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MysteryWriter
05-27-2005, 09:56 PM
I'm interested in Ashley Kraas because she repped a novel that is similar to mine. She's ok in P&E, even has a $ next to her name. However, the agency she works for, Kraas Literary Agency, has this on P&E:
Not recommended. a literary agency. A writer reports she charges an upfront fee, but has sales with reputable publishers.

Does anyone know anything more about this?

Thanks! :)

CaoPaux
05-27-2005, 11:19 PM
I'm interested in Ashley Kraas because she repped a novel that is similar to mine. She's ok in P&E, even has a $ next to her name. However, the agency she works for, Kraas Literary Agency, has this on P&E:
Not recommended. a literary agency. A writer reports she charges an upfront fee, but has sales with reputable publishers.

Does anyone know anything more about this?

Thanks! :)If Dave doesn't drop by to answer your question, go ahead and email him for the info. :)

Savvy
11-04-2005, 10:26 PM
I realize you posted in May and it is now November, so I don't know if you're still interested in information, but I signed with the Kraas Agency about 6 months ago and have found them to be enthusiastic, helpful, communicative, professional, and positive. They haven't charged me a dime, but they did ask that I cover postage. Some agents do that in a bill; Kraas does it up front, that's all. I highly recommend them and they seem willing to really look at new people's work.

Patty Collier
11-06-2006, 03:18 AM
I realize you posted in May and it is now November, so I don't know if you're still interested in information, but I signed with the Kraas Agency about 6 months ago and have found them to be enthusiastic, helpful, communicative, professional, and positive. They haven't charged me a dime, but they did ask that I cover postage. Some agents do that in a bill; Kraas does it up front, that's all. I highly recommend them and they seem willing to really look at new people's work.

I am also interested in pursuing Kraas. I have had communications with Ms. Irene Kraas. I don't want to be presumptive and she may have no more than a passing interest. I originally ran P&E on the individual and got the agent with nothing negative only $ showing she does have actual book deals. After the contact I found the agency warning. I am interested in guidance on this matter. Again, she is not beating down my door but would like some insight... Thanks to all...

CaoPaux
11-06-2006, 09:57 PM
Agents that charge up front are not recommended. Period. If they are established agents with legitimate sales, then you must decide whether the probability of them selling your book is high enough to justify subsidizing their capital expenses.

Patty Collier
11-07-2006, 05:42 PM
Thank you. Definitely no more questions for me!

nygirl
01-18-2007, 05:55 AM
Mmm, I was wondering the same thing. I read this profile on her, at a conference she attended:

"In business since 1990, the Irene Krass Agency has launched many new authors in both young adult and adult fiction. Although the agency no longer takes on new authors in the young adult fiction area, Irene is especially looking for "big books" like medical thrillers, action adventure, psychological thrillers and the quirky, well-written mystery. She is also still interested in outstanding new voices in the area of literary fiction.

Irene recently made a couple of six-figure sales for a first time author as well as a major move for one of her well-established authors. Some of the clients she represents include Denise Vitola (Ty Merrick series - Berkley/Ace); Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (St. Germain Series -5 books -Warner Books); Bill Sibley (Any Kind of Luck - Kensington); Chandler McGrew (Cold Heart and Night Terror plus two more untitled- Bantam); Paula Paul (Alexandra Gladstone Series - 3 books- Berkley), Jon Merz. (The Fixer -four books - Kensington); and Noel-Anne Brennan -(Song of the Land - two books - Berkley/Ace)."

But I looked her up on Agentquery and she's not there, and there's scant information on the Web about her--even her address is a mystery (either NM or TX). In any case, Cao is right of course. Charging up front is a "no-no," even if it's for stamps.

waylander
01-18-2007, 01:51 PM
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is a reasonably big name in the SF/F field

Monet
01-18-2007, 02:29 PM
I think I read in Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2007, that Ashley Kraas is only a consultant now. The Portland OR address was her address if I am not mistaken.

toby
03-27-2007, 07:52 AM
I just signed with Irene Kraas and she has been absolutely professional. Hasn't asked for a penny up front. She sends the ms out via email. It has been a pleasure dealing with her. I'm not sure where the not recommended rating on P &E comes from but her sales and list of clients are impressive. Hope that helps.

Toni1953
07-10-2007, 03:04 PM
with Irene Kraas. she's requested a partial from me. any updates, good, bad, indifferent?

KAP
07-10-2007, 08:49 PM
with Irene Kraas. she's requested a partial from me. any updates, good, bad, indifferent?

I don't know much about her record as an agent, but I saw her at a conference and was impressed. Seems intelligent, savvy, and decisive. I thought she had an appealing personality and sense of humor, too.

For what it's worth,
kap

Toni1953
07-16-2007, 02:18 PM
Well, now she wants the full so we shall see ! (fingers crossed)

Moon Daughter
07-16-2007, 10:31 PM
good luck, toni!

Popeyesays
09-06-2007, 12:49 AM
I was reading a slush pile submission for someone and the query referred to representation by Irene Krass. My first question was why is the author making the submission and not the agent? My second thought was to do a google and I found no website, but her name and address were on the same "Find an agent who won't diss you '[cause you're unpublished!" website.

Irene Krass Agency
507 NW 22nd Ave, suite 104, Portland, OR 97210 (503)721-7442 (http://www.literary-agents.us/ebook/507%20NW%2022nd%20Ave,%20suite%20104,%20Portland,% 20OR%2097210%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20(503)721-7442)
Irene Krass: Psychological thrillers, medical thrillers, mysteries, and literary fiction. Ashley Krass: Romance, women's fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction. Send a short cover letter and the first 50 pages on a completed manuscript. No query letters.

503 is actually a Portland area code, anyway.

DeadlyAccurate
09-06-2007, 01:03 AM
Could it be this one:
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13195

The name in that thread is Kraas. There's mention of an Irene Kraas in that thread.

CaoPaux
09-17-2007, 10:05 PM
Has a website now: http://www.kraasliteraryagency.com/

No longer accepting romance "of any kind".

EgyptianGoddess
04-09-2009, 10:47 PM
Does anyone have any more information on Irene Kraas and her agency? I sent a query out last night in the middle of the night (letter and first 10 pages)...she replied fast...wants to see the next 10 pages. I sent out a bunch of email queries last night, she was the first to respond.

Is she worth it, is she reputable? Im not finding anything negative, but of those that posted in here that they signed with her...one had mentioned being with her 6 months, but didn't say anything about their book being sold. I don't want to sign with someone and be locked in and then nothing happens with the book.

Any advice? Thanks!

frandavea
04-10-2009, 04:34 AM
She's right here in my hometown. Not that it means anything, but there ain't too many agents up here in Portland. Sure would be cool to have an agent only 20 minutes away.

Of course, she also mentions on the submissions page she's mostly interested to writers who've already been published. I thought it'd be worth a shot, anyway.

tbrosz
04-10-2009, 08:35 AM
...Of course, she also mentions on the submissions page she's mostly interested to writers who've already been published. I thought it'd be worth a shot, anyway.

A lot of agents say something like that on their websites, but it normally doesn't mean they're closed to new stuff. Of course it's worth a shot!

EgyptianGoddess
04-10-2009, 08:44 AM
Hey, it surprised me to hear from her so quickly. I had sent a query letter and 10 pages embedded in an email. she sent back a reply this morning asking for a further 10 pages as an attachment.....

We'll see what pans out. I've learned in this process of agent shopping not to hold my breath. lol

normantown
04-30-2009, 11:45 PM
Has everyone who sent Kraas a query got the request for 10 additional pages?

Erin
05-01-2009, 01:36 AM
Has everyone who sent Kraas a query got the request for 10 additional pages?

Not me. She's never replied to my 2/5 query.

Karen Duvall
05-01-2009, 01:44 AM
I met her at a conference a few years ago and she asked for my first 3 chapters. She responded favorably, but with a request for me to revise and resubmit. I didn't agree with the changes she asked for, but thanked her for her time. She's warm and gracious in person, and was polite and encouraging in her email correspondence with me. Her daughter is, or was, an agent and they were partners for a while. I wonder what happened to Ashley. Now I'm curious. I should google her to find out.

nicolesingslave
06-14-2009, 05:41 PM
Just an update on Kraas Lit.
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http://www.kraasliteraryagency.com/events.htm
Submission Guidelines
The agency currently handles about 2% non-fiction and 98% fiction. Irene is now looking for FRESH psychological and medical thrillers, some literary fiction and young adult material. Please do not submit any "refurbished" plot lines (i.e. no DA VINCI CODE-like stories, no HARRY POTTER-esque fantasies).

The agency no longer handles adult fantasy, science fiction or romance of any kind. The agency is not interested in story lines that include the Mafia or government conspiracies , no personal growth stories or those with any drug or incest related material. The agency does not represent short stories, plays or poetry.

Currently, the agency is primarily interested in acquiring authors who are at present or have been published at a major publishing house. If this is you, please include the name of your book(s), the house, the editor and the year of publication(s) with your submission.


To submit, please email the first 10 pages of your completed manuscript to: irenekraas@sbcglobal.net. These pages should be embedded within the text of the email, not sent as an attachment or refer the agency to an author website. Irene accepts simultaneous submissions, but does require a 2-3 weeks exclusive when she requests the entire manuscript.

Erin
06-14-2009, 08:15 PM
I requeried her in early May and she responded by saying she's no longer seeking YA SF&F as well, even though her guidelines only indicated no ADULT SF&F.

F.F.
08-13-2009, 10:45 AM
So does anyone know, if it's decisively a no fly zone on the YA/Fantasy?

F.F.

Vandal
10-14-2009, 04:27 PM
Just to clear up one misconception: Ms. Kraas does not charge any upfront fees. I dealt with her recently and even saw a copy of her contract.

Her agency's P & E listing has been changed accordingly and no longer has the dreaded Not Recommended tag.

She's a top-tier agent, folks. Any author would be fortunate to have her.

Bushdoctor
10-18-2009, 11:45 PM
I sent an email query and she asked for a 10 page partial as a attachment the very next day.
She got back to me and asked for a full as an exclusive. This I have to send as a printout.

As far as i can tell she is prompt, polite and highly professional. I have googled her name and she has a number of authors whom she has managed to get good book deals for. I will let you guys know how my submission goes.

MArouet
11-06-2009, 08:47 AM
Any new news about Ms. Kraas? She asked for a partial on Sunday night, and my full the next day. She told me she'd be reading my mss this weekend, and I'd love to hear any recent insight people had just in case she responds positively.

bclement412
11-10-2009, 05:33 AM
Equery 11/8
Request for 10 pages 11/9
Request for 10 more pages 11/10
Request for 10 more pages 11/14

this could be a long journey, but so far she has been a speedy responder, which is always appreciated.

soulcascade
11-13-2009, 03:30 AM
BClement, I wish you luck! I got a request for a full from her today (yaay!) BUT she requires and exclusive :( Unfortunately for me, I already have the ms out with other agents and can't give it to her and she won't look at the full ms unless an exclusive is granted (sadness and woe for me, she was one of my 'top pick' agents :'( )

bclement412
11-13-2009, 03:57 AM
Congrats! But too bad about the exclusive. I have mine out with a lot of other agents now so if she does request the full (!) she might have a long wait. Good luck with your agents!

soulcascade
11-13-2009, 04:12 AM
Thanks and you too! You're tally of fulls and partials out very impressive!
What do you plan to do if she asks for an exclusive?

bclement412
11-13-2009, 04:34 AM
I'll just tell her that I have a multiple other agents reviewing it, and if she won't look at a non-exclusive, then it might be a long wait. What did you tell her? And what genre is your story?

thothguard51
11-13-2009, 06:00 AM
I signed on with Irene Kraas back in 2003 for a Fantasy Fict I was working on at the time. Irene was in NM at the time but later moved to TX. Her daughter is in the Portland area. Even though Irene could not sell my work, she was very professional and extremely helpfull in giving me insight to the industry and with what was wrong with my work. Any charges at the time were left to the clients. I could either send her five clean submission or pay her $125 for submissions and postage. I did the math and I could not have sent her 5 clean submissions for that price. It was my call and I saw it as honest operating expenses which from what I knew back then, agents could charge. She never charged me for any other work and at the end of our contract, sent me all the query rejections and then spent an hour on the phone with me going over what to do next.

Two years ago I emailed Irene to give her an update and see if she wanted to try again. She remembered me and informed me then that she was semi-retired and because of this only represented authors who are already published within the industry. She did chat with me a bit and offered me success because she felt it was only a matter of time before I broke out...

I have nothing but the highest praisse for Irene, though I know nothing of her daughter.

soulcascade
11-13-2009, 03:43 PM
I told her unfortunately I wouldn't be able to offer the exclusive as I already have my project out with other agents but asked if she'd be willing to review it when the other agents have finished (and I can offer the exclusive)
My story's middle grade fantasy. I assume you're querying 'Blue Abyss?" Wow, from those stats, it's only a matter of time before you get represented!

bclement412
11-13-2009, 03:46 PM
Thanks soulcascade- I have faith that you'll find an agent too!

bclement412
11-18-2009, 12:15 AM
update 11/17: Ms. Krass requested to see my full as an exclusive, but I told her that I had several other agents looking at it already and she refused to see it as a non-exclusive :( Too bad, but I'll send it to her if everyone else rejects me

soulcascade
11-18-2009, 03:53 AM
Oh no :( Did she agree to review it after the other agents have read it?

bclement412
11-18-2009, 04:12 AM
It wasn't clear. All she said was:

Dear bclement412: Sorry, I only read on an exclusive basis. Thanks anyway. Best of luck, Irene

Erin
11-18-2009, 07:05 AM
It's interesting to see that she's looking at paranormal & some fantasy again. She wasn't in May when I last queried her.

soulcascade
11-19-2009, 01:44 AM
Bclements, Humm...so will you just send it to her anyway if you don't have luck with the other agents (though I'm sure you will, again those stats are amazing!)? Or will you re-query and say "you requested it before, I can offer an exclusive now"?

Bushdoctor
11-19-2009, 02:36 AM
subed full 29/10, am still waiting

bclement412
11-19-2009, 02:44 AM
Soucascade: I'll just respond to her email and say that I can now grant her an exclusive. Good luck with your fulls!

Bushdoctor
11-19-2009, 02:45 AM
Soucascade: I'll just respond to her email and say that I can now grant her an exclusive. Good luck with your fulls!

Good luck to you mate. Just make sure you send a nice cover letter explaining. Quick question are you subbing via snail mail or email?

bclement412
11-19-2009, 03:02 AM
She said in the email originally requesting the exclusive that if interested, I should respond to her email so she could send me her address so I could snail mail it. I thought it was kind of weird...

Bushdoctor
11-19-2009, 03:11 AM
She said in the email originally requesting the exclusive that if interested, I should respond to her email so she could send me her address so I could snail mail it. I thought it was kind of weird...

Dont worry about it. That's the same thing I went through. It's a bit costly in terms of printing and postage, but if ever I was going to read someones entire MS, I would want it on paper as well. good luck!

bclement412
11-19-2009, 03:14 AM
good luck!

Same to you!

AuntB
11-19-2009, 03:56 AM
For those of you who have been querying Ms. Kraas lately-- are you all published already?

I noticed her website says that she's mainly looking for already published authors. Is that just a preference and they're still taking queries from new authors?

bclement412
11-19-2009, 04:02 AM
Nope I'm a teen so I've never been published before- not even in a magazine

Bushdoctor
11-19-2009, 01:00 PM
For those of you who have been querying Ms. Kraas lately-- are you all published already?

I noticed her website says that she's mainly looking for already published authors. Is that just a preference and they're still taking queries from new authors?

Thats just a preference. I am unpublished

Bushdoctor
11-20-2009, 07:36 PM
All's well that ends well. I got my R from her today.

polite, professional, top class

soulcascade
11-21-2009, 01:08 AM
Sorry about the R bushdoctor :(

AuntB
11-22-2009, 09:32 AM
Got a mailer daemon email telling me that my query to Irene had been delayed two days ago, and today I got the message saying delivery failed.

Time to re-query, I guess.

Has anyone else gotten through to her email lately without a problem?

Bushdoctor
11-23-2009, 01:01 AM
Sorry about the R bushdoctor :(

no worries mate. it's all part of the game.

aunt B are you using irenekraas@sbcglobal.net? it works fine for me I would advise you to try again.

Link - http://www.kraasliteraryagency.com/

AuntB
11-23-2009, 06:50 AM
I did indeed use that email. I'm actually making a few minor changes to my first chapter, so I'm kind of okay that it bounced back.

inkspatters
11-24-2009, 09:54 AM
Okay, so here's my submission history with Irene Kraas:
Queried with first five pages
Request for ten more pages.
Then, today, two days later a request for the next fifteen pages and a note that while there is some work to be done, there's a lot to like about my pages.

So far she seems polite and professional, so fingers crossed. Though I'm a bit worried about the fact that she seems to want to read on an exclusive basis as I have two other fulls out at the moment.

soulcascade
12-02-2009, 12:42 AM
News! Irene offered to represent me! WOOOOT!!! I also heard from Sally Harding of the Cook agency, she wants to give me Ďthe Callí. If she wants to rep me too, looks like Iíll have a decision to make. Iím super excited! Wow, I canít believe this is happening!!

bclement412
12-02-2009, 01:09 AM
Yay soulcascade! I can't even begin to imagine the pure joy you must be going through right now!! Congrats! :D oh btw is this your first book??

Richard White
12-02-2009, 01:10 AM
News! Irene offered to represent me! WOOOOT!!! I also heard from Sally Harding of the Cook agency, she wants to give me Ďthe Callí. If she wants to rep me too, looks like Iíll have a decision to make. Iím super excited! Wow, I canít believe this is happening!!


Congrats!

soulcascade
12-02-2009, 01:31 AM
Thanks guys! It's my second book, queried my first to death and got rejections all around...but I guess this one's a keeper!!

AuntB
12-02-2009, 03:06 AM
Congrats soulcascade!

Can I ask what genre your book is?

thmafi
12-02-2009, 03:19 AM
CONGRATS Soulcascade!!! That's SO AWESOME!!!! I love watching absolutewrite members find success!!!

HorrorWriter
12-02-2009, 06:07 AM
Congratulations, Soul!! :partyguy:

inkspatters
12-02-2009, 11:05 AM
Congratulations Soul Cascade. That is too cool!

soulcascade
12-02-2009, 03:42 PM
Thanks guys! :)

honeysock
12-02-2009, 05:08 PM
AuntB, soulcascade probably can't hear you because she's got her *party* music TURNED UP TOO LOUD [pounds broom handle on ceiling] so I'll answer for her--I think she writes fantasy.

soulcascade
12-02-2009, 08:48 PM
OOPS Sorry Aunt B *turns music down* haha thanks honeysock for the broom handle tapping. I write fantasy, the mss that she offered to rep is middle grade fantasy *turns music back up* :)

soulcascade
12-05-2009, 12:45 AM
I am now officially repped by Irene (rockstar agent) Kraas! Signed and mailed the contract off today. WOOT! WOOT!!!!

Emily Winslow
12-05-2009, 01:03 AM
Yay!

honeysock
12-05-2009, 02:07 AM
Very excited for you, soulcascade! Here's to a quick sale! *lifts glass of wine*

(I had a hunch you were going to go with her.)

inkspatters
12-05-2009, 02:17 AM
Woot woot soulcascade! Oh, and I kind of forgot to update what happened with my material in all this excitement...Irene gave me some great feedback and requested to see a rewrite :D

bclement412
12-05-2009, 04:04 AM
Congrats! :) :D

soulcascade
12-06-2009, 04:23 AM
Thanks honeysock, I hope for a quick sale too...now to move onto another purgatory I guess! (eep)

Inksplatters, that’s awesome news! Agents definitely don’t take the time to give a critique and request revisions unless they think you’ve got something special. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

inkspatters
12-06-2009, 01:14 PM
Thanks soulcascade :) I love your new signature, btw.

Laura B
05-20-2010, 09:08 PM
Irene asked for an exclusive on my full manuscript but I already have a full out with three other agents and partials out with three. What do I do???? I told her I would love to send her the full, but that it wouldn't be exclusive. It kills me that I can't just give her an exclusive.

DeadlyAccurate
05-20-2010, 09:39 PM
Irene asked for an exclusive on my full manuscript but I already have a full out with three other agents and partials out with three. What do I do???? I told her I would love to send her the full, but that it wouldn't be exclusive.

That was the right response. You could offer to let her read it anyway and see what she says.

It kills me that I can't just give her an exclusive.

Why? You obviously have a hot product on your hand. Don't sell yourself short. Exclusives benefit the agents, not the writers. There's a chance you'll get multiple offers, and you'll have your pick of agents.

jgaspard
05-21-2010, 01:15 AM
I went through the exact same situation with Irene a couple of months back -- she was very interested in my manuscript, but I had a couple partials and one full out.

She said she'd love to see it when/if others passed on it. When they did, I contacted her, sent the manuscript and she signed me a couple of days later. Happy ending all around!

Laura B
06-01-2010, 06:18 AM
She did end up letting me send the full manuscript. She also asked for first right of refusal, which was fine for me.

Four days later she offered representation. I have my full manuscript out with several others so I haven't been able to make any final decisions yet, but no matter what, this is going to have a good ending.

Stanmiller
06-01-2010, 07:02 AM
The website states:

Currently, the agency is primarily interested in acquiring authors who are at present or have been published at a major publishing house. If this is you, please include the name of your book(s), the house, the editor and the year of publication(s) with your submission.

Is that true, or is she trying to limit her slush pile growth rate?

M. Scott
03-18-2011, 02:48 AM
I recently saw an agency claim that "The Agency retains all movie/​TV rights for ALL of its represented works." I'm curious what implications this throws into the mix, as opposed to an agency that doesn't retain the rights.

IceCreamEmpress
03-18-2011, 02:56 AM
I don't understand how that sentence makes sense. Literary agencies don't hold rights in intellectual properties, they represent creators in licensing rights to intellectual properties. Either that's a wild typo or the agency in question doesn't know its business.

If what they mean is that representing film and video as well as print rights is the case for all of their client contracts, they need to say that more clearly.

PortableHal
03-18-2011, 03:30 AM
Link?

Cyia
03-18-2011, 03:42 AM
What was the agency? Maybe you stumbled across one of the scam groups out there.

James D. Macdonald
03-18-2011, 05:40 AM
I found that line here: http://www.kraasliteraryagency.com/disc.htm

dda27101
08-22-2014, 01:03 AM
Nothing on Ms Kraas lately...OK, here I go.
Q sent on 8/15, request for partial today, 8/21
We shall see.