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Mr. Matthew Elblonk

DeFiore and Company

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Matthew Elblonk

DeFiore and Company

47 East 19th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Literary Fiction
Young Adult


Humor/Gift Book
Pop Culture
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Author Comments
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06/10/2021 04:06 PM
12/20/2018 08:45 PM
EQ 11-26-18
ER 11-30-18
68K YA Horror
07/29/2018 10:13 PM
I'll give this agent a shot, but not going to hold my breath. This agency is not responsive at all, not like how they claim. I don't expect anything different from this one.

EQ: 7/9
Nudge, 7/29, CNR
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
07/09/2018 04:33 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries. (Thanks Michelle_in_WI)
07/05/2018 08:42 PM
I don't think he's closed to queries. Doesn't say anything about it on their website. And his Twitter just says he's not accepting queries from the Space Force. ;)
12/30/2017 09:23 AM
EQ: 09/19
CNR: 12/30 Literary 110K
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Patrick (Admin)
09/20/2017 08:21 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
08/04/2017 01:06 PM
EQ 8/4/17 Lit Fic
06/01/2017 12:10 PM
EQ: 4/19/17
CNR: 6/1/17

YA Action/Drama 107k
03/03/2017 02:27 PM
EQ: March 03

12/19/2016 08:30 AM
EQ: 105
CNR: 12/19

YA Contemporary 76k
11/03/2016 11:57 AM
So, I had a weird exchange with Matthew Elblonk that I thought might interest people considering querying him:
I queried him 10/27. He replied about 20 minutes later that my book sounded interesting, and asked if any editors or agents had seen it yet. He didn't actually ask to see the MS, so I didn't send it, just replied that no editors had seen it but that the full was out with several other agents. I replied about a minute after he sent his initial email.
He never replied, so on 11/1 I reached out again in case I misinterpreted his initial email and he actually was requesting the full. I flat-out asked if he was interested in reading the manuscript.
Still no reply. I'm not sure what turned him off; maybe he doesn't like not being someone's first choice to query? I, like many other writers, prefer to query people who send form rejections before moving on to non-responders, but I still would have been thrilled to be represented by him.
I plan on giving him until the end of the week, in case there is a legitimate reason that he hasn't replied to me, but after that I will close it out and query someone else at DeFiore.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
08/08/2015 01:48 PM
Profile Update: Genres updated.
08/06/2015 10:29 AM
EQ: 4/6
CNR: 8/6

Upper middle-grade fantasy adventure

Whatever the website says, it's clear that these guys do NOT respond to all queries. Lots of people here CNR'ing them.
07/11/2015 01:35 PM
EQ 7/11
03/26/2015 11:15 AM
I know that the agency says they do respond, but I queried him Jan. 26 and nudged four weeks later. Nada. And now it's been another month and I still haven't heard a peep. Needless to say, I'm not holding my breath now, but it'd be nice to have closure, considering the agency does give a timeline and promises a response. Rant over.

Forgot to add: I'm CNRing this one now. Grrr.
09/20/2013 03:30 PM
Robyn, he's not with D4EO, he's with DeFiore. Similar, but different! Their website says that they respond to all queries within 4 weeks, so if you've waited that long you might want to follow up. I queried him about 2 weeks ago with no reply yet.
08/03/2013 03:49 PM
Seems like he hasn't been responsive. is he still with D4EO?
02/22/2013 10:54 AM
Queried 11/18/12, no response, closing now.
02/16/2012 01:05 PM
Matthew Elblonk is participating in Query Roulette, an event organized by the Women's National Book Association - NYC. Ten minutes with a literary agent who will review your query letter. February 28, NYC. Register online here. http://tinyurl.com/7saf5bg
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