• Guest please check The Index before starting a thread.

[Agency] Peters, Fraser & Dunlop / PFD UK Childrens

editing_for_authors
Editing for authors: because every writer needs a good editor.

oneidii

Copyediting Queen
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Feb 16, 2005
Messages
329
Reaction score
143
Location
Berlin, baby.
Website
www.jenkblom.com
I submitted to them some time ago, they said (on website) 4 wks to get something or my ms back, nothing yet. Anyone know anything about them? They seem absolutely great in the internet....

?
 

Torgo

Formerly Phantom of Krankor.
Kind Benefactor
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Apr 7, 2005
Messages
7,632
Reaction score
1,203
Location
London, UK
Website
torgoblog.blogspot.com
They're one of the most prestigious agencies in the world, so no problem with the reputation...
 

oneidii

Copyediting Queen
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Feb 16, 2005
Messages
329
Reaction score
143
Location
Berlin, baby.
Website
www.jenkblom.com
LOL

Hello again,
They were my absolute top pick and I was terrified to send them my ms until I had had the requisite rejection slips that helped me with my cover letter, etc. So I bucked up and sent to them, not expecting anything to happen. Then nothing did. LOL

Just for the record...How do you go about querying for status of a ms? This is my first ms, and I have no idea. Thanks for your help, and the vote of confidence!! ;)
 

Provrb1810meggy

Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jul 22, 2006
Messages
2,896
Reaction score
474
I was thinking of querying PDF New York. Agent Query said they accepted email queries, but their site says they prefer snail mail. Does that mean they still accept email queries?
 

daoine

Lateral writer
Super Member
Registered
Joined
May 31, 2005
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
Location
Melbourne, Australia
Website
www.hearwritenow.com
I also had a long wait but I was unlucky enough to email through as the agent I picked was on leave - got an out of office autoresponse. Followed up 2 months later. Withdrew my query after no response in two weeks - finally got a response to that apologising for not responding to my other emails and basically wishing me luck.

Par for the course in my books. I still think they're a fairly good agency, but busy. Go for it.
 

Dollywagon

Super Member
Registered
Joined
Feb 9, 2006
Messages
1,028
Reaction score
140
I got a response from them in just over a month. I know with picture books they will only accept submissions of three or more mss at one time (UK division)
 

ghost

Hey, that's my bike!
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Mar 9, 2006
Messages
375
Reaction score
32
Location
between ponds
PFD Fires its Agents

CSS Stellar has fired 11 agents at Peters Fraser & Dunlop and launched an investigation into "apparent inconsistencies in the payment of commissions and bonuses to certain employees". In an update to shareholders, CSS also claimed that it was in "discussions with numerous established talent agents eager to join the firm."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/47175-css-stellar-fires-pfd-agents.html

For those of you who dont' know, PFD is one of the biggest agencies in England. I was horribly shocked to get this info this morning because I'm up for a PFD award and one of the agents (not sure if she was one of the ones fired, still awaiting news) has my book.

Yikes!
 

RLSMiller

Super Member
Registered
Joined
May 20, 2007
Messages
210
Reaction score
35
Location
Herts, UK
Fired? I thought all the agents left once they hired that new woman? Ah, just read the article. Looks to me like they're just trying to get back at the agents for resigning in the first place. Bummer. I was planning to submit to them, but I think I'll pass.
 
Last edited:

zahra

Was Zahra; lost profile - REBORN!
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Oct 5, 2018
Messages
2,037
Reaction score
425
Location
London
I have a very close connection to one of the actors' agents, and she says the whole thing is nightmarish - I didn't think it affected the acting side, but she says it does.

Ghost, I did see a list of the off-loaded agents somewhere, but can't remember where now. Sorry. Hope yours is not one of them.
 

ghost

Hey, that's my bike!
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Mar 9, 2006
Messages
375
Reaction score
32
Location
between ponds
She was one of the ones who resigned and will be opening up United with the others.

I've already seen the list of who did what. It's really terrible. But on the bright side, now they'll be able to start their own agency. I'll bet it'll do well. It's not PFD that makes the money, it's the good agents.
 

victoriastrauss

Writer Beware Goddess
Kind Benefactor
Absolute Sage
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Feb 11, 2005
Messages
6,701
Reaction score
1,286
Location
Far from the madding crowd
Website
www.victoriastrauss.com
Big problems at PFD UK, though, with most of its agents quitting after new management was installed, and taking their clients with them. They plan to set up a rival company.

Counter-accusations have been made by the head of PFD's parent company, CSS Stellar, who says he's launching an investigation into "irregularities" in commission payments to some of the departed agents. The departed agents claim this is a smokescreen to cover up the parent company's bad management.

Sounds like a major mess.

- Victoria
 

Old Hack

Such a nasty woman
Super Moderator
Absolute Sage
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jun 12, 2005
Messages
22,453
Reaction score
4,934
Location
In chaos
PFD is a fabulous, prestigious agency to be with, though, once all this fuss has died down (and I would not CONSIDER submitting to them at present, simply because of it). I suspect that the new agency that their departing agents are setting up (United Agents, due to open after Christmas) will also be one to watch. The agents concerned are some of the best in the business.
 

Momento Mori

Tired and Disillusioned
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Sep 25, 2006
Messages
3,361
Reaction score
791
Location
Here and there
I agree with Old Hack, once the dust has settled and the disputes have been resolved one way or another, PFD will be back on track as one of the top agencies to submit to, purely because they still have people who seriously know what they're doing.

MM
 

SusanH

Super Member
Registered
Joined
Oct 1, 2008
Messages
447
Reaction score
98
Is the New York agency affected? I sent querys to Mark Reiter at different addys. Both returned.....
 

Laura Lond

Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jan 12, 2009
Messages
294
Reaction score
10
The site for the NY agency seems to be down... or it no longer exists...
 

Michael W. Fuller

Registered
Joined
Apr 26, 2010
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Yes, Yikes, indeed!

I am in the process of agency search, and pfd was certainly one to investigate; in fact, today, March 4, 2011, I was about to snail-mail a query per their protocols. Seems I'm a bit out of touch. After √√ing Water Cooler (as always), and reading the article in Bookseller, I have decided not to submit the query. Too much like Hollywood maneuvers, or so it seems. Thanks Water Cooler for your info! You are indeed "Absolute!"
 

Chris P

Likes metaphors mixed, not stirred
Kind Benefactor
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
19,301
Reaction score
2,903
Location
Vienna, VA
Michael - check the dates on the other posts in this thread; they're 3.5 years old. Surely things have settled down. Maybe someone will come in with newer info.

I submitted to them about a year ago and got the "not for us at this time" form rejection in a reasonable amount of time.
 

CaoPaux

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Super Moderator
Moderator
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Feb 12, 2005
Messages
13,737
Reaction score
1,586
Location
Coastal Desert
Hold on to yer hats; I'll merge this with the BR&BC thread for more context.
 

lauralam

Moonshade
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jul 22, 2011
Messages
896
Reaction score
84
Location
Alba
Subbed to Juliet Mushens and got a request for a full 5 min later. My new record.
 

Liz_V

Not my first rodeo.
Kind Benefactor
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jun 30, 2012
Messages
933
Reaction score
127
E-queried Annabel Merullo / Laura Williams 'way back in February.
Got form R today.

The long version: Their website asks for hard-copy, but postage for three chapters to the UK.... Plus there's the issue of the SASE, now that the US Post Office no longer sells IRCs. Merullo isn't one of the agents that specifies they'll take email submissions, but Williams is her assistant and she lists an email address, so I sent her a brief note asking if email would be acceptable, given the cross-pond challenges. (The note also included the short-form blurb for the book, so they could judge if it was something they had any interest whatsoever in looking at.) Williams replied that yes, email would be fine, with the chapters as an attachment. So off it went.

Short version of the long version: It never hurts to ask.
 

Hanukkah sameach!

Gold menorah and on a gradiated purple background