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Mr. Douglas Stewart

Sterling Lord Literistic

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Douglas Stewart

Sterling Lord Literistic

115 Broadway, Suite 1602
New York, NY 10006
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Query Methods
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Postal Mail
Online Form [Go To Form]
This agent is seeking the following genres:


Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Women's Fiction
Young Adult


Pop Culture
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Author Comments
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02/27/2023 10:39 AM
12/14/22 - Online form re: The Archimedes Society - quirky/offbeat - 98K
2/27/23 - CNR
02/13/2023 02:11 PM
Three months after Literary novel submitted. Silence. Done and out.
01/19/2023 01:51 PM
Did anyone receive an automated response after submitting via their form?
Patrick (Admin)
01/14/2023 06:33 AM
louza9, unfortunately it might be the best you can do. Converting formatting from Word to a browser is very awkward. So most likely they're accustomed to seeing formatting issues and won't hold it against you. Some tips: - You can't change the font or font size. Don't concern yourself with that. It'll use whatever they have set. - Do not indent paragraphs. Use block paragraphs with one blank space between paragraphs instead of indenting. Just because it looks right on your end doesn't mean it will when they view it. Only block paragraphs can be guaranteed to work in this situation. - Italics, bold, etc won't work either, so don't even try. - Make these edits directly in Notepad and save it there, before you paste it into their form. That way you have it to use the next time you run into a disagreeable form. HG Literary uses QueryManager forms, and a lot of work has gone into the formatting issue on them, and it still isn't perfect. Probably never will be.
01/14/2023 01:14 AM
Patrick, Thanks for the suggestion, but it doesn't solve the problem completely. I successfully cut and pasted to Notebook, but when I pasted from Notepad to SLL's form, my font was changed and there were still no spaces between paragraphs. The one improvement was that my paragraphs were indented. I could easily insert the few paragraph spaces between lines manually in my query letter and synopsis, but SLL also asks for three chapters which would make for endless tinkering of my manuscript on their form.

HGLiterary also has a submission form. When I queried them and filled out their form, the paste command gave the option of keeping the copied doc's format. So simple and easy! I haven't yet been able to figure out the secret of pasting onto SLL's form. I really wonder how other authors are getting their information to SLL since they do not accept regular e-mail queries.
Patrick (Admin)
01/13/2023 05:45 PM
louza9, try first pasting it into a basic text editor such as Notepad. Then copy it out of Notepad and paste it into their form. That often gets you close. A version of Notepad comes pre-installed on Windows and Mac.
01/13/2023 04:37 PM
Does anyone have any hints about filling out SSL’s submission form? When I cut and paste my Query letter, synopsis, writing sample, etc, their form does not accept my formatting. I’m using Word. It translates into a tiny, nearly unreadable font with no spaces between paragraphs, no indentation—it’s a mess. Any clues in how to keep my formatting?
09/17/2022 01:45 PM
I suppose if you do not get a response from Mr. Stewart and someone on the timeline below you gets a request or a decline, if simply means that you have been rejected without any kind of notification.
03/30/2022 09:57 PM
Email Query: 3.30.22

YA Historical, 97k
02/18/2022 09:13 AM
EQ. 11/22. YA historical supense.

CNR 2-18 -22
02/13/2022 04:26 PM
EQ: 2021-09-25 - Historical, Literary, Humorous, 98K
NR: 2021-02-13
07/08/2021 04:53 PM
EQ (form) 6/27/21 - literary 99k
ER 7/8/21
07/08/2021 03:37 PM
FQ 6/22/21
FR 7/8/21

MG Literary 51K
05/27/2021 01:58 PM
Literary thriller rejected @ 80 days.
04/20/2021 03:19 PM
EQ (FORM) 4/11/2021 specFiction 84K
ER 4/20/21 (form)
03/08/2021 08:51 AM
@Zamo32, good question.
02/26/2021 10:03 AM
FQ 2/17/21
ER 2/26/21

literary 97k
02/18/2021 08:42 PM
FQ 2/18/21

12/02/2020 03:17 PM
11/15/20 FQ
12/2/20 ER
Commercial fiction 60K

Thanks so much for submitting your work to us at Sterling Lord Literistic. Regrettably we're going to pass on the opportunity to represent you on this one, as it doesn't fit our needs at this time.

Best of luck in finding the perfect home for your work in short order, and thanks again for sharing your work with us.


Maria Bell
Assistant to Douglas Stewart
11/28/2020 06:21 PM
adult female-driven comm fantasy mag realism, 88k 11/28/20
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