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    [Agency] Sterling Lord Literistic

    Hello, first time posting! This is a great site for us writers! I was given a lead and his name is Robert Guinsler. Does anyone know anything about him? I've been looking but cannot find anything. Thanks.

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    See http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/pealr.htm

    Robert Guinsler: $ a literary agent with Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
    For more on agents in general:

    http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight...es/004772.html

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    He's great

    Mr. Guinsler is an agent with Sterling Lord, Literistic, home to bestsellers, pulitzer winners, national book awards, you name it. They're one of the best NY agencies there is and he's certainly one of the best agents. He's probably a good fit for fiction, southern fiction, pop culture, etc. See more at sll.com.
    Last edited by saintnepal; 10-05-2005 at 03:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintnepal
    Mr. Guinsler is an agent with Sterling Lord, Literistic, home to bestsellers, pulitzer winners, national book awards, you name it. They're one of the best NY agencies there is and he's certainly one of the best agents. He's probably a good fit for fiction, southern fiction, pop culture, etc. See more at sll.com.
    Thanks Saint. I did see his entry at sll.com, however, it didn't say much and, sadly, I didn't recognize anyone (I do know who Anne Sexton was) he represents. Maybe I should but I didn't. I posted this because I wanted to know what else people knew about him. Are you speaking from experience or this is what you've heard about him? If you are speaking from experience, do you mind sharing a little more? Thanks. (You can also send me a private e-mail if you wish.)

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    [font=Courier New]Don't fret, Robert is a mountain of real deal. He's an agent with Sterling Lord Literistic, and well, if you've done your research, you know what you're dealing with there.
    Last edited by Archetypewriter; 08-10-2007 at 11:59 PM.

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    He might be.

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    Lightbulb Thank you

    Thank you for sharing this.
    He really does seem like a fine agent.

    All good wishes to everyone!

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    [Agency] Sterling Lord Literistic

    A relative found me a connection to them through an author, and since I'm waiting for a reply for one agent before I can send an exclusive to another, I want to know if this agency is worth interrupting my process for. I've never heard of them. The specific agent I was given the name of is Marcy Posner. Does anyone know anything about her or the agency?

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    No agent is worth interrupting a running process unless they're clearly a big agency agent you don't have to ask about. "Sterling Lord Linteristic" immediately made me think about SterlingHouse publishers (http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/0...er-beware.html) but I am not sure if there is a connection.

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    They could well be legit, but the marketing talk I'm reading on the site (http://www.sll.com/about.html) doesn't instill me with confidence. It names big names from 30 years ago, but I see no evidence that early agency is the same as this one, or -most importantly- evidence of current sales.

    Then there's the win-a-contract contest at http://bookclub.meetup.com/315/board...thread=3441331

    That said, Robert Guinsler with the same agency has no bad things on file with Preditors and Editors. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/...ad.php?t=19290

    So despite all my misgivings, the agency appears to be okay.

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    http://www.sll.com/

    Do you mean this one? If so, then this one of the big agencies. They represented John Irving and Jack Kerouac.

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    Sterling Lord are very big, very legit and very prestigious. There should be high on any writer's list of dream agencies. Claudia Cross there read my full and said many good things about it before deciding she couldn't sell it.

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    Sterling Lord is so big and classy even their rejection letters come on high quality paper.

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    They could well be legit, but the marketing talk I'm reading on the site (http://www.sll.com/about.html) doesn't instill me with confidence. It names big names from 30 years ago, but I see no evidence that early agency is the same as this one, or -most importantly- evidence of current sales.
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    Look under each agent's bio for some of their clients.
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    Just to echo, Big agency, Big name clients.

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    Marcy has years of experience (she was at William Morris and then ran her own agency before joining Sterling Lord, and she was on the publisher side of the desk for years before that) and is definitely on the up and up.

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    They're Real

    Big, established, venerable agency.

    Many prestigious authors in the past, not sure who their client list is now.

    Track record. Never any complaints received by Writer Beware.

    SL can keep a low profile in the writer world because they already have a prestigious stable. They probably are very choosy and accept few new clients, which is why we don't hear too much about them.

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    Sterling Lord

    Popped over here to check on something, and this post caught my eye. I'm represented by Marcy Posner at Sterling Lord Literistic, and they are *definitely* a highly respected agency with an impressive client list (I'm just a "little fish" there ). Anyway, my experience with Marcy (four years) has been fabulous. If you'd like to know anything more specific, just ask.

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    Hmm. Does Marcy like historical fiction?

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    Smile

    Marcy definitely likes history, and historical fiction!

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    Robert E. Guinsler

    Does anyone have any new information about him? He's on a list a friend gave me, but I can't find a whole lot about him besides what's in this thread. Anyone know anything else?

    Jackson

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    http://www.sll.com/agents_guinsler.html

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    I can tell you from personal experience that he is nice . . .but he is a bad communicator.

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