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    McGill Literary Agency / Rothschild Literary Agency

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    06-14-2006, 10:47 PM
    Branwyn
    At a loss for words...

    Chatelain, Harcourt & Brown ?

    I searched here and P&E and didn't come up with anything, anyone hear of them?

    Thanks
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    06-15-2006, 09:08 AM
    Maryn
    Bru-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-uce!

    Did you google them? I got 145 hits. They've got a website, http://www.literaryagency.us/ , appear to be located in Salt Lake City, bringing into question the viability of the publishing contacts agents need. One large red flag waved at "Response times vary and can take from several months to a year if we respond at all."

    Edited to add: I'm seeing no indication of any past sales, by the agency or by individual agents. That, plus Jim's comment, makes me think these people cannot place your book with a publisher.

    Maryn, hoping this helps
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    06-15-2006, 09:20 AM
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    The represent poetry?

    Oh, dear.
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    06-15-2006, 12:11 PM
    rugcat
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    I lived in Salt Lake City for a number of years. You might want to check out this link.

    http://www.arlj.com/
    06-15-2006, 12:38 PM
    Maryn
    Bru-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-uce!

    Interesting, rugcat. I see that Mr. Chatelain is an editor of the American Review Literary Journal, which gives awards but apparently has not received any, and which has a clearly stated social agenda, which is its right. I note that his his prize client is its founder and also an editor.

    I'm unfamiliar with ARLJ, but whether it's terrific or not has no bearing on his skills as an agent. In fact, it suggests that his time is not filled with agent matters on behalf of a busy and full client list.

    Maryn, thanking rugcat for the link
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    06-15-2006, 09:34 PM
    Branwyn
    At a loss for words...

    Oh my....thanks for the feedback.
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    06-16-2006, 10:11 AM
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    Looks to me like YAAA (Yet Another Amateur Agency).

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    06-16-2006, 11:54 AM
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    Chatelain, Harcourt & Brown Literary Management

    Interesting. This is Byant McGill: http://www.bryantmcgill.com. Poet of some celebrity. Work available as free downloads from his website, or hard copy from Lulu.

    Vivian Ducrest is/was Rothchild Literary Agency, same *.us website, listed as McGill’s contact here: http://www.mcgillcharities.com/Questions_and_Answers/

    According to this: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/3/prweb357984.htm, Chatelain has been McGill’s “manager and publicist for over 12 years”.

    No sign yet that McGill & Co. has translated critical acclaim into a book with a commercial publisher.
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    Literaryagency.us now directs to a page on McGill's site labeled "McGill Literary Agency". Chatelain is still listed as an agent, but there's no sign of Ducrest (the contact on McGill's charity page is now himself c/o Rothschild).

    The books on the left of the agency page are all self-published.
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    I can understand the worry about not having enough publishing contacts, but there are writers everywhere who all need agents. Not everyone is on the east coast. I read ... I think it was on Writers Beware ... that it is a good idea to find an agent closer to you rather than on the opposite side of the US. Thus, for someone like me (since I am on the west coast), an agent in New York might not be feasible.


    To save space, I copied and pasted instead of quoting the entire long chain.

    06-15-2006, 09:08 AM
    Maryn
    Bru-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-uce!

    Did you google them? I got 145 hits. They've got a website, http://www.literaryagency.us/ , appear to be located in Salt Lake City, bringing into question the viability of the publishing contacts agents need. One large red flag waved at "Response times vary and can take from several months to a year if we respond at all."

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    In this Internet age, an agent's location can be less of an issue. However, regardless of whether they're in New York or New Zealand, they will need personal interaction with editors to make the sale. If they have the resources to travel to close the deal, more power to them, but having an agent within spitting distance of the publishing district saves time and expense for everyone involved.
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    The New No?

    Hi All,

    A November query to Mr. Chatelain was just answered with the following letter. Your thoughts please.

    * * *

    Thank you for your submission to RLA / McGill Literary Agency. On the date below you submitted the following email to Bryant McGill through Anthony Chatelain, E. Rothschild, Vivian Ducrest or Chris Heinen.

    We appreciate your submission. Understand that we receive about 20 thousand submissions each year, and last year only selected two books to work with, securing traditional book-deals for both manuscripts.

    AUTHOR RADIO INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY
    We are looking for interesting authors to interview as a part of our amazing authors radio series going out to 11 million homes via satellite, AM, FM, Dish Network, Direct TV and Comcast.

    Our radio show web address is:
    http://www.mcgillbroadcast.com/

    Please send your guest request with photos, biography, book information and topic summary (optional CV) to:
    radio@bryantmcgill.com

    We are about to start using twitter.com to keep people updated so please signup and follow us, where we can keep you up-to-date about publishing, radio and exposure opportunities. Here is the account to follow:
    http://twitter.com/bryantmcgill

    My main web site is:
    http://www.bryantmcgill.com/

    You may also find me on Facebook.com under Bryant McGill and Myspace at MySpace.com/bryantmcgill

    Me and my team look forward to hearing form you.

    Thank you and have a nice day.

    Yours sincerely,

    Bryant McGill
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    The grammatical errors worry me. (Yes, I know, forest for the trees.)

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    Curious, isn't it?
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    Given what's earlier in the thread, I'm not sure these guys would even be on my list. You might be better off just moving on.
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    I think you're 100% right. Better to be patient than sorry.
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    My impression on the site http://www.bryantmcgill.com/agency/
    is more like a shrine for Mr.McGill. It gives very little on the work he has done for his client(s). I mean self-promotion is okay if it helps the collective; i.e. like a mothership pushing forward and all its babies riding tail-coat. However, his side tells me that Mr.McGill seems quite diluted and unfocus.

    The tell tale is on the side navigation:
    McGill Site SectionsMain McGill Site ...
    McGill Radio Now!
    Light a Candle
    McGill Charities
    Business & Services
    Charity Poker Team
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    Ah, darn it all, the McGill Literary Agency is no more.
    http://www.bryantmcgill.com/agency/

    Twenty thousand queries a year? And no sales?

    Oh well, read this one if you want some entertainment

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    I just received this message last night in response to a query I sent in 2011 for a book I'm no longer querying on. Bizarre:

    "Thank you for your submission.

    LITERARYAGENCY.US: In 1999 I inherited the literary agency you emailed, (US Literary Agency) and while I no longer work in that business, I do still refer the occasional book to some of my friends at major publishing houses. I have helped secure a few major book deals over the years through my referrals, so it can't hurt to get your book information to me. I do not charge any fees unless I am able to sell your book.

    As you may imagine, I am overrun with a torrent emails. All professional requests and submissions need to come through Linkedin.com. (www.linkedin.com/in/bryantmcgill/) You can add me as a client at McGill International. If Linkedin asks you for an email address when adding me, use linkedin@bryantmcgill.com. Once we are connected on Linkedin, submit your book summary and information to me in a message through Linkedin only. This helps me keep track of names and faces. I promise I will read every submission, but I cannot reply to every message. If I like what I see I will let you know if I forward it on to my contacts.

    Keep an eye on my blog for book marketing tips."

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    I got that too on one of mine. Sounds odd to me. I wouldn't email back.
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