Has anyone worked with this group? I can't find any info on their successes, despite the claim of 30 years experience. They are in Littleton, CO.
I was told that I should get right to the point without the "unnecessary frou-frou," that parts of the submission break continuity and are dull, that my sample felt disjointed in many spots, and that "the overabundance of repetitive adjectives, and redundant adjective use, makes [sic] the story feel overwritten."
They definately spent the last 30 years making paint-by-numbers kits, then. If they don't even know about formatting-standards, they're not going to do anyone any good.One of the comments they wrote to me was "Lastly, what's with all the underlines?" (Where I wanted italics to appear in the finished pages, I used underlines in my ms. as is suggested by pretty much every manuscript formatting web site and book I've seen so far.) They went on to say, "You don't underline thoughts; they are italicized." I was tempted to write back and ask just how many manuscripts have they actually seen.
This is why I don't like using the word "legitimate". What I think you mean in this context is "not a scammer". But what the word suggests is "a professional agent". An inexperienced agent who has no sales is not a professional agent. Such an agent may indeed not be a scammer--in fact, s/he may have abundant good will and lots of enthusiasm-- but she isn't any more likely to sell your manuscript than the scammer is.michaeloppen said:My impression is that she's probably legitimate but not too experienced.
[font=Helvetica, Verdana, Arial][font=verdana,arial]"We are not interested in receiving poorly written submissions from authors with grandiose attitudes; don't compare yourself to Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, etc. Blackmail never works--don't tell us that you'll only send your manuscript to us if we can guarantee you will be published. Write stories that make sense; research everything down to the bone; think about what you're writing and don't leave people wondering what you meant. Most importantly, be proud of your work; no self-deprecation."[/font][/font]