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Ms. Tina Schwartz

The Purcell Agency, LLC

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Tina Schwartz

The Purcell Agency, LLC

336 Belle Court
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
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Chick Lit
Middle Grade
Young Adult


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Patrick (Admin)
07/20/2021 05:35 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
07/09/2021 12:07 PM
EQ: 6/24/21
FR: 6/29/21

YA Contemporary, 83k

ER: 7/9/21

Tina was super nice and explained her reasoning behind the full rejection (found it hard to root for the MC), but she liked my writing and encouraged me to query her for future projects. Definitely will!
07/07/2021 10:56 AM
EQ July 4
ER July 6

YA Contemporary 80k words

"I'm sorry, but your project does not sound like a fit for me at this time, and so I will have to pass. It sounds riveting, however, I'm looking for more of a light-hearted read at the moment. Thank you for considering me and best of luck with your future queries."
06/17/2021 10:41 AM
Lost both parents to cancer and does not think she can rep it the way it should be done.
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Patrick (Admin)
05/23/2021 08:07 AM
Profile Update: Now using QueryManager. Genres updated. Open to queries.
10/19/2020 04:34 PM
EQ: 9/4/20
FR: 9/4/20
ER: 10/19/20
Even though Tina is closed to queries, she has read all of my manuscripts and graciously agreed to read my latest women's fiction manuscript. She loved the main character, but found the pacing too slow for her taste. She is very supportive and is an awesome agent!
03/31/2020 01:01 PM
In-person pitch 6/23/19--62K Contemporary YA
Full Request 6/23/19
Sent submission 6/24/19
R&R 8/17/19--It took her longer than she thought to get to my MS, but she was enthusiastic about it and is excited to get the resubmission.
R&R sent 10/30/19. It's now 72K. She said she'd get back to me in 4 weeks. Wish me luck, she's awesome!
3/11/20 OFFER OF REP!

3/28/20 ACCEPTED OFFER OF REPRESENTATION!!! I have an agent, and I love her!

Met Tina at a conference, and she is straight up awesome!
Pro tip: she mentioned that she appreciates a short reply if she sends feedback with a rejection.
09/13/2018 04:06 PM
I emailed Tina in June to see if she would be interested in reading a revised version of a manuscript that she had previously read in full. She graciously agreed, despite being technically closed to queries, and I sent it off. After 3 months, she ultimately passed, citing the pacing being too slow for her as the primary reason, though she complimented the writing as poetic. She wished me luck in finding just the right agent. I would love to work with her someday.
07/27/2018 06:21 PM
Met at Conference 06/23/2018. Asked for Full.
Sent on 06/24/2018
Told me to nudge at 4 wks if I still haven't heard a reply.
Nudged at 4 wks. Got immediate reply that she would get to it ASAP.
Next day she sent a detailed rejection based on plot issues she saw. Very nice. Asked me to query my next project.
67,000 word YA Contemporary
08/10/2017 11:16 AM
ejmccay - Tina is awesome! She has read several of my full manuscripts, but no offer of representation. She has given great feedback though! Congratulations!
08/09/2017 06:40 PM
I queried a romance, Love in Reality, and I got a call today for representation. I really like Tina.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
06/23/2017 05:45 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
06/22/2017 11:44 AM
YA Adventure 71K
EQ 6/5
FR 6/7
6/10 Got an email this morning saying "Let's touch base in three weeks."
6/22 ER Nice letter. Nice agent. If you get the chance to work with her, you should.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
06/02/2017 07:21 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
05/06/2017 11:29 AM
EQ: 3/19/17 (Women's Fiction - 93K)
FR: 3/24/17
ER: 5/5/17
Even though Tina was closed to queries in general, she had invited me to query her when I was ready with my next manuscript. She had previously requested a full on another novel of mine. She kept me up to date on her progress throughout the time frame. She loved my main character and writing style, but ultimately felt the pace of the book was too slow for her. A disappointment, but she would be awesome to work with! She left the door open for me to query her with future projects.
03/14/2017 09:13 AM
EQ 2/15/17
FR 2/25/17
ER 3/14/17 Very nice rejection. Didn't like the direction the story took.
Women's Literary Fiction
02/11/2017 02:14 PM
EQ: 2/10/15 - YA Contemporary, 57k, from #AgentMatch Twitter contest
FR: 2/11/15 - Full request a day later!
4/12/15 - She nudged me and wanted to make sure my MS was still available since she plans to read it soon.
ER: 5/8/15 - Rejection with a few helpful suggestions and a possibility of her taking a second look if I revised.

EQ: 5/21/16 to see if she'd still be interested in a revised version of my novel, she requested full
Nudge: 8/2/16 - I nudged her to see if she was still reading. She responded and said that she'd get back to me soon.
2nd Nudge: 11/20/16
1/8/17 - R&R, personalized with suggestions to improve and resubmit. She is very nice!

1/29/17 - Emailed to say revisions were ready. Replied asking for full MS.
2/2/17 - ER - She decided she didn't like the voice. It was quite disappointing since original query was 2 years ago and I worked hard on two separate revisions for her. Oh well, I guess. It really hurts, but I'll move on.
09/27/2016 05:42 PM
EQ: 5/19/16
Partial request for this historical novel, after having already requested a full on my YA novel, all on the same day! (See previous comments below.): 5/19/16
ER: 9/27/16, primarily because historical novels are not a primary interest of hers. She gave positive feedback with regard to my writing and encouraged me to continue, as well as query again if I had any contemporary YA novels in the future. Tina is a gem and anyone would be lucky to have her as an agent!
09/14/2016 11:37 AM
Update! I wrote back to Tina asking if she might consider reading additional chapters of my YA novel since the paranormal part is not the heart of the book, the love story is. She agreed to review the full manuscript! Plus, she requested sample chapters from another YA historical novel I have written!

Update: Submitted full manuscript on 5/19/16
ER: 9/12/16, saying she could not connect with the characters as much as she would have liked, though she thought the writing was good and the story was rich and vivid. Tina corresponded with me a number of times when I wrote to check in and also let me know when she had difficulty opening the first attachment of the manuscript I sent. It is so appreciated to have someone willing to take the time to communicate with an author, so you know what is going on, and don't feel like you've fallen into the writer's abyss! She has a partial of another novel I wrote, for which she said she would get back with me soon.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
06/01/2016 08:29 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
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