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    Zimmermann Literary Agency (Helen Zimmermann)

    Anyone know this low-profile agent?

    According to Mediabistro, Helen began in the marketing department at Random House, then became director of advertising and promotions at Crown. From there she became the events director at an independent bookstore in New Paltz (which might be just something to do after leaving the job at Crown). She has 18 clients as of October, and a number of books sold.

    She may also be an EMT, unless there are two women by that name in New Paltz. Perhaps the EMT is her daughter?

    No agency profile in Publisher’s Marketplace, and an incomplete listing at Preditors and Editors.

    She is listed at Agent Query.
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    Both, but now I've been rejected I don't care!

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    Anyone deal with her lately? Thanks!

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    hello all,

    Any personal experience with this agent? I came across her name while researching agents that have sold thrillers over at PM. I see the P and E listing and the AQ listing, but not much here. Her website is helpful:

    http://zimmermannliterary.com

    Any personal insight folks? Thanks in advance!

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    Request for a full from Ms. Zimmerman.

    Not a lot of action in this thread--I assume she's reputable because she's an AAR member. I can't find anything negative so that's a plus.

    Anyone here know her?

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    I had a request for a full at the end of August. No word yet.

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    Could you tell me the genre she requested a full MS for? Just wondering what her likes and dislikes are...

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    I had a request for a full at the end of August. No word yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WmHopper View Post
    Could you tell me the genre she requested a full MS for? Just wondering what her likes and dislikes are...


    Hi: My ms is a Mystery (cozy). At the start of October she sent a very nice rejection.

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    Got a request for a full on 8/7 and I just emailed it today.
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    9/1 - Received response telling me I "definitely have some serious potential" but the manuscript I sent her isn't right for her. However, she expressed interest in my other writing and wanted to know if I have any other complete manuscripts.
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    Any recent interactions

    I was preparing to query Ms. Zimmermann this weekend and was wondering if anyone has had any submissions or responses from her lately. I am going to submit a historical fiction ("The Dugout in the Basement" which is a sports-themed historical fiction).
    Thanks! I'll post an update once/if I get a response.
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    Good luck, Bryan. I'm thinking about querying her (women's fiction), and I wish there was more info about her on this thread. So please let us know how it goes! From the QT stats, it looks like she's a no-response-equals-no type for queries. (But I'm new to QT, so I'm still figuring it out; I could be wrong!)

    The QT comments indicate that her rejection letters are very nicely worded. I found an old blog post (2007) that had a comment from a client saying that Ms. Zimmerman is "responsive to her writer" and knows the business forwards and backwards.

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    Thanks

    Thanks Laura. I would definitely send her your query. If you have not sent out many queries yet and are looking for someone to read yours over, I would be happy to help. I'm still trying to find the "right" query style myself...

    Unfortunately I still have not heard back from her. Her website says that if you don't hear from her within two weeks, it's probably because the project isn't right for her. Since she's had my query for about three weeks now, I'm guessing she is taking a pass. Oh well, I'll keep looking. The right agent is out there somewhere!

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    Definitely keep querying, Bryan, but don't give up on this agent just yet. With the holidays, she might be a bit behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happywritermom View Post
    Definitely keep querying, Bryan, but don't give up on this agent just yet. With the holidays, she might be a bit behind.
    Thanks. I'll definitely be happy to hear from her one way or the other. Working on revising my query letter right now. My goal is to get it revised and another 10 sent off before Christmas. A modest goal, but it will help to keep me accountable!

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    Trident or Zimmerman

    Recently got an offer of rep from both Don Fehr at trident media group and Helen Zimmerman. Any thoughts on whom I should choose?

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    I'm assuming you had phone conversations with both of these agents. Which one was closest to what you want to achieve with your writing?

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    I like them both and they both have solid track records and reputations. I'm looking for anyone with inside info in either.

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    Congratulations!
    What a great position to be in!
    I would start by researching them both on this board using the "search" function at the top right of the Bewares board.
    Keep in mind as you post that many agents subscribe to these threads and/or participate on these forums.

    Though you are not using your real name, it wouldn't be that hard to figure out who you are since they both just made you offers.

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    Helen Zimmermann's new venture?

    I had queried this agency back in Feb. 2013, and never received a reply--until today. Ms. Zimmermann has just informed me by e-mail, that for $89.00, I can watch her 90-minute video entitled "Project Publish," and will soon be on my way to receiving her wealth of knowledge. According to Ms. Zimmermann, the $89.00 fee "...also entitles you to email correspondence directly with me (at*Publish@ZimmAgency.com) to answer any specific questions you may have."*

    Gee, what do you all think? Should I shell out $89.00 for Helen's wealth of knowledge? And is this even legitimate?

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