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Mr. Dominick Abel

Dominick Abel Literary Agency

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Dominick Abel

Dominick Abel Literary Agency

146 West 82nd Street, #1A
New York, NY 10024
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Closed to Unsolicited Queries
This agent is seeking the following genres:


Family Saga
General Fiction
Women's Fiction


True Adventure/Crime
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Known Clients (current & past)
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Author Comments
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04/08/2018 10:48 AM
Despite the diclaimer on his website that he accepts virtually no new clients I submitted 4/5/18.
rejection 4/7/18 Saturday afternoon 2:30ish

Brief in any case, probably a form, but it looks updated from the previous form letters submitted here so...

"Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, I am accepting virtually no new clients and do not think we would be a match. I wish you success."

85k word Heist/Suspense
03/09/2014 03:15 PM
EQ 1/12/14
ER 1/12/14

"Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, I am not accepting new clients. I wish you success."
03/22/2011 04:08 PM
Although he's closed to queries, I've tried anyway. I've gotten the same response as CHowland again, another same day rejection.
03/05/2011 11:07 AM
EQ 2/20
ER 2/21

Thanks for querying me about your work. With a very full plate, I take on new writers only in exceptional circumstances, and your work is not, I am sorry to say, for me.

Dominick Abel

02/24/2011 09:47 AM
bberetta: It is essentially a waste of your time and an agent's to send a thank you for responding to a query. It just clogs up their already very full inbox and slows response times because of it. If, on the other hand, you were thanking an agent turning down your partial or full, that's another story. As for his rather blunt rejection, it is what it is--he minces no words, is short and to the point. There is no room for hurt feelings (and I'm not aiming this at you, just as a general observation) in the querying process. It is best to keep this exercise in perspective: as a business letter soliciting an agent for representation. As eseckman succinctly stated: it aint personal. It's business.
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