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    Abrams Artists Agency (Maura Teitelbaum)

    Anyone have any info on Maura Teitelbaum of Abrams Artists Agency?

    Found her on Ageny Query:
    http://www.agentquery.com/agent.aspx?agentid=600

    She has a $ on P&E but I was wondering if anyone here has had any specific dealings with her.
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    Doesn't look like they accepted unsolicited queries.
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    According to Ms Teitelbaum's AQ page she takes snail mail queries. I would trust the accuracy of that over what it says on the agency website as Ms T will have written that for herself. The agency website submissions policy seems generic for everything they handle and not specific for novel length fiction.

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    Anyone have any specific dealings with the agency?
    If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta Canada and are looking for a supportive writing group, send me a PM.
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    That website is pretty non-specific. Sales listed on AQ are from 2004. I'm trying to dig up some info on her as well, check this link -

    http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/mauraekt/

    Still not exactly incredibly helpful in making a decision as whether or not to send a query her way.

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    Oh, dear. http://www.observer.com/2010/daily-t...artists-agency

    Ross will serve in a "dual capacity," according to the Abrams release. He will both oversee literary representation, and run Abrams Author Services, a consultation service for self-published authors.
    No mention of such services on their website, though.
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    ABRAMS AGENCY

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Night View Post
    Anyone have any specific dealings with the agency?
    I got a reply the day after I sent a cold query to Mr. Ross.

    It's a very prestigious agency. I'd also be interested to hear others' experiences with them.

    It's the fastest response I ever received from a query. He wrote it. Said he was very intrigued and looked forward to reading the 50 pages I sent (which were unsolicited!)

    What about Emma Sweeney? Know anything about her?

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    Ross will serve in a "dual capacity," according to the Abrams release. He will both oversee literary representation, and run Abrams Author Services, a consultation service for self-published authors.
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    Abrams is a top agency for theatre and film, representing David Mamet and others. Books have not traditionally been their thing.

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    Abrams Artists Agency

    Anybody know anything about them? Reputable or no?
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    Are you talking about http://www.abramsartists.com/literary.html ?

    If you did, it appears the only untowards piece of info I could find was that a sex offender was able to work in its youth casting division for some time, apparently without any ill effects to the auditioning kids.

    What bothers me about the website I linked to is that it doesn't give pertinent information on who is running the place, that it has a wide variety of businesses it is involved in, and there is very limited submission guidelines or any idea about what they accept. I'm deferring to more experienced people for a final judgement, but right now, I'm not feeling overly confident about the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stijn Hommes View Post
    Are you talking about http://www.abramsartists.com/literary.html ?

    If you did, it appears the only untowards piece of info I could find was that a sex offender was able to work in its youth casting division for some time, apparently without any ill effects to the auditioning kids.

    What bothers me about the website I linked to is that it doesn't give pertinent information on who is running the place, that it has a wide variety of businesses it is involved in, and there is very limited submission guidelines or any idea about what they accept. I'm deferring to more experienced people for a final judgement, but right now, I'm not feeling overly confident about the place.
    Yeah that is the place.

    Hm, thanks for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schedlinski View Post
    Abrams is a top agency for theatre and film, representing David Mamet and others. Books have not traditionally been their thing.
    Thought as much. Wouldn't approach them with a novel, their expertise lies elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stijn Hommes View Post
    Thought as much. Wouldn't approach them with a novel, their expertise lies elsewhere.
    I found an Amy Wagner that supposedly works in this agency repping fantasy. She's a member of the AAR, any thoughts?

    Here's the link to her AAR member page.
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    I sent a query to Ms. Wagner (for a supernatural thriller) via the e-mail address on her AAR page and received a full request within minutes. She has some pretty decent clients: Ian Holt, Edward Lazellari, Pearl Cleage, etc. I'll let you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popgun62 View Post
    I sent a query to Ms. Wagner (for a supernatural thriller) via the e-mail address on her AAR page and received a full request within minutes. She has some pretty decent clients: Ian Holt, Edward Lazellari, Pearl Cleage, etc. I'll let you know how it goes.
    Thanks. I was going to query her just based on her AAR page, but checked out the website and found this:

    All queries should be submitted in writing through an Industry Professional such as a Producer, Artistic Director, Literary Manager, Director, Choreographer, etc.

    So, I was like
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    I saw that, too, but figured that if her AAR page says she's open to e-mail queries and has an e-mail address, I'm going for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by popgun62 View Post
    I saw that, too, but figured that if her AAR page says she's open to e-mail queries and has an e-mail address, I'm going for it!
    Seriously. You have nothing to lose! Besides, I've noticed that agents will sometimes ignore what their website "says" and responds to queries sent to them directly.
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    It is often the case that the website has been written for the organisation as a whole (ICM is a good example) but the agent personally fills in information like their AAR page or their AQ entry.

    WTF is a 'literary manager' anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylander View Post

    WTF is a 'literary manager' anyway?

    Honestly, I was going to pose that myself as a...red flag? But Amy belongs to the AAR, so I assumed that was just a company thing.
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    Received an e-mail from Ms. Wagner on the 21st acknowledging receipt of my manuscript and saying that she would be reading shortly. They haven't been in the literary field long (except for screenplays and stage plays) but Ms. Wagner already has some impressive clients and sales. Anyone else have any experiences with Abrams Literary, good or bad?

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    I haven't been able to find info on Amy Wagner either, other than her AAR listing. Definitely interested to hear how your experience goes, Popgun. I don't like that the agency appears not to specialize in books.

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    For better or worse, I'm not finding further mention of Abrams' "Author Services". Mr. Ross has racked up some sales, though, to Ballentine, Random House, et al.
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