Originally Posted by Sonny
As for my rejection letters from the publishers, they did specifically mention the works. In addtion, the senior editor at one of the major publishing houses stated: "This is a very well-researched work and it certainly is a lot of fun. Mrs. "C" is a very talented writer. We are passing, however, because we feel the work might be too small for our very commercial list."
This is a nice, personal rejection, and shows that the editor really did read your work. It's also encouraging--she passed not because she didn't think it was publishable, but because it wasn't suitable for her imprint. What this suggests to me is what I've heard from other editors: Authentic Creations doesn't always target its submissions very effectively. It's possible that a different agent would not have submitted to this editor at all.
do I abandon this work because it is now tainted by the submission made by Authentic Creations.
There are two issues here. How many submissions did they make for you? If only a few, it's unlikely that the market for your work has been exhausted, even if the submissions were well-targeted. The second consideration is the one above: it's quite possible that the submissions weren't
well-targeted--that your work was submitted to unsuitable publishers/imprints--which means that the real market for your manuscript may not have been tested. So it may well be that your ms. still has a fighting chance.
Per the advice of a very published author over at Avon (Harper Collins), I've drafted a polite letter requesting all copies of cover letters sent by Authentic Creations as well as all rejections.
This is what I would have advised also. I do suspect, though, that you won't get what you've asked for. I've heard from other AC clients who repeatedly requested this information and didn't receive it (despite the fact that AC's contract requires them, on termination, to "provide a list of publishers and other interested parties still considering possible publication or purchase of the work").
You do need to find out where your ms. was sent, if you can. Whether you look for another agent or decide to approach publishers on your own (which wouldn't be my recommendation), you need this information, because if a publisher has already rejected a ms., you can't usually approach it again with the same ms. Did AC send you invoices for photocopying and postage? Other clients have told me that the invoices mention which publishers were approached.
As for the article naming them one of the top 20 agencies...I had rather hoped they would make mention of the prestigious magazine which is recognizing their 'services'.
Yeah, me too. If it's any of the two or three I think it might be, it wouldn't be the first time an article of this sort was published without adequate research.
One more question: Say I manage to get this work (rejected under Authentic Creations) published on my own or by another agency. What rights does Authentic Creations have to the royalties once their submissions were rejected.
According to the most recent AC contract I've seen, AC claims commission on any sales that result from contacts they made or negotiations they initiated prior to termination of your relationship with them, even if the sales occur after termination (this is pretty standard). So if a publisher they approached made you an offer as a result of their submission of your work, you'd owe them 15% even if you used another agent to close the deal. They have no claim on new submissions made by you or another agent, however.