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Ms. Betsy Lerner

Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

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Betsy Lerner

Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

27 West 20th Street, Suite 1107
New York, NY 10011
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Accepts queries via...
Postal Mail
This agent is seeking the following genres:




Cultural/Social Issues
Women's Issues
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Known Clients (current & past)
Heather Armstrong
Henry Dunow
Philip Galanes
George Hodgson
Wendy McClure
Jenefer Shute
Carolyn Slaughter
Patti Smith
Elizabeth Wurtzel
Jean Zimmerman
Author Comments
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05/01/2022 03:30 PM
EQ 5/1/22

memoir 88K
10/29/2021 01:43 PM
Sweet rejection note. Suggests she is taking on no more new projects until she clears off present ones. Authors take note.
03/14/2019 11:04 PM
EQ - 3/1/19
Memoir 92K

On 3/14/19 received this response. A disappointment to get a rejection, but I appreciate the polite email and just being acknowledged.

Dear Laura,
Many thanks for reaching out. I’m afraid I’m not taking on new projects at this time. I’m sorry to step aside.
Best of luck with your work.

03/16/2017 03:09 PM
EQ: 03/16/2017
Memoir 86k
06/02/2014 07:16 PM
EQ, 30 minutes later a nice response saying she no longer works with fiction.
03/05/2012 11:42 AM
EQ 12/12/11
NR 3/5/12 Commercial fiction - Kennel Cough
05/16/2011 04:06 PM
On 3/3, I queried her. Two weeks ago, I nudged her. No dice. It's closed/no response.
01/31/2011 07:09 PM
Thanks, professor! I'm plugging away. Query, query, query...
01/31/2011 05:56 PM
This is an example of a really good response, even though it is a pass. Tells you she liked it but is a pass because she is tired of the topic, not because of the writing. Likes the title and voice, but can't muster the enthusiasm. Good stuff. Keep plugging away - sounds like you are most certainly on the right track.
01/31/2011 09:14 AM
Submitted memoir query letter by snail mail 1/14/11. Received nice, personal rejection letter on 1/31/11. (The topic is recovery from depression.)

Dear Nicole,
Thank you for getting in touch with your work. I'm afraid it's a pass for me because I'm just too burned out on the topic. You deserve an agent who comes to the table with a kind of enthusiasm I can't muster for breakdown narratives.

I love your title and you've got a great voice. I wish you every success and I hope you'll understand.

Betsy Lerner
12/16/2010 06:52 PM
12/16/10 - equeried w/1st 10 pgs. re: offbeat/quirky DATDI.
Patrick (Admin)
12/12/2010 05:05 PM
Thank you tarzan.
12/11/2010 07:38 PM
Patrick: Betsey Lerner has a blog: http://betsylerner.wordpress.com/
04/15/2010 02:25 PM
cauman: Definitely not out of biz. Try again?
04/15/2010 01:13 PM
not a good email address - googled and it sent me to the same one - out of biz?
06/20/2009 12:00 PM
Received a British agent's offer of representation today!

Sent query May 29. They asked for full June 9. Offer of representation June 20!

Thought you'd like to see my query stats since I started on February 16:

9 Pending, 1 Partial, 1 full(and subsequent offer), 10 No Response, 12 Rejections, for a total of 33 queries.

Keep submitting! Never give up!
04/12/2009 12:00 PM
Sent an e-mail query at the end of December to no response. Just sent a follow-up e-mail today (4/12).
11/15/2008 12:00 PM
Requested partial via e-mail a week after I mailed my query letter. She's the first agent I heard back from! I sent her the first five chapters, and a week later, she sent me a kind and encouraging e-mail, even though it was still a rejection. :(
08/11/2008 12:00 PM
form rejection says: "Unfortunately, we're taking on very few new projects at the moment due to an already full load with present clients..."
10/09/2007 12:00 PM
A "Dear Author" letter.
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