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Old 12-16-2005, 05:49 PM   #1
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[Agent] Valerie Smith

Anyone have any info on this agency? I have seen it a several lists for agencies that represent fantasy, but I cant seem ti find out anything about the agency. Thanks
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Old 12-16-2005, 05:52 PM   #2
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Completely legitimate.
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Old 12-16-2005, 06:02 PM   #3
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thanks. Is there any way I can find out about clients or recent sales?
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Old 12-16-2005, 06:45 PM   #4
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Val's clients include Madeline Robins, Sherwood Smith, Mary Frances Zambreno, and Steven Brust. I believe that Beth Bernobich, who sometimes posts here, is one of her clients.
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Old 12-16-2005, 08:24 PM   #5
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Thanks again. Since you seem to have the info, do you know what her submission guidelines are like?
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Old 12-16-2005, 08:35 PM   #6
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No, I don't know her guidelines. Standard query, I'd imagine.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:13 AM   #8
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>>I believe that Beth Bernobich, who sometimes posts here, is
>> one of her clients.

I'm no longer a client, but yes, she is legitimate. Be aware that she tends to take a very (very) long time for replies.

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>>I believe that Beth Bernobich, who sometimes posts here, is
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I'm no longer a client, but yes, she is quite legitimate. Be aware that she tends to take a long time for replies.
The reason you are not still a client isn't something we should know about it, is it?
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:38 PM   #10
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The reason you are not still a client isn't something we should know about it, is it?
I'd say it boiled down to "things didn't work out." As with any other legit agent, some clients will find her the perfect agent, and some will not.
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Valerie Smith also does not seem to respond to queries if she's not interested. Either that, or she's got a secret fetish for collecting airmail stamps on authors' SASEs.
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Old 12-19-2005, 12:20 AM   #12
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That's not unusual, actually. I'm now searching for a new agent, and I've seen quite a few guidelines that state the agent only responds if they are interested.
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:02 PM   #13
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Val Smith is slow-moving, insightful, kind, maddening, extremely talented, not all that good at handling foreign rights, discreet, honest, funny, a tad forgetful, and has been at the heart of the whole Scribblies/Bordertown/Apanage/Ace/Tor/Firebird nexus of fantasy literature.

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Val Smith is slow-moving, insightful, kind, maddening, extremely talented, not all that good at handling foreign rights, discreet, honest, funny, a tad forgetful, and has been at the heart of the whole Scribblies/Bordertown/Apanage/Ace/Tor/Firebird nexus of fantasy literature.

There's nothing wrong with Val that couldn't be cured by a clutch of house-elves with a knack for trafficking and filing.
I'm about 61% certain that's a recommendation...
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She's had my complete manuscript since the first week of April, and I'm waiting ever so patiently for a reply. In an odd sort of way, I find it comforting to know that she tends to be slow.
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She's had my complete manuscript since the first week of April, and I'm waiting ever so patiently for a reply. In an odd sort of way, I find it comforting to know that she tends to be slow.
Just to give you some data points. The first time I submitted to Val, she took eight months to reply with a rewrite request, then three months to pass on the revised manuscript. A couple years later I tried her with a new probject, and she only took two months to reply with a 'yes' to the full manuscript. This doesn't mean her response times are improving, only that you can never tell when she'll be quick or non-responsive.
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Wow! Thanks for the heads up. As you were waiting did you ever give into the temptation to call and talk to her directly, to ask for an update? 8 months is a terribly long time to wait.
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Wow! Thanks for the heads up. As you were waiting did you ever give into the temptation to call and talk to her directly, to ask for an update? 8 months is a terribly long time to wait.
No. iirc, she emailed me once during that time period to apologize for taking so long and to ask for more time.
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I'm still waiting to hear back from her, and starting to think that if she had any real enthusiasm for my work, I would have heard something from her by now. To wait 8 months for a response, and then another 3 only to have your rewrite rejected...I'm just not sure that this is the kind of agent I want.
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from this site http://www.katfeete.net/writing/agents.html: The agency has "a special interest in science fiction and fantasy."
2 out 2 rejects in litmatch: http://www.litmatch.net/Literary-Age...sp?agcy_id=851
her contact on QT: http://www.querytracker.net/agent.php?agent=1769
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Some of her SF books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...literary+agent
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Just FYI - one gets better results on Google Books, with the search string "agent [name]", with quotes. E.g., "agent valerie smith".
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Just to keep things up to date... While this agent apparently still accepts queries, I would strongly advise *against* querying her. For details, feel free to PM me.
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