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Ms. Renee Zuckerbrot

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

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Renee Zuckerbrot

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

27 West 20th Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10011
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


General Fiction
Short Story Collections


Pop Culture
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Author Comments
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12/08/2022 06:50 PM
No response, and her agency’s email response says she only responds if she’s interested in seeing more. The time limit that was given either here on QueryTracker or in the email has been reached for my short story collection. I still appreciate her consideration, however. The search continues! :)
12/04/2022 05:40 PM
CNR @ 69 days.
09/26/2022 02:44 PM
First 50 pages should work.
09/25/2022 11:25 AM
Any ideas how to translate "3 chapters" into pages for a manuscript without chapters? 30 pages? 25 pages?
04/26/2022 07:28 PM
queried 4/6
nudge with offer of rep 4/13
request for full 4/13, sent same day
step aside 4/26, citing timing

72k speculative/literary/upmarket
04/14/2022 06:02 PM
EQ 3/15/22 (upmarket fiction 81k)
CNR 4/14/22
04/02/2022 12:11 AM
EQ: 3/2/22
CNR: 4/1/22 per website

epic fantasy, 101K
11/27/2021 06:12 PM
On 11/27, got note: "submissions are closed until mid-January"
10/20/2021 07:37 PM
CNR @ 57 days.
06/20/2021 08:28 AM
How this went:

EQ at 8:53 a.m. for a short story collection. Regarding my stories that have already been published, the query includes the words "three of which have been previously published, in ___ magazine and ___ journal."

ER at 9:14 am.: "Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I don’t see any publication credits for the stories in _________, so I’m going to step aside. I suggest checking out the lit magazine database at Poets & Writers––it’s a wonderful resource––and submitting your stories." Email concludes with a helpful link to Poets & Writers.

Uh, what now?
03/22/2021 06:09 PM
EQ: 2021/1/5
ER: 2021/3/22

LF, 81k
03/01/2021 10:18 PM
"If you’ve haven’t heard back from her in 2-4 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her."
CNR at 31 days on adult litfic
02/06/2021 11:28 AM
EQ: 1/8/21
CNR: 2/6/21
08/23/2020 09:41 AM
This is so strange... I queried two agents today who are on vacation, and got two out of office messages. One said the usual, that she would get to it on Monday when she returns. The other, from Zuckerbrot, said this: "Thank you for your thoughtful query. I’m going on vacation this week, so I’m going to step aside. Sorry the timing isn’t right."

I'm sort of blindsided. I'm always happy for a quick rejection when it's genuine, because it's great to know quickly if an agent isn't interested, but this is confusing. I spent so much time on the query and I was really excited at the thought of her as my agent, and then I get rejected by default because I happened to email on the wrong day? I totally understand dreading a backlog of queries after vacation, but this seems a little extreme...
02/15/2020 03:32 PM
EQ: 1/13/20
CNR: 2/15/20
08/29/2019 11:22 AM
EQ 8/22/19, lit fic, short story collection, 40,000 words
03/23/2019 07:14 AM
Eq 1/21/19 (2nd/final Requery Venom)
ER 3/18/19 (Passed via nudge--referred to original requery in 2016: no requeries)
02/01/2019 08:48 AM
EQ 2/1/19, lit fic 74,500 words
12/07/2018 07:40 AM
EQ: 10/31/18
CNR: 12/7/18
12/06/2018 03:49 PM
Closed for submissions.

EQ 12/02 (but sent an overlooked synopsis on 12/06)

Renée emailed immediately after my 12/06 submission:

Dear Ms. Krajcer,
Submissions are closed––too much work to finish before the holidays. Sorry the timing isn’t right.
All best,
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