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Ms. Thao Le

Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

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Closed to Unsolicited Queries
Open to queries from BIPOC authors.

Thao Le

Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

1155 Camino Del Mar, PMB 515
Del Mar, CA 92014
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Graphic Novel
Middle Grade
Picture Book
Science Fiction
Young Adult


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Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
02/07/2023 10:30 AM
Form Query: 12.11.22
Nudge with Offer of Representation: 1.31.23
Step Aside: 1.31.23

YA Historical, 79k
01/29/2023 03:10 AM
Form query: 29th January 2023
82K Adult Rom-com (BIPOC)
01/05/2023 11:03 PM
EQ: Dec 6th/22
CNR: Jan 5th/23
12/12/2022 10:38 PM
Form query (BIPOC): 10th April 2022
90K Adult contemporary romance

*Withdrawn to query Book #2 with another agent of the same agency*
11/11/2022 11:25 AM
FQ: 4/10/2022 (BIPOC Query)
CNR: 11/11/2022
Adult Fantasy 85k
10/26/2022 07:36 PM
FQ: 5/2
nudge w/ offer of rep: 10/21
kind step aside: 10/24
10/13/2022 10:43 PM
FQ (BIPOC): 10/13/22
08/03/2022 05:35 PM
Form Query: 11.4.2021
Query Withdrawn: 4.11.2022
Resubmitted Form Query: 4.11.2022
Form Rejection: 8.3.22 (Some personalization.)

YA Historical, 97k
06/23/2022 02:32 PM
FQ (BIPOC): 6/12/2022
Nudge with offer of rep: 6/19/2022
Kind step aside: 6/23/2022

93k Adult SF
06/09/2022 09:33 AM
The BIPOC link is pulling up as closed for me, anyone else?

EDIT: I had to find the link she tweeted, because the one in the general QM link wasn't working
05/25/2022 08:32 PM
Form query: 01/07/22
Nudged with offer: 05/24/22
Kind rejection: 05/25/22

Adult Rom-Com, 75k words
05/17/2022 11:29 AM
Query withdrawn for a rework 5/17 Cont fantasy, supernatural thriller 82k
03/31/2022 09:24 AM
FQ 21/02/2022 (I'm a POC)

YA Urban Fantasy Romance 78k
Withdrawn: 31/03/2022
02/23/2022 12:24 PM
FQ 1/6/2022 (I am a POC)
2/17/22 CNR I guess? doesn't really look like she's looked at any queries since September though...

YA contemporary 92k
02/23/2022 07:44 AM
Per Twitter profile, on permanent hiatus. Will only accept queries from BIPOC authors going forward. (2/22/22)
01/28/2022 01:10 PM
@EMimimi No, it doesn't. She explained this choice in detail on Twitter. "In light of these recent diversity reports and taking a long hard look at my list and where I fit in the publishing industry, I've decided I will be indefinitely closed to general submissions except for projects by BIPOC creators. The reason why I am specifying BIPOC creators is not because I think other marginalized identities such as white LGBTQ+, or white neurodiversity, etc aren't important, but because at this point in time I feel that BIPOC have the most inequality in Publishing." "I want to be selective about who I'm making time for and who I'm uplifting. I've made mistakes. I've been part of a broken system. I need to be more conscious about my actions, in addition to providing mentorships and monetary contributions to key organizations."

"To the writers out there who had hoped to query me, but now can't because of this specification, I invite you to reach out to the many other agents out there. There are numerous resources and available options for you. Thank you for understanding." (https://twitter.com/AgentThao/status/1276648549757808641?s=20&t=BdtOfj5v9OkREw4SPv4D6Q)
01/28/2022 01:07 PM
BIPOC authors are being systematically disadvantaged at every level of publishing, which is why several agents are making them a priority. They're actively making the industry better by somewhat levelling the querying playing field. I, for one, commend them for it.
01/28/2022 12:59 PM
She's only open to queries from BIPOC authors...? Hmmm doesn't this discriminate against other authors...?
01/07/2022 03:17 PM
FQ: 1/7/22

60k YA Fantasy
09/13/2021 06:37 PM
FQ: 9/3
FR: 9/13
YA urban fantasy/con w/ speculative elements 88k
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Last Update:
04/18/2020 - Closed to queries.
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