View Full Version : [Agency] Fletcher & Co., LLC (formerly Fletcher & Parry)

08-07-2007, 06:03 PM
Fletcher & Parry? I'm new but I didn't see anything on this agency on the link page. Thanks.

08-07-2007, 09:38 PM
The agency site is under construction, but their PM page gives good info: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/fletchcd/

Both principals have solid industry experience, and have at least a dozen sales between them since they set up shop in 2003.

08-14-2007, 04:29 PM
It does seem like a good place. Very kind responses to e-mail queries, though their website says that they are no longer accepting them due to volume.

02-06-2008, 11:57 PM
Does anyone know much about Kate Scherler? I sent in a full to her and she sounds good but I'm not sure who her clients are.

04-23-2008, 02:47 AM
21 day polite request for fifty pages via email
attachment from melissa chinchillo via email today.
i had sent a query snail mail.

18 day rejection via SASE from kate scherler
on 3/10.

11-18-2008, 08:39 PM
Kate Scherler has apparently left Fletcher and Parry, now called Fletcher and Company. I don't know if she is working somewhere else, on her own or just out of the biz.

11-19-2008, 10:07 PM
Caveat emptor here.

I had three different people from Fletcher & Company (formerly Fletcher & Parry) contact me about my manuscript, after my original full was sent to an agent who later left the company. None seemed to know what the other was doing. None of them were listed in any of the agent directories I could find.

One request was in writing with the correct manuscript name but addressed to a different person.

The person who ended up with my manuscript was apparently an editorial assistant. She was pleasant, as were the other folks I communicated with via email. However there is a serious organizational problem here.

Perhaps they'll straighten things out during this apparent transitional phrase, but just be aware.

alias octavia
03-17-2009, 03:46 AM
So I saw this in Publisher's Lunch today:

"Rebecca Gradinger has left Janklow & Nesbit Associates and launched Finchley Road Literary, a boutique agency specializing in literary fiction, up-market commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, humor and pop culture."

Anybody know how to contact this agent now?

03-17-2009, 04:25 AM
Her AQ page has been updated: http://www.agentquery.com/agent.aspx?agentid=610

alias octavia
03-18-2009, 12:58 AM
Thanks for starting a new thread. I checked AQ initially but no info. I should be more patient.

My query has been sent today; I will update with response time/info for others as I get it.

alias octavia
04-22-2009, 12:19 AM
Just an update here from Publisher's Lunch:

"Rebecca Gradinger, who recently left Janklow & Nesbit after six years to create Finchley Road Literary, is folding that agency into Fletcher & Company, where she is now working as an agent. She will also handle the company's magazine work and cover the Canadian market"

I queried her on March 17th at the Finchley Road email address and have yet to hear back. I wonder if I ever will now.

04-22-2009, 12:22 AM
From today's Publishers Lunch:

"Rebecca Gradinger, who recently left Janklow & Nesbit after six years to create Finchley Road Literary, is folding that agency into Fletcher & Company, where she is now working as an agent. She will also handle the company's magazine work and cover the Canadian market.

Gradinger joins a team that was bolstered last year by Grainne Fox, who had been with Ed Victor Ltd. for ten years, as agent and manager of UK co-representation business, and Swanna MacNair, agent and head of feature/tv development, who had been a senior development executive at Misher Films. MacNair is managing media rights and also developing projects based on clients' books and original ideas."


04-22-2009, 04:16 AM
I queried her at Finchley on 4/4 and haven't heard either. I was just about to query an agent at Fletcher. I guess I better wait a bit now. Sigh.

04-26-2009, 06:53 AM
Thanks for sharing this. I had also queried her at Finchley Road. Re-sent to Fletcher and Co. The wait begins again... :)

06-03-2009, 11:14 PM
Hi. I've been reading for a while but never posted before. Has anyone ever heard back from Rebecca Gradinger on an actual submission? I submitted to her (at her request, fifty pages each time) when she was at J&N, followed back up with her months later, and never heard back, and when she started her own agency and also sent her a follow up once she switched over to Fletcher with a separate novel. With both novels, she answered my query within minutes, requesting fifty pages, saying she would love to read my work, and neither time did she get back to me, even after I sent follow ups. Right now she's had my fifty pages three months and hasn't responded. I'm just wondering if this is a trend? J&N is a prestigious agency, as is Fletcher, and she has a decent client list, so I'm perplexed by the lack of follow up.

06-04-2009, 03:46 AM
I queried back in March. Heard nothing. Looks like one of those agencies that don't reply once they are no longer interested, whatever submission stage that may be.

06-04-2009, 06:53 AM
I never did hear from her from the query I sent to her Finchley agency. I ended up querying another agent at Fletcher instead.

07-26-2009, 07:50 AM
submission guidelines.

09-01-2009, 01:16 PM
I queried Swanna MacNair yesterday and got an out of office auto-reply:

Our office is closed as of 1pm Friday August 28th and will reopen on Tuesday September 8th. I will be checking email and voicemail frequently during the break.

They're closed til after Labor Day it appears so if you are thinking of querying possibly better to hold off until after this :)

11-08-2009, 01:37 AM
Just a quick question about Christy Fletcher. It says on her Publisher's Marketplace page that she represents fantasy, but on her website, it says nothing of the sort. Does anyone know if she represents that genre?

Mel A.
11-08-2009, 02:29 AM
Just a quick question about Christy Fletcher. It says on her Publisher's Marketplace page that she represents fantasy, but on her website, it says nothing of the sort. Does anyone know if she represents that genre?
My understanding from AgentQuery.com is that she is not taking unsolicited queries at present.
By the way, I think I remember reading a few versions of your query over at SYW, and I really liked the premise. Good luck!!

02-03-2010, 09:29 PM
I noticed a few of us on QT e-submitted requested pages to Lucinda Blumenfeld in Oct. 2009 Looks like no one has heard back. Any one know for sure if this agency does not respond to submissions if they are not interested or if Ms. Blumenfeld is back-logged? Of course by this time I've moved on to other requests. Nice to at least get a quick R so you know the submission arrived, though. Tried a gentle reminder Jan 2 with the pages attached again, just in case.

06-16-2010, 01:06 AM
Equeried Swanna MacNair via her email and got a lightning fast response from Swanna literally minutes later for a partial. She was really nice. She asked that I email a partial to her and her assistant. Got a form rejection via email from the company email. My wait was about four months so maybe you'll be hearing from them soon? They sounded busy but definitely professional. (= Good luck!

06-16-2010, 05:46 AM
Well, Ms. MacNair never responded to my November 5, 2009 query, so I'd say in my case that no response means "NO".

09-08-2010, 08:41 PM
anything new here?

09-09-2010, 10:11 PM
I queried 8/18, no word back yet.

09-10-2010, 02:27 AM
Has anyone submitted a fantasy mms to them, lately? I'm still trying to decide who to send to, at this agency.


09-16-2010, 05:13 AM
Query contemp. YA on 7/30 = my only non-response out of many.

02-15-2011, 06:36 AM
Okay, I stumbled on Rebecca Gradinger while researching another agency, and her profile made my heart speed up a little. She's from Montreal and handles Canadian content. Query sent!

02-15-2011, 09:03 AM
Go query go! Sounds like a match, eh? ; )

02-16-2011, 05:15 AM
Well, my little cheerleader... she asked for it today. I assume the full since she didn't specify. Yay!

02-16-2011, 07:13 AM

Oh Chumplet, I love it when you call me that. : )

02-16-2011, 08:08 AM
Blerg! Got home a gazillion hours later from work & sent off the MS. Got an Out Of Office Reply till February 22nd. I hope she reads it, like NOW!!!

Love your picture, Honeysock.

03-01-2011, 05:44 AM
...aaaand a kind rejection on February 24th. Huh.

05-10-2011, 01:44 AM
I've been ghostwriting a memoir for an author who queried Rebecca Gradinger on 4/14. He got a form rejection on 4/15.

12-10-2011, 10:07 PM
My author decided to query again, this time to Melissa Chinchillo. Sent 10/27/11
FR 11/7/11

03-19-2012, 01:01 PM
Hey everyone,
does anyone know anything about Swanna MacNair? The Fletcher & Company website doesn't show her as an agent there anymore. I heard something about her opening a new company and no longer being a lit agent. Anyone know for sure?

03-19-2012, 06:39 PM
Ms. MacNair is now more packager than agent. New company: Creative Conduit (http://creative-conduit.com/).

03-20-2012, 12:20 AM
Thanks for the info!

10-11-2012, 06:14 PM
I see they represent Jonathan L. Howard and his Johannes Cabal series, which is the only contemporary speculative adventure which I have wholeheartedly enjoyed in the last what, 15 years? This shows class. I'll certainly try them out very soon. As fast as I can fix the typos.

10-18-2012, 07:20 AM
i heard through the grapevine (a writer friend of a writer friend) that Grainne Fox is actively seeking Irish literary fiction and suspense/thrillers, in addition to whatever genres are listed in her bio. could be an opportunity there!

01-12-2013, 08:34 PM
Updating link: http://fletcherandco.com/

05-01-2014, 11:49 PM
Does anyone have any recent experience with this agency?

01-23-2016, 04:46 AM
Recieved this R Thank you so much for your query. Although it sounds like you’ve created a compelling story, unfortunately, at this time, Rebecca is not representing this genre.

We so appreciate the opportunity to consider your work and wish you the best of luck.

Kind regards,

05-04-2017, 01:32 AM
I am signed with Lisa Grubka for my Apocalyptic Women's Fiction novel. She's amazing, honestly couldn't ask for a better agent. Very communicative and forthright. She used to be an editor so even though my MS admittedly needed work, she was happy to take it on outright (no R&R) and she worked with me through two rounds of revisions. She even did a line edit. We are on our second round of submissions (after second revision based on editor's feedback). Crossing my fingers this round is the lucky one!

She also has given me great advice as to which of my many ideas for my next novel I should go with next and I've started on that one. She'll start reading that when I have the first 50 pages done.
Very hands on, very nice and willing to go the extra distance.

Also, just a note, I had queried Grainne Fox at the agency first and received a polite pass. The agency has no policy about submitting to another agent so I then queried Lisa.
Hope this helps!

01-06-2018, 04:50 AM
Am thinking about querying Lisa Grubka but wanted to get other people's thoughts on the submission materials before sending. Her Publisher's Marketplace member page says to submit just a query, but the agency site says: "please send a letter, brief synopsis. and the first 5-10 pages of the manuscript/proposal pasted into the body of the email."

Am also not sure what "brief synopsis" constitutes, argh...

01-06-2018, 10:06 PM
Try condensing your synopsis to one page, single spaced, short paragraphs.

01-07-2018, 12:41 AM
Do a practice synopsis using a favorite book by another writer. Condense it to about 1-2 pages, single-spaced paragraphs, double-spaced between paragraphs. That takes the pressure off. You figure out how to do it for your own stuff by practicing on another work.

"Spoiled, materialistic Scarlett is in love with Ashley, but just learned he's marrying Melanie. Scarlett's attempt to win him for herself ends with an epic fail, but she meets bad boy Rhett, who thinks she's hot. She wants nothing to do with him, but their paths keep crossing and he's growing on her. She's still carrying a crush for Ashley, who's away at war, and finds herself looking after the gentle Melanie."

That is way oversimplified, but I understand a studio secretary boiled Gone With the Wind down to 8 pages for a producer to check over.

On a manual typewriter. ;)

Once you've boiled down another writer's work to a synopsis, you should be ready to do the same for your own. Yes, you will put in spoilers. The agent needs to know how a book ends.

Good luck!