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Ms. Holly McGhee

Pippin Properties, Inc.

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Holly McGhee

Pippin Properties, Inc.

110 W. 40th St. Suite 1704
New York, NY 10018
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Middle Grade
Young Adult


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Known Clients (current & past)
Jon Agee
Kathi Appelt
Harry Bliss
Doreen Cronin
Kate Dicamillo
Tony Fucile
Alison McGhee
James McMullan
Kate McMullan
Jandy Nelson
Leuyen Pham
Sean Qualls
Peter H. Reynolds
Marc Rosenthal
David Small
William Steig
David Ezra Stein
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06/23/2024 07:55 AM
June, 2024

Since this was the first agent I had queried since revising my manuscript, I decided to go for the six week exclusive since Holly said in an interview that she would move it to the top of the pile. My manuscript is extremely polished. I have two novels published, and I know that my query letter was strong as well. That being said, I was reluctant to give her the exclusive. I haven't run across this request in over a decade. I was busy, though, so I figured that the six weeks would fly by. It was an experiment of sorts.

What happened? Nothing. Not even a form reject letter. I assume she asks for the exclusive to cut down on her submissions, but I think it's unprofessional--especially since she can't even take ten seconds to send a form reject. (Though for an exclusive, I would expect a real line or two.)

It's my opinion that writing Holly McGhee, and submitting to this unfair practice, is a waste of time for most writers. If she isn't the first one you have queried, it's impossible to do, anyway, as project are most likely out with other agents when you find her.

I hope that others will view this practice, and it's lack of results, as a reason to not query her.

Good luck to you all!
02/22/2024 05:41 PM
Re: the "exclusive queries"—just a note that this used to be the norm when querying ALL agents. Those of us who have been writing for a long time were happy to see this go away 6+ years ago
01/10/2024 02:38 PM
I submitted my materials via email. I told her I was also querying four other agents.

1-10-24 MG Fantasy 67k
09/25/2023 05:09 AM

To request 'exclusive queries' is such bad form. Shame on her. And just because she wants them, it doesn't mean you have to accept. Query others.
09/24/2023 01:51 PM
Not sure what "exclusive queries" means. What I've sent queries but at this point they are CNRs? Does that mean I can't Q her? Or does she mean don't send any more Q's out if you Q her until after you hear back from her/the time period is up?

Edited to add: I'm thinking she means that queries should be treated like an exclusive full, meaning if you Q her and someone else asks for pages in the meantime, you can't send them until the exclusive Q timeline is up, and also not to send any more Q's after you send her the "exclusive Q."

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