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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 ahdale
Jul 01, 2016 5:06 am

PB Q: 3/11/16

Very interested in Mr. Malk, but he's obviously very busy. Am curious of those who asked him about other WH agents - where any that he recommended/referenced particularly handing PBs? Anyone know if he particularly works with / mentors a junior agent handling PBs?

PB agents I have for WH: Rebecca Sherman, who doesn't do text-only PBs, Stephen Barr (might not do text only, not clear), and junior agent Andrea Morrison (worked w/ both Sherman and Malk in the past).
from DanAnderson
Jun 01, 2016 8:00 pm

His assistant responded 21 minutes after the query.

"Thank you for your thoughtful query. After careful consideration, I’m sorry to say that Mr. Malk does not think your work is the right fit for him at this time. I should note that his current list is such that he is extremely busy and taking on very few new clients, so that factored into his decision largely."
from MidnightAtelier
May 25, 2016 7:53 am

EQ : 5/24
Received a few hours later a personal nice e-mail stating that he is no longer accepting new clients at this moment.
I replied and asked if he would recommend anybody else within the agency.
He replied immediately.
His correspondence has very personal touch, anyone would be lucky to work with someone like this.
from klmanning
May 24, 2016 6:12 am

Keelyinkster, I probably would. Writer's House in general seems to respond to all queries. I actually withdrew a query from another WH agent who wasn't responding before sending to a new one.
from keelyinkster
May 23, 2016 7:39 pm

EQ 3/21/16
No response, but I noticed from your feed back (thanks) he tends to send an email rejection if it's a no - maybe I should nudge him before sending on to anyone else at Writer's House?
from tracythewriter
May 13, 2016 7:25 pm

EQ 5/12
ER 5/13
Picture Book

Personalized, complimentary rejection.
from Casifer
May 11, 2016 9:38 pm

EQ 5/11 for Picture Book
Same day complimentary, encouraging and personalized rejection but said he was focusing on his current list. It was clear he had read the work which was nice and I appreciate the response and quick one at that. Too bad. He's amazing.
from Crossingmyfingers
May 03, 2016 12:27 pm

EQ: 1/2/2016 for middle grade science fiction
FR: 1/4/2016

Nice, personalized rejection. I would have loved to work with this agent. 5/2/2016
from Galen_Marek
May 02, 2016 9:59 am

I got a rejection from his assistant. I get the need for an assistant and respect it, but it's a bummer knowing that the agent himself didn't read the query. I say this because it might not have been assistant's cup of tea, but what if it was the agents?
from Mander_Pander
Apr 14, 2016 11:29 pm

EQ: 2/19
Full Request (59 mins later! :D): 2/19
Personalized Rejection: 4/14

YA Sci-Fi
from anjalivakil
Apr 10, 2016 11:13 pm

Does anyone know if I should resend if I don't receive a rejection/response? Or does no response mean not interested?

EDIT: he replied. not sure if it's a form reject? He sent this:

Hi ****,

Thanks for your email.

Your work is very nice and I appreciate you thinking of me but I'm sorry to say that I'm not actively seeking new clients at this time as I'm very focused on my current list. For that reason, I have to pass.

Thanks again for the opportunity. I wish you all the best moving forward.


Steven Malk
Writers House
from Orinda124
Apr 09, 2016 12:17 pm

Does he ask for first ten pages, or only a query letter? Couldn't find anything on the website...
from stockerzoo
Jan 07, 2016 1:48 pm

EQ: 12/2/15 for a PB
ER: 12/23/15

Form rejection others mentioned receiving as well, "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." Replied asking about 4 other agents in particular based on findings in Publishers Marketplace, and he was kind enough to reply with a suggestion as to who would be best to approach next.
from danielahelena
Dec 22, 2015 10:38 pm

EQ: 10/20/15 for a PB
ER: 12/22/15

Form rejection others mentioned receiving as well, "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."
from vienna
Oct 22, 2015 7:00 pm

EQ: 10/22/15

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