica McGrath
Assistant to Stephen Barr • Writers House, LLC
120 Broadway, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10271
212-685-2400

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