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Ms. Kelly Dyksterhouse

The Tobias Literary Agency

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Kelly Dyksterhouse

The Tobias Literary Agency

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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Graphic Novel
Middle Grade
  • Middle Grade, Contemporary
  • Middle Grade, Fantasy
  • Middle Grade, Historical
  • Middle Grade, Literary
  • Middle Grade, Mystery
  • Middle Grade, Science Fiction
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Christian
  • Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Young Adult, Historical
  • Young Adult, Literary
  • Young Adult, Mystery
  • Young Adult, Paranormal
  • Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
  • Young Adult, Romance
  • Young Adult, Science Fiction


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Known Clients (current & past)
Kellye Crocker
Callie Miller
Cynthia Surrisi
Author Comments
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10/24/2023 12:03 PM
Queried: 10/03/2023
Rejected: 10/23/2023
@mword I did get a different variation. This was an interesting rejection. "I appreciate the opportunity to read your work and this is a fun concept, but in general I do struggle to connect to animal protagonists, and I am afraid this just wasn't for me. I am sorry to not have better news, but wish you the best of luck with your future queries."

I am finding that talking animals are a definite "no" for many agents, seemingly because of something in their childhood. I try to figure this out through the agency pages, MSWL, and social media ahead of time.

10/12/2023 11:01 AM
Query sent 9/1/23 110k YA Fantasy
Rejected 9/10/23

"Thank you for querying me with [book title]. I appreciate the opportunity to read your work, but after careful consideration I am afraid I didn't get pulled into the story in the way that I need to be into order to feel grounded in the characters, and so I am going to pass. I am sorry to not have better news, but wish you the best of luck with your future queries."

Seems to be the form rejection as I've seen similar rejections here
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
10/08/2023 12:35 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
10/02/2023 01:20 PM
2023/09/04: Query sent
2023/10/02: Received an offer of rep from a dream agent, withdrew query.

10/01/2023 07:40 PM
Same form as below. Wondering if "grounded in the characters" was a personalization on the form or a regular form, but I'm not sure.
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10/08/2023 - Closed to queries.
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