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    Goddess of Rationalization Hathor's Avatar
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    [Agency] McGinniss Associates

    Well, it finally happened. I found an agency without an AW thread.

    These folks have a website (no listed sales or clients)
    http://mcginnissassociates.com/index.html and are on AgentQuery (but not QueryTracker or P & E). http://agentquery.com/agent.aspx?agentid=1124

    Relevant google hits are slight. The firm name yields the website. Googling on the "James McGinniss literary agent" gets me an interview where one author mentions working with him while he was at Vigliano, but not that he placed any book. I can't find any relevant hits for the other agent, Barry Zucker.

    Just thought every agency needs a thread ...

    If I've overlooked something, let me know.

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    There are no deals on PM for this agency, either, nor for the two agents you mention, from October 2000 onward; though James McGinniss is listed under contacts as an agent of McGinniss Associates in New York City. No member page on PM. It may be worth a query, though it seems like a very new agency to me. They mention on their home page "we only take on a limited number clients, so that we better serve our authors and help them reach their maximum potential" - public presentation is everything, take it from me, I co-manage an entertainment/education business, so I understand that concept. However, while the site puts forth a certain professionalism, without being able to get any tangibles on a track record suggests someone new to the business. Mr. McGinniss' mention of working for Vigliano, could mean he either was an agent (with no sales listed under PM), or an intern. Either way, it's a phrase put forth for professional appearance, and somewhat ambiguous. Hopefully there's a AW member who can enlighten this thread further.

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    The agency is now listed on Querytracker. However, still no sales or solid information.

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    Was wondering about him as well. Tentatively adding him to my QT list.
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    I see there are sales listed on AgentQuery now.

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    Yeah, but the sales were made prior to their opening in February 2010. I'm not sure whose sales they were. . .

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    Maybe I'm naive ... but wouldn't they be James McGinniss', since they are listed on his AgentQuery page?

    I really do need to subscribe to PM. But I've been trying to crank out the first draft of my next book before Christmas and thought I'd better wait. I get distracted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hathor View Post
    I really do need to subscribe to PM. But I've been trying to crank out the first draft of my next book before Christmas and thought I'd better wait. I get distracted.
    PM is a great tool at $20.00/month...very worthwhile.

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    I think they are a "no response means no interest" agency - I queried back on 10/16/10, and have heard nothing to date (and I check my spam box all the time as well).

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    I would love to spend $20 a month on PM, which is a wonderful tool. That's not in my budget right now, so I'm making do with other research angles.

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    I took the plunge and subscribed to PM in Dec. I've learned a lot from the site, so it's been worth the money. Plus it is tax-deductible, yay!
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    Has anybody received a response to a query from this agency? At querytracker the stats show that no users of the site have received a response.

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    They represent my friend, Brandon Tietz. He and I published books at Otherworld Publications. I'm waiting a bit to see how they do for him, but I'm hesitantly optimistic about them. Seem like good guys.
    Neo-noir, transgressive fiction at http://www.whatdoesnotkillme.com

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    McGinnis

    Any news/sales?

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    Pretty sure it's not GOOD news, but they have a proposal on sub from the guy from The Dirty that got leaked to Gawker by someone working at one of the Big Six.

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    Publishers Marketplace reports three sales over the past 6 months.

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    I'm a client. He just started doing my pitches, so it's going to be a bit before I actually hear anything back.

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    I received a very nice email from Barry Zucker saying he loved my writing and requesting a full, so here's hoping. I'm new here BTW, I'm Jim.

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    Hi, Jim. Good luck, and keep us posted.

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    I'm thinking of querying them. Jim, how long did it take Barry Zucker to respond?
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    I've just sent off a query, but the company does seem like they wouldn't be the type to respond back unless they're really keen on the work.

    biggerbrowneyes, I would go a head and query them anyway. Because really, what have you got to lose?

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    Any news on these guys? Their website is vague at best.
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    How did you find submission info? Their site seems to have no navigation tabs, and the agentquery link results in an error.

    It is without a doubt one of the strangest websites I've ever seen.


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    Erm, what site are you visiting? Right below the logo are four links, one of which is "Submissions & Queries".
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