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    I wonder about Kelly Sonnack too. I queried her on 1/5 and haven't received a response. AgentQuery hasn't been updated if she's moved on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erin View Post
    I wonder about Kelley Sonnack too. I queried her on 1/5 and haven't received a response. AgentQuery hasn't been updated if she's moved on.
    KS isn't with Sandra Dijkstra Lit anymore either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caromora View Post
    KS isn't with Sandra Dijkstra Lit anymore either.
    $4.34 postage down the drain :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    $4.34 postage down the drain :-(
    Yeah, same here. Oh well. Hopefully an announcement comes out if she's moved somewhere else. (And maybe will take e-subs... that would be nice, wouldn't have to pay twice to submit...)

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    I read on another board that KS has indeed found a home at a different agency, but the name of the agency hasn't been made public yet. It will probably be up on Publishers Weekly / Publishers Marketplace soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    $4.34 postage down the drain :-(
    Same here...I wonder if they just tossed our packages. LOL

    Anyone know about Taryn Fagerness...where'd she move to?
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    This was in the Publisher's Lunch newsletter I received yesterday:

    Agents Jill Marsal and Kevan Lyon have left the Sandra Dijkstra Agency to form the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Marsal was at the Dijkstra agency for eight years and practiced as an attorney representing authors prior to that. Lyon spent four years at Dijkstra and worked in the wholesale and distribution side of the publishing business for over 17 years before becoming an agent.

    There were no particulars, like the physical address.

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    Here's the new address and website for Marsal Lyon Literary:

    Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
    PMB 121
    665 San Rodolfo Dr. 124
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    www.MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com

    Looks like the website is only half-built right now, but does include a phone # and submissions guidelines.

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    For those asking about Kelly, she's now at Andrea Brown Literary--http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.php.

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    Caramora, thanks for the info on Kelly. Darn, I've already queried Andrea Brown and they have a policy against querying more than 1 agent.
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    Looks like Kelly S. took her subs with her. She just emailed me about mine from her new agency (Andrea Brown).
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    My first job in publishing was with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. That was almost 10 years ago now, but I can say that she is a strong agent, will only take on work she is passionate about, and then will really fight for it.

    Oh, and for those concerned about sending a package to someone who isn't there anymore, staff cycle through rather quickly there, and at least when I was there, they would just go to the new person handling submissions or that genre. The books and websites with contact info can't keep up with the staff changes, though I suppose that is the case with many agencies and publishing houses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erin View Post
    Caramora, thanks for the info on Kelly. Darn, I've already queried Andrea Brown and they have a policy against querying more than 1 agent.
    Erin, don't worry; Andrea and her lovely agents share the queries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erin View Post
    Same here...I wonder if they just tossed our packages. LOL

    Anyone know about Taryn Fagerness...where'd she move to?

    I saw online yesterday (the Guide to Literary Agents blog I think) that she's on her own now doing subrights and not accepting queries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieB View Post
    I saw online yesterday (the Guide to Literary Agents blog I think) that she's on her own now doing subrights and not accepting queries.
    Thanks for the info!
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    new query response policy

    FWIW, I'm at the 7 week mark - queried Elise Capron. When I sent my letter & 50 pgs their website said to expect a 6-8 week wait but they will reply (by email only.) Well, just checked the site again - for something to do, mostly, as I'm going through what feels like an endless "no news" phase. As of 5/1/09 they have a new policy: they will now only respond to unsolicited queries in which they're interested. If you haven't heard from them within 6 wks, you can assume they're passing.


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    Has anyone dealt with Elise Capron?

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    I have. I am. Elise is terrific. But it's not clear to me if she is working on behalf of Sandra or not. She seems to want to have the ms perfected before Sandra sees it and is generous in offering suggestions to make it Sandra worthy.

    I am eager to hear from folks who have dealt with the restructured organization ( since many agents have left this agency in a mass exodus). I guess SD is the real deal there but I would be curious to hear what the reputation or recent experience with this agency is. Any recent sales for SD?
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    Here's my experience with the Sandra Dijkstra Agency:

    Queried Elise Capron there (via snail mail) with the understanding that she would only respond if interested. Unfortunately, she was not interested, but I did receive a really thoughtful rejection letter from Taylor Martindale. She suggested that I change the novel's title, praising the concept and the voice(s) and saying that the current title "does not serve the work well."

    I didn't even send a SASE. They still took the time to write me.
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    Taylor Martindale and Natalie Fischer are the newest agents at the Dijkstra agency. I don't know much about their publishing background, but like it says on Chuck's Guide to Literary Agents, new agents are hungry and really building their list....so hopefully even though they have a "no-reply if not interested" policy, the new agents will take the time to respond with the submissions that came close, like it sounds like this one did with Taylor.

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    Oh, and FYI....found out they also have a Facebook page, which allows you to ask questions....

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Del-Ma...y/204596008168

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    I got a full request from Natalie Fischer at this agency back in October. She asked for an exclusive read of four weeks, which I granted. She was incredibly prompt and professional, and had her decision back to me within eleven days (!!). She suggested revisions and offered to re-read it if I wanted to make those changes. Natalie obviously has a good eye -- the revisions she suggested were just what the ms needed, but I couldn't see it until she pointed it out. She is still in the process of reading the new version, and has been keeping in touch with me in a very professional manner.

    I'm impressed. I hope she offers to represent me. I love the smooth, considerate communication from this agency.

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    NF is making a lot of posters happy lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parametric View Post
    NF is making a lot of posters happy lately.

    TM requested some material today, through a referral by NF.
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