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Okay, it's my turn to ask. Has anyone heard of Drew S. Maser and Associates, Literary Agents?

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I don't see anything in WritersMarket or PublishersMarketplace. In fact, when I Google "Drew Maser Literary agency", I don't get anything. Shoot, if he'd even posted on a board like this, there'd be something. This guy is keeping a low profile!
 

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James D. Macdonald said:
I'm not saying this is what's going on in this case, but sometimes writers make up literary agencies to get around "no unagented" restrictions.
I vaguely remember one source that suggested using your aunt, best friend, or writing buddy as your supposed agent, but I can't cite it.
 

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he's very social, if it's him.

There's a picture of a Drew Maser (no initial) at a flea market here: http://www.cesop.org/tcfpics.html
(CESOP is the Computer Education Society of Philadelphia.)
And possibly the same Drew Maser in the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers, the Philadelphia Toshiba Users Group and the Mustang Club of Central Pennsylvania.
No literary matches, though.
 

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James D. Macdonald said:
I'm not saying this is what's going on in this case, but sometimes writers make up literary agencies to get around "no unagented" restrictions.

Wow, that's weird. Wouldn't an editor be able to see through that?
 

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trebuchet said:
Wouldn't an editor be able to see through that?

Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't. Sometimes they even write to resources such as P&E to ask for an opinion on the agency. I don't doubt for an instant that they might also write to other resources to ask their opinion about new agents on occasion.
 

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DaveKuzminski said:
Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't. Sometimes they even write to resources such as P&E to ask for an opinion on the agency. I don't doubt for an instant that they might also write to other resources to ask their opinion about new agents on occasion.

It's amazing the trouble people will go through to avoid reading a submission!
 

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Julie Worth said:
It's amazing the trouble people will go through to avoid reading a submission!
It's no trouble at all. You just toss the thing to the side, or in the return envelope, or whatever. Editors don't need excuses not to read a sub; they already have plenty of reasons.

If an editor is checking out my supposed agent, it's probably for one of three reasons:
1) My manuscript is good enough that the editor is considering it.
2) My ms is so bad that the editor boggled, "She has an agent?! Who the hell--?"
3) The editor said, "I don't recognize that agent's name. I wonder what's up with that?"

I can't imagine that, in any of the above cases, finding out I lied would dispose the editor towards me, or inspire confidence that I'm a good risk for publication.
 

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James D. Macdonald said:
I'm not saying this is what's going on in this case, but sometimes writers make up literary agencies to get around "no unagented" restrictions.
At a writing conference several years ago, I heard about the members of a small localized romance writing group doing this. One of them was picked to be the agent representing all her fellow authors. They actually made it work -- but I can't imagine this working in today's marketplace. Also, I wonder what their contracts were like as she probably had no experience in negotiating contracts. (One of the most important reasons, if not the most, to have an agent.)
 

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Julie Worth said:
It's amazing the trouble people will go through to avoid reading a submission!
Julie, how do you manage to grab hold of the wrong ends of that many sticks at once?

Batgirl, I'm impressed with your find. It never occurred to me to look for an image when I got no hits from text. I'll remember that in the future.

Aconite said:
It's no trouble at all. You just toss the thing to the side, or in the return envelope, or whatever. Editors don't need excuses not to read a sub; they already have plenty of reasons.
You got it.

The main reason an editor would be checking out an agent is a simple one: we don't recognize the name. If it's a legit agent we haven't dealt with before, we need to know that. If it's a self-proclaimed agent nobody's heard of before, we need to know that too. And if it's one of the bad guys, we definitely want to know.

And what's the main reason we want to know? So we can send the right rejection letter. It wouldn't do to send a form rejection letter to an established agent.

Dave, Victoria, Jim: what you said. There's no such thing as an invisible agent. I'll tag this one as a friend of the author acting as his agent. There's no penalty on the play. Besides, he wrote an admirably correct and businesslike cover letter: exactly the sort of thing you'd expect from an established agency that was submitting to you for the first time. You have to give the man points for that.
 

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HapiSofi said:
And what's the main reason we want to know? So we can send the right rejection letter. It wouldn't do to send a form rejection letter to an established agent.

*gasp* But...but...that means it's not about the author at all! Oh, woe! Oh, misery previously untold, which I shall now tell! Oh, damn. Another cherished illusion gone.
 

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Oh, damn. Another cherished illusion gone.
Don't believe a word of it, Aconite. This is really all about you. You and your writing.

Or else it's all about me and MY writing.

I'm certain of it.
 

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Oh, good. I feel better now. Editors must just say stuff like that so we don't realize we can demand bigger advances and more respect.

Yeah.
 

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HapiSofi said:
Julie, how do you manage to grab hold of the wrong ends of that many sticks at once?

Hell, I was joking! Anyway, I have no idea what this means. How many sticks is it?
 

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*snerk*

Alrighty then, how shall I index this? Agent? Misc. questions? How editors work? :confused:
 

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CaoPaux said:
Alrighty then, how shall I index this? Agent? Misc. questions? How editors work? :confused:
D) All of the above
 

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Your wish is my command. :D
 

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Your wish is my command. :D
Really? *squinches eyes shut* I wish for a million dollars. No, wait. A million dollars, and Spike. And a pony. Okay, I think that's good. Go to it. I'll wait here.
 

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