Anyone have any experience with Collins Literary Agency?
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Anyone have any experience with Matthew Elblonk of Collins Literary Agency? Iíve already researched him and the agency on the net. Iím asking if anyone has had any PERSONAL experience of working with him. Or if you know anyone who has. If so can you please tell me what heís like to work with, etc. Thanks a lot.
Nope, nothing personal. Just recently he did send me an email asking for the first 100 pages of the book to read over the holidays. Haven't heard back yet, but I guess it still is sort of the holidays.
Ugh. That's not good news at all. Anyone see any way I can contact him at The Creative Culture?
Should I just email the submissions email asking if there's a way I can contact him?
Last edited by Spiny Norman; 01-09-2008 at 06:04 AM.
Thanks a lot, Victoria, for the info that Matthew has changed agencies.
Spiny, I donít think itís a good idea to send him yet another query or pages. Iím not going to. He will naturally take his existing clients with him when he moves and I suppose he will still remain interested in whoever he was interested in reading before he moved. I donít want to seem too pushy or over-eager, so I wont be contacting him again.
He must be very busy what with the move and the holiday season. Letís be patient and wait to hear back from him. itís not like he will lose either of our emails just because heís moved.
The day before this thread was started, Elblonk contacted me out of the blue to say that my submission wasn't right for Nina Collins, but that he was interested in taking a look to see how I pulled the idea off. He invited me to submit my entire manuscript to him via e-mail, saying that he would read it over the holidays. Never heard back from him of course. It wasn't until late March that I found out he left Collins Literary Agency at the end of December. Clearly he knew he was going to be leaving and was just trying to grab whatever possibilities there were on his way out. Shady, shady, shady character. Now I'm paranoid.
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it's more like i'm uncomfortable that he wasn't up front about the fact that he was going to be leaving the agency. i felt it was dishonest. i mean, why bother hiding something like that, right? i found this out by chance right around the time a friend of mine told me that an agent (namely lori perkins), who was supposedly interested in representing her, tried to get her to sign a contract that said she wouldn't sue in the event that one of the writers they already represented just happened to publish a novel that was a near carbon copy of the one she'd submitted. i don't know, dude... this whole industry just makes me sick to my stomach sometimes. i'll probably end up saying "to hell with the middle man" and publish it myself. don't really care if it makes me look bad.
Seriously, these things often go back and forth, though--he may well have been considering an offer from Creative Culture and a counter-offer to stay at Collins. Publishing is a very volatile business and people change jobs quickly, often without the "two weeks' notice" that's standard in many other industries.
As for the "I hate the publishing industry, so I'm going to self-publish"--if you find the back-and-forth of the publishing industry off-putting, wait until you get into the wonderful world of self-publishing. Assuming you can navigate the scammer-filled shark tank and make your way to a legit publishing service or printer, and find a legit distributor or wholesaler, you're then going to spend an enormous amount of time chasing down overdue payments, even from the people with the best intentions in the world.
And as for the Lori Perkins thing--either your friend misunderstood the agency's perfectly standard contract, or there was some miscommunication between your friend and you. Full stop.
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Last edited by Beam76; 04-30-2008 at 02:14 AM. Reason: thought my response sounded obnoxious.
Having done both, my own experience is that self-publication is MUCH harder and more frustrating. Your experience may differ.
I don't think that the publishing industry is particularly "corrupt" at all by the standards of modern unregulated industries with large multinational corporate players involved, and I think that the medium-sized press and small press markets, on the whole, are very responsive industries with very few dodgy companies involved.
And one thing about the publishing industry that distinguishes itself from many other market sectors is that there is a lot of self-policing and public communication.
Last edited by IceCreamEmpress; 04-30-2008 at 04:14 AM.
I don't particularly see it as being "corrupt"; more like an exclusive club that caters to those who are already well-established, as well as to those who are well-established in other fields and don't know the first thing about writing (for example...little Miley Cyrus).
In spite of the fact that more and more people seem to be turning to self-publishing, I have no doubt that it's at least as harrowing as the more traditional route. I might not have even considered doing it were it not for the fact that I already know someone who has done it - a trusted legal expert whom I know I can count on to not bullshit me.
Look, I'm not hoping to one day make a huge name for myself as a published author, nor am I hoping to one day be able to financially support myself through writing. I already have a career that I love and it keeps me pretty happy. What's most important to me is that my work be put out there for people who have no connection to me to read and enjoy. Even if I only sell 20 copies of my novel, it's still being read by 20 people who chose to read it, as opposed to 20 people who were asked to read it.
Anyone with experience with A. Pande at this agency?
Ayesha heads the agency. What sort of info are you looking for?
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Personal experience working with her as her client or prospective client?
I queried her back in April and she emailed me a request for a partial on the same day which I sent off!! Have not heard from her since then. Hope this small insight helps.
Bumping this to say that...
I JUST GOT A REQUEST FOR A FULL from Ayesha Pande!!!!