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    Bresnick Weil Literary Agency (formerly Paul Bresnick Lit. Agency)

    This is the first time I've ever started a new thread. I checked the agent index first and found no thread for Paul Bresnick, so assumed it is all right to create one.

    I'm thinking of querying him, but I'd like to find out a bit more about him before I do. He has no separate web site, but does have a site at PM:

    http://www.publishersmarketplace.com.../paulbresnick/

    At first glance this site makes him look fairly impressive. It lists 9 sales for 2009 and quite a few racked up for 2010 and 2011. But I'm new at this and fear that I might not be reading it right. First, are these numbers of sales considered good for an agency with one or two agents, as his outfit seems to be? Second, if these numbers ARE considered very good, why does P+E not give him a "Recommended"? (It does give him a $.) Should I assume that P+E is not up-to-date and still forming an opinion of Mr. Bresnick? I'm not very adept at judging these things yet, so I would be thankful for any input I can get. Thanks much.
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    P&E gives agents either a 'recommended' or 'not recommended' based on the reports they get on said agent. By only listing a $, all they're saying is that this agent has confirmed sales. They don't have an opinion either way of whether he's good or bad. If he's got confirmed sales for books to be released in 2010 and 2011 that's usually a pretty good sign. It means he's selling. And judging by some of the publisher's he's sold to, he's making really good sales. Lots of really big names. He looks good to me.
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    Thanks so much M.R.J. I'm glad to hear that you, too, think he looks good. I probably will go ahead and query him.
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    Has anybody dealt with Paul Bresnick recently? I am going to query him because I think we would be a good fit. FYI, he does have a website now and is now accepting email queries.

    http://bresnickagency.com/

    Will post back once I hear a response.
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    He looks solid and appears to still be getting sales.
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    Mr. Bresnick wants the first two chapters sent with the query. He doesn't specify if the chapters should be in the body of the email or as an attachement. Should I send in the body of the email to be safe?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codeorange View Post
    Mr. Bresnick wants the first two chapters sent with the query. He doesn't specify if the chapters should be in the body of the email or as an attachement. Should I send in the body of the email to be safe?

    Thank you.
    I sent mine in the body of the email. FYI, I am still waiting to hear back on my query. Good luck!
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    I think it's safe to assume sample chapters should be sent in the body of the e-mail unless otherwise indicated (I know many agents have attachment-phobia because of viruses and such).

    Good Luck
    Last edited by ShyWriter; 05-11-2012 at 09:35 PM.

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