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Ms. Victoria Skurnick

Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2407

New York, NY 10001

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E-Mail: Yes

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from andyscontras
Oct 20, 2021 3:46 pm

FQ -- 8/15/2021 Spec Fiction 84K
FR & sent -- 10/8/2021 (I'm stoked)
ER -- 10/20/2021 (not so stoked)
from Woodside
Oct 12, 2021 4:29 pm

EQ: 4/23/2020 Adult Espionage Thriller 78,000 words
FR: 4/23/2020 Adult Espionage Thriller 3 hours after query was sent
ER 5/4/2020 Helpful comments Suggested I hire an independent editor
ELetter 8/31/2021 Sent a letter respectfully requesting she read my now edited 75,000 word Espionage Thriller
9/1/2021 Full Request of my edited and revised manuscript Sent the same day
10/12/2021 E Letter. Nudge
10/12/2021 ER Said she sent an email and it must not have gone through, but it is a pass. Appreciate her getting back to me. So many don't.
from angelsteele
Aug 16, 2021 10:21 am

08/16/2021: Rejection. This one is crushing. After our interactions I thought for sure she was going to take it. Feeling like throwing in the towel after this one.
08/14/2021: She sent me an email letting me know she was still reading (and enjoying it!)
Sub revised: 07/14/2021
Update 05/13/2021 - After taking Miss Skurnick’s advice I have hired a freelance editor to go over my manuscript with a timeframe of roughly 8 weeks. Miss Skurnick advised me to resubmit once I’ve revised.
Pass 05/04/2021 Very helpful rejection though, suggested the name of a free lance editor to help with some revisions.
Full request: 04/21/2021
Query sub: 04/08/2021
Mystery 82k
from acschroeder
Jun 14, 2021 3:32 pm

EQ: 06/06/2021
FR: 06/08/2021
ER: 06/14/2021

"There are wonderful things about this novel, but with fiction practically an endangered species, I dare not take it on. Very best luck with the book."

I don't really get why she'd want to look at a fiction novel if she thinks fiction is a hard sell right now. Frustrating when they do this. But the positive feedback is encouraging <3

Fingers crossed!

Literary adult, 98k
from TinaHendricks
Dec 01, 2020 6:11 pm

adult female-driven comm fantasy-mag realism 88k 11/28/20

3 days after query "I'm not the agent for this book."
from JourneymanNS
Oct 01, 2020 3:02 pm

FQ: Hist Fiction, 90K, sent Sept. 29/20
FR: "Sorry to say I am not the agent for this novel."
from WyldeGreen
Sep 29, 2020 11:07 am

Abrupt rejection. Woeful story about COVID affecting publishing. UGH.
from WyldeGreen
Sep 25, 2020 10:53 am

One line rejection.
from vcostello
Jul 24, 2020 3:42 pm

EQ 7/9 Upmarket
Full request 7/10
Rejected 7/20 with helpful if depressing comments re: fiction marketplace

"You’re a wonderful writer, but I don’t believe I could succeed with the novel in the current market. Honestly, I’m having trouble selling anything right now, between the Covid pandemic and social unrest. But also, the backing and forthing here between times and places drives me a bit crazy. I know there are others who aren’t bothered by this but alas I am. But that’s not why I’m turning this down; it is really about the current market for fiction, which is the worst I’ve ever dealt with. Having said that, I’d love a chance to read your next work. I truly love your writing."
from sarahgalyeananderson
Apr 25, 2020 9:39 am

EQ: 2/22/2020 70k Contemporary Fiction
Nudge with Offer of Rep: 3/24/2020
FR: 3/26/2020
Offer of Rep: 4/6/2020
Offer Accepted!!
from slcody
Mar 11, 2020 6:15 pm

EQ 3/11
ER less an hour later (same one-sentence "thanks but not for me" response that many receive)
I appreciate hearing back rapidly, but as others have mentioned below, it would be nice if her agency biography was a little more informative about what she's looking for.
from RaphieN8
Dec 18, 2019 2:30 pm

I must say that even though we have never met, I trust this woman can work very well with selected individuals based on various things I have heard about her from her presence on line and from testimonials I ran across. She read my entire manuscript over the weekend and said only that she "am not the agent for this." I, too, like Tessa below, did not understand why she rejected working with me, I literally begged her and she told me why. As painful as it was to hear that it had to do with my writing, it spurred me on to revise the entire novel.
She is an amazing person. For many years she was editor of th Book of the Month Club and has many great connections for the lucky ones she chooses to represent.
from Julesq
Nov 13, 2019 11:58 am

EQ: 8/7/19
FR: 8/8/19
Upmarket WF
Full sent Oct 31/19
Personal note, rejection 11/13/19, wanting to see other material.
from Tessa_K
Nov 11, 2019 12:24 pm

Replied the very next day: 'Thanks but I’m not the agent for this. V'
Great she replied. I'm thankful for that. Saves me waiting. Wish her bio was more explicit, though, as to what she is looking for.
(75000 w. humor novel)
from Whitegardenia
Oct 21, 2019 11:54 am

EQ: 18-Oct WF
ER: 21-Oct "...but I can't deal with the subject. Sorry. V."
Which tells me she didn't even read any pages. Disappointing since she had requested the full ms on my last project, but it's all about finding the agent who will go to bat for you. If the agent isn't into the concept of your novel -- no matter how successful the agent may be -- that agent is definitely not the right agent for you.

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