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Ms. Michelle Tessler

The Tessler Literary Agency

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Michelle Tessler

The Tessler Literary Agency

27 West 20th Street, Suite 1003
New York, NY 10011
AALA Member:
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Query Methods
Accepts queries via...
Online Form [Go To Form]
This agent is seeking the following genres:


Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction


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Known Clients (current & past)
Hala Alyan
Paul Collins
Tom De Zengotita
Katherine Ellison
Leanne Ely
Adam Gollner
Taras Grescoe
Hannah Holmes
Scott Huler
Mira Jacob
Rebecca Kauffman
Michael Knox Beran
Jennifer Paddock
Caroline Paul
Andrew Potter
Siohban Roberts
Brian Shawver
Kevin Shay
Amy Stewart
Frans de Waal
Amanda Eyre Ward
David Sloan Wilson
Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
10/02/2022 06:18 AM
EQ: 2022-08-15 Lit, Hist, Humorous 98K

CNR: 2022-10-02 (Yeah, given that her response time is 2 weeks, I left it open for quite awhile. But I'm just getting around to doing some housekeeping)
07/14/2022 11:43 AM
Really positive experience.
LGBTQ Memoir, 75k words.
Queried via form 7/12/22.
Partial request 7/13/22.
She read it last night and sent me the kindest and most personalized rejection I’ve yet received. Loved the writing and story but was concerned about the market for memoir, ultimately just a business decision.
05/21/2022 04:54 AM
submitted form query 3/2/22 Memoir 89K
No response after 10 weeks
03/26/2022 04:29 PM
I'm encouraged to have received a partial request from Ms. Tessler.

However, in looking back at her timeline, it looks like she hasn't taken on a single new client in the past fifteen years. At least among Query Tracker users. Does anyone have any more information about her?
01/30/2022 03:48 PM
Form query: 1/16/22
CNR: 1/30/22
Upmarket fiction, 92K

The confirmation page says if she doesn't respond within 2 weeks, consider it a pass. I didn't receive an automated confirmation that the form submission went through.
01/21/2022 08:24 AM
Pitch box in the online form has a 1000-character limit (including blanks).
01/07/2022 04:49 PM
Online form query - 1/7/2022
83K memoir
Her on-line form is CRAZY. You get two paragraphs for your 'pitch' and two paragraphs for your bio, but she places a word count limit...a severe one. I must have edited mine 5 times to work. Have fun. I'm learning how to become an advertising exec.
10/02/2021 06:18 PM
8-25-21 query memoir 38k
09/23/2021 04:17 PM
Online Query 9/23/21
33K memoir
09/23/2021 04:17 PM
Online Query 9/23/21
33K memoir
09/21/2021 12:29 AM
CNR 73 pages.
09/07/2021 05:23 PM
This is a screen print I got immediately after submitting the (four paragraph!) form:

Thank you for your query.
We give every query we receive careful consideration.

Due to the number of queries we receive, however, we can only respond to submissions that we are interested in pursuing. If you do not hear from us within two weeks, please assume that your project is not a good fit for our list.

In this case, please do seek out other opinions. The Literary Marketplace is a good resource for finding other agents who may be of service.

Thank you so much for thinking of us.
08/06/2021 02:46 PM
Does anyone know if once the query is submitted using their form, if a confirmation email is sent? I didn't receive anything, so who knows if it went through?

Women's fiction 8/5/21
06/11/2021 06:11 PM
05/29/2021 09:38 AM
EQ: 5/18/21
PR: same day
ER: a week or so later, not literary enough
family saga, 91k

Based on other's comments, she's quick if she thinks she might like something, and equally quick to decline. ;)
04/20/2021 09:38 AM
Query, 2/5/21, 135k true crime/me too memoir

01/11/2021 03:58 PM
EQ: 2021/1/11

LF, 81k
11/29/2020 11:13 AM
adult female-driven comm fantasy, mag realism 88k 11/29/20
06/27/2020 03:24 PM
Form query: 3/4/20
CNR: 6/27/2020
02/05/2020 03:26 PM
EQ: 2/4/20
PR: 2/4/20
ER: 2/5/20 very quick turnaround, which lessens the blow. she said she's very selective about taking on new clients, especially debuts, and skews more literary
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