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Thread: [Agency] Keen Literary (formerly EBM Literary)

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    [Agency] Keen Literary (formerly EBM Literary)

    Not much listed about this agency on PM and I couldn't find anything on P&E. I noticed on PM Emily Masters said that she has eight years experience. Anybody else know anything?

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    She doesn't list where exactly her experience comes from, and this reads weird:

    I have more than eight years of experience working with authors and publishers to promote the value of reading.
    Does this mean marketing? I don't understand the value of saying this. No website, no other mention aside from the PM page with just a gmail contact address. I'd say, if you're interested in querying her, ask her directly what her experience is. The PM page is just a little too vague.
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    PM page: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com...EmilyBMasters/

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    From Emily Booth Masters

    Hi everyone! Emily Masters here.
    I have an MA in English and worked for Humanities Tennessee as an organizer of the Southern Festival of Books for more than eight years. I organized the children's and YA programs for the Southern Festival of Books, resulting in great contacts with a lot of publishers.
    I am passionate about children's and YA literature, and I'm partnering with Julie Schoerke (a book publicist) and Susan Abel (formerly with Ingram Book) to form a new company that is (tentatively) titled "Keen Literary."
    I will work as an agent for children's/YA authors and Susan will work for adult authors (as that is more her area of expertise).
    We will launch our business on June 30, and at that point I'll provide a more detailed description of our services on Publisher's Marketplace.
    Also--be on the lookout for my interview with Cynsations blogger Cynthia Leitich Smith. Have your doubts about trying a new agent? Check out what Nathan Bransford has to say about new agents -
    http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com

    I hope this helps to answer some of your questions. Thanks for the interest!
    Emily

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    Thanks for the explanation, Emily. We look forward to more information about the new agency.

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    Thanks for the info! I'm from Tennessee

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    Thanks, Emily! I read the post from Nathan Bransford's blog this morning! I look forward to hearing more about your new agency!

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    I sent her my manuscript in April but haven't heard back.

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    From Emily Masters

    Sorry it did take me a little over a month to get back to you Patty! I'm now working quite vigorously with Julie and Susan to go over all of our queries and respond to everyone within a maximum of two months.

    I hope everyone will check out my interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith at
    http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot....s-on-keen.html

    If you have a truly original children's book or something really exciting for middle grades or young adults, I hope you'll consider querying me at emilybmasters@gmail.com!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmilyBMasters View Post
    I'm now working quite vigorously with Julie and Susan to go over all of our queries and respond to everyone within a maximum of two months.
    Thanks for the update. If it helps your workload, I accidently sent you the same query two different times. At least there's one less you have to read.
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    Hah! So noted.

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    Emily requested a few chapters of my YA manuscript today. Thanks, Emily!
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    When did you originally query, Frandava?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juneluv12 View Post
    When did you originally query, Frandava?
    Originally in April, then accidently again in May.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frandavea View Post
    Originally in April, then accidently again in May.
    Okay, thanks. I queried May 28, and I was wondering when I might get an answer.

    Best of Luck to you!!!!

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    I'm glad you asked, June. I queried a couple of days before you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca_Rogers View Post
    I'm glad you asked, June. I queried a couple of days before you.
    Like JamieB...we're sniffing out the same leads!!!

    JtBH: YA Contemp: Agented

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    Emily requested the first couple of chapters from my MS today! Thanks, Emily!!!

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    adding website address of Keen Literary
    http://www.keenliterary.com/

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    Keen Literary

    I queried Emily Booth Masters on 6/10, just a few week prior to the launch of Keen Literary. I equeried to her personal email address and now I'm hoping it reaches her. After finally seeing the new Keen website, the queries should be sent to info@keenliterary.com.
    I hope this doesn't add an extra month to my wait time!

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    Just queried today! Agency looks very legit for being brand new. Can't wait to hear back from them!


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    Hey, Gang ~

    I just got this post from Emily Masters about the status of her agency:

    "I'm afraid Ms. Abel has left Keen Literary. She decided to pursue another career path that speaks to her marketing background. As a result, Keen is only accepting queries for children's and YA literature at this time. Please keep an eye on our web site, as we are considering adult agents now and would welcome a new query from you in the future--should you find the credentials of our new (future) adult literary agent attractive.
    Best of luck to you. Emily Masters"

    Pretty classy lady, to respond in this fashion. I hope to finish my YA novel soon so I can send it to HER! AND I can't wait to see who she brings on for adult fiction.
    ~ hawk

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    I got the same.
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    I got that e-mail today as well.

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    Welcome, Ms. Masters,

    I can't believe I haven't seen this thread before now. Just sent you a query. (smile)

    I'm not from Tennessee, but my heart will always reside there. My parents were both born there, and I love that drive down I70, especially the section where Caney Fork River crosses under the highway at least seven times.

    Okay, now I'm going to go cry. And I know this sounds like a major suck-up, but in reality it was only a small one.

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