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    Ricia Mainhardt Agency

    I was researching this agency along with several others on my list, but have not found out much. I know they are listed on P&E with no $. They sound legit from the info on the agency website, but it seems kind of dated. Anyone have any newer information about this agency? Thanks
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    I sent a query package 8-9 months ago and never heard back. I had previously queried by e-mail and got no reply to that either

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    Hmm...Considering how active she was as agent and editor, the fact that the most recent mention of her is her attendance at a memorial service in 2004 makes me think she's retired.
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    I also sent a query package about four months ago and have had no reply.

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    Sent a query via email close to month ago ...no reply. If I remember correctly Jim Butcher is a client, in my research it sounds like she's still working...hmmmm I must go recheck.

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    Her site hasn't been updated since 2002.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baywitch
    Sent a query via email close to month ago ...no reply. If I remember correctly Jim Butcher is a client, in my research it sounds like she's still working...hmmmm I must go recheck.
    You sure about Jim Butcher? I'm sure I've seen him quoted as client on someone else's site

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    I think Jim Butcher is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass agency.

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    Her client list has included Ray Garton (Simon and Schuster, among others) in horror, children's fiction, and novelizations, Michael A. Stackpole (Bantam, HarperCollins) in science fiction and fantasy, Richard Lee Byers (Minstrel [S&S]) in fantasy, Jim Butcher (Roc) in "gumshoe fantasy," Janeen O'Kerry (Dorchester) in historical and time-travel romance, Jennifer Dunne (New Concepts) in science fiction romance, and Loree Lough (Harlequin) in romance.
    (From her website,that hasn't been updated)

    Perhaps she no longer represents Mr.Butcher.

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    Ricia started as a legit agent, but doesn't seem to have prospered. Later, word went round that she'd taken to charging reading fees -- and really cheap ones, too. Maybe it's true.

    If she'd gone over to the Dark Side of the Force, she'd have charged more; so if she was charging fees, I have to think it was a forlorn attempt to stay afloat. I haven't heard a thing about her for some time now.
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    Mike Stackpole is currently represented by Howard Morhaim.

    About the others, I don't know.

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    I do know that Jim Butcher is presently represented by Donald Maass, but he was indeed represented by Ricia Mainhardt on his first few books. Don't know about the others. But there aren't any sales for her on Publisher's Marketplace from 2003-2006. It may be that she's on hiatus or retired.
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    Unhappy Me too

    I queried her for email query submission guidelines (website seemed contradictory) on 3/2 but haven't got a response. I tried calling the main phone line (website said that it was ok to do so) but all I got was modem noise. Thinking that the fax line and phone line were switched, I called the fax line. But the phone just kept ringing and ringing. No answering machine.

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    I sent a sub package. My first sub, sniffles... in 2001! I still have heard nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MicheleLee
    I sent a sub package. My first sub, sniffles... in 2001! I still have heard nothing.
    Hey, five years is nothing!

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    Wow, what a shame. She seems to have started out real well.

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    "Chill"

    LOL I'm not difficult. I sent a query after a year, all polite and calm. See? I practice what I preach. I even sent a retraction in January of this year. At least the email address still works.
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    Cancel the previous stories. Ricia Mainhardt disappeared from the agenting landscape because she was severely injured in an automobile accident. She's been years recovering, and hasn't finished yet.

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    Talking Dear Rugrat...

    Super Oooops! I meant rugcat...but the blasted thing wouldn't allow me to make a correction..only to the body of the memo. Looks like glitter filled cards are coming my way now. Grrrr. Sorry to mess up your penname.

    Have you been reading the Vivian Beck boards??? Cuzzzzz...that 'Chilllllll, nobody wants a difficult writer'.....I'm giggling too much to type properly and have had to backspace several times. Just curious if you're humor is twisted...because it certainly entertains!
    And, hey...after five years..gosh darn..ye' think Ricia might consider it pushy if queried for an update on the status of said manuscript?

    Another agent recommended Ms. Ricia Mainhardt to me. Never heard back.
    Now that I think of it...perhaps that agent had a warped sense of humor too. Hmmmm. Maybe I'll send her a thank you card..filled with glitter...heheheh.

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    Clearly the situation with Ricia Mainhardt is a different story. No one seems to have had any contact with the agency in the last couple of years. Although the website is still up and running, it apparently hasn’t been updated for quite a while. Jim Butcher is still listed as a client, although he is currently, I believe, with Jennifer Jackson. And note this blurb for another author:

    “...DOOMSDAY DECK... will be on the shelves later in 2002.”

    Poster SPEED asserts she was in an automobile accident, thus the disappearance from the agenting scene. Whatever the reason, she is clearly not soliciting new submissions nor corresponding with aspiring writers, so it would seem a waste of time submitting to her.

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    Hi, Roger.

    Yes, I do have bona fides.

    This isn't one of those instances where a bad agent fakes their own illness or death to get out of difficult circumstances. Ricia really was badly injured. Word didn't get out until relatively recently, when she turned up at a publishing-related occasion in New York.

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    Well wishes

    Let us hope she makes a recovery to, at the very least, carry on with life as we would all like to. As for agenting, if her website was abandoned, yet she was very successful when in full swing, I can only imagine it must have been near tragic, whatever happened to her.

    Though we may have to shuffled down a different road now in search of different agents, may she prosper with her health and well being.

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