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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/

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E-Mail: Yes

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from elle_em
Mar 26, 2018 3:19 pm


@JaeStories, I'm curious: Did she ask you to R&R based on just your partial? It doesn't say she requested or read the full, so I'm wondering how she could ask you to revise if she hasn't read the whole thing!
from Hulagirl
Mar 24, 2018 1:02 am


ER: 3/23/18

Contemporary Romance 71K
from sherloh
Mar 22, 2018 2:59 am


EQ: 2/8
FR: 2/8 (from Genevieve, very enthusiastic)
Nudge with offer: 3/11
3/13 - Genevieve loved my novel but it isn't right for Amy’s list (she’s now acquiring less YA and more literary fiction). But Genevieve said she was so passionate about the story that she wanted to show it to other agents at Writers House.
3/19 - Genevieve emailed to say the agents she showed it to wanted to do an R&R, but she's so glad I already have an offer.
3/20 - Signed with another agent that I absolutely love.

Genevieve was kind, encouraging, and enthusiastic at every step of the way, and she was a pleasure to correspond with.

YA contemporary speculative
from Zooks3
Mar 19, 2018 1:55 pm


2/11/18: EQ re: N&G - Quirky
3/19/18: Form rejection from Genevieve Gagne-Hawes.
from Boreas
Mar 08, 2018 9:03 pm


1/15/18 - I resubmitted my revised manuscript to Genevieve, who was thrilled to hear from me again.
Confirmation of receipt: 1/16/18
Rejected: 2/15/18

(YA Action/Drama 106k)

Again, long paragraphs about how much she loved it--but this time it was followed by a casual suggestion to divide the book into two novels. That struck me as an odd piece of feedback. I asked a friend of mine in the industry what the hidden message was, and she said that publishing houses are fiercely competing with indie publishing, with its low overhead and authors that churn out 2-3 books per year. They want, you guessed it, longer and more bankable series.

Anyway, I'm going indie and launch in June. I've been networking for a week or so and I've already gained 500 subscribers. I'm part of some major giveaways and promotional events, plus a major boxed set.

It's been fun, guys.
from JaeStories
Feb 28, 2018 11:02 am


EQ: 1/20 via email
PR: 1/22 via Genevieve. Writer's House is my dream agency. Fingers and toes are all crossed! :)
R&R: 1/29 with a lot of wonderful feedback and an eager invitation to resubmit.
Resent the revised PR: 2/26. I hope the changes I made are in line with her vision. @__@

99k YA Japanese Myth.
from ChickLitChick
Feb 27, 2018 11:36 am


Queried almost a month ago. About to close this one out.
from KSmith
Dec 21, 2017 4:57 pm


EQ: 12/8/17 YA Dark Urban Fantasy
12/17/17 Request for first 100 pages came from Genevieve, who I assume is her assistant. Fingers crossed! Writers House is the dream agency! :)
12/20/17 Rejection This sucks right before Xmas, but better to rip the Band-Aid, I guess. She made a note about my mythology not being smooth, which is funny, because I received a full request from another agent because said agent said she enjoyed my world building. It just goes to show you that this really is a subjective business. My story has a very specific narrative structure that isn't obvious until a little later, but it is what it is, I guess.
from Doodles
Dec 11, 2017 10:42 am


I queried around the same time, spirit_queen24, and I haven't heard either, so I wouldn't worry too much yet. Good to know someone is in the same boat!
from Patrick (admin)
Nov 29, 2017 7:16 pm


spirit_queen24, according to their website, queries should be sent to Amy’s email address as shown on the “Main” tab here.
from WhitneytjS
Oct 28, 2017 11:56 am


Hello Debbie!
Sorry it took me so long to reply to you, I have been sick pretty much the whole month of October. I had another agent looking at my manuscript at the time Genevieve and Amy were, I mentioned it to her and I do not think it mattered since there was only one other. I hope this helps you Debbie and best of luck!
from WhitneytjS
Oct 28, 2017 11:54 am


EQ: 9/14/17
PR: 9/25/17 First 100 pages Email request from her In-House Editor Genevieve, and asked if others agents were considering it
ER: 10/13/17 Very kind email with a few pointers on what my next steps should be. .
from Catsamoa79
Oct 13, 2017 4:01 pm


EQ: 9/22/17
ER: 10/13/17 from assistant Genevieve Gagne-Hawes
Form letter, basically, stating crowded client list, etc. etc.
from Mander_Pander
Oct 09, 2017 4:17 pm


EQ: 10/5
PR: 10/6 (she remembered me from previous manuscripts, so I think that's good!!)
PR Sent: 10/8 (confirmation of receipt came after)
YA Contemporary Fantasy
from debbie_rosenberg58
Oct 01, 2017 11:40 am


Whitney, are other agents considering your manuscript? I waited to query this agency to see how my queries went. Turns out I received several full requests. I would love to query, but they prefer exclusivity. If other agents are considering your work, how did you respond?

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