View Full Version : [Agency] NY Creative Management (Jeff Schmidt)

03-21-2004, 04:23 AM
I've searched for warnings on this company but have come up empty handed. Anyone heard of him...they are based in Stony Brook, NY (mailing address is Drawer 1577..what is that!?)

03-21-2004, 04:44 AM
Writer Beware hasn't gotten any complaints about the agency itself. However, it has been in business for a number of years and as far as I can tell has yet to make a sale.

We did get some complaints about one of the people who worked for the agency, who apparently was very aggressive in soliciting potential clients for his own paid editing services. I don't know if he's still there.

- Victoria

03-21-2004, 05:32 AM
Thanks for the info...the address puzzled me...is a drawer # similar to a post office box?

James D Macdonald
03-22-2004, 06:31 AM
A Drawer is the same thing as a post office box, only usually physically larger.

03-27-2004, 09:02 PM
In their website, aren't the scripts with a red diamond supposed to be sold?

James D Macdonald
03-27-2004, 11:05 PM
The red diamonds are their newest listings, not sales.

Other problems: their association with iUniverse (a vanity publisher), and their recommendation that the author copyright his work or register it with the WGA.

No sales appear to be listed anywhere on the website (which also functions as a display site).

03-28-2004, 12:48 AM
You seem to be about to conclude their clients' scripts are just displayed in the website. And that's the only thing they do with it. Even though they charge nothing, they don't do much.
Do you think it'd be relevant to ask directly some of their writers how they feel about them?

James D Macdonald
03-28-2004, 05:04 AM
No, they claim to use traditional submission methods in addition to their display-site.

Contacting them directly to ask about recent sales is appropriate, and contacting some of their clients directly is also appropriate.

James D. Macdonald
07-14-2005, 03:35 AM
No change in the intervening year. Jeff Schmit and NY Creative Management are listed at P&E -- neither recommended nor not-recommended.

As with all agents you need to check for yourself. A useful agent has sold books you've heard of.

11-19-2007, 01:20 AM
Has a website now: http://www.nycreative.com/

(I can't get it to load, but my Java's been wonky lately. View source assures me something's there, though. :Hammer:)

11-19-2007, 02:43 AM
He's had that same website since--I kid you not--1999. As far as I can tell, he has yet to sell anything. It's a mystery how/why this agency stays in business.

- Victoria

11-19-2007, 02:53 AM
Oh, good. I'll stop fretting over not seeing anything significant. :e2shower:

01-31-2008, 04:02 AM
Jeff Schmidt had a sale on 4 October, 2007. I was looking for books similar to mine on Publishers Marketplace and I ran across it. It falls under Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

"Justin Coffey's SPIRO AGNEW: The Fall of Moderate Republicanism and the Rise of the Right, charting the remarkable rise and rapid descent of a man whose career presaged a radical social and cultural shift in American politics, to Michael McGandy at Rowman & Littlefield, in a nice deal, for publication in January 2009, by Jeff Schmidt at NY Creative Management (World)."


I don't know why he doesn't have it listed on his website.

06-16-2008, 08:54 PM
I just received an email from Jeff Schmidt of New York Creative Management (www.nycreative.com (http://www.nycreative.com)) requesting my book. I did send them an initial email query but was hesitant because, judging from their website they seem to be more of a broker than a literary agency. Plus there website is very vague regarding what they do and if they charge for these services. I don't think they are a traditional literary agency. Has anyone else had any experiences with them?

06-16-2008, 09:45 PM
The sale mentioned by Exposing Corruption is the only one I've ever seen for this agency, although it has been in business at least since 1999 or 2000. I've never gotten any fee complaints, so I can't imagine how it makes any money.

- Victoria

08-31-2009, 09:27 PM
I sent my query late last night 10 am this morning i got this:

Dear Jose,

Thank you for contacting LifeTime Media. We are interested in your book. Would you kindly send the full manuscript as well as your bio? Thank you.

Best regards,

Rayna Erlick
Editorial Department
LifeTime Media, Inc.
352 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212-631-7524 ph
212-631-7529 fax

worries me when i get such a fast reply even though my work is copywritten any suggestions?

08-31-2009, 09:34 PM
Obelisk, did you read through this thread? Jeff Schmidt has made one verifiable book sale since 1999. An agent who isn't making sales for his other clients isn't likely to make a sale for you.

By the way, it's not necessary to register copyright for unpublished work. Theft truly isn't something you need to worry about at this stage.

- Victoria

05-05-2010, 03:35 AM
I see two sales on PM in the last two years, 11/24/09 and 12/02/09, both non-fiction. Mr. Schmidt does have a quick response time, but aside from these sales, I do wonder how the agency gets by.

05-07-2010, 12:23 AM
Does anyone have any experiences with this agency? I received an offer of representation, and though I haven't responded yet, I feel hesitant, and only based upon this thread (silly me - sent my query, and then checked the thread). Agent Schmidt did not like my novel#1 (consistent with other agents), but loves novel#2 (also consistent).
Please advise opinions, experiences, etc. There are a couple of actual sales on PM, but non-fiction, and after two years....

05-08-2010, 05:07 AM
Okay, so I did a little sleuthing. Posting#6 by our Genial Uncle mentions this agency's association with iUniverse, which leads me to AuthorHouse.
When Mr. Schmidt offered me representation for my novel, I was skeptical, given they have 3 sales in 2 years, all non-fiction.
When I mentioned that my novel was formerly a POD through AuthorHouse, he flaked, and now I think I understand why. I also referred to desiring traditional publishing, but if this agency has a tendency to steer clients toward POD, I certainly am well beyond his business practices.

02-07-2011, 06:51 AM
To whom it may interest: one of the '09 sales was a "very good" deal to Crown, and a more recent sale ('10) is to Penguin Classics (no notation). So, sales are still few and far between, but occasionally solid.

02-07-2011, 07:06 AM
That is interesting information, CaoPaux. I queried Jeff Schmidt last year (see posts 18-20), and received an offer of representation after he read the full.

But I could not understand why he suddenly got very paranoid when I told him the novel he was offering to rep had been previously self-published (2003), and that it had been taken off the market a couple of years before, and then revised heavily. I had thought to query him on my latest project (which is the fourth completed mss since my last dealing with NY), but with his bizarre response to my honest effort to be straight with him, I'm leery. Does anyone have a reasonable explanation as to why an agent would act in this manner?

02-07-2011, 07:24 AM
It's not bizarre. You wanted him to sell a book for which there were no first rights remaining.

04-21-2011, 01:36 AM
I had the strangest exchange with Jeff today. His query nothing but lovely descriptions telling me how entertaining, revolutionary, and readable his client's book is. Yet nowhere does he tell me how it's entertaining, revolutionary, and readable.

His "proposal" was nothing more than a vague query that letter that lacked any detail - yet he included cover art. Cover art.

One of the most puzzling things of all is this: "[redacted] is the reason that ebooks were invented." Huh?

So I wrote him back and explained that he hadn't given me anything that would help me render a decision. I also took him to task for calling his half-page "query" (with cover art) a proposal, considering that it contained nothing remotely close to resembling a proposal. No market research, no title comps, no chapter breakdown, no overview, or author bio.

His reply didn't address a single one of my issues and made absolutely no sense. After another try, he did cough up a word count, but nothing more. No plot, to details, no nothing.

Maybe he's having an off day, but I find it troublesome that he would do such a horrible job and force me to email him three times and still not get the information I needed. I feel very sorry for his client.

10-27-2011, 03:18 AM
Jeff is definitely not a scammer or a bad guy by any respects. You can tell he's passionate and works hard; I think the issue is more just he's a bit overmatched. He might do things like send out paper-thin proposals that ape your own query, or give you hints that he probably hasn't actually read your ms, let alone suggest any sort of revisions. He's absolutely a legit agent as far as I can tell, as I even verified his activity with a publisher on a sale that ended up going nowhere because the editor switched companies. I think his style is just more about throwing darts at the wall and seeing what he hits, which unfortunately might have unintended consequences on you as a writer if a publisher's first exposure to your work is something that is underrepresented, unfinished, or even something that doesn't meet their minimum word count. You can tell he's a bit sensitive, sometimes perhaps even defensive or secretive, because I truly believe he is passionate and cares. I just think his lack of sales is reflective of a style that probably isn't going to get alot of deals. If Jeff is willing to represent you, you might want to watch out, because it doesn't necessarily mean your ms is actually ready to get picked up.

04-11-2012, 05:44 AM
In May 2011, I submitted my query to NY Creative Management. Jeff requested a full, and that weekend wrote back a rejection – the story wasn’t strong enough to sell. I asked him what he didn’t like, but he didn’t respond. Over the winter, I decided to stop subbing that story and switched to my newest. I submitted the new query to him in March 2012. A day later, he requested the full, and a week later, he asked to represent the manuscript! I was so excited and wrote back immediately. He said to call him the following day at noon.

I took my lunch break at noon and dialed the number he’d given me. No answer, so I left a message. At 1, he called back to say he’d accidentally given me his cell phone number. My boss was great about it and let me take a break so I could speak with Jeff. He told me that he liked the story as it was and wanted to start submitting that day. That worried me, because I’ve never had another besides poems and short stories published. I’d been hoping an agent could help me edit. He also didn’t want to work on my query or synopsis, just to email them to him so he could email them to publishers. He’d only seen my manuscript. Jeff also said he doesn’t do contracts. I was concerned, so he told his secretary to email it to me. I told him I would have a lawyer look it over (that’s what my agented friends told me to do) and I would get back to him. (On a side note, he didn’t remember seeing my full from before and wasn’t very interested in seeing other things I’d written. He said he would take a look at them rather reluctantly)

I didn’t receive the contract by the next day, so I sent a follow up email. He sent me two copies then. I thanked him and said I would have my lawyer look them over. I made an appointment with a literary lawyer, but my work schedule made it hard for us to meet. I told him it would be a few weeks and he said okay. Later that same week, he emailed to ask if I’d signed it yet. I felt bad, but I really wanted a lawyer to look at it.

Before I got in to see the lawyer, I heard back from another agent. She also wanted to represent me. The story was one I’d collaborated on with a professional illustrator – I wrote, he drew. Jeff wasn’t interested in the pictures, but this new agent was, so I decided to go with her. She also wanted to see my other manuscripts. I told him I was sorry, but because of the collaboration, I felt I should go with her.

02-07-2014, 04:40 AM
NY Creative Management now has a web site here (http://nycreative.com/). They seem to have a subsidiary publishing arm that showcases three authors (eight books total). The last sale posted at PM was in June of 2011.

09-06-2014, 11:16 AM
I submitted for some time, and as of 7/29/14 I got this reply concerning two queries of mine from Jeff Schmidt:

"I like both storylines but we are predominantly book agents and our only screenplay sales have been those based on previously published material. You are better off with a west coast agent who specializes in original scripts…but no, I don’t know one to recommend. It’s a whole different wheelhouse.

Good luck and keep me posted.

If you decide to write a novel, I’d be happy to read it."

Obviously professional and friendly, but it seems there is little chance of being represented as a screenwriter by this agency anymore.

04-29-2015, 08:40 PM
I recently had a manuscript rejected by Jeff Schmidt and based on the comments here, I didn't miss out on anything, which certainly made me feel better. If he has virtually no meaningful sales history, then having him as an agent wouldn't mean a thing, like ramma lamma ding dong or give peace a chance (to quote Homer Simpson). Masquerading as a real agent seems a bit sadistic.