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Ms. Keir Alekseii

Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency

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Keir Alekseii

Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency

St. Paul, MN
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Science Fiction
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Young Adult, Horror
  • Young Adult, Romance
  • Young Adult, Science Fiction


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Known Clients (current & past)
E.M. Anderson
Aimee Davis
Juli Koen-Alonso
Riley Swan
Makana Yamamato
Author Comments
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03/17/2023 06:39 PM
#PitBLK request, query/partial sent 10/6/22
YA Fantasy, 96K
Rejection 1/9/23 with option to resubmit with changes

Resubmitted w/ standard 10 pgs 3/17/23
Adult Fantasy 91K
03/16/2023 08:00 PM
#moodpitch FQ: 11/3/22
91k YA Fantasy
Asked to withdraw for revision
Resubmitted following revisions made: 3/16/23
03/15/2023 12:24 AM
Adult fantasy 120k
QUERY: 3/1/2023
Query was declined on 3/1/2023 because synopsis was too long (my synopsis was 803 words, 1.5 single-spaced page). Automated message received:
"Thank you so much for considering me. Unfortunately, Query Manager has flagged your synopsis as over 1000 words (over 2 single-spaced, letter-sized pages). As you may already know from Twitter or my bio, I have ADHD. I also suffer from migraines. This in combination with the other time constraints of agenting make it difficult for me to consider queries where the synopsis length is so far outside my guidelines (one single-spaced, letter-sized page). It's okay to be a little over one page, but over two pages is difficult for me.
If you're willing to accommodate me by revising your synopsis, I would be grateful to have you resubmit your query to me at this special link: [LINK REDACTED]
I hope you will consider this request, and hope that I will see your revised query package soon!"

RESUBMITTED with revised synopsis on 3/2/2023.
03/14/2023 02:13 PM
She posted this on Twitter:

QM counts characters (which I assume it uses to average the word count)
Synopses with bolded words or in
bionic reading format are more likely to get flagged as "too long" even if they are under the would count.
Synopses with any additional spacing or formatting are similarly more likely
to be flagged.

Oh, one more thing, you can avoid this by:

Using caps instead of bold and making sure the formatting for space between paragraphs is correct And Keeping
your synopsis to 700 words or less

03/14/2023 01:34 PM
Thanks HalGus! I resubmitted my query a while back but I was still wondering about the synopsis issue. This helps a lot, esp. if other agents start doing something similar.
03/12/2023 09:05 PM
I got flagged with the same error; my synopsis runs 886 words, I get back a form message saying it's over 1000.
03/11/2023 12:18 PM
FQ: Mar 09, 2023
FR: Mar 11, 2023

Rejected it because QM/QT incorrectly flagged the synopsis as over 1000 words(its not, according to twitter this is a common glitch) and asked me to resubmit.
03/08/2023 06:57 AM
Queried: March 1
Personalized rejection: March 8

Honestly the kindest, most encouraging rejection I've ever received. Keir managed to make me feel better about myself and my writing, as well as the future of my book, and encouraged me to consider her with future materials. I'm so grateful for her kind words.
03/07/2023 08:40 PM
FQ: 3/7/23

Fantasy 126k
03/06/2023 09:50 AM
@justmango That's strange that it flagged it when your synopsis is 806 words. Mine is 860 words, and I did not get a message?

03/05/2023 09:53 PM
@justMANGO Same thing happened to me. I removed the trigger warnings (her instructions say to put those at the beginning of the synopsis or the end of the query letter) and cut the synopsis down a bit more just to be safe. Looks like it was okay the second time.
Patrick (Admin)
03/03/2023 11:12 AM
Thanks mbowman
03/03/2023 10:34 AM
Twitter is here: https://twitter.com/KeirAlekseii
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Patrick (Admin)
03/03/2023 08:17 AM
Profile Update: Genres updated.
03/01/2023 11:09 AM
OF: 3/1/23

adult romantic SFF @100,043k
03/01/2023 09:36 AM
FQ: 3/1

98k YA space opera
03/01/2023 08:38 AM
Query: 3/1/23

Adult SFF 94k
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
02/28/2023 10:45 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
02/26/2023 08:19 PM
Queried 06/23/2022 after PitchDis like.
PR (100 pages): 06/29/2022
FR: 11/28/2022
Email to schedule call (email confirmed this was an offer call): 01/08/2023
Call: 01/11/2023
Accepted offer: 01/13/2023

I realize the timeline from call to acceptance was short, but it was immediately apparent to me on our call that Keir would be a perfect fit for both this manuscript and me! I waited two days to accept to hear back from other clients and to make sure I still felt the same way after the excitement of the call was a little more distant, but ultimately I decided to accept and withdraw from other agents rather than nudging.
02/23/2023 04:00 PM
FQ: 10/20
ER: 2/20

Really kind pass <3 They asked to see another manuscript of mine when they reopen because they like my writing (just this particular one wasn't for them). Sending my YA space opera when they open Wednesday!

89k YA Fantasy
#PitDark request
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