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Thread: Cynthia Vann Literary Services (formerly Cynthia Vann Literary Agency)

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    MicheleR
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    Cynthia Vann Literary Services (formerly Cynthia Vann Literary Agency)

    Hey there -- Anyone know anything about Cynthia Vann and her agency?

    I queried her and she's asking for a partial, but now I've seen some site listings that say she charges a fee, in which case I want to steer clear.

    She hasn't mentioned any fees.... Anyone know if she's dropped this practice? Anyone know anything about her? I can't find very much info, which makes me feel like I shouldn't follow up.

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    Adding link: http://cynthiavannliteraryagency.com/

    I don't find any sales or client info. Unless and until she supplies a verifiable list of same, I'd avoid, fees or no.
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    Thanks, CAO -

    That's my feeling, too.....

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    The writer's net entry says she charges a fee.

    "I have 30 years in the business, am looking for a few select clients. I work hard for my clients and am interested in those who show talent and are willing to devote themselves to writing. Let's being with a brief email--no attachments. cv@cvliterary.com"

    P&E says "Charges fee. Not recommended."

    Searching with her name and 'client' or 'sales' brings up nothing.
    She appears to have posted a blog comment here which reads rather oddly, a bit ESL to my eye.
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    According to reports Writer Beware has received, she charges variable reading fees (reports range from $150 to $350) for full manuscripts. She also appears to offer paid editing services.

    I first began hearing about her in 2003. From that time to this, I'm not aware of any sales.

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    Here's the email string that I just exchanged with her:

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    M. Thomas Brown to cynthia
    show details 12:49 PM (1 hour ago)
    Ms. Vann,

    Your website is rather thin on information, and I've heard horror
    stories about sending work without signing releases without seeking
    credentials from contacts when you're looking for representation.

    Is there anything that you can send me? I've got more than a few
    friends in the industry and they've advised me to ask.

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    HER RESPONSE:
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    cynthia vann to me
    show details 1:42 PM (10 minutes ago)

    Your pals in the industry are telling you nonsense...I have to wonder what sort of role they play in the industry...no prospective agent is going to go through this idiocy...best of luck...cv
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    I think her instantaneous hostility speaks for itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MThomasBrown View Post
    HER RESPONSE:
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    cynthia vann to me
    show details 1:42 PM (10 minutes ago)

    Your pals in the industry are telling you nonsense...I have to wonder what sort of role they play in the industry...no prospective agent is going to go through this idiocy...best of luck...cv
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    I think her instantaneous hostility speaks for itself.
    And VOILA! She is persona-non-grata!

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    And for my next trick, I'm going to pull off a publishing contract with Trident Media....

    I'm new on here and I'm just feeling my way around. Normally if I jump onto a BBS, I creep around for a while before I get active, but I had to put the word out...

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    If you're submitting fiction, releases shouldn't be involved. Credentials should.

    Charges fees, no evidence of sales, and she gets snappish when asked for credentials. Seems clear to me.
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    cynthiavannliteraryagency.com is gone. http://cvliterary.com/ remains, but is named Cynnthia Vann Literary Services. Regardless, I'm not finding any activity for her.
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