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Ms. Susan Hawk

Upstart Crow Literary

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Susan Hawk

Upstart Crow Literary

244 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Graphic Novel
Middle Grade
Picture Book
  • Picture Book, Author
  • Picture Book, Author/Illustrator
  • Picture Book, Illustrator
Young Adult


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Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/21/2023 05:36 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/21/2023 09:51 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
03/03/2023 10:34 AM
EQ: 12/3/22
Re-sent query per auto submission reply instructions: 3/3/23

MG Fantasy 64K
01/23/2023 08:26 PM
Jan 1, 2023 emailed submission
Jan 23, 2023 rejected

15k Chapter Book
12/09/2022 12:11 PM
Email query: 12/6/2022
Polite form rejection: 12/9/22

109K YA epic fantasy
12/06/2022 02:24 PM
Email Query 9Feb22
Full Request 25Aug22
Sent same day
Received auto-confirmation and a personalized confirmation of receipt of submission
Nudge: 5Dec22 with a polite response 6Dec22.

YA contemporary fantasy, 81k
11/27/2022 05:42 PM
Email Query: 11.16.22
Form Rejection: 11.27.22

YA Historical, 89k
11/19/2022 10:50 AM
EQ 1/28
Upper MG contemporary

I took a Speakeasy workshop with Susan last fall. Part of the package was a query critique. At the end of January, she sent me her comments, told me my query was "spot on," loved the story idea and asked for pages! I sent her the first 20, per her submission requirements, on Jan. 28. No response yet.

I received a rejection 6 months later.
11/17/2022 11:45 AM
eQ: nov 3
ER: nov 17
Thank you for sharing your book with me, I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’ve had a chance to read and unfortunately, have decided to respectfully pass. I send this with recognition of the accomplishment that is writing a book and querying it, no small feat. Keep writing and querying—that’s the best way to find an agent.

11/15/2022 10:36 AM
Queried 10/25
Rejected 11/15
MG Mystery 46k
10/11/2022 02:20 PM
Queried: 9-2
Rejected: 10-11
09/22/2022 08:35 PM
EQ: 9/1
ER: 9/22
09/04/2022 03:25 PM
E-mail query: May 7, 2022
Form rejection: August 4, 2022 (a Sunday! Appreciate the dedication to the job)

66k YA Contemporary Romance (BIPOC)
09/02/2022 06:01 PM
EQ 9/2/22

YA Fantasy 98k
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
08/31/2022 09:05 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
08/10/2022 01:50 PM
2/20/22 - accidentally queried her for Gatsby (she rejected it in 2012) - Contemporary MG
8/8/22 - form rejection - took her six months to reject it.
08/10/2022 09:43 AM
EQ: 2/19
Nudged (per guidelines): 4/19
ER: 8/10

89k YA Fantasy
07/26/2022 10:22 AM
I completely forgot I queried Susan Feb 2022 for my YA fantasy. I accepted an offer of rep from an agent in March and just received my rejection from Susan three minutes ago. Lol!

Good luck to everyone still on the search for an agent. Don't give up!
06/28/2022 08:10 AM
Has anyone nudged Susan? Her website says "If you don’t hear from me within that time [four weeks], feel free to query again."

That seems to indicate sending an entirely new email (rather than replying to the auto-reply), but I wasn't sure how to indicate it's a nudge/duplicate email.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
05/25/2022 09:18 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
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Last Update:
03/21/2023 - Open to queries.
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