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Ms. Jane Dystel

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

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Jane Dystel

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

One Union Square West, Suite 904
New York, NY 10003
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Query Methods
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Postal Mail
This agent is seeking the following genres:


General Fiction
Women's Fiction


Current Affairs/Politics
General Non-Fiction
True Adventure/Crime
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Steph Campbell
Cindy Daniel
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Tracey Garvis-Graves
Abbi Glines
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Elizabeth Hunter
Tayari Jones
Erin Knightley
J.A. Konrath
Kimmery Martin
David Morrell
Barack Obama
Jolene Perry
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Steve Raichlen
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Author Comments
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Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/30/2023 09:41 AM
Profile Update: Genres updated.
03/19/2023 12:53 PM
EQ 1/26
FR 1/26
MS sent 1/26
Nudged with offer of rep 3/7
Waiting to hear
Has anyone not heard back when nudged with offer of rep on a full?
03/19/2023 12:53 PM
EQ 1/23
Full request 1/23
Notified offer of rep 3/7
No response
02/05/2023 01:38 PM
Got a bounce back email saying she is on vacation and will return 2/15.
01/12/2023 01:18 PM
Submitted 1/9/23 biography. Rejected politely with form letter 1/12/23.
01/12/2023 11:46 AM
Submitted query 1/10, rejected with form letter 1/12
ya Fantasy/sci fi 118k
01/06/2023 05:16 PM
Women's Fiction - Polite FR - 13 days
11/17/2022 01:45 PM
Historical fiction. Polite form rejection at one week.
08/25/2022 12:02 PM
8/22/22 EQ Historical 108K
8/23/22 Request for MS
8/25/22 Very kind rejection. It was not a form letter and included encouraging words re my writing and how much she enjoyed it. She mentioned the challenges of the publishing market at this time and she must be "subjective and very selective" and "in love" with the novel to take it on.
08/21/2022 07:39 PM
EQ: 8/21/2022 (mentioning her client's recommendation)
FR: 8/21/2022

94K Upmarket fiction
08/20/2022 06:49 PM
EQ: 8/14/22
Full Manuscript Requested: 8/14/22
Rejected: 8/18/22
Historical Fiction (81K)

Dear Peter:

Thank you for letting us review your material for TEXIAN BY CHOICE, which we read with great interest.
Unfortunately, we have determined that we are not the appropriate agents to represent this material.? In this very competitive market, we are simply not enthusiastic enough about our ability to sell this work to offer representation.
We wish you the best of luck placing this successfully. Thank you, once again, for letting us consider it.
Best regards,
Jane Dystel
08/12/2022 06:51 PM
Am I missing something? It looks like Query Tracker is indicating that people are stilly querying this agent. But there is no button to contact her on her webpage, so it looks to me that she is closed to queries.
Patrick (Admin)
07/05/2022 10:49 PM
@JohnEvans86, I can see how it may appear this is how QM works, but it isn't nearly as fancy. There is no AI. I wouldn't know how to begin to implement something like that. You are right that there is a way for agents to flag queries based on keywords, but nothing automatic happens after that. The agent still needs to view the query and then manually apply a decision. All the flag does is help to bring the query to the agent's attention faster. And not all agents will use this feature. Anyway, I just wanted to alleviate concerns that authors are at the mercy of some AI monster. It is nothing like that. I hope this helps.
07/05/2022 09:54 PM
Your whole query didn't "work" for them. Agents who use QT/QM use the AI to scan submissions for buzzwords matching whatever trend they are chasing or group they are pandering too. Up awards of 80% of submissions are deleted the second you hit submit.

You got a Full Request "Within minutes"(Less time than it would have actually taken to read the query) because the AI flagged your query automatically because you had enough of the buzzwords, no one actually looked at it until you sent the full request, then they looked at it and realized the AI turned in a false positive didn't your book didn't actually fit the trend. So they sent you the typical form rejection.
07/01/2022 08:04 AM
Email Query 6/20.
Full requested minutes later.
Sent full next day.
Form rejection 9 days later.
Very disheartening. How am I supposed to know what worked/didn't work?? They should personalize feedback on a full.
06/06/2022 12:20 PM
Resent my Query per their website: "Do resend your query email if you haven’t heard from us in 8 weeks, noting the date previously sent. Our goal is to read and respond to every query in that time frame." Though I forgot to mention the previous time I mailed it. Ughhh
05/29/2022 07:12 AM
Agency reps Kate Finegan (Longleaf editor, lives in Saskatchewan)
05/07/2022 04:47 PM
EQ: 03/08/22 adult sci-fi 76k
CNR: 05/07/22
04/28/2022 04:20 PM
Email query 4/28/22

NA Fantasy 114K
04/28/2022 09:07 AM
Email Query - 4/21/22
78K - YA/Crossover Adult Contemporary Romance
25 sample pages

Form Rejection - 4/28/22

Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials, and please forgive me for responding with a form letter. The volume of submissions we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally.

Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time. We wish you the best of luck in finding an agent and publisher for your work, and we thank you, once again, for letting us consider your materials.


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Last Update:
03/30/2023 - Genres updated.
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