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Ms. Denise Barone

Barone Literary Agency

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Denise Barone

Barone Literary Agency

385 North Street
Batavia, OH 45103
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Closed to Unsolicited Queries
This agent is seeking the following genres:


New Adult
Women's Fiction
Young Adult


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Known Clients (current & past)
Laurie Albano
Michele Barrow-Belisle
Cathy Bennett
Sarah Biglow
Suzanne Hay
Robert Hoxie
Kristal McKerrington
Lynn Petersen
Curt Rude
Anna Snow
Gwen Stoner
Ivan Szendro
Molly Zenk
Author Comments
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Patrick (Admin)
06/07/2022 03:41 PM
Thanks lucidities
06/07/2022 02:16 PM
Today (June 7, 2022) I clicked on the link seen on Denise Barone's agent profile page in QT for website: baroneliteraryagency.com. Doing so took me to an odd-looking page that was pretty clearly not the one I wanted. A google search, by contrast, suggested as its top hit a link to a different URL: it appears on the google search results page as "www.denisegwen.com > BaroneLiteraryAgency" and is the right place. FYI.
12/17/2020 07:14 PM
wondering if she's incredibly backlogged. I submitted early/mid September of last year and haven't heard anything.

I CNR'd in may of last year but I submitted in September of 2018 and it is now december 2020 and I didn't even get the one word rejection that others have gotten
01/20/2020 01:28 PM
Queried over a year ago with no response. (Sorry, I don’t have the exact date... but definitely over a year)

10/23/19 sent follow up to check query status (and resent materials)

1/20/20 CNR
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
12/20/2019 05:25 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries. Thanks violet1
12/20/2019 04:29 PM
Website says she's closed to unsolicited queries.
09/16/2019 08:22 PM
EQ: 04/29/2019 Hist Fic 76k
ER: 09/11/2019 not even a form rejection, just the word "PASS."
09/11/2019 03:24 PM
Same here! With what JTrevorRobinson said, she just sent an e-mail saying "Pass." If you're bothering to reply, you can write one sentence why. The other rejections I've gotten have been very professional stating: thank you for submitting your work, unfortunately it doesn't fit with us, etc. She seems very unprofessional. Don't be discouraged by this! And I don't know if it's because of this, but when you paste your manuscript pages in the online form, it completely screws up the formatting. So I had to literally edit in a Word document very meticulously to get it to paste right for other agents. I wouldn't bother submitting to her. There are plenty of other more professional agents out there who will at least send you a proper response, if they decide to respond. Even though we all want to be published, you don't want it to be with a bad agent. I was with a bad publisher before, because I didn't seek out an agent. Trust me. You want the best agent out there who's professional and going to look out for you and give you the best representation.
08/12/2019 07:40 AM
Not even a form letter for rejection; just the single word "Pass".
08/04/2019 04:46 PM
EQ 1/31/18 (2nd Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 4/25/18 (Passed via nudges after being considered for a few months with no reason)
08/04/2019 04:45 PM
EQ 4/26/19 (2nd/final Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 8/29/19 (Passed--not good fit)
06/11/2019 04:38 PM
EQ: 5/15/2019
ER: 6/11/2019
06/06/2019 01:52 PM
CNR: 6/6/2019
EQ: 11/25/2018 Chick Lit 65,000

Finally got the form accepted.

10/12/18 -- STILL cannot get my submission to go through. Getting this error message on both Firefox and IE:

There was an error trying to send your message. Please try again later.

Is anyone else having this problem? Any suggestions?
05/30/2019 08:59 AM
Women's fiction
04/20/2019 02:07 PM
EQ 1/26/19 (2nd/final Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 4/11/19 (Passed with personalized feedback--likes story and has potential, but she felt it was a bit too telly. She did encourage me to resubmit if I wish. I might do it later this summer.)

Congrats Lucy!
04/17/2019 09:35 AM
She may be incredibly backlogged. I sent a query 4/2 and got a response 7/31 asking if I was still seeking representation. When I said yes, she asked for a full.

EQ: 4/2
FR: 7/31
Offer Of Representation: 8/3
Accepted offer of rep: 8/6
Manuscript in front of acquisitions board 8/17
Offer of publication: 8/30
Manuscript publication date set: November 2019.

YA paranormal. Her responses -- even when interested in something -- are one line so don't read too much into the "thanks I'll pass" form Rs others posted.
03/11/2019 10:56 PM
Website is different than listed here:
02/27/2019 12:10 PM
EQ: 2/27/2019

Romantic Suspense: 80K
02/13/2019 09:16 PM
10/23/2018 08:07 PM
EQ - 10/23 online form on website - 97k hist fic
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Last Update:
12/20/2019 - Closed to queries.
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