Anyone know anything about Claire Gerus? Her listing on PM looks good -- lots of editing experience - but I wondered if there's a conflict since she appears to be offering editorial services as well as agenting services.
I love Claire. I've known and worked with her for a couple years, and she knows her stuff and is as honest as the day is long. You can't go wrong with her. Great mind, great heart. Her editing expertise will come in handy since all the agents I know edit their client's work before pitching it to editors.
Queried Claire and received a very nice personal response. My ms wasn't her thing, but anyone who writes what she says she is looking for, should definitely query this kind, smart and very approachable professional.
Yea, I sent her the first 30 pages on July 9th, which is why I'm getting a little antsy. Let's hope no news is good news together.
EDIT: Claire just sent me an email saying that she didn't get my 30 pages, asking me to send them again, and saying she'll get right back to me. Guess it wasn't good news. Still, I'm really impressed that she took the time to check back in with me. Most agents probably wouldn't have bothered.
After reading all the kind words about Ms. Gerus, I queried her. Imagine my utter shock when she responded in less than an hour, requesting the first 20 and last 20 of my manuscript. That I can do. However, she also requested a curriculum vitae, which I don't have. Should I just mention my lack of publishing credits and limited education when I send her the partial? Or should I type up a CV containing my nonexistent qualifications? I'm a total newb (Ms. Gerus is the first agent to request a partial, so I'm 1 for 8), and I would love some advice on how to proceed. Any pointers would be most appreciated. Thanks!
P.S. If I've posted this in the wrong area, please let me know. Again, total newb.
Clone, it's okay that you have no publishing credits. Claire is one of the sweetest agents I know, so don't panic. Editors and agents want to get a feel for the writer, who they are, why they wrote the book - the background stuff. Try to stick to giving information that ties your background in with your book. As in, "I wrote The Twinkie Manual because I'm listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having eaten the most Twinkies in ten minutes." Info about the fact that you can fix three school lunches in five minutes and write poetry don't work here, so leave it out.
If you have any unique promotional ideas, this is also a perfect place to add this. Something like, "I give cooking seminars on how to make the perfect Twinkie knockoff and would grant me a perfect instant readership."
Thanks for the quick response, priceless1. I did pretty much what you said. I sent her a brief bio in lieu of a CV, and said I'd type up an "official" CV ASAP if she wanted one. Hopefully, I didn't bore her to tears with the info--or the writing.
I queried Claire last evening, and she got back to me in about three hours, asking for the first 20 pages, the last 20 pages, and my c v. I wrote back saying I didn't know what a c v was, and she replied, explaining it was my resume. So, now she has all the material she requested.
No agent has asked me for quite that combination before, but it makes perfect sense.
Wow, based on the enthusiasm here I queried at midnight on Saturday and by early Sunday morning had a request for a partial. I sent it off right after church, around 1, and before dinner she had written back and said that she'd like me to call her to discuss the beginning. WOO!!!!!
She also asked me for a resume, so I wrote up a quick CV with most of my writing stuff which isn't a ton, but is something.
If anyone who has worked with Claire has any tips, I'd love to hear them. I'm a tad bit nervous to talk to an agent!