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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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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from ergotcake
Jun 15, 2018 3:21 pm

EQ: 4/19/18
FR: 4/19/18 (15 minutes later) Out of Office from Steven, but Hannah replied and requested materials.
Nudged on 6/15/18 because they've been fairly quick in responding to people lately.

MG Mystery 44k
from chicklegirl
Jun 15, 2018 11:19 am

EQ 5/22/18--150-word PB in verse.
ER 6/12/18 (form) "Thank you for your thoughtful email. After careful consideration, Mr. Malk does not feel your work is the right fit for him. I should note that his current list is quite full and he’s not actively seeking new clients at this time. Thanks again for the opportunity. We wish you the very best in finding the right home for your work."
from tassebentson
Jun 13, 2018 7:26 am

Email Query: 4/25/18
Full Request: 4/25/18

Middle Grade Literary Novel

Received a long personal email from Mr. Malk that encouraged and praised the writing and voice. Even though he thought the manuscript would snag an agent, he chose to pass because his list is full and he didn't connect 100% on every aspect of the story. Nothing but great things to say about him; he's a true gentleman and the industry is fortunate to have him.
from TRAllardice
May 17, 2018 1:31 pm

Ergotcake, Thank you!
from ergotcake
May 17, 2018 12:36 pm

TRAllardice I just sent a query.
from TRAllardice
May 17, 2018 12:19 pm

Did any of you send sample pages to Mr. Malk? All I found was to send a query letter. Thanks!
from Eliza_f
May 16, 2018 9:26 pm

11/18/17 EQ (since I had difficulty finding specific instructions as to what he wanted I sent a query only)
11/19/17 FR from assistant Andrea Morrison (who was very polite, professional and kind through the process)
11/27/17 ER (kind, personalized rejection, see below)
5/1/18 - After some changes (I developed a couple characters further; flew to Boston and walked around in ragged clothes and went hungry for a day to put myself in my main character's shoes, which was way out of my comfort zone but very helpful; got accepted into an MFA program, and made some plot simplifications), I reached out to Steve to see if he'd be willing to take a second look. His assistant replied and asked me to send the revision. He's my ultimate dream agent (confirmed after chatting with one of his clients at the SCBWI conference in NYC this winter)... so, fingers crossed!
5/16/18 - ER (kind, personalized... see below)

MG 76k (I also tightened it a bit)

Original rejection:
"Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to consider [title] – while we think you’re a strong writer, we just didn’t connect to the narrative voice enough to move forward. You deserve an agent who feels as passionate about [title] as you do, and who is confident in his or her ability to position it with the right publishing home. Wishing you all the best as you move forward with your search for representation, and we’ll be rooting for you from the sidelines. We hope to see this on shelves one day."

Second rejection:

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to reconsider [title] and for your patience while we read and thought about it. As you know, we think this was a very compelling premise and that you are a talented writer. These great elements considered, we still weren’t connecting 100% with everything about the manuscript, and for that reason, it’s best for Steven to pass at this time. I do want to note that his current list is such that he is extremely busy and not taking on anything he can possibly resist, which played the biggest part in our decision."

We wish you the very best finding the right home for your book.

Kind regards,


I was so thankful they were willing to take a second look. Their clients are extremely lucky.

from brit_the_bee
May 05, 2018 5:54 pm

EQ: Nov. 2017 (PB)
Nudge: Feb. 2018
CNR: May 2018
from Wordwacker
Apr 30, 2018 6:08 pm

EQ: 4-30-18
FULL Request 4-30-18
from dreamypoet
Apr 25, 2018 8:56 am

Email Query: 4/17/18
Form Rejection: 4/24/18

Early Reader
Rejection came from Hannah Mann.
from JackSkellington
Apr 25, 2018 5:44 am

EQ: 4/14
Form Rejection: 4/24


Came from Hannah Mann declining my work (not on Steven's office), which is interesting since I didn't apply to Hannah and wasn't looking for her to rep my work. Form rejection.
from Kaiodem
Mar 14, 2018 2:33 pm

EQ: 3/14/18

from LoveAllBooks
Mar 13, 2018 4:38 pm

EQ: PB on 3/7/18
from A_Flores
Feb 20, 2018 1:56 pm

EQ: 2/13 (Sent synopsis and query letter)
FR: 2/13 (two hours after sending)
Form Rejection: 2/20

from FountainPen
Jan 24, 2018 8:29 pm

EQ 1/19
ER 1/24 (form)

Letter from Hannah.

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