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    [Agency] Pippin Properties Inc.

    Hi Everyone,

    I recently saw that Pippin Properties Inc is accepting manuscripts. However, when I did a search on the company - http://www.pippinproperties.com/flash.htm

    It states they are: an agency devoted to the management and representation of the finest children's book authors and artists at work today.

    Has anyone heard of them? If so, have you got any advice?

    Reece

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    Their clients are children's publishing's A-list, so if you think you have something that'll put you there, too, then have at it.

    Me? Maybe after another book or three are in print.

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    I sent my query letter to John Seller at Pippin last month and have not heard much from them since. One of their more famous authors is Kate DiCamillo. She wrote "Because of Winn Dixie".

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    Quote Originally Posted by fjclaus
    I sent my query letter to John Seller at Pippin last month and have not heard much from them since. One of their more famous authors is Kate DiCamillo. She wrote "Because of Winn Dixie".
    My story is currently under review there, but be aware that they are running a bit behind schedule due to the number of submissions. It took a month and a half to get an affirmative response to my query. Just a hint... avoid phoning, if possible. The secretary wasn't too pleased to hear from me... I get the feeling they are being deluged with submissions, so give them a little extra time. Good luck!

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    I got a very nice personal rejection from them on a query. They commented on my concept and the writing of sample chapters, but in the end fantasy wasn't for them. I was really happy to receive a personal note!! Very professional from what I could see.
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    Thanks for the lead. I sent a query this morning. Holding thumbs that they bite!

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    I submitted mine to them April 21. Still holding my thumbs and my breath. My face has already turned blue, so don't ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by underthecity
    I submitted mine to them April 21. Still holding my thumbs and my breath. My face has already turned blue, so don't ask.

    allen
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    I just sent them something myself.
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    Hi Everyone,

    I got my rejection notice from Pippin. It went a little something like this:

    Reece

    Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we donít feel that Pippin is the right agency to represent your work. Pippin is a small childrenís book literary agency, and as such, we have to be very selective about what we choose to represent. Iím afraid we donít feel the unstoppable enthusiasm for the projects that we would need in order to be successful in promoting your work.



    That said, the fact that this work isnít right for us doesnít mean it might not find a home elsewhere, as editorial opinions widely vary. We wish you the very best in finding the perfect representative to champion your work, and thank you for considering us.


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    {{{Reece}}} keep submitting, they're absolutely right, just because it's not what they're looking for doesn't mean it isnt' the perfect book for another agency!
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    My rejection from them read, in part:

    "While we all enjoyed many aspects of these first chapters, I'm afraid we didn't feel quite strongly enough to take it on. With such a small agency we can only represent people whom we more than just admire (and we certainly admire your work) -- in fact, it has to be something more akin to love at first sight."

    One of the nicest rejections I've received.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhburton
    I got a very nice personal rejection from them on a query. They commented on my concept and the writing of sample chapters, but in the end fantasy wasn't for them. I was really happy to receive a personal note!! Very professional from what I could see.
    Send it out somewhere else, David. You've got a winner, and it will sell eventually.

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    I've been on a on-again off-again search for an agent for children's illustration, so my literary agent recommended Pippin. I love their web site, and they sure do have top-notch talent. Sadly, I got turned down. And it did take a little longer than usual for the reply, but like others have said, I suspect they are deluged with submissions, from both writers and artists. Here's what John Sellers said:

    "Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we don't think that we're
    the right agency to represent your work. Pippin is a small agency, and
    as such it's rare for us to take on new clients. Sometimes, this
    translates into turning down writers and artists who are very talented
    because we do not feel we could give them the time and attention they
    deserve.

    I'm sorry for the disappointing news, but we wish you the very best in
    finding the right representative to champion your work, and thank you
    for thinking of us."


    Very nice. But still a nope. Oh well.....


    --patricia

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    I submitted earlier this week (via email). Based on their website and on others feedback they are one of my top picks (not that I'm in a position at this point to pick and choose). I guess we just sit (work on our next book) and wait.
    Good luck to us all.

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    [Agency] Pippin Properties, Inc.

    Has anyone has any dealings with this group? They aren't a member of AAR, so I just wanted to see what people knew. Thanks!
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    They only rep children's lit -- I know they have a couple of strong authors, but I'd have to check their website before I could give a name.

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    They rep Kate DiCamillo, for one!

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    They also rep Jenny Han, who wrote the fantastic MG / tween novel Shug.

    Pippin is a GREAT agency for children's writers.
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    I'll let you know. I query'd in March... rejection should be here any day now!

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    i queried holly on 2/17.
    nothing.

    i wonder if it's R by non-response?

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    Their website says:

    "If you don't hear from us within three weeks, please understand that we have read and considered your query, and have concluded that we are not the right agency to represent your work at this time. If we do request additional material, we would appreciate the exclusive opportunity to review it for one month. "

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    Adding link (sound warning: flash intro celebrating 10th anniv.) http://www.pippinproperties.com/flash.htm
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    Pippin Properties - agency

    Hi, does anyone have any feedback about Pippin?

    They're a children's book agency.

    http://www.pippinproperties.com/about.htm

    thanks,

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    I'm vaguely puzzled. Is this one of the agencies who have a no from one means a no from all policy?

    The submission info doesn't really address this, but then they say, "please understand that we have read and considered your query."

    Or am I just fiddling around with semantics here?
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    My wife and I received a pleasant request for the first three chapters of our latest YA novel -- and a request that the ms. be exclusive to Pippin for one month. With the manuscript already out to other agents, we couldn't grant the exclusive. I assume this was a deal-killer since we haven't heard from the agent since we shared that info.

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