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Ms. Amy Berkower

Writers House

21 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010



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Website: www.writershouse.com/

AAR Member: Yes

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from reason
Today 5:27 am


EQ 3/27
ER 3/29

Women's fiction 81k
from Boreas
Mar 20, 2017 11:17 am


GENRE UPDATE 3/20: Amy isn't taking on new YA titles right now.

EQ: 2/27/17
PR: 2/28/17 - Received a kind email from Genevieve requesting the first fifty pages in PDF.
FR: 3/14/17 - Genevieve had such kind words to say about my partial. I cried for, oh, ten minutes. Sent same day, confirmed receipt 3/15.
Reply from Gen 3/20/17: Highly positive response. She loved it and will pass it on agents at WH because Amy isn't acquiring YA right now. Yeah!

YA Action/Drama 107k
from Ambiguous_A
Mar 06, 2017 12:52 pm


EQ: 2/14
PR from Genevieve: 2/14
Personalized R: 3/06

YA LGBT Speculative Suspense
from Anne_W
Mar 06, 2017 3:28 am


Just to let you know, Genevieve isn't Amy's assistant, she's an associate editor and the same person who plucked "Twilight" out of the slush pile. From what I understand, Genevieve doesn't want to be an agent herself, but has an excellent eye for story and the market, and so Amy finds her indispensable in scouring for new talent.

As the slush is a big part of Genevieve's job, if she takes a partial or a full, you'll probably get focussed feedback. As with all feedback, you might not agree with everything, but at least you'll have something to think about going forward. Definitely worth querying Amy if your genres are a fit.
from Mander_Pander
Jan 30, 2017 2:59 pm


EQ: 1/29
PR from Genevieve: 1/30

YA Contemporary
from SarahLRWriter
Jan 16, 2017 7:55 pm


EQ: 11/28
Nudge with offer of rep: 1/13
FR: 1/13
ER: 1/16 -- detailed

(from assistant,Genevieve)
from NancyA
Jan 10, 2017 6:25 pm


EQ 11/15
PR 11/16
ER 1/10-- rejection from her assistant, Genevieve w/ helpful, specific feedback: while they liked the concept and thought the prose was good, didn’t connect w/ voice (I’m not adding the specifics, for my own privacy)
from VictoriaVW
Nov 30, 2016 2:44 pm


EQ: 11/30 (Query letter only)
YA w/ romantic sub-plot 70k
from mgmystery
Nov 16, 2016 7:19 am


EQ: 10/25 (query only)
ER: 11/15/16 (form from assistant)
MG mystery 35k
from tauricox
Oct 24, 2016 12:24 pm


EQ: Sept 29
PR: Oct 21
FR: Oct 24

Fingers crossed!
from Heathertruett
Sep 14, 2016 7:35 am


EQ: 8/27
FR: 8/29

This turned into a delightful back and forth with her assistant but ultimately ended in a pass. Still, it was the kindest most encouraging pass I have ever received.
from CherylW
Sep 12, 2016 9:00 pm


Dear Cheryl,


Thank you very much for sending your query for HANDSOME DEVIL to Amy
Berkower, and for your patience while we considered it. Unfortunately,
Amy's busy schedule does not allow for a personal response, so she has
asked me to write on her behalf.


Amy appreciated the opportunity to review your project, but unfortunately
she is unable to offer representation at this time. Due to the enormous
number of submissions we receive here at Writers House, and an already
crowded client list, we are forced to be extremely selective when
considering new clients.


Please remember that this is only one opinion in a highly subjective
business and another agency may feel differently. Good luck in finding
representation, and thank you for thinking of Writers House.


With best wishes,

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes
Editorial Associate

from CherylW
Aug 16, 2016 4:11 pm


Reply from Amy Berkower's office:
"I will be out of the office until Monday, August 22. If this is urgent, please e-mail my assistant, Alice Martin, at amartin@writershouse.com. Thank you for your patience."
from Jwrite
Jul 18, 2016 11:50 am


EQ: 6/30
ER: 7/15

YA Paranormal 85K
from brmyers
May 31, 2016 7:25 pm


EQ: 25/05/2016 contemporary romance 78K
FR: 25/05/2016 (from Genevieve)
ER: 31/05/2016 Personalized rejection (from Genevieve) with good feedback. I appreciate the speedy response.

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