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Thread: Kimberley Cameron & Assocs. (formerly Reece Halsey North Lit. Agency)

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    This agency also has a publishing company: Reputation Books

    The Publisher's Marketplace announcement states that it was created to publish their client's back-list, but their front page also states: "We also plan to publish excellent manuscripts by our clients that have captured our hearts, and for various reasons, have not yet found the right home."

    There's no mention of the publishing terms on the Reputation Books site, probably because they intend to only be open to KC & Assoc. clients? But I found a mention of their fees and percentage in an interview with Kimberley Cameron that was posted here. They charge a one-time fee of $200 and then the publisher also receives 45% of sales in all formats.

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    They lost me at $200. Even if accepted, what is their motivation for selling my book to a traditional publisher? I had a #PitMad favorite from one of their agents last week. I remember this agency (and the former parent agency), and was initially excited.

    But now, I have my doubts. Number One: I've been through the small e-publisher scenario, and I'm ready to move up to the next level. At least, I hope I am. Number Two: If accepted, and they fail to broker a decent deal, I don't have $200 to throw at this publishing venture. Nope.

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    Got as request for pages from Lisa Abellera. Wish me luck.

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    How long after a request for pages do you give a nudge if it was from PitMad?

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    I queried Kimberley on 5/10 and within an hour received a request for the first 50 pages. She also said, she would get back to me as soon as she could. I thought this was pretty fast. Hope it's a good sign.

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    Just wondering if the clients that decide to place their book with the publishing arm of the Agency need to also, along with the $200 fee from earnings, the 45% the publisher takes, see the Agent percentage taken off their share of any of the "Reputation" sales? I'm thinking the Agent would have to forego taking their traditional percentage, as Agent, to avoid a conflict of interest?

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    Good luck, Vince524! I've met Kimberly Cameron and not only is she legit, but she is also amazing.

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    I got a #PitMad request from Dorian Maffei Jun 2017 for the 1st 50 pages. Interestingly, she's not listed as an agent on their website, but as part of Reputation Books. Still, I sent it off, more because I was hoping for some feedback than actually interested in their agency. I'm definitely not interested in their publishing arm. Anyway, on Jun 15th, I got a very nice rejection (form, I'm sure) saying my ' she loved the premise, but didn't resonate with my voice' which is probably just as well. I don't think we'd have been a good fit.
    Still, I post this here because I thought the request was rather strange coming from someone who isn't even listed as an agent. No idea if it's good, bad or now typical from agencies with their own publishing arm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D. Leroy View Post
    Good luck, Vince524! I've met Kimberly Cameron and not only is she legit, but she is also amazing.
    Just as an fyi, I subbed to her, but never heard back. That title got picked up by The Wild Rose Press, so upward and onward.

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    They asked for a full from me and no reading fee.

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    I just got a query request from a Twitter event from Lisa Abellera. After researching her, I'm not sure I want to submit. She's part agent, part writer, part designer, none of her clients seem to have any of their books for sale, and her agency have their own publishing company which I don't like.

    But it seems weird not to submit to an agent who has shown an interest in my book.

    Can anyone here give me any reason to submit to this agent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotForUsThanks View Post
    But it seems weird not to submit to an agent who has shown an interest in my book.
    Why not? You don't have to go on a date with everyone who asks you.

    Personally, I prefer agents with recent sales in my genre(s), so if her clients don't have those, it would put me off.
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    Good points!
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    What Marian Perera said. I recently had a request from Ms Abellera off a twitter contest but I didn't query her. No sales (that I could find) and her fingers are in far too many pies for my liking.
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    Yeah, that's how I feel. I mean, if she was new and building her list, fair enough, but that's not what I see here. Thanks for taking the time to feedback.
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    Mary C Moore is currently closed to queries as of Oct 12. There's nothing on the agency website listing her as closed to subs, unfortunately, but I received a form e-mail confirming it and she has a blog post about it.

    Due to the wildfire situation where I live in Sonoma County, California, I am closing to submissions temporarily. My family, home, and I are all safe. But we are on constant advisory for potential evacuation pending wind patterns and our community is busy with evacuees from neighboring affected areas.

    Because the majority of my focus is on this new reality, I have fallen way behind. Any extra time or energy I have must be used to meet my client needs. Therefore I apologize, but I wonít be reading any submissions, including those already in my inbox, at least until the fires have been contained, and our community has begun to pick up the pieces. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.
    Also, the form e-mail covers some different details:

    As you may be aware from my blog, I have closed to submissions. I live in Sonoma County and as you may have seen on the news, multiple wildfires have ravaged the county and surrounding areas. The air is heavy with smoke and hard to breathe, evacuees have flooded our town, and although the community is rallying, itís an intense atmosphere.

    My family, home, and I are all safe, but we are on advisory for potential evacuation. Itís a difficult situation to focus in and any energy I have to spare goes to my client needs.

    Thus I have reached the heartbreaking conclusion, that I will have to let go of all potential projects for the time being. Before when I took a long time with a submission, at least the intention to read and consider were there. Now that intention is gone, and that is unfair to any writer out on submission.

    If you do not find representation in the interim, please feel free to resubmit when I do reopen to submissions.

    I didn't check her blog before querying, and I didn't connect the wildfire news with my query submissions, so this caught me off-guard. I hope things get better in Sonoma County soon.
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    She had my full, and I received the same email. I'm finding some slight irony blaming fires for my rejection. Alas. Hopefully all stay safe out there though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMaree View Post
    Mary C Moore is currently closed to queries as of Oct 12. There's nothing on the agency website listing her as closed to subs, unfortunately, but I received a form e-mail confirming it and she has a blog post about it.



    Also, the form e-mail covers some different details:

    As you may be aware from my blog, I have closed to submissions. I live in Sonoma County and as you may have seen on the news, multiple wildfires have ravaged the county and surrounding areas. The air is heavy with smoke and hard to breathe, evacuees have flooded our town, and although the community is rallying, it’s an intense atmosphere.

    My family, home, and I are all safe, but we are on advisory for potential evacuation. It’s a difficult situation to focus in and any energy I have to spare goes to my client needs.

    Thus I have reached the heartbreaking conclusion, that I will have to let go of all potential projects for the time being. Before when I took a long time with a submission, at least the intention to read and consider were there. Now that intention is gone, and that is unfair to any writer out on submission.

    If you do not find representation in the interim, please feel free to resubmit when I do reopen to submissions.

    I didn't check her blog before querying, and I didn't connect the wildfire news with my query submissions, so this caught me off-guard. I hope things get better in Sonoma County soon.
    Terrible situation. Hope she and her family get through it Ok.

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    Has this agency made many sales to the Big 5?

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