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chimita
01-15-2009, 12:21 AM
Hi,
Does anybody know anything about her or her new agency?
I saw that the agency was created about 6 months ago...
Is she the same agent that was working for The Lazear agency?
Thanks

CaoPaux
01-15-2009, 12:35 AM
No site (yet), but here's her PM page: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/cardenas/

M.R.J. Le Blanc
01-15-2009, 12:38 AM
Has clients at Tor, which is a good sign. Doesn't say what agency she worked for though.

Parametric
01-15-2009, 12:57 AM
A good agent represents clients you've heard of. She represents Margaret Weis, one of the big names in fantasy (mmm Deathgate Cycle), and her name is on two major ($500k+) deals for Weis & Hickman. Must be the same Christi Cardenas who worked for the Lazear Agency, unless there are two Christi Cardenases representing Weis(es).

waylander
01-15-2009, 01:01 AM
AQ hasn't caught up yet and still lists her as being with Lazear.

chimita
01-15-2009, 01:24 AM
Thanks guys!
I just sent a query... right after reading your comments :)
Let's see what happens.

crookedstreet@comcas
02-13-2009, 07:07 PM
Has anyone had contact with the Plains Agency in the last few months? or Christi Cardenas? I am getting no response from The Plains Agency

Vandal
02-13-2009, 07:49 PM
I sent an e-query on 12/26 and got an e-jection on 2/2

Erin
02-13-2009, 08:27 PM
I sent an equery on 1/11 and got a rejection on 2/2 (which seemed to be her catch-up day, as quite of few of us on the purgatory thread got rejections that day).

Calla Lily
02-13-2009, 09:02 PM
Same here.

Branwyn
02-13-2009, 09:04 PM
Me too.

chimita
02-15-2009, 01:00 AM
And me. Sent her a query on 1/14 and got an R on 2/2.

davidhburton
02-16-2009, 02:10 AM
e-query: 01/24/09
full request: 02/04/09
offer of representation: 02/10/09

Calla Lily
02-16-2009, 03:11 AM
Congratulations! :hooray:

M.R.J. Le Blanc
02-16-2009, 03:20 AM
e-query: 01/24/09
full request: 02/04/09
offer of representation: 02/10/09
:partyguy:

davidhburton
02-16-2009, 04:11 AM
Thanks! :)

Erin
02-16-2009, 05:23 AM
e-query: 01/24/09
full request: 02/04/09
offer of representation: 02/10/09

CONGRATS!!!

hawk
03-31-2009, 09:07 PM
e-query: 01/24/09
full request: 02/04/09
offer of representation: 02/10/09
CONGRATS, DAVID! I sent in e-query on 3.24.09...keep your fingers crossed for me.
~ hawk

davidhburton
04-01-2009, 04:44 AM
Fingers crossed!

JJPie
04-02-2009, 06:40 AM
That's awesome David!

I just queried on 3-28. Hawk - let me know when you hear back.

tbrosz
04-02-2009, 08:32 AM
Her PM entry says, "I will respond to you. Forgive me in being brutally honest, but I may respond immediately or we may be enjoying a different season when I get back to you."

This is common with many agents. Between all the regular work they have to do, they will often set aside some time to work through a backlog of new queries. This time might be every few weeks, or even every month or so.

So it's not something to worry about just because you haven't heard in a while when someone who queried two weeks ago got an immediate response. The other guy might have gotten a query into the middle of an ongoing session, while your query is waiting for the next one.

I like that she's in Hudson, WI. My wife grew up there, and her family lives in River Falls.

http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/s.gif

JJPie
04-02-2009, 05:53 PM
Thanks tbrosz. I think it's all the instant e-mails that have spoiled me.

Spring
04-15-2009, 10:54 PM
I e-queried her on April 1. I'll report back when I hear from her. And here's hoping it is sooner than later! :)

Mel A.
05-13-2009, 12:31 AM
Just posting my query experience for those interested in following the time frames:

e-query 2/12/09
rejection today 5/12/09

= three months exactly.

Vermilion
05-13-2009, 12:41 AM
e-query on 5/07/09
e-jection on 5/12/09

Spring
05-13-2009, 03:02 PM
Vermilion, that was so fast! Good thing she didn't leave you hanging, but I'm sorry for the rejection.

Still waiting here!

dragonmedley
05-13-2009, 04:20 PM
Just posting my query experience for those interested in following the time frames:

e-query 2/12/09
rejection today 5/12/09

= three months exactly.

Same thing here...

tbrosz
05-14-2009, 09:12 AM
My query went in on February 15th, and I got a rejection on the 12th as well.

This seems to confirm my earlier theory that some agents accumulate a large pile over many weeks, until their workload finally lets up enough that they can work through it in a relatively short time.

Barber
05-15-2009, 05:21 PM
She's still playing catch-up. I queried her on March 2, and got a reject May 14 (my birfday! Is nothing sacred? LOL).

Erin
05-15-2009, 07:22 PM
I'm still waiting on my 2/27 query.

author21
06-12-2009, 05:56 PM
Hi everyone. I signed on to this forum to post this message. As much as I hate to spread bad word, I feel that I must in order to save others from misfortune. I apologize for the anonymous posting, but I need to protect my reputation in the industry.

I was a client of Jonathon Lazear's. Christi Cardenas, who now runs "The Plains Agency" owned the Lazear Agency. She left the agency owing clients thousands of dollars, and has since refused to respond to email or phone messages from clients.

I do not recommend that anyone do business with Christ Cardenas or the Plains Agency.

-author21

Saskatoonistan
06-12-2009, 07:26 PM
Hi everyone. I signed on to this forum to post this message. As much as I hate to spread bad word, I feel that I must in order to save others from misfortune. I apologize for the anonymous posting, but I need to protect my reputation in the industry.

I was a client of Jonathon Lazear's. Christi Cardenas, who now runs "The Plains Agency" owned the Lazear Agency. She left the agency owing clients thousands of dollars, and has since refused to respond to email or phone messages from clients.

I do not recommend that anyone do business with Christ Cardenas or the Plains Agency.

-author21

I just did a search of Google to see if there is anything to the Author21's assertions and could find nothing that lends an anonymous post much credibility. Anyone else have anything to add? She looks legitimate to me.

davidhburton
06-12-2009, 08:36 PM
Hi all,

I am a client of Christi's. I had an agent prior to signing with The Plains Agency (and one with a good reputation at that), but Christi is hands-down the best agent I've had. She's enthusiastic, prompt in her correspondence, we chat weekly, she's driven, and highly competent. I have nothing but the utmost respect for her and I could not ask for a better person to be working with. I write fantasy and she knows the market well. She reps Margarat Weis and has done so for many years. (That, in itself, speaks volumes.)

There had been a previous post in regards to some issues with the former Lazear Agency. That post has been removed since, I believe, that issue was resolved. I am not privy to what happened with the Lazear Agency itself, but I can only say glowing things about my dealings with Christi and The Plains Agency. I am extremely confident in her ability to sell, her business savvy, and her integrity.

For what it's worth,
David

author21
06-13-2009, 03:02 AM
David and Sean,

I understand your being skeptical of an anonymous post. Don't take my word for it. Contact Jenny Meyer (the sub-agent Christi lists with Publisher's Marketplace), or Jonathon Lazear, or any of Jonathon Lazear's former best-selling clients who are still owed money by Christi. I am one of them.

victoriastrauss
06-15-2009, 07:03 PM
Author21, will you please contact Writer Beware (in confidence)? My email address is beware@sfwa.org

Thanks.

- Victoria

MarkEsq
08-09-2009, 04:41 PM
Any follow up on this, Victoria? Anyone else?

Thanks!

scully931
09-10-2009, 09:04 PM
Also curious if anything ever came of the anonymous poster's claims. ???

AlterEgox5
12-18-2009, 04:39 AM
Anybody have any new info on Christi? AgentQuery says that she's actively seeking new clients. However, her PM page says, "Please note that at this time I'm only considering new clients referred by existing clients and professional relationships."

I wish these two places had update dates on them...

davidhburton
12-21-2009, 12:41 AM
Her PM page is current.

AlterEgox5
12-22-2009, 07:49 PM
Yep, it is. I didn't know if I'd get a reply here so I finally thought, "Oh why not?" and sent her a little email to ask. She replied just this morning very politely that she is only looking at material from client and collegue referrals.

Oh well. :)

profen4
03-29-2010, 06:44 PM
Fast rejection - say's she's only accepting new clients from referrals.

Margaux
12-01-2010, 06:15 PM
I had a bad experience with her a couple years ago then met someone who had the same bad experience but fired her much sooner.....my advice is get copies of all her correspondence and responses. and don't be too patient with her....seems like she does better with science fiction.
I learned even with background checks, focus on what someone does with your work, what the plan is, get it in writing and insist they send you every response. I waited way too long ( like more than a year)....to deal with the issues. She was my first agent and I still feel bruised.

CaoPaux
02-11-2013, 02:35 AM
PM page is gone. Looks like she works solely for Ms. Weis, now: http://www.margaretweis.com/creative-directions/blogger/listings/christi

CaoPaux
04-03-2015, 10:23 PM
Is on her own again, and rarin' to find "the right partners to turn your idea into a monetized reality.": http://www.theplainsagency.com/