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    The Martell Agency (Alice Martell)

    Love the site. Does anyone have any experience with Alice Martell? She seems to have a good track record with mysteries.

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    According to Preditors and Editors they have a proven track record of sales.

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    No webpage, alas, but lots of sales. http://www.agentquery.com/agent.aspx?agentid=537
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    Been working on this novel since my hair was still brown. Comic mystery, I guess. Hitting the market with it, getting nervous as hell. Logging in to check whether I have an email response about 42 times a day... You know, being a rookie. Thanks for the welcome. This is a great site.

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    Alice Martell

    Are there any more recent experiences with this LA to share? (I will be returning her call in the morning.)

    Thanks!

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    Last edited by doctorwascher; 11-12-2008 at 08:01 AM.

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    Richard Curtis, Alice Martell, Katie Boyle

    I would be very interested in any objective feedback regarding these three agents, please.

    Thank you/ Rob

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    Welcome, Dr. Wascher. One agent per thread, please. Use the Index at the top of the forum to find the other agents you are inquiring about. Thank you.
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    Got it!

    Thanks/ Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorwascher View Post
    Are there any more recent experiences with this LA to share? (I will be returning her call in the morning.)

    Thanks!

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    Did you sign with her? She looks like a very fine agent. I've recently queried her, myself.

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    No, I haven't signed with her yet. I have an appointment to visit with another LA in NYC next week, and based upon a very favorable and long phone conversation with him, I am holding off on getting too cozy with anyone else for now.

    Thanks for your feedback/ Rob

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    http://www.themartellagency.com/ is still under construction. Reference of them can be found here: http://www.spywriter.com/litagency11.html
    http://www.wordhustler.com/agents/47...ll-Agency.html

    Also from AQ: she lists her email "afmartell@themartellagency.com" but she does not accept email queries. :-O
    Last edited by nicolesingslave; 08-16-2009 at 10:04 AM.

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    So here's the text of the rejection I got: "Dear [full name], Thank you so much for sending me the material for [title]. The work is nicely done but I don't have the passion that you need in an agent for their work to be done well. Fortunately, this is a subjective business and I expect that you'll find an agent who has no reservations."

    Ordinarily I don't try to read tea leaves with these things, but was curious about that business of "the work is nicely done." Does anyone know if this is the standard language of all her form rejections? (I mean, what does she say to people who send in crap?) I'm just trying to figure out if maybe this means she (or someone) actually glanced at the text and not just the query -- but if it's all just the usual boilerplate, then it's just all ignorable...

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    "So here's the text of the rejection I got: "Dear [full name], Thank you so much for sending me the material for [title]. The work is nicely done but I don't have the passion that you need in an agent for their work to be done well. Fortunately, this is a subjective business and I expect that you'll find an agent who has no reservations."

    I'd bet my house it's a form letter. A nice one. But a form letter. If I were you, I'd save my obsessing for cryptic comments sent with rejections of a partial or full.

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    Received a request for the first 50 pages on 10/21/2009.


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    The Martell Agency

    Terry: How long did it take between query and request for the 50 pages? Have you heard back on your submission?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repunzel View Post
    "So here's the text of the rejection I got: "Dear [full name], Thank you so much for sending me the material for [title]. The work is nicely done but I don't have the passion that you need in an agent for their work to be done well. Fortunately, this is a subjective business and I expect that you'll find an agent who has no reservations."
    Sigh, I got exactly the same letter, word by word. For a moment my ego talked me into thinking that maybe she meant it, but then the practical me slapped me in the face and told to come check it over here....

    My ego still whines in the back of my head and says that she might have two form rejections and she saves the nice ones for the works that truly are well done...

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    Received a request tonight from Ms. Martell for a partial and a synopsis.
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    The Martell Agency

    Quote Originally Posted by frequently alert View Post
    Been working on this novel since my hair was still brown. Comic mystery, I guess. Hitting the market with it, getting nervous as hell. Logging in to check whether I have an email response about 42 times a day... You know, being a rookie. Thanks for the welcome. This is a great site.
    I'm also plugging what I call a "broad-humored campy cozy mystery." I would love to share experiences, pages, expertise, tips, but I'm not sure if AWWC lets people exchange email addresses, or how to contact each other any way that doesn't put our email addresses out there for the world to send spam to---for where the world can send spam? "Where y'all from, Witch?" Joan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan J. View Post
    I'm also plugging what I call a "broad-humored campy cozy mystery." I would love to share experiences, pages, expertise, tips, but I'm not sure if AWWC lets people exchange email addresses, or how to contact each other any way that doesn't put our email addresses out there for the world to send spam to---for where the world can send spam? "Where y'all from, Witch?" Joan
    You can Private Message each other and exchange emails that way. Click on the person's name, and select Private Message.

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    FYI - They still don't have a webpage, and there's no new info (that I can find, anyway) other than what Nicole posted above.

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    Bump...

    FWIW, I sent a query on 17 Oct, and got a full request the next day. Fingers crossed!
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    UPDATE: 25 October: R. "Very well done, but I didn't fall in love with it..."
    Last edited by Dev; 10-26-2011 at 03:44 AM.

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    I just emailed Alice and asked her if she takes YA and she responded quickly saying she'd be happy to see the first 50 pages.

    Just letting YA writers know if you're interested. P&E has a dollar $ sign too.

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    Oh, but query her first.

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    After querying AM, I just received a request for 50 pages and a comprehensive outline.

    Uhh. Showing how green I am, but what is a comprehensive outline? My novel is YA. Like, a synopsis?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by CallMeIshmael; 09-07-2012 at 01:04 AM.

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