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    [Agency] The Gernert Company

    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with Sarah Burnes @ Gernert Company?

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    I queried her a few months ago by sending her requested package according to this site: http://www.agentquery.com/agent.aspx?agentid=541
    She took a couple months to respond, but apologized for the delay in a personal, thoughtful rejection letter.

    That's the limit of my experience with her. Unfortunately.

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    [Agency] Gernert Company

    Does anyone have any experience with Erika Storella with the Gernert Company? I would very much appreciate any anecdotal information.

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    My friend is agented by another Gernert agent, and LOVES her. Her name is Sara something - anyway, he thinks it's a great agency.

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    Thank you. The agency sounds great. I just can't find any information about Erika Storella herself, not on agentquery or preditors or editors or litmatch or anything. But her profile on the Gernert company website makes her sound like a perfect fit for me.

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    Anything new on these guys? Specifically, anything about Chris Parris-Lamb? Certainly the agency seems to have a good track record, but I haven't seem a lot about his list. Also, does anyone have any ideas on recent response time estimates?

    And as a matter of course, not just specific to them, when is it deemed appropriate to check/query on a full mss? I had thought at 6-8 weeks but now it seems that many think even that is being too pushy?

    Thanks!

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    Question Stephanie Cabot

    Has anyone had any personal experience with Stephanie Cabot at Gernert? I have been to the Web site, etc. but I am interested in the actual exchange. Thanks.

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    She's my agent and she's wonderful. Extremely positive, confident, and enthusiastic with great contacts.

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    Stephanie is also my agent, and I heartily endorse everything said about her above. She is a joy to work with.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by lkp View Post
    She's my agent and she's wonderful. Extremely positive, confident, and enthusiastic with great contacts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Julianne Douglas View Post
    Stephanie is also my agent, and I heartily endorse everything said about her above. She is a joy to work with.

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    Thanks. I appreciate the response and many kudos for having landed a great agent. Now, hopefully she likes what she reads and makes a request.
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    More about Sarah Burnes:
    -an interview of her author Nic Kelman where she is mentioned

    -this Children's Bookshelf page says:
    At last week's Frankfurt Book Fair, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers acquired North American rights for Gitty Daneshvari's School of Fear in a preemptive two-book deal with Sarah Burnes at the Gernert Company...
    -Peter Behrens: The Law of Dreams: Reviews and News says:
    7/17/2006
    The Law Of Momentum
    Last December, Gernert's Sarah Burnes sold North American rights to Canadian Peter Behrens's debut novel, The Law of Dreams, to Chip Fleischer at Steerforth...
    -this post at agent Colleen Lindsay's blog says:
    This time, the book in question was SCHOOL OF FEAR by newcomer Gitty Daneshvari, sold for six-figures in a two-book to Little Brown Books for Young Readers, by Sarah Burnes at The Gernert Company (NA).
    Here's what makes this story all the more fascinating...

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    I don't know anything specific about Chris or Sarah (I am represented by another agent at the agency, Stephanie Cabot), but I have been very pleased with the agency. It is top-notch, with an impressive list of clients and very personable and hard-working agents.
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    Good to hear. They seem like a great agency. Thanks for the leads!

    Chris ultimately said no to my mss with about the nicest letter I could have asked for, but did pass it on to someone else with a recommendation. Keep your fingers crossed!

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    Maybe the two Gernert Company threads could be merged?

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    Maybe the two Gernert Company threads could be merged?
    That sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Smile Excited!

    I just got a request from Stephanie Cabot for my full. I've heard good things about her - I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
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    How quick is the agency at responding to queries by email? Did you use the general email address? Thanks.

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    I sent my query to the general email address on March 30th. Stephanie Cabot emailed me back on April 9th.
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    I've had some experience with another agent at the company: Chris Parris-Lamb. He was prompt, friendly and incredibly helpful. He made a request for my full 2 days after the query, and got back to me with just about the nicest "no" note I could have asked for almost exactly a month later.

    Nothing but stellar experience here (well, except for the no part but you can't win them all, right?)

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    Good luck, Ms. Jem! Stephanie's pretty quick about responding. I hope the news is good! What type of novel is it?
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    Thanks Julianne for the good wishes! I write Romance. I'll let you know when I hear back.
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    Question

    Erika Storella requested a full from me last month. I sent it but it came through all messed up (my fault) so she asked that I resend it as an attachment, which I did. That was on 4/5. I haven't heard a thing since. I sent her an e-mail last week asking if she received the attachment. No response. I don't know if silence is good or not.
    What's the etiquette here?
    Do I e-mail to ask if she got the e-mail regarding my e-mail?
    I don't want to be rude or sound desperate.

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    Hi River Rat,

    I would say no news is good news. You've already sent an email, I'd leave it at that for now. Keep in mind the number of submissions they are dealing with on a daily basis. If they are reviewing fulls in the order that they are received, it might take months. I haven't heard anything yet either, but it's only been a month and a week. I'm just as anxious as you are, but you don't want to seem pushy. Good luck to us!
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    Thanks for the soothing words Ms. Jem. "Waiting," as Tom Petty says, "is the hardest part." Ditto the luck.

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