Sunday, July 31, 2011

Literary Consulting Services

A few months ago I hinted at an upcoming announcement.... I am very excited to announce that together with my partner Jo Ann Kairys, and some of our brilliant colleagues, starting August 1st, we will be offering Literary Consulting Services under a new entity called Literary PowerHouse Consulting, LLC.

Jo Ann is a colleague, author, editor, publisher, and friend, whom I admire and respect enough to call my partner in this new venture. LPH is a consulting firm that offers Literary Services in all facets of the Publishing Industry to authors, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, and lawyers. This project was born purely as an evolution of services that we already offer to the public in our capacity as agent, attorney, editor, and publisher. The difference being that now we offer our knowledge and advice for hire.

Due to the demand for such services, and for the purpose of carefully preserving ethical boundaries, we have decided to join our strengths, skills, experience and resources under this one separate and unique roof. As a result this Consulting Powerhouse now provides the most comprehensive package of Literary Advisory Services offered anywhere.

We are in the process of putting together a website that will describe our services further and provide lots and lots of resources that will be continuously updated. If you have any questions, or would like to retain our services, please e-mail us at until further notice.

We look forward to helping anyone in the industry find the answers they seek, and come up with winning strategies that will lead to a successful future in publishing. We hope to hear from you!

Happy reading, writing, publishing and succeeding!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011


The long awaited change to submission guidelines may or may not please my authors, but for the sake of fairness, practicality and to ensure that I keep my sanity, I have decided to make some substantial changes to my guidelines.

As you may already know I have been closed to unsolicited queries since the last week of November. If you have sent me a query after that, as my auto response surely already informed you, your query has not been reviewed and will not be considered. If you have sent me a query before November 24, and have not heard back from me at all, this unfortunately means that your query will no longer be considered.

HOWEVER, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE DECLINED. I had several issues with my infamous spam filter and have lost many queries. I have also received more queries in those last months than I could keep up with. This large volume of queries led me to put a hold on taking queries for a few months, and to bring in help so that I could catch up. With the assistance of my wonderful assistant (Gigi), Jr Agents (Brittany B. and Jordy), my intern (Brittany W.) and my friends (Doreen and JoAnn), we have made significant progress. Unfortunately, a good number of queries remain in my Query Box unanswered and time keeps ticking... I am afraid that I'm wasting our time (mine and yours) reviewing queries that may be stale. SO... In order to ensure that I'm only reviewing work that still needs representation, I have decided to start fresh. This means that if you have not received an answer to your submission you are hereby invited to resubmit your work starting SEPTEMBER 1, 2011.

If I responded to you requesting a synopsis and/or manuscript and you have not heard back yet, that means that your work is still being considered.


Starting September 1, 2011, I will reopen to submissions in the following genres only:
Fiction: Romance and cross genre romance, thrillers and adventure, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, and the same genres (excluding romance) for Young Adult and Middle Grade.
Non Fiction: Spiritual, self-improvement, parenting, and science.

Please submit a well drafted query letter and your first 5 pages to me at You will receive a response from me within three months from the date of your submission. If you do not receive a response within six months, this will mean that the work is declined. I will try my best to respond to every query before that six month period expires. I don't like automatic declines, but feel that this may be the only way to make sure that I never fall behind again.

Thank you for your patience, your understanding and for the honor of reading your work!

Happy writing and happy submitting :)