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    Deborah Harris Agency

    I couldn't find a thread for this agency. Anyone know anything about them? http://thedeborahharrisagency.com/index.aspx

    I just canceled my Publishers Marketplace subscription so, unfortunately, I can't look at the kinds of things they usually sell.

    They are based in Jerusalem and their website makes it seems like they are only interested in Israeli/Jewish writers or books involving Israel/jedaism but I just got a request for my MG novel on pitchmas (http://pitchmas.blogspot.com/) from Rena Rossner.

    Any information would be helpful, thanks!
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    I was going to ask the exact same thing for the same reason.

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    PM shows 35 deals in the past 12 months, most to foreign publishers on behalf of prestigious US agencies or publishers. Many of them are multiple rights sales. A wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, genre and non-genre, mostly adult but some children's and YA.

    So this looks like a very active agency, but it's worth noting that only two of the deals were sold by Ms. Harris on her agency's own behalf.

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    Awesome! Thank you so much Victoria!
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    Thanks, Victoria!

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    The website is a little confusing, so I e-mailed them and asked if they wanted Israeli-only authors or content.

    I got a pretty quick answer back that: "We represent all authors whose fits our list" then asked me to submit my manuscript, which I immediately did.
    Hope this helps.

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    I found it confusing too but I assumed, based on the fact that Rena was requesting a lot from #pitchmas, that she wasn't too picky about the isreali connection in all her clients. But its good to kknow they're open to queries from everyone /all kinds of books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritsong View Post
    I was going to ask the exact same thing for the same reason.
    Ditto!

    Thanks for starting the thread Tromboli, and fingers crossed for all of us!
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    Rena Rossner

    She is featured this week is Writer's Digest - http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com...-harris-agency

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    I just got a partial request from Rena from #pitchmas for my Na UF. Fingers crossed!


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    Quote Originally Posted by HLWampler View Post
    I just got a partial request from Rena from #pitchmas for my Na UF. Fingers crossed!

    When did you submit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Drakich View Post
    When did you submit?
    Initial query after pitchmas was sent on 12/24/13


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    Quote Originally Posted by HLWampler View Post
    Initial query after pitchmas was sent on 12/24/13
    So at least ten weeks for a reply. A little above the norm, but glad to hear they asked for a partial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Drakich View Post
    So at least ten weeks for a reply. A little above the norm, but glad to hear they asked for a partial.
    I'm super excited and anxious.


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    Queried Rena Rossner 2/25/14.
    Polite form R 4/6/14.

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    Full request today!

    So far it's been a little under 5 months from query to full request.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HLWampler View Post
    Full request today!

    So far it's been a little under 5 months from query to full request.
    Congrats!

    Unfortunately, for me, I got a rejection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Drakich View Post
    Congrats!

    Unfortunately, for me, I got a rejection.
    I'm sorry about the R. I hope that there is an agent out there itching to say yes!


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    Well I JUST sent a query to Rena Rossner. I used the format on the website, and pasted in my first 50 pgs plus synopsis and bio. I have NO idea if I did it right!

    I also asked her on Twitter if I could send the query directly to her and she said "yes" so I skipped going through the agency submissions...

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    I got a full request a few weeks back. I'm curious, if she were to offer, since she's Jerusalem based, even if she were to connect with a U.S. pub, would the commission still be foreign rights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undercover View Post
    I got a full request a few weeks back. I'm curious, if she were to offer, since she's Jerusalem based, even if she were to connect with a U.S. pub, would the commission still be foreign rights?
    Not as I understand it. Your contract to publish is with the US publisher. Your contract with the agent is for a percentage of what the US publisher pays you.

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    Any recent interactions of note with this agency? I just got a pitchmas request from Rena, but I'm not whether my novel is what the agency are looking for.
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    She's still liking a lot of pitches in #SFFPit. Any one have more recent experience with them than the last post?
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    I just received a full request through Sun vs Snow from Rena Rossner. Sent today 2/24/2016

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