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Thread: LaunchBooks Literary Agency (David Fugate)

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    LaunchBooks Literary Agency (David Fugate)

    He has several sales listed on Publisher's Marketplace, as well as on his own site, so no alarms go off. But I always make it a practice to search a prospective agents name here and little came up under his name.

    Now he's asked for a proposal. Anyone have any pertinent info?

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    His blog looks gooood. I've linked to it from mine before now (not sure if that's a recommendation or not!).

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    David Fugate was my agent when he worked at Waterside Productions. He's completely legit, and I enjoyed working with him. LaunchBooks is an appropriate name for the agency he founded, because he really helped to launch the technical/how-to side of my career.

    Nancy (Conner) Holzner

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    I have a problem with his site. Literally. Every time I try to look at LaunchBooks, my anti-virus throws up a warning about the site being infected. Anyone else experiencing this?
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    No, and after I went to the site, I ran a virus scan and everything checked out okay.
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    OK, thanks, I'll try it again!
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    Just a follow-up: I queried, received a reply next day from David Fugate. Very nice guy who even went to my website to look over more than mentioned in my query. Although it was ultimately a rejection, he gave me some great advice about blog stats, what numbers draw a publisher's attention, etc. Kind to the nth degree.
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    Hi, I just queried Launchbooks based on Jeff Herman's book which said David allocates 5% to fiction. Not true anymore. I received a nice note from David saying he's focused solely on non-fiction.

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    I've been ghostwriting a memoir for an author who queried David on 5/9/11 and got a form rejection on 5/15.

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    I just wanted to add to the mix here. I sent a query letter to Launchbooks and received this rejection letter back.


    Thanks for contacting me about your work. Unfortunately, I don't think it's quite a fit for me as an agent. However, I would encourage you to contact other agents about your work as often it's just a matter of talking to enough people until you find someone who connects with what you're doing.

    And of course, I wish you all the best of success with the book going forward.

    Best regards,

    --David


    it was very friendly, it was positive and it came less than 24 hrs after the query letter. It was nice to hear back from someone in a positive way. One rejection I got was simply "Not for me. - Signed, So n So". or no response at all.

    So While I'm bummed the book wasn't for him, at least he did it in a way that didn't make me feel like crap. lol

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    David is a very nice guy and wonderful to work with. We're publishing one of his clients, Anne Meyers-Drysdale - amazing athlete and wife of Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdalke.

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    Although website hasn't been updated in a while, is still selling steadily.
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