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Mr. Steven Malk

Writers House

7660 Fay Avenue, #338H

La Jolla, CA 92037

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Twitter: stevenmalk

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Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from StoryMan
Nov 19, 2016 10:59 am

How long should you wait before you should CNR with this agent?
from chicklegirl
Nov 07, 2016 8:13 pm

EQ 10/31/16 (80K--YA speculative/time travel)
ER 11/7/16 (form, via assistant Hannah Mann)

"Thank you for your thoughtful query. After careful consideration, Steven doesn’t believe your work is the right fit for him, so it’s best for him to pass at this time. I should note that his current list is such that he is extremely busy and taking on very few new clients, which played a large part in his decision. We wish you the best moving forward..."
from MaryP2016
Oct 27, 2016 11:49 am

EQ: 8/17/16 (HF)
ER: 10/19/16 (form)
Same form as below. Must have been in same batch.
from Gambrill
Oct 24, 2016 6:29 am

Naw, we've all been there. Good luck!
from chicklegirl
Oct 23, 2016 9:31 pm

Thanks for mentioning that, Gambrill. I hope I didn't sound like sour grapes--I'm excited for your good news and wish you all the best. :)
from Gambrill
Oct 23, 2016 6:20 pm

Chicklegirl, not actively seeking clients probably means his list is full but he's still browsing for something that changes his mind. So it's harder to get in with him but not impossible.
I'm also previously published (under Stacey Trombley) so that helps too.
from clover
Oct 22, 2016 11:39 am

Wow, that was almost too fast to sting. EQ on 10/18, request from assistant same day for full, rejection on 10/21. She said they liked the concept but did not love the voice. High-ish concept contemporary MG fantasy with humor/heart.
from chicklegirl
Oct 19, 2016 3:12 pm

EQ: 8/17/16 (PB)
ER: 10/19/16 (form)

"Thank you for your email. After careful consideration, I’m sorry to say that your project doesn’t feel like the right fit for me at this time. I should add that I’m not actively seeking new clients, so that played a large part in my thinking. Thanks again for the opportunity to consider your work. I wish you the very best moving forward. Kind regards..."

This took longer than I expected, based on what QT says is his average response time for rejections. While the form letter indicates he's not actively seeking new clients, based on Gambrill's experience, I'd guess that's just his gracious way of letting someone down easy. It's still nice that he took the time to send a response (disappointing though it was--he's been my dream agent ever since I started writing kidlit).
from ksks11
Oct 18, 2016 7:32 pm

Submitted Children's Book text 8/14/16
Received personal rejection 10/17/16
Very nice and said he liked my work and my writing was strong; but he's not representing this type of book at this time. Personal rejections with kind wording are a little less of a blow. He would be a wonderful Agent! Good luck, everyone!
from Tbzion1
Oct 14, 2016 2:25 am

Congratulations Gambrill! How exciting! Thank you for sharing the good news. I appreciate your post. Now I know he/the assistant responds quickly when interested, I can move on. My EQ was sent almost a month ago. I will assume it was a rejection. Good luck to you with the FR!
from Gambrill
Oct 13, 2016 9:07 pm

EQ: 10/13 7:57 pm
FR (from assistant) 10/13 8:06pm

9 minutes later!
from chicklegirl
Sep 29, 2016 11:03 am

Is Mr. Malk one who typically doesn't respond if he's not interested? I queried him with a picture book a month and a half ago, and haven't heard back--which seemed surprising given some of the quick rejections that have been posted here.
from Beckstah
Sep 28, 2016 2:39 pm

EQ 9/12 with an MG horror
Responded later that night to say he's not a horror guy, but to send the next thing.

Steve and I have corresponded on a few different projects and he is a nice, nice dude with a keen editorial eye. Good luck to all of you!
from ksks11
Aug 18, 2016 9:35 pm

Okay - thank you, PageTurn
Now I just have to figure out how to navigate there.
from ksks11
Aug 18, 2016 9:34 pm

Email Query: 8/14/16 Picture Book

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