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Ms. Marlene Stringer

Stringer Literary Agency

P.O. Box 770365

Naples, FL 34107


Twitter: MarleneStringer

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Online Form: Yes

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from enveniya
Sep 11, 2017 4:16 pm

Website states "Don't forget to include your sample pages", but I'm not seeing a place on the online form that allows to attach pages. Does she want it pasted under the query message box? There's no formatting allowed in the form, so any italics or double-spacing is gone.
from mirandaf
Sep 02, 2017 5:55 pm

@authoramanda if you look at some of the comments below, it seems like she has kind of a bad attitude/rude demeanor in general so i'm not surprised! congrats on your offer :)
from authoramanda
Sep 02, 2017 2:33 pm

Was named a winner in a contest she judged in May, and received a full request. Sent full 5/3, heard nothing. Received an offer from another agent 9/1 and withdrew MS from consideration. Received reply stating it was unfortunate I had not given her sufficient time to review the MS, as she states explicitly on her website that she averages three months with submissions. The website actually says two months, and in any case she had it four months, so it's clear she was not excited about the project.
from Rbevin17
Aug 25, 2017 6:18 am

EQ: June 22, 2016
YA fantasy: 92k words
Full ms request & synopsis: June 23
Sent: June 26
Rejected: Aug 24
from eebnhab
Aug 01, 2017 1:29 am

EQ: 7/15/17
Contemporary Espionage/Thriller 72K
Full Requet: 7/23/17
ER: 7/29/17
from reiterwriter
Jul 31, 2017 3:06 pm

EQ: July 26, form 5 pgs
ER: July 31, form

96K Fantasy
from mauricesdevaraj
Jul 05, 2017 11:13 pm

FQ 7/4/2017
Form Reject: 7/5/2017
Nice rejection even if form.
from SaraCo
Jun 28, 2017 6:32 am

EQ: 6-26-17
ER (form) 6-28-17
from CindyintheRain
Jun 12, 2017 12:20 am

EQ: 6//9/17
ER: 6/11/17 Form rejection
"Thank you very much for your query, which we have read with interest. Unfortunately, the project does not seem right for this agency, and we are sorry that we cannot offer to serve as your literary agent..."
from JLL0032
May 30, 2017 1:50 am

EQ: 5/30/17

92K Urban Fantasy. Not expecting much because I was tired and forgot to attach the pages...
from jeneral
May 16, 2017 8:31 am

@BookLover123, I dunno, when an agent is calling an author unethical, I'd say that can be interpreted as "mean." And I also believe it's industry standard to offer agents another read based on R&Rs you do for an agent, as long they are non-exclusive. After I got an R&R, I notified another agent who had rejected for similar reasons that I was revising based on agent feedback, and she was happy to read the revised version.

But if this particular agent has a problem with that, that's a good thing to note here, so others can modify their approach to her if necessary.
from JadahMcCoy
May 15, 2017 2:35 pm

Of course I thought about how I came across to her. I consider that when speaking with any agent at any time, as any author should. It could definitely be what you said - just a misunderstanding. That's really the only explanation I can come up with. But to get from my email to her reaction, it would have required a lot of assumptions. Anyway, I'm chalking it up to a loss and moving on. That's my experience with her.
from BookLover123
May 15, 2017 2:12 pm


I'd like to think I have a good rapport with numerous agents from the many different conferences I attend. Submissions and queries often come up in conversations and are the topic of many different panels. From what you posted, I don't see where this agent was "mean" at all. Also, from what you've posted, could it be that this agent thought you were working with another agent, and trying to query her on the side (per her "ethical" comment)? Just coming at it from a different POV. Have you ever thought about how you come across to the agent? Regardless, I wish you luck with your future queries.
from mirandaf
May 12, 2017 12:02 pm

@jadahmccoy Wow. How incredibly unpleasant. From everything I've read you are correct about this being common practice (I was in a similar situation recently after being given a non-exclusive R&R--I updated all other agents with material about it and they all happily said they would hold off until I sent them the revised version). If the agent giving you notes asked for an exclusive, that would be different. Maybe she has different beliefs and practices than most others, and that's fine, but there's a way to communicate that without being a jerk.

Thank you for sharing your experience. I can officially cross her off my query list.
from JadahMcCoy
May 12, 2017 11:49 am

EQ: 11/12
FR: 11/12
Rejected: 5/12/17

Buckle up, because I have some things to say about this one. Two weeks ago I received a (nonexclusive) R&R from another agent. I emailed Marlene to ask if she would like the updated MS. Her response: "Don't you have an ethical dilemma taking notes from one agent, using them, then pitching them to another agent? I do. Not interested."

To answer, no, I don't, because I will always present the best form of my work. If the other agent asked for an exclusive rewrite, that would be different. This is common practice, to my knowledge, to update agents with revised versions of your work (even Janet Reid says so). Perhaps it was a mistake to let her know it was based on general agent feedback, though.

Dodged a bullet.

Contemp WF, 70k.

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