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    caruna
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    Alison J. Picard Agency

    Any writers out there heard of the book agents Jeanne Fredericks or Alison Picard?

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    James D Macdonald
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    Re: info on agents

    This is a great site for the information you're looking for:
    <a href="http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/pubagent.htm" target="_new">Preditors & Editors</a>.

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    mammamaia
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    Re: info on agents

    you can also check them out at www.aar-online.org/ and wgae.org/...

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    stormie267
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    Or try...

    ...www.writers.net Go to "Discussions," then go to "Literary Agents," then click on the the word "search." (There are two "search" links on the page. Don't click on the search box at the top, click on the word search that is underlined just above the posts.) Then type in the names of the agents. Interesting information....

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    Elyse
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    Alison J. Picard

    Has anyone had any experience with this agent? She just asked to read my ms, and I really can't dig up any information on her except that she is "$ Not Recommended" in P&E. But they don't say why. On another site (The Rumor Mill) I read that she was indirectly involved in an Edit Ink scam. She doesn't charge reading fees either. Two successful authors, who have been clients of hers for awhile, say incredible things about her in other posts. Just curious. I want to hear something about her before I send it out. If she's borderline dodgy, I want to know!!!
    -Elyse

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    aka eraser
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    Re: Alison J. Picard

    Sounds to me that what you've already discovered puts her in the "borderline dodgy" category.

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    Arisa81
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    Re: Alison J. Picard

    I wouldn't take any chances

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    AC Crispin
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    Alison Picard

    Picard has a small track record of sales, but she's definitely second tier. She has offered editing services in the past, but this doesn't seem to be the case any more.

    The main reason a writer might consider her "dodgy" was that she was extremely active in making Edit Ink referrals. Even though this was years ago, now, it's left a bad taste in Writer Beware's mouth, so to speak.

    In my opinion, you should proceed with caution.

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    Elyse
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    A. Picard

    Thank you for all your suggestions and comments. I found her in the 2005 Children's Writer's. I thought it was safe to send her a query. I'm taking a shot. I know of several authors with her who have strong track records. (I know what it's like to be blackballed from a job. So maybe she's learned a hard lesson.) If she's willing to take a chance on me, so will I.

    Elyse

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    Kyrah Malan
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    Re: A. Picard

    Elyse, I just received a reply to my nonfiction query asking for a proposal. What have you heard about her since your original post? Thanks!

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    Elyse
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    Alison Picard

    The original post says it all. I tried to dig further, but I guess she's kept her hands clean after the Edit Ink scam.

    I was rejected by her after sending her my first three chapters. In less than 24 hours.

    -Elyse

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    Kyrah Malan
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    Re: Alison Picard

    Sorry about her reply, but at least she read it! I sent her my proposal and first three chapters about 10 days ago and haven't heard anything yet.

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    wryter
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    Quote Originally Posted by caruna
    Any writers out there heard of the book agents Jeanne Fredericks or Alison Picard?
    A couple of months ago, in response to a query, she requested I send her a few chapters as an attachment. I did. She sent me an email rejection. Only problem was, she NEVER opened the attachment with the chapters. (I have an email tracking program.) I asked her about that, but she ignored the letter. Very strange

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    alison j picard

    alison j picard, weird name, but is she any good? i'm tryin to get legit here, and i don't wanna make a "publish america" mistake. any word on this one?

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    Wow, no one's asked about this agent in a long while.

    I found her in the 2009 Guide and wondered if anyone's had any recent experiences with her. All my research turned up old news.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elyse View Post
    Has anyone had any experience with this agent? She just asked to read my ms, and I really can't dig up any information on her except that she is "$ Not Recommended" in P&E. But they don't say why. On another site (The Rumor Mill) I read that she was indirectly involved in an Edit Ink scam. She doesn't charge reading fees either. Two successful authors, who have been clients of hers for awhile, say incredible things about her in other posts. Just curious. I want to hear something about her before I send it out. If she's borderline dodgy, I want to know!!!
    -Elyse
    Just joined the board, and wanted to quickly post a note before I get my profile up and running. I cannot vouch for Ms. Picard to date, but she was involved in the Edit Ink scam (for me in 1992 or 1993 I think it was), I have been writing and submitting steadily but never to her. That being said, she may have been a victim too, but I have not done any research to determine if she made any public statement as to her involvement. I have the letters in my big fat rejection binder if anyone would like I can scan and post, or you can email me and I can send them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elyse View Post
    Has anyone had any experience with this agent? She just asked to read my ms, and I really can't dig up any information on her except that she is "$ Not Recommended" in P&E. But they don't say why. On another site (The Rumor Mill) I read that she was indirectly involved in an Edit Ink scam. She doesn't charge reading fees either. Two successful authors, who have been clients of hers for awhile, say incredible things about her in other posts. Just curious. I want to hear something about her before I send it out. If she's borderline dodgy, I want to know!!!
    -Elyse
    This appears to have changed:

    Alison (Allison?) J. Picard: $ A literary agent. Contact at: PO Box 2000
    Cotuit, MA 02635
    I sent her my first chapter yesterday.
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    She requested my first chapter 01/14/09 from my 12/16/08 equery.

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    Inspired007 good luck, have you heard back?

    Nothing for me yet. Shouldn't take too long to read one chapter, so ???
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    Any update?

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    Alison Picard has been my agent for ten years, and has sold all three of my solo books. (I had one book with another author before that.) She has not only been square with me over the years, but when the first book was orphaned when my editor left the company and the publisher had second thoughts, Alison didn't give up on it, eventually placing it with another publisher. The book, "The Fourth Network," came out in 2004 and went on to win an the Cable Center book award. When I was ready to give up on the project she perservered. I have no complaints with her.

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    Does she accept email queries or only snail mail? Thanks!

    Many thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by danielmkimmel View Post
    Alison Picard has been my agent for ten years, and has sold all three of my solo books. (I had one book with another author before that.) She has not only been square with me over the years, but when the first book was orphaned when my editor left the company and the publisher had second thoughts, Alison didn't give up on it, eventually placing it with another publisher. The book, "The Fourth Network," came out in 2004 and went on to win an the Cable Center book award. When I was ready to give up on the project she perservered. I have no complaints with her.

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