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I couldn't find a thread for this agency. Anyone know anything about them? http://thedeborahharrisagency.com/index.aspx

I just canceled my Publishers Marketplace subscription so, unfortunately, I can't look at the kinds of things they usually sell.

They are based in Jerusalem and their website makes it seems like they are only interested in Israeli/Jewish writers or books involving Israel/jedaism but I just got a request for my MG novel on pitchmas (http://pitchmas.blogspot.com/) from Rena Rossner.

Any information would be helpful, thanks!
 

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I was going to ask the exact same thing for the same reason. :)
 

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PM shows 35 deals in the past 12 months, most to foreign publishers on behalf of prestigious US agencies or publishers. Many of them are multiple rights sales. A wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, genre and non-genre, mostly adult but some children's and YA.

So this looks like a very active agency, but it's worth noting that only two of the deals were sold by Ms. Harris on her agency's own behalf.

- Victoria
 
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The website is a little confusing, so I e-mailed them and asked if they wanted Israeli-only authors or content.

I got a pretty quick answer back that: "We represent all authors whose fits our list" then asked me to submit my manuscript, which I immediately did.
Hope this helps.
 

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I found it confusing too but I assumed, based on the fact that Rena was requesting a lot from #pitchmas, that she wasn't too picky about the isreali connection in all her clients. But its good to kknow they're open to queries from everyone /all kinds of books.
 

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I just got a partial request from Rena from #pitchmas for my Na UF. Fingers crossed!
 

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Queried Rena Rossner 2/25/14.
Polite form R 4/6/14.
 

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Full request today!

So far it's been a little under 5 months from query to full request.
 
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Well I JUST sent a query to Rena Rossner. I used the format on the website, and pasted in my first 50 pgs plus synopsis and bio. I have NO idea if I did it right!

I also asked her on Twitter if I could send the query directly to her and she said "yes" so I skipped going through the agency submissions...

She wasn't even on my radar until a kind AWer saw her Twitter wishlist included BIRD PEOPLE! OMG! I have a book about bird people!!!
 

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I got a full request a few weeks back. I'm curious, if she were to offer, since she's Jerusalem based, even if she were to connect with a U.S. pub, would the commission still be foreign rights?
 

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I got a full request a few weeks back. I'm curious, if she were to offer, since she's Jerusalem based, even if she were to connect with a U.S. pub, would the commission still be foreign rights?

Not as I understand it. Your contract to publish is with the US publisher. Your contract with the agent is for a percentage of what the US publisher pays you.
 

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Any recent interactions of note with this agency? I just got a pitchmas request from Rena, but I'm not whether my novel is what the agency are looking for.
 

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