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    [Agent] Valerie Smith

    Anyone have any info on this agency? I have seen it a several lists for agencies that represent fantasy, but I cant seem ti find out anything about the agency. Thanks

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    Completely legitimate.

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    thanks. Is there any way I can find out about clients or recent sales?

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    Val's clients include Madeline Robins, Sherwood Smith, Mary Frances Zambreno, and Steven Brust. I believe that Beth Bernobich, who sometimes posts here, is one of her clients.

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    Thanks again. Since you seem to have the info, do you know what her submission guidelines are like?

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    No, I don't know her guidelines. Standard query, I'd imagine.

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    Query letter, synopsis plus first 3 chapters according to another site

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    >>I believe that Beth Bernobich, who sometimes posts here, is
    >> one of her clients.

    I'm no longer a client, but yes, she is legitimate. Be aware that she tends to take a very (very) long time for replies.
    Last edited by eqb; 11-13-2008 at 05:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beth Bernobich
    >>I believe that Beth Bernobich, who sometimes posts here, is
    >> one of her clients.

    I'm no longer a client, but yes, she is quite legitimate. Be aware that she tends to take a long time for replies.
    The reason you are not still a client isn't something we should know about it, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by special needs
    The reason you are not still a client isn't something we should know about it, is it?
    I'd say it boiled down to "things didn't work out." As with any other legit agent, some clients will find her the perfect agent, and some will not.

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    Valerie Smith also does not seem to respond to queries if she's not interested. Either that, or she's got a secret fetish for collecting airmail stamps on authors' SASEs.

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    That's not unusual, actually. I'm now searching for a new agent, and I've seen quite a few guidelines that state the agent only responds if they are interested.

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    Val Smith is slow-moving, insightful, kind, maddening, extremely talented, not all that good at handling foreign rights, discreet, honest, funny, a tad forgetful, and has been at the heart of the whole Scribblies/Bordertown/Apanage/Ace/Tor/Firebird nexus of fantasy literature.

    There's nothing wrong with Val that couldn't be cured by a clutch of house-elves with a knack for trafficking and filing.
    Winner of the Best Drycleaner on the Block Award.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HapiSofi
    Val Smith is slow-moving, insightful, kind, maddening, extremely talented, not all that good at handling foreign rights, discreet, honest, funny, a tad forgetful, and has been at the heart of the whole Scribblies/Bordertown/Apanage/Ace/Tor/Firebird nexus of fantasy literature.

    There's nothing wrong with Val that couldn't be cured by a clutch of house-elves with a knack for trafficking and filing.
    I'm about 61% certain that's a recommendation...

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    06-06-2006, 07:50 AM
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    She's had my complete manuscript since the first week of April, and I'm waiting ever so patiently for a reply. In an odd sort of way, I find it comforting to know that she tends to be slow.
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    Quote:
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    She's had my complete manuscript since the first week of April, and I'm waiting ever so patiently for a reply. In an odd sort of way, I find it comforting to know that she tends to be slow.
    Just to give you some data points. The first time I submitted to Val, she took eight months to reply with a rewrite request, then three months to pass on the revised manuscript. A couple years later I tried her with a new probject, and she only took two months to reply with a 'yes' to the full manuscript. This doesn't mean her response times are improving, only that you can never tell when she'll be quick or non-responsive.
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    Wow! Thanks for the heads up. As you were waiting did you ever give into the temptation to call and talk to her directly, to ask for an update? 8 months is a terribly long time to wait.
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    06-06-2006, 09:35 AM
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    Wow! Thanks for the heads up. As you were waiting did you ever give into the temptation to call and talk to her directly, to ask for an update? 8 months is a terribly long time to wait.
    No. iirc, she emailed me once during that time period to apologize for taking so long and to ask for more time.
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    I'm still waiting to hear back from her, and starting to think that if she had any real enthusiasm for my work, I would have heard something from her by now. To wait 8 months for a response, and then another 3 only to have your rewrite rejected...I'm just not sure that this is the kind of agent I want.
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    Does anyone know if she handles YA fantasy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni1953
    Does anyone know if she handles YA fantasy?
    Yes, she does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolesingslave View Post
    Note that none of those books on Amazon were written by her, or sold by her.
    Last edited by eqb; 08-09-2009 at 05:20 PM.

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    Just FYI - one gets better results on Google Books, with the search string "agent [name]", with quotes. E.g., "agent valerie smith".
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    Just to keep things up to date... While this agent apparently still accepts queries, I would strongly advise *against* querying her. For details, feel free to PM me.

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