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Offline sammie

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Agent not on the QT agent list
« on: July 25, 2008, 07:47:15 PM »
Hi there!  I queried an agent who is not on your list. Now that she wants my proposal I would love to track her. Is there a reason why somebody would not be on the site? I found her in Jeff Herman's guide to agents.  Thank you!

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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 08:12:15 PM »
Who's the agent?  If she's not in the QT base, there's usually a reason.  Maybe we can help...
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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008, 09:31:37 PM »
Thank you. Her name is Jacqueline Simenauer. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008, 10:58:11 PM »
She's on P & E and looks legit... anyone got any dirt?
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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2008, 10:56:01 AM »
Thank you sammie for the info.

Since one bad agent can ruin the whole show, I have to be very careful about who gets listed.  This means that QT's listings may not be as extensive as others, but at least I know I'm not helping some crook to rip off writers.  Better safe than sorry.

A guideline I follow is, just because I can't find anything negative about an agent doesn't mean they are positive. 

Here are some things that will get a new agent listed immediately:
  • Member of AAR
  • Recommended by P&E
  • Listed on AgentQuery (They too are very selective)

Things that are an automatic rejection:
  • Not Recommended by P&E
  • Complaints reported by Writers Beware

As you can see, there is a lot of room between these two categories, and it takes a lot of time and effort to make a determination if the agent does not fall into one of them.  And finding the bad ones is always easier than finding the good ones.

Things that don't effect my decision either way:
  • Being listed in Writers Market, or any other agent listing for that matter (except what I already stated above).  Writers Market does not screen their listings as well as I would like.
  • Having reported sales.  Not all sales are equal, or current, and must be researched and considered singly.

Premium members have the option of adding "Private" Listings.  Which means no one but them can view it, and so I do not verify those agents.  This allows them to track queries to agents who I have not cleared for listing in the public list.

Thanks, and I hope this clears things up.

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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008, 02:13:37 PM »
Thanks for your help Patrick. I am glad you are so careful.

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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008, 05:09:20 AM »
I didn't realize that about the Private agent listings. How does that work?

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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2008, 08:23:25 AM »
Hi isinglass
You use the Add Agent page and one of the questions it will ask you (if you are a premium member) is if you want the agent to be public or private.  Just select private and then that agent will only show up on your list and no one elses.


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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2009, 07:18:10 AM »
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Re: Agent not on the QT agent list
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2009, 10:08:31 PM »
Thanks Julie, she's listed now.