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    Erin Murphy Literary Agency

    Does anyone have any experience working with this Literary Agent? I haven't found a thread on her yet -- she's got a full of my MG/YA and I'd love to hear some thoughts!

    Thanks!
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    Last edited by Montage; 01-24-2008 at 01:27 AM. Reason: expanding on thought

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    She is the agent for a couple authors I know. She's sold a number of books for one of them, not so much for the other. She's bright and professional. I've never heard anything negative about her work or client/agent relationships.

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    Thanks CWGranny!! Good to know.

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    From what I hear, she's the second-highest selling agency for children's lit? (And that's being a solo agent, not located in NYC.) If you have a subscription to Publishers Marketplace, you'll see her name all over the place. I know a lot of her clients, and they all love her. And I haven't ever run across anyone disgruntled by their contact with her, either. She knows children's/YA and loves it and has a wide range of interests within that age range. She'd be an AWESOME agent!!

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    Wow, thanks litgirl. Fantastic info -- I'm certainly hoping it all works out for the best!

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    Good luck, Montage! As you might infer, Erin Murphy is my dream agent.

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    Thanks for the link CaoPax, and the well wishes litgirl. I'll keep you posted. Fingers crossed!

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    Aww too bad she's not accepting unsocilited queries for the time being. She would quickly make her way to the top of my list.

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    Thanks, Montage! I'm waiting on a full, too. I hope we both wow her!

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    Absolutely -- best of luck to you!!! Let us know when you hear.

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    She is going to be here in Austin soon and you can get a sticker to submit to Erin if you go to the conference---does she seriously look at all the mss submitted from those? Any info would be appreciated.
    Last edited by Hopcus; 02-08-2008 at 01:09 AM.

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    Well, since she is completely closed to queries unless you either meet her at a conference or have a personal recommendation (as in, cleared by her in advance), I'm sure she does look at all the "stickered" ones.

    Enjoy the conference--I hear she's awesome!

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    Hope litgirl was more successful than I...

    I'm so disappointed that Erin passed, but she did give me awesome feedback which I took to heart and reworked the sections she felt were issues. She's incredibly friendly, professional and I would have LOVED to work with her. Ah well.... litgirl... any response?

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    Oh, Montage, I'm so sorry to hear! I haven't heard back yet...getting nervous. I'm glad she gave you some good feedback, though--so often people get little more than a form on requested fulls. I understand that agents don't have time for more. So when they do give you that extra gift, it's a nice thing. There are a few other kidlit-only agencies--have you tried them? (Tracey Adams is closed to unsoliciteds, but she goes to a fair number of conferences. And then there's Pippin Properties--reps Kate DiCamillo--and a brand spankin' new one, Greenhouse Literary, here: http://www.greenhouseliterary.com/.)

    Anyway...not trying to hijack the thread, since it's hard to find info on closed agents. But I'm at 2.5 months (1.5 if you discount December, which I think you basically have to), so I've got a while yet before I need to haunt the mailbox. I keep meeting people who know her, and...I'm trying to control the hope monster.

    MUST work on another project quickly and get this out of my mind for now!

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    ExposingCorruption, from what I understand, they ARE one and the same person.

    Back to Erin--does anyone know how long she takes with a full? Montage, how long did she consider yours?

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    Smile

    Let's see, I queried her on 12/10, she req. the first chapter four days later (which is pretty darn good for December I thought)
    requested the full (by snail mail) on the 8th of Jan, so almost a month, but the holidays were in there.
    Then she finally passed on the 6th. So entire process was about two months.

    Thanks for the kind thoughts, litgirl, I have had some excitingly good response from another agent, and will know more in a couple of days. Fingers crossed. don't want to "jinx" it... but will update when/if it comes to pass.

    And yes, Erin was just wonderful in her rejection -- so kind and constructive. I actually emailed one of her clients while I was waiting, who is also a member of my SCBWI chapter, and she had nothing but great things to say about her.

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    I think the mark of a good agent is when even their rejection send you away with something useful and encouraging. (I'm glad you have someone else interested, though!)

    For the record, I queried at the tail end of November, had a partial request within a day, and a full request a couple days later. I figure the month of December is a washout--I know how little I got done then, anyhow!--which puts me at two months you can actually count.

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    I had heard from a couple of people that she was super busy, has a ton of clients... so may not mean anything except she is swamped. And I think she was also on vacation a couple of weeks ago...

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    I finally heard back on my full after around four months. An incredibly nice, personal, helpful rejection. Of course I'm crushed--but once I've eaten enough chocolate I'll print out the letter and study it to see what I can learn from it, because I have a feeling whatever "it" is is something that's going to affect all of my writing.

    Um, but first I need some more chocolate.

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    Just a note on this agent. My experience with her was very positive, and she strikes me as a very experienced and intelligent, yet kind, person. She took the time to give me a couple of lines of feedback which helped tremendously even though she declined representation.

    Unfortunately she is only open to queries by referral/conference meetings-- if any writer has the opportunity to work with her, they should count themselves very fortunate--I really appreciated this agent!

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    Has anyone heard from her lately?

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    Full request in July 2009 on a second ms she'd expressed interest in when it was a WIP. We'll see what happens...

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    I'm thinking of attending the Central Ohio SCBWI conference so I can meet EM. Does anyone have any new news to share?

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    Any recent information? (not necessarily query stuff, but info about/experience with this agency?) I have a full with one of the associate agents.
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