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« Reply #210 on: January 10, 2017, 06:17:41 PM »

Very true, Wordwise; not all sales are reported to PM. I admit, it's not a perfect system, but I have to use something as a guide. I wish there was something better, but that's the best I've found so far.

I feel obligated to always play it safe, which means there are some legitimate or new agents that don't get listed. It's unfortunate. Eventually, though, most will make it onto the list.

Some other markers used are complaints posted on P&E, Absolute Write, or Writer's Beware.

Also, AAR membership is an automatic approval.
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« Reply #211 on: January 11, 2017, 01:00:21 PM »

I love and appreciate that you are super careful in who you list since I rely heavily on QueryTracker to find agents, so thank you Patrick!
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« Reply #212 on: January 11, 2017, 03:50:17 PM »

Could I interest you in a different way to vet agents?
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« Reply #213 on: January 11, 2017, 04:02:22 PM »

I'm always open to suggestions.
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« Reply #214 on: January 11, 2017, 04:22:13 PM »

Writer's Digest announces new agents every week. Many (maybe most) of them work for a known agency, and under the supervision of known individual agents. If you trust Mr. Big, it shouldn't be a stretch to trust Ms. New Agent in his office. Plus, you'll know that Ms. New Agent is actively seeking new clients. (Mr. Big probably isn't.)

Many new agents are semi-retired editors from Big Five houses. They might be new as agents, but they have decades of experience in the biz. And, of course, inside connections all over the place. If you wait for them to post their deals on PM, it might be a while, if ever.

And of course, personal connections at conferences. Those events don't pay jack to the agents, so their only real motivation for being there, is to scout for new talent.

The more you network in the biz, the more you'll know who to trust. And this is not the kind of thing that you can do from home. Emails and phone calls only get you so far.
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« Reply #215 on: January 11, 2017, 04:33:50 PM »

I already take into account new agents at already-listed agencies. The assumption being, as you said, they are working under the supervision of an established agent.

But I have seen editors, with decades of experience, try their hands at agenting and fail. So, knowing how to edit a book doesn't mean they know how to sell one. Which means they must meet the same qualifications as any other new agent to be listed.
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« Reply #216 on: January 11, 2017, 05:05:54 PM »

You've really thought this through, Patrick. It's such an amazing thing you've done for writers.
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« Reply #217 on: January 11, 2017, 05:14:11 PM »

Thank you, Jane. It's very nice of you to say.
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« Reply #218 on: January 23, 2017, 01:34:43 PM »

Hi, Patrick.

I'd found the Riggs Agency a couple of weeks ago and suggested them to be listed, but haven't seen them go up yet. I assume it's because of one of these things mentioned above? Probably zero or very few sales on PW, etc?

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« Reply #219 on: March 03, 2017, 06:12:15 AM »

Hello Patrick, Thanks for being so careful and thorough. I'm a real fan of QT!

How about: Suzannah Bentley from Janklow and Nesbit, I found her on MSWL:

http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/suzannah-bentley/


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« Reply #220 on: March 04, 2017, 04:24:59 PM »

Thanks Speckle.

She isn't listed on their website yet, so I'm gonna have to hold off. I'll keep an eye out for her, though.
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« Reply #221 on: March 06, 2017, 05:19:23 AM »

I hear you!

Another possible agent:

Daniel Kirschen of ICM: https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/DKirschen/
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« Reply #222 on: April 28, 2017, 09:29:16 PM »

Thanks Speckle.

She isn't listed on their website yet, so I'm gonna have to hold off. I'll keep an eye out for her, though.

In any event, the email you'd send would go to janklow.com servers, the same as their other agents. 
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« Reply #223 on: May 26, 2017, 06:14:27 AM »

Eric Lupfer, of Fletcher & Co.
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« Reply #224 on: May 27, 2017, 09:09:41 AM »

Hi Bob,
Eric Lupfer is now listed at https://querytracker.net/agent.php?agent=8585.

Thank you.
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