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ArtHouse Literary Agency (formerly Art + Deco Agency) (Felice Laverne)

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Do anyone know anything about the Art and Deco Agency? I saw them looking for submissions on #mswl and was wondering if they are legit.
 

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Erm ... they claim to be an "author coach", and they have no clients. The agent names specific Big Five books she's worked on, but all the motivational, vanity publisher-style language on the site doesn't give me any confidence.

(Signed, someone who is currently looking at querying agents!)
 

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I got a like from them in a Twitter pitch contest. Went back and forth for a while about submitting at all, but I eventually did and the agent (Danielle Colburn) requested a full.

She read it pretty quick and did end up rejecting, but with some helpful feedback. They sound like a startup agency without a lot of experience, but they aren't just repping everybody at least.
 

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I came here when I couldn't find ArtHouse Lit or its agents on QueryTracker. I had one of their new agents (Lane Clarke) directly message me on Twitter saying she was interested in my #SFFpit pitch back from February (the pitch was about 3 months old by then). Maybe she is going through old pitching contests to find work she is interested in since she's brand new.
 
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I came here when I couldn't find ArtHouse Lit or its agents on QueryTracker. I had one of their new agents (Lane Clarke) directly message me on Twitter saying she was interested in my #SFFpit pitch back from February (the pitch was about 3 months old by then). Maybe she is going through old pitching contests to find work she is interested in since she's brand new.
Hi EmmaSkysong,

The same agent liked my pitch on #DVpit. I don't see her on QueryTracker either. Any update on your front? Anyone know more about this agency or Lane Clarke?

Thanks,
Shadow
 

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Hi EmmaSkysong,

The same agent liked my pitch on #DVpit. I don't see her on QueryTracker either. Any update on your front? Anyone know more about this agency or Lane Clarke?

Thanks,
Shadow
Hi @Shadow Beam. Unfortunately I don't have any real updates -- last I checked, I still couldn't find a lot of information about the agency or their sales. Since I'd moved onto querying a different project, I didn't send her the story she requested (and I knew from a past interaction that she didn't like talking animals in SFF, so I figured she'd pass on it anyway).

Personally, I am focusing my search on agents with a track record in selling SFF. Or, if the agent is brand new, then I'd like to see them working with another agent who has that SFF experience. It doesn't seem like their team is there yet. It looks like they have three brand new agents without previous experience in the industry. Of the two co-founders who do have experience, it does not appear either has dealt with SFF.
 
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