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Ms. Ammi-Joan Paquette

Erin Murphy Literary Agency

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Ammi-Joan Paquette

Erin Murphy Literary Agency

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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Middle Grade
Young Adult


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Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
07/23/2021 01:03 PM
EQ: 5/14 -- she previously told me to contact her if I ended up without an agent again, so I figured that counted as a referral
Full request: 5/26
Nudge w/offer of rep: 7/8
Very kind step aside due to a very full client list: 7/23/21

YA fantasy, 88k
09/08/2020 12:25 PM
EQ: 09/04 (PitMad)
ER: 09/08, but Ms. Paquette was kind enough to refer me to query Ms. Gonzalez

YA Fantasy 71K
07/24/2020 12:12 PM
05.28 EQ by invite
07.24 CNR
12/05/2019 11:00 AM
5/23/19 #Pitdark Request
8/17/19 Emailed her with an updated MS from an R&R
8/17/19 (Full request an hour later!) Crossing my fingers so hard for this one!
9/23/19 Notified of R&R and Joan asked to see revised version as well
11/13/19 Nudged (no response yet)

YA Urban fantasy Myth Retelling with sci-fi elements 75k
09/12/2019 02:25 PM
EQ: 9/10 (we've met, and she's read previous manuscripts of mine and has offered me rep before)
FR: 9/12

YA Contemporary Fantasy.

Was having a rough day so this really helped, tbh
05/13/2019 03:24 PM
EQ: Mar 8 per #PitMad request
ER: May 13 - Short, personal rejection.
03/18/2019 10:50 AM
EQ: Jan 13
PR: Feb 18
ER: March 17. Kind, personalized rejection.
YA Contemp
12/31/2018 08:52 AM
EQ: 10/17/18 per DVpit request 75k YA Historical Magical Realism
Emailed Joan letting her know I'd taken part in a contest and had an editor assist with the opening chapters revision. She happily agreed to let me submit the revised MS.
Re-sent Query and First Chapters: 11/29/18
ER: 12/31 very kind words just not drawn to historical
12/23/2018 03:33 PM
Very kind and helpful personalized rejection on first 10pp.

MG Fantasy 77K
08/25/2018 12:12 PM
Queried at the end of April/early May
Received very kind, personal response mid-late August saying her pb list is full but she'd be happy to read my mg ms.
06/28/2018 05:14 PM
Did anyone get a response (of any kind) from one of the pitch comps? Is she a CNR ?
05/16/2018 11:42 AM
EQ: 10.24.17 (by referral)
PR: 12.09.17
ER: 05.16.18 I was about to nudge! Kind pass with invitation to send next project.

YA fantasy 82k
01/28/2018 06:53 PM
@scritrice yeah, it did--there was no confirmation receipt. I actually had CNRed it a week or two before she eventually responded!
01/28/2018 06:39 PM
@bookwormwrites Did it take her until your partial request date to respond? Or did she give you a confirmation of receipt before that? I did end up sending mine through the online contact form back in December.
12/14/2017 10:11 PM
@scritrice assuming you don't need to attach sample pages at this point, you can submit through the agency contact form! That's what I did a couple of months back and she did receive it and respond. Or, tweet at her to ask--others may have the same question and want to see the answer :) best of luck!!
10/31/2017 04:31 PM
EQ 3/17 Pitch Madness request (query+ 1st 3 chapters)
FR 3/20
ER 10/31

YA Fantasy
10/06/2017 03:49 AM
Query via form (Pitmad request): 09.12.17
FR: 09.12.17
YA Historical

Ms. Paquette also fave'd my #DVPit pitch a few weeks later. I tweeted to her that she already had my full from Pitmad and she said she was backlogged in her reading, but it went to show how much she loved the book's premise. Ack! Now, to wait...
09/20/2017 10:22 PM
Query via Form: 6-26-2017 (met at Writing Conference, so exception to "closed to queries")
ER: 9-20-2017 Short but nice rejection. Said my premise was "cool."
08/09/2017 04:04 PM
EQ (read a past MS and asked to see future work): 1/27
PR: 3/18
Upgrade to FR: 8/09

YA LGBTQA Speculative Suspense
04/29/2017 10:14 AM
#PitMad request - query + 5 pages on 3/23
Form rejection 4/29
YA historical fantasy
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