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Ms. Margaret Riley King

William Morris Endeavor

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Margaret Riley King

William Morris Endeavor

11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
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General Fiction


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Author Comments
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12/14/2022 04:46 PM
12/14/22 - EQ re: The Knotted Gun - suspense - 75K
10/24/2022 09:11 AM
EQ: Aug 8 2022
Women's Historical Fiction 99k
CNR 24 Oct 2022. Judging from her timeline. Apparently I queried during the wrong month and she skipped over a whole chunk of ones submitted during the summer.
10/24/2022 07:21 AM
Update: submitted 24Oct22, did not get immediate bounce of rejection.

"Message blocked: Your message to MRK@wmeagency.com has been blocked. See technical details below for more information." When I checked the link, it's Mimecaster. I've been blocked from gmail & outlook.com.
Both had requested content in email. I'll try once more, then admit defeat. It's a shame, as I've read good things about the agent, but this could be the universe's way of telling me to stay away (-;
Patrick (Admin)
10/14/2022 07:47 AM
@1edpsf1, the bounce backs will usually give a reason. Did you see anything like that, if so, what did it say?
10/14/2022 07:11 AM
Hi, seeking help. Trying to submit to MRK@wmeagency.com, and received bounce backs from both my gmail and outlook.com account. Query letter & first 3 chapters in body of email.

Could someone please tell me how you got through? Thanks much.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
10/06/2022 06:13 PM
Profile Update: Genres updated. Thanks iwritemghorror
10/06/2022 03:27 PM
Margaret does NOT represent middle grade, FYI. Her coworkers, Janine and Angeline, do however. Wanted to let folks who have queried her with MG know!
08/25/2022 11:42 AM
EQ: 08-10-2022
FR: 08-22-2022
Upmarket Thriller 93k

She seems super nice - fingers crossed.
08/05/2022 01:32 PM
Personalized rejection after 16 days. She seems lovely.
07/16/2022 03:22 PM
form rejection on query letter, 11 months after submission. No reply until I sent a follow-up.
06/29/2022 12:08 PM
Social media suggests she just had a baby but she is still accepting query letters-- I emailed both her addresses and they bounced back?
06/27/2022 07:35 PM
EQ & 3 chapters- 627/22
memoir 34k

** mnk277 - Did she pass on that last revision or literally PASSED that first week of April from Covid?
06/23/2022 02:06 PM

This is what I’ve found to query her. Query and first 3 chapters

06/20/2022 03:44 PM
Very kind and personalized rejection after about a month. She seems lovely.
04/22/2022 04:46 PM
EQ 3/13/22
ER 4/18/22
memoir, 88K

Same nice form rejection letter that Light of Beauty has included, above.
04/18/2022 03:42 PM
EQ: 4/12
ER: 4/18

Very quick and kind form rejection.

Thank you very much for your email. I have now had the opportunity to review your query, and I’m afraid I am not the right person to represent this project.

As you probably know, publishing is an industry based largely on instinct and emotional response, especially where fiction is concerned. Since your work so richly deserves the energetic and passionate representation that I can’t offer you, I will step aside for an agent who can and undoubtedly will.

I wish you the best of luck and much success!

Most sincerely,

Margaret Riley King

Note: This form is actually some of the best ones I've seen where it reminds you of exactly what this long and demoralizing process is about: finding an agent that is 1000% passionate about your work AND knows how to sell and market it. Anything else in between is meaningless and subjective performative agent-theater. It's not about having a perfect manuscript (that's part of an agent's job is to work with you on it and its flaws because they LOVE it that much regardless to take you on and represent you), it's about finding someone who's perfect for you and your book. She comes across as nice, even in a form.
03/15/2022 11:10 PM
EQ 2/25
ER 3/11
02/20/2022 09:30 AM
I've searched their website and cannot find a submissions page to explain how to submit to their literary agents. Can someone please post a link?
02/01/2022 12:05 PM
Query sent: Jan 12
Query rejection: Feb 1
YA sci-fi, WC 66,000
01/11/2022 12:30 PM
This was a no in Jan 2022
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10/06/2022 - Genres updated.
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