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Aisha Johnson at Brown Ink Books. Anyone have any info, good or bad? Here's the website. http://msbrownink.com
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There's no info on her at her agency website, which is always a warning sign--especially with a new agent, you want to know their professional background, so you can judge whether or not they're qualified to be an agent.
Googling Aisha "Ms Brown" Johnson turns up this. CEO of Brown Publishing. Self-pubbed through Lulu. Conflicts of interest and no professional publishing experience, oh my!
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From their website:
New agency established in 2008. No "name" clients listed. No sales listed. No previous work experience at AAR agencies listed. Location is the "chic" (?????) DC area.
It's fairly easy to rank them on the "are they good enough to query" scale, where ten is a dream agent and one is an only-if-I'm-desperate agent:
- Three points for being an AAR member.
- Three points for verified sales to large commercial presses.
- Two points for having worked at an AAR agency.
- One point for verified sales to legitimate small/indie presses.
- One point for being located in NYC.
I don't feel the need to ask any questions, at this point.
I don't know Aisha Brown, and she does seem to be a little short on experience, judging by her website. However, there's a strange irony at work here in some of these replies.
"If you have no obvious publishing experience, what makes you qualified to be an agent?" could easily be: "If you haven't published a book, what makes you qualified to be an author?"
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