Has anyone dealt with them or have any info?
Mac H. said:Is the owner of this agency, Leann Murphy, the same Leann Murphy who pleaded guilty to stealing checks back in 1997?
It just seems odd - it seems to be a fairly distinct spelling of her name, and it is the same city. It could just be a coincidence - someone else with her name in her city could be the one stealing checks, while the 'Leann Murphy' that we are talking about was busy working in Kay's fraudulent 'agency'.
Google "Leann Murphy pleaded guilty" for more info..
(PS: bloemmarc - Have you asked her? You seem to know her better than the rest of us. Mind you, since she's been upfront about her past she would have told you if she'd been convicted of stealing.)
DaveKuzminski said:When you stated you met another client of Desert Rose, was it face-to-face? If not, it could have been her masquerading as a client. It wouldn't be the first time that a scammer has pulled that kind of deception.
No, this writer never said That Lean Murphy sold her rights to Authorhouse. I know it's a vanity publishers, and so did she. She was already using them, when she met Desert Rose agency.James D. Macdonald said:Oh, dear. AuthorHouse is a pay-to-play vanity POD. If this agent sold that book, it doesn't say much for the agent.
Seriously, don't throw good money after bad. Write off what you already spent as a loss, and go find a legitimate agent.
bloemmarc said:where do you look for agents who are eager to help first time authors, and such.
Jaycinth said:Every day this web site community gets better and better. I sent a manuscript to Desert Rose last year. I got a response from Leanne Murphy, she said it wasn't what they were looking for at the time, but then she gave me a detailed run down of what I should do to make my novel 'saleable'. There were no suggestions of professional critiques, editorial services, or anything that I would have to pay for. Just a written list of, "think about this, rewrite that, and have you considered pruning this off the story and making it into another story?"
So I sat down and had just finished a re-write based on that letter and the comments of a couple of readers, when I saw Desert Rose On P&E. ( While researching New York Literary and Silver Screen.)
Now that I've discovered this website, I guess the rejection was a blessing in disguise. However, I really appreciated the comments she gave me, they were helpful.
Maryn said:bloemmarc, I hate to be the villain here, but once in a while we all take one for the team.
You're deluding yourself if you believe Desert Rose is going to sell your book. There is no indication that your 'agent' has the connections, talent, drive, etc. to sell a book--she never has, not one. What she has done is keep her criminal record in regard to stolen checks from you, cashed your checks, and answered your emails.
Listen to the people telling you that what your money spent at Desert Rose has bought you is a lesson. Move on, and away, quickly. Try to interest a real agent who has made sales.
Maryn, unhappy to dash anybody's hopes or destroy their trust
bloemmarc said:One lady, who previoulsy self published her books through Authorhouse, is now using Leann Murphy as her agent, and has nothing but praise for her.
What about if I already signed a contract with Desert Role Literary Agency, since you all said get away, and find another agent. What do I do about that detail.LloydBrown said:An agent with no sales is no more an agent than the guy who picks up your trash is. Which of these service providers do you use
a phone company that doesn't give phone service
a pizza delivery place that never brings you food
a lawyer without a law degree (and who doesn't actually know any laws)
a cab driver who doesn't drive
an insurance agent that doesn't provide insurance?
I think you get the idea. *I* am actually a better agent for you--even without having your manuscript in hand--because I've actually sold books to a publisher.