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maestrowork
04-03-2004, 02:53 AM
I did a search on this agency but found nothing (except their address). Are they legit? The info in Writer's Market is very sketchy.

James D Macdonald
04-03-2004, 04:05 AM
Founded in 1948, member of AAR. No reading fee. No unsolicited MSS. Mysteries, women's fiction, history, biography, science fiction, fantasy. No screenplays.

maestrowork
04-03-2004, 04:15 AM
Hmmm... I wonder if she mistook my book for a mystery. ;)


Edit: she does accept mainstream/contemporary. And that's what my ms. is.

James D Macdonald
04-03-2004, 05:46 AM
Let me get this straight, maestrowork ... you sent a query to this agent, not knowing anything at all about her except her mailing address?

DaveKuzminski
04-03-2004, 06:01 AM
Didn't look to me like there was a no in front of that list of genres. Only in front of the screenplays.

bentbrains
04-11-2004, 05:40 AM
You said their information in the Writer's Market looked very sketchy, but that dosen't mean much because it is basically a form letter that is filled out by publishers and returned to WM. Sketchiness shouldn't be equated with a shady publisher. Email them and judge it from that.:grin

Savvy
06-29-2004, 01:49 AM
Does anyone know any authors they have represented? I am sending in to them, and would like to have a reference. Like the original poster I have scoured the resources and come up empty-handed. I know they are a long-standing agency and a member of the AAR.

emeraldcite
06-29-2004, 02:11 AM
Does anyone know any authors they have represented? I am sending in to them, and would like to have a reference

you can probably email for the list.

www.francescollin.com/ (http://www.francescollin.com/)

maestrowork
06-29-2004, 03:40 AM
What is the best approach to inquire about status? I sent them a partial in April, and they said they would spend about 6 weeks reviewing it. Well, it's almost July, and still no word.

I don't want to appear to be impatient. But they did ask for exclusive read, and I'd really like to submit to other market if they're going to pass or nonresponsive.

Savvy
06-29-2004, 09:01 PM
Personally, I would call. It feels intimidating, but actually in reality many firms are very open and friendly (as long as you are). Just inquire in a calm, inquisitive manner about their progress on the MS. Usually what will happen is they won't tell you much over the phone, but you'll get your SASE back soon after.

Another tip, this one given by the Writer's Market but not tested by me, is simply to write a short, polite letter letting them know that their time with exclusivity is up (or will be up in 2 weeks, or whatever you're comfortable with) and that you intend to begin sending samples elsewhere.

(An aside: While exclusivity with MSs is standard, exclusivity with samples has always struck me as a little excessive.)

markmac28
07-01-2004, 06:00 AM
I know she handled a cook book many years ago that did very well. National bestseller. That was the late 60's early,70's. I suspect she's winding down her business, hence the slow replies.

CaoPaux
07-15-2005, 08:29 PM
I agree with Mark's assessment. Been in business since 1948 (!).

http://www.francescollin.com/queries.htm

batgirl
11-30-2007, 12:31 AM
Frances Collin is listed as attending this conference (http://www.pwcwriters.org/index.html) in June 2007. Her info (http://www.pwcwriters.org/bro-specialfeatures.html) there says:
Frances Collin: Frances Collin, Literary Agent, P.O. box 33, Wayne PA 19087-0033
Represents: Nonfiction books and novels.
Considers these nonfiction areas: Memoir, biography and strong narrative nonfiction.
Considers these fiction areas: Fiction: any well-written fiction,especially ethnic or historical.
Does not represent westerns, poetry, cooking or craft books.

She's also listed on Bloomsbury's website, in their agent list (http://www.bloomsbury.com/WritersArea/agentsus.asp?Page=2):
Frances Collin Literary Agent PO Box 33, Wayne, PA 19087-0033 Tel No: 610-254-0555 Full-length MSS (specialisations of interest to UK writers: mysteries, women's fiction, history, biography, science fiction, fantasy) (home 15%, overseas 20%), performance rights (20%). No screenplays. Works in conjunction with agents worldwide. No reading fee. No unsolicited MSS please. Letter queries must include sufficient IRCs. Founded 1948; successor to Marie Rodell-Frances Collin Literary Agency.

Publishers Marketplace lists Sarah Yake as an agent for Frances Collin - that's the only mention on PM that I could find.
Collin is the agent for the estate of Rachel Carson. I'm not much good at finding out who agents handle, but I've found some mention of her as agent for:
Barbara Hambly (maybe just the biographies?)
Caroline Stevermer
Marilyn Hacker.

She may be winding down, as suggested. The conference above is in Pennsylvania, where she lives.
-Barbara

Viking
07-30-2008, 08:19 PM
P&E doesn't list her with a $ sign.

There's this reference to her representing at least three horror writers:
http://www.horror.org/writetips-sawyer.htm

sgh1025
12-19-2008, 08:14 AM
I sent her a query yesterday and got a response back today asking for a synopsis and sample pages from the manuscript. Seems she's still around and still looking for writers to represent. Maybe she's just being selective.

JJPie
03-28-2009, 07:42 AM
Anyone query her recently?

batgirl
03-31-2009, 04:21 AM
I know someone (YA fantasy) who was recently taken on by her. So she's active. Certainly Hambly and Stevermer are being published.
-Barbara

Stan
06-16-2009, 05:23 PM
I received a request for pages yesterday from Sarah Yake. Anyone know her?

CaoPaux
06-22-2009, 07:45 PM
No personal experience, but here's her PM page: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/slyyake/

deltay
09-01-2009, 12:32 AM
Since it's been a while, I figured I'd give the thread a boost.

Anyone have any new information on [this agency/the agents in question] or any personal experiences to share?

Vespertilion
09-01-2009, 01:20 AM
Got a form R today from Sarah Yake. Two-day turnaround.

AC Crispin
09-01-2009, 02:16 AM
Last I knew, she repped Vonda N. McIntyre.

-Ann C. Crispin

PCroc
10-17-2009, 07:37 AM
Just got a request for a full from Sarah Yake after not hearing anything on my partial for a month and sending a follow-up e-mail.

nicolesingslave
10-17-2009, 09:05 AM
http://www.francescollin.com/queries.htm
We now accept email queries (NO attachments, please) to the following address: queries@francescollin.com

You may mail queries to the post office box address below, with an enclosed stamped self-addressed reply envelope.
For queries from outside the United States, please note that you will need to send sufficient International Reply Coupons instead of stamps.
Please note that we cannot respond to telephone or fax inquiries.

Successor to Marie Rodell Frances Collin Literary Agency
Established 1948 – Member AAR
P.O. Box 33, Wayne, PA 19087 0033 • Tel 610 254 0555 • Fax 610 254 5029

RMeridian
12-22-2009, 11:46 PM
e-queried last night & received form R today from Sarah Yake.

AlterEgox5
01-05-2010, 11:05 PM
Queried 12/23, R today from Sarah.

arkady
05-03-2010, 09:03 PM
I sent her an e-query this morning. Within an hour, I got a "mailbox full" bounce message.

Nya RAyne
05-04-2010, 03:01 AM
What do they represent? Their website gives very little info.

Maddie
05-04-2010, 05:52 AM
I received the same message today as arkady, that the agency's mailbox is full.

Maddie
05-04-2010, 05:54 AM
Their listing on AAR states:
Biography, Memoir, Historical fiction, History, LITERARY FICTION, NARRATIVE NONFICTON, Nature, Ecology, Science-fiction, Fantasy, Travel, World cultures, YOUNG ADULT
(Don't send . . .
NOT Christian literature
NOT Comix, Graphic novels
NOT Erotica
NOT Romance
NOT Religion, Spirituality, Inspiration
NOT Textbooks
NOT DRAMATIC WORKS)

Funny thing, is here on AAR they state they prefer email queries...to a full mailbox?

Maddie
05-06-2010, 12:06 AM
An update - even though my query email bounced back as non-deliverable to a full mailbox, I received an email reply to that query today from Sarah Yake. It's an "R", but no worries - I just wanted to make note of that reply to a formerly-bounced email query.

Annayna
05-06-2010, 12:39 AM
I've sent a Query, we'll see what happens

ILSinTexas
06-01-2010, 03:53 AM
Queried Sarah Yake on 5/29/10
Form R: 5/31/10

At least she's fast.

sarahfru
08-20-2010, 10:41 PM
Write up in 2010 Jeff Herman's says Frances Collin (and Sarah Yake) prefer YA, literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and travel narrative. No fees. Query with SASE or equery---no unsolicited ms. If they're in Jeff Herman they're legit.

12yroldwriter
09-24-2010, 11:50 PM
I sent my query yesterday and got a request today for the first 50 pages. Fast! And I'm glad to know they're legit.

CheyElizabeth
09-27-2010, 07:01 PM
I queried Sarah on 9/13 and got a full request on 9/24.

DocZack
11-01-2010, 01:13 AM
I queried them via email and got back a request for the full manuscript a few days later. I've got my fingers crossed. Sarah is an AAR member so I hope that they are on the up and up. I cannot think of a reason not to trust them.

DocZack
11-29-2010, 03:19 AM
I got a request for a full manuscript from Sarah Yates at Frances Collin agency. I emailed it to her a month ago. HOw long should I wait before offering to other agents?

Sage
11-29-2010, 03:24 AM
I got a request for a full manuscript from Sarah Yates at Frances Collin agency. I emailed it to her a month ago. HOw long should I wait before offering to other agents?
Was it an exclusive?

If yes, you have to wait the amount of time that she asked for the exclusive.

If no, you can query agents anytime.

Wayne K
11-29-2010, 03:27 AM
Unless its an exclusive you shouldn't

KingM
11-29-2010, 03:31 AM
Unless its an exclusive you shouldn't

This. If you go one at a time, you'll die of old age before you ever break through. It's a slow business at every stage of the process. Don't make it worse by sitting around and waiting.

KingM
11-29-2010, 03:43 AM
Was it an exclusive?

If yes, you have to wait the amount of time that she asked for the exclusive.

If no, you can query agents anytime.

Yes, this exactly. Don't try to deceive anyone, but people recognize that this is a slow business. If it takes five requests to get a firm offer and each request takes 3-4 months to evaluate, it's not realistic to expect writers to submit sequentially.

With the caveat that they are free to request whatever best suits their needs and work style and you should always respect their wishes.

hillaryjacques
11-29-2010, 04:00 AM
I got a request for a full manuscript from Sarah Yates at Frances Collin agency. I emailed it to her a month ago. HOw long should I wait before offering to other agents?

If she didn't request an exclusive, you can query other agents at any time.

DocZack
11-29-2010, 04:10 AM
Thanks. She said it not need be exclusive. Is a month or so unusual for an agent to wait after a full manuscript request?

THis is the query I used. I sent it to 6 agents and got a full from Ms. Yakes, so it seemed to work well.


Faith and belief are are common themes in the supernatural and horror genres: "You must have faith for the cross to work," or "You must believe in the magic." In The Unbeliever , a supernatural adventure/romance novel, it is the principle character's lack of belief that gives him the ability to battle dark forces and return long lost humanity to the victim of a 400 year old curse. This is my first novel, but my experience as a military physician enables me to bring the main character, a disabled Iraq war vet who is dealing with both physical disability and emotional trauma, to life.
I feel that this book will appeal to both male and female readers. Male readers will appreciate the realistic action and the military background of the hero. Female readers will respond to the strong romance that builds between the hero and heroine. Elena, the heroine, is a woman existing under the curse of the undead since the Sixteenth Century and in Max, the hero, she finds that she finally can have what she has been missing for centuries: the return of her humanity.
I am currently working with a Toronto Film Festival award winning scriptwriter on the film adaptation.
It is a complete manuscript at 113,000 words and is available for your immediate exclusive review.

DocZack
11-29-2010, 04:12 AM
Was it an exclusive?

If yes, you have to wait the amount of time that she asked for the exclusive.

If no, you can query agents anytime.

No, she said it did not have to be exclusive. She asked for, and I sent her, the full manuscript, which made me pretty happy. How much time is reasonable to wait before asking her how she likes it?

Sage
11-29-2010, 04:30 AM
You can nudge her at 3 months if she hasn't responded. Just mention when you sent it and ask if she's had a chance to read it.

You can continue to query other agents and send any requested materials to them at any time.

Lyxdeslic
03-10-2011, 03:38 AM
Just a tip: don't open you're query with, "Dear Ms. Yates."

Yeah, fastest rejection I've ever netted.

Lyx

LaneHeymont
05-31-2011, 07:04 AM
Just a tip: don't open you're query with, "Dear Ms. Yates."

Yeah, fastest rejection I've ever netted.

Lyx

That's pretty flawed logic. I e-queried opening with "Dear Ms. Yates" and got a rather quick reply requesting a full! Two-three weeks in so far. Just a note.

karo.ambrose
05-31-2011, 07:10 AM
From my experience with Sarah, she will typically take about three months to respond to your full request. so sit back and relax.

kellion92
05-31-2011, 07:11 AM
Still, probably best to use the correct name.

LaneHeymont
05-31-2011, 07:46 AM
From my experience with Sarah, she will typically take about three months to respond to your full request. so sit back and relax.


Still, probably best to use the correct name.

Thanks for the info, Karo. Did she offer you rep? Just curious.

Kellion, I realized I misquoted myself. I did address her as "Ms. Yake". Just to clarify lol

pavtbr
03-28-2013, 06:46 AM
Has anyone had any experience with this agency recently? I sent a query this evening for my historical fiction. I will post a reply when I have a response.
Bryan

Tnw32
03-29-2013, 09:00 PM
For anyone lookin for their catalog they have a form to request it by email or hard copy. Hope that helps.

pavtbr
04-04-2013, 06:09 AM
FYI, I received a rejection Monday. Form rejection, but at least I got one and it was quick.
Bryan

HarvesterOfSorrow
01-02-2017, 06:28 AM
I queried this agency back in August, but got a reply---and a quick one, at that---notifying me that they were not accepting queries for the rest of the year. They would start taking new queries on Janusary 1st, 2017 (today). So I don't know if they've kept my e-mail on file, or they just automatically deleted it, since they weren't accepting new queries, anyway. So what I thought I'd do is wait a few days to see if they finally get back to me, and if they don't, then I will re-send my query letter and see what happens.

Old Hack
01-02-2017, 01:39 PM
They won't have saved your query. Resend it, if you're still interested in working with them.

HarvesterOfSorrow
01-04-2017, 08:51 AM
Re-sent my query yesterday afternoon. Got a reply around seven-thirty this evening from Sarah Yake rejecting my query and a five-page sample. At least they're quick.