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Mr. Jack Byrne

Sternig & Byrne

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Jack Byrne

Sternig & Byrne

2370 S. 107th Street, Apt 4
Milwaukee, WI 53227
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Science Fiction


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Author Comments
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04/02/2022 03:36 PM
I try not to submit a comment until I would get a reply but knowing that the site says this: ATTENTION
Effective immediately, the agency is closed to new submissions through at least the end of 2022; please direct your queries elsewhere.

On March 11th I sent in a query, the site didn't seem like it was closed to submissions.
If by any chance they contact me, I'll Edit this but until then... I assume I won't be hearing from them.

Fantasy/Fiction 136,550 words

Something uplifting to hear if you're feeling low: Go ahead and live with your head held high. No matter how devastated you may be by your own weakness or uselessness, set your heart ablaze. Grit your teeth and look straight ahead. -Kyojuro Rengoku

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to review your query. By design, my client list is small and comfortably full, and I am taking on very few new writers; after careful consideration, your material doesn’t sound quite right for me, nor I for it.

I wish you the best of luck in finding representation elsewhere.

Jack Byrne

Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency

My thoughts: To be fair, I didn't send a chapter/chapters and my query letter was still very small. I had just started building my query letter, so it was a bit lacking. I am still trying to make it better, being that it's my first time.
Nevertheless; as he states, he is comfortable and in my mind... If you're comfortable, why would you take on a writer as green as I?
I appreciate the email; I was just going to assume he was not going to email me back.
Good luck all!
N.P. Patrick :)
04/02/2022 03:09 PM
EQ 3/8/22
ER 4/2/22 - Polite form. Same "comfortably full" message that others have reported.

Dark Fantasy 96K
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/28/2022 05:10 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries. Thanks rdefiore
03/27/2022 05:23 PM
Their website says they're closed to submissions.
01/27/2022 06:45 PM
EQ: 01/24/22
ER: 01/27/22

Adult Fantasy 110k
01/18/2022 04:10 PM
EQ: 18/01/2022
SF: 120k
01/08/2022 02:47 PM
Query sent: Jan 2
Query rejection: Jan 8
Was extremely professional about the rejection, was polite and even complimented the query, and responded quickly. Would certainly recommend.
Sci-fi YA: WC 66,000
12/22/2021 08:10 AM
Email Query: 11/17/21
FR: 12/22/21
Adult SF, 103k Words.
11/29/2021 09:36 AM
11/3/21 Query emailed
11/28/21 rejected
114k fantasy
"My client list is comfortably full, however, and I am therefore taking on very few new writers; after careful consideration, your material doesn’t sound quite right for me, nor I for it."
10/29/2021 01:50 PM
EQ 10/16/21
Form rejection 10/29/21
Adult Mystery 85k

States he's "comfortably full" of clients atm. Not taking on more.
10/29/2021 01:30 PM
Email Query: 10/20/21
"Form" Rejection: 10/29/21
Adult Sci-Fi 100k

"Form" is in quotes because it's the "nor I for it" but Jack added a note in: "I applaud you for turning your personal challenges into literary possibilities," which I'm guessing is because my MC shares my disability.
06/13/2021 01:16 AM
Email query June 11th 2021
Form rejection June 12th 2021
Adult Fantasy 160k

The speed of the rejection compared to others makes me think he stews on queries for a bit before deciding, but tossed mine immediately because of word count. I appreciate the response though.
06/06/2021 04:35 PM
ER: 3/15/2021
CNR: 6/6/2021

64K Adult Fantasy
06/03/2021 09:15 AM
EQ: 4/4/21
ER: 5/10/21
Fantasy 78k
05/10/2021 04:47 PM
Sent letter on 4/30/2021

Science Fiction 153,000 words

Form "nor i for it" rejection letter on may 10,2021
05/10/2021 03:56 PM
"My client list is comfortably full" form letter.
02/22/2021 08:42 AM
EQ: 1/30/21
ER: 2/11/21

Fantasy 86k
02/12/2021 06:23 PM
not a genre match remove from my list for future
11/08/2020 10:54 AM
adult comm fantasy-mag realism 88k 11/8/20
11/04/2020 02:07 PM
12 day form rejection.
The usual 'nor I for it' template which always sounds awkward as hell.
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03/28/2022 - Closed to queries.
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