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    Loiacono Literary Agency (Jeanie Loiacono)

    Didn't see a thread for this one. Just posting the link to get it started. I am not affiliated with this agency or agent.

    website: http://www.loiaconoliteraryagency.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia Sharp View Post
    Didn't see a thread for this one. Just posting the link to get it started. I am not affiliated with this agency or agent.

    website: http://www.loiaconoliteraryagency.com/
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    I'm a little confused by the "available for publication" tag at the end of some of the MS titles. I confess I've never seen that before. If a certain work is out on submission, what's the point of putting that tag next to the author's photo before the book sells?
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    I read the submission guidelines and I am confused. Do we send the query letter, synopsis and full manuscript and in one shot? Because in all of the format instructions they laid out I am not seeing actual guidelines on what to submit. Or am I missing something here?

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    Never mind. Its been a long day. I just went back for a second look and found it. They do want a query, synopsis and full manuscript.

    This is what happens when you work for 16 hours straight and then try to use your brain for anything other than shoulder ballast.

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    Ms. Loiacono's bio doesn't mention any professional publishing experience or agenting training. There seem to be a couple of solid sales, to Thomas Nelson and Taylor Trade, but all the agency's other book placements are with small presses that authors can approach on their own (including two that I know for a fact have bad contracts--Zharmae Publishing Press and Front Porch Romance--and Ecanus, which has a self-pub division).

    Not impressed.

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    Especially Zharmae, definitely not impressed.
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    She had been an agent at Sullivan Maxx. I have a friend who is a client of hers and has had two books published within the last year, though as pointed out, it's with a smaller publisher. I have not asked recently how satisfied she is with her representation.
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    As one of several former unhappy clients with this agency, I encourage serious writers to look elsewhere for representation. This agency deals primarily with small presses of questionable quality, ethics, and abilities. My experience has been one of broken trust, disrespect of my needs and concerns, and a lack of satisfactory communication. Ms. Loiacano has had no formal training as an agent, and it shows. Her abrasive personality has alienated editors and publishers, leaving unsuspecting clients to pick up the pieces.

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    I deleted my original comment. I won't go into all the reasons here. If anyone wants to know why, I'll discuss it off line with you, but I left the agency as a writer a few months ago.
    Last edited by PeggyAnn; 12-03-2016 at 11:40 PM. Reason: I (and other writers) recently had bad experiences with this agency, and I left the agency as a writer.

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    Any agent should be able to place books with the Big 5 because they should have contacts there. Most small, boutique agencies I found in my research are formed by agents who broke off from larger agencies. Giving an agent a chance when they can't land deals with the Big 5 is not doing yourself or your novel any favors.

    All of that is general advice, as I have nothing specific, either good or bad, to say about this agency.

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    You're right. Agents are supposed to open doors we cannot open for ourselves. I eventually published with a small, but well respected, Canadian publisher...and I found them on my own, sans agent.

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    Hi guys,

    Heads up. This just came through on my RWA loop. It's 3rd hand information, but I thought it was worth posting as a warning. If you're considering submitting to this agency, double check with them to make sure they are not doing this:

    I was just talking to someone who used to be represented by Jeanie Loiacono at the Loiacono Agency. She tells me that this agent (and I assume the others at the agency) are attempting to charge clients for submitting their work to publishers--every submission will cost the author money. She is also attempting to charge existing clients for submitting new work to her for representation. I don't know about potential new clients but I'm sure it's the same.




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    The following is a direct quote from a mass email sent out by Ms. Loiacono to clients and former clients. Let authors beware!

    "In the new contract, for any new Work(s) there will be an administrative fee of five hundred dollars ($500.00), made payable to the Agency upon signing. This is a one-time fee, unless the Work(s) do not contract with a publisher and require renewing after one year. Renewals are two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per year. Upon publication of the Work(s), only the LLA 15% shall apply."

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    Nope, nope, nope. Thanks for the warning, SunshineRose!

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    Thanks for the update. Sheesh.

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    If all the above isn't enough to loathe this woman's way of doing business, she's an authoritarian Trump supporter as well.

    She has a pretty nasty comment in the area below the article. Quite the piece of work.
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    Some of the choicest quotes from her comment:

    It is not a right nor freedom of speech to destroy property, hurt innocent people, or be rude and disrespectful to President Trump.
    I do not think President Trump has the time to read some of the smut novels that are being published today. The man barely has time to sleep. As a literary agent, I see what is being accepted; immoral, hedonistic fodder.
    ...we must have a wall to the south and even north eventually, and those coming in this country must be checked thoroughly. If you are concerned with the veterinarian you use for your pet, the boy your daughter dates, the person who washes your car, the doctors who treat you, then you should be CONCERNED with the terrorists coming into this country; some of which may pose as your innocent neighbor. They do not have to have dark hair and eyes nor come from one of the five countries under scrutiny.
    Unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marian Perera View Post
    Some of the choicest quotes from her comment:
    Ewww....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marian Perera View Post
    Some of the choicest quotes from her comment:
    Dearie me. I'm sure there are writers who agree with her politics and can handle the rant, but no writer should have to put up with her egregious misuse of semi-colons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marian Perera View Post
    Some of the choicest quotes from her comment:
    What a bizarre rant. Even if you think that sort of crazy sh*t, don't put it on the Internet next to your name.
    Being judgemental must surely be one of the most joyful activities known to the species and it is cruel that other animals are denied this pleasure.

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    No, I want her to put it out there, so that prospective clients can see exactly what she thinks. I'm not surprised she's a fan of an authoritarian lying conman.

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    Non-schmagent Janet Reid posted on them today:
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    In addition to Janet Reid's post linked above, Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware has weighed in with a red flag warning and pertinent information about Loiacono Literary Agency.

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    Thanks for outing this fake agent. As a former agent myself, I detest these people who are trying to enrich themselves by exploiting writers. This is particularly egregious.

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    Lydia,
    Why would you start something that has nothing to do with you. You have never submitted to LLA nor do any of our agents know you. What is on the Loiacono Literary Agency site is accurate and truthful.
    Jeanie Loiacono

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