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Thread: Cynthia Manson Literary Agency

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    Inconsistent AWer dragonmedley's Avatar
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    Cynthia Manson Literary Agency

    Ok, I googled, agentqueried, publishermarketplaced (and checked the Index...) and nothing comes up except some news and her phone number/email address in a communiqué. She represents Naomi Novik and I'd like to know if she's even open to queries!

    Anybody have any experience or clue?

    I thought I'd ask before emailing her...

    Thanks all!
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    An article by one of her authors that gives a little bit of insight, maybe. He got picked up by her via personal introduction, so it may be that she takes people on by recommendation only.

    I found a mention of this deal from 2007:
    Robert Masello sold Blood and Ice to Anne Groell at Bantam via agent Cynthia Manson. The book is "part historical vampire novel—set during the Crimean War—and half contemporary thriller—set in Antarctica."

    and 2008:
    Doetsch previously wrote bestseller "The Thieves of Heaven," which is being developed at Fox 2000. His new novel "The Thirteenth Hour" will be auctioned shortly to publishers by literary agent Cynthia Manson.
    Described as a cross between The Bourne Identity and The Time Traveler's Wife, the book follows a man accused of brutally murdering his wife who is given a chance to save her by going back in time, in one-hour increments.


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    Darn. I was hoping to query her, as I have a YA fantasy with dragons. I'm getting the feeling that dragons are out (there's no way I can make them zombie dragons, or vampire dragons), so after reading "His Majesty's Dragon" I had hope...

    Ah well.
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    Hey! I queried this agent last year, because she'd represented a couple of thrillers which had a specific angle tangential to my book. But I had trouble finding her, until I found via google an article about her contribution to her local volunteer fire department. I looked in the phonebook in that town and found a snail address for her. I mailed a query, and she emailed a request for 100 pages!

    Then she passed.

    But hey-- I tried!

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    Inconsistent AWer dragonmedley's Avatar
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    I emailed her, asking if she was open to queries, but she hasn't responded yet...

    What to do, what to do...
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    Red face Cynthia Manson status

    I snail-queried Cynthia on 5/11 and got an email today (5/15/) saying she was a small agency and not taking new projects.

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    Shucks darn... Thanks for the update!
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    Hey Dragonmedley -

    I've seen more than one agent respond to a writer that they're not taking on new clients while requesting a sample from another. Maybe she's not taking and maybe she's just not taking on projects like the one I submitted. I'd watch this forum for a while longer and see if anyone has a different experience than mine before writing her off completely.

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    Or maybe it's just their way of trying to give a nice rejection, and to make sure you're not querying them again anytime soon. Not you personally, but whomever they send that kind of rejection to, know what I mean?

    Who can tell. Trying to figure this stuff out gives me a real headache

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repunzel View Post
    Hey Dragonmedley -

    I've seen more than one agent respond to a writer that they're not taking on new clients while requesting a sample from another. Maybe she's not taking and maybe she's just not taking on projects like the one I submitted. I'd watch this forum for a while longer and see if anyone has a different experience than mine before writing her off completely.
    Ah, then it's worth a try! May I bug you for the address you used?
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    I sent a snail query and two pages to:

    Ms. Cynthia Manson
    Cynthia Manson Literary Agency
    2 Park Avenue Terrace
    Bronxville, NY 10708

    I included and SASE and an email address. She responded by email.

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    Thanks!
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    Could I bug you for her email address?

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    Inconsistent AWer dragonmedley's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RikDavis View Post
    Could I bug you for her email address?
    Of course! The one I found was 'cynthiamanson@juno.com'; however, I never got a reply. I did query via mail and got a note saying she wasn't taking on new clients, though.
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    I ran across this as an email address: cynthiamanson.lit@gmail.com

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    Just a note, I talked to her and she DOES NOT take YA.

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    So I found out. I queried her and got this reply:

    Hi. I do not rep YA or children's. Please, if it is not too much trouble let me know where you got my name. It would ne. Helpful to know the source or listing .
    Thanks.
    Cynthia Manson

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    I queried on 5/29/14. No response yet. Anyone have recent experience with Cynthia Manson?

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    I emailed her and asked if she was still accepting querys and receivet the following with in five minutes:


    Apologies. I have a strong filter.
    Please feel free to query me.
    Cynthia
    Before going into battle, Vikings would ingest Amanita muscaria. In addition to being moderately poisonous, Amanita muscaria eliminated fear causing them to be feared warriors earning Vikings the nick name berserkers.


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    I found Cynthia Manson listed on spywriter.com, specializing in Thrillers. I can find no other easy and relevant listings (not on Query Tracker nor Agent Query). But I assume my Women's Fiction is out (unless Ms. Manson's looking for "Thrilling").

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