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    Question Debra Fishpaw Literary Agency

    Can anyone give me some insight on Debra Fishpaw? Your input will be greatly appreciated.

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    Well, there are many red flags on their website, not the least of which is a $60 "data setup fee". I'd pass. http://www.debrafishpawagency.com/home.html
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    The three sales claimed by her agency are listed at Amazon as published by Bookman Publishing and Marketing. Not a very good omen.
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    Remember to be kind to writers who step in PA. They really don't know how bad it smells.

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    Is she any relation to "Francine Fishpaw"?
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    Is she any relation to "Francine Fishpaw"?
    I wanted to make a comment along those lines, you beat me too it.

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    Smile Re: Debra Fishpaw

    I wish to thank each of you for your feedback. It has helped immensely.

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    Exclamation Debra Fishpaw - doubt she was EVER a real agent

    I had the misfortune of signing a contract with this agent. For six months she was never able to tell me if she even submitted my work to anyone. I finally got fed up and asked for some kind of a report. She told me that, for six months, she had either e-mailed or called 5 publishers, with no luck. I never thought that e-mail or phone calls was the legitimate way an agent should be contacting publishers. I decided to terminate the contract. Coincidentally, I received an e-mail from her containing the following: “Effective September 1, 2005, the Debra Fishpaw Agency will no longer enter into traditional literary agency contracts and will be operating as an advisory fee-based literary consulting agency.”
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    Gaaah!

    Sorry for your frustration, Ken. Chalk it up to experience in how to spot the bad 'uns, and all that rot....
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    Yea, I've almost given up on agents (it's been 2 years and almost 100 queries). I'm currently in the middle of the approval process with a real publisher - maybe I'll have some luck now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenteicher View Post
    “Effective September 1, 2005, the Debra Fishpaw Agency will no longer enter into traditional literary agency contracts and will be operating as an advisory fee-based literary consulting agency.”
    No trace of her in any capacity after May 2006.
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