I would simply
like to tell you that your services were
well worth the money. You took the book
seriously, studied it in depth and gave
copiously of your knowledge
and common sense. ...
wanted to let you know that your expertise
and your efforts are much appreciated.... I
may now have a mountain of work before me.
But at least I know where the path leads.
yet speak to the ultimate success or failure of
my venture yet - I'm
just now sending out the queries - but I can say
that my work with
Beverly has given me in a far better chance of
success than I would
have had without her efforts and wise
counsel. We've been through
three processes together: the personalized
"fingerprint" list of
recommended agents, editing the query letter,
and her critique of the
list of agents, (seven, in my case) you pay for
data and expertise that
she has amassed over the years. This
allows you to pinpoint which
agents are interested in the kind of books you
write, and to target
each query individually to each agent.
This method has every
chance of being taken more seriously than some
edited the query itself, and I must admit that
when I got mine
back there was red ink all over it. Mine
needed major surgery,
and it got it. Seeing the finished
product, I am embarrassed to
read over my original draft.
also agreed to read and critique my entire
manuscript. She told me the time frame she
would devote to the
process, and in the end she was spot on
time. The results were
superb. I feel like a cellist who's just
completed a master class
with Rostropovich. She delineated
precisely the flaws in my novel
that I had not been consciously aware of, but
when she pointed them out
I knew immediately she was right. I had
serious issues of
continuity, POV and lapses in style. Some
material needed to be
added to fill out an important character, while
other parts needed
past month I've been working to put it
right. I don't yet know
what will happen with this novel, but I know it
has a chance now,
simply because it's a far better book than it
was before AR&E
helped me repair it.
remembering that these lessons are not just
this book alone. If I am successful,
Beverly's advice will be
in every book I write.
think I will take a week to read and digest
everything you wrote before
I send a single query. Two:
think you were worth every penny. Three:
I hope to claw my way out of the slag
Thanks for your help, Beverly.
Thank you for this, Beverly. It's
amazing work. I have just had a chance to do a
cursory review but I can
tell already that it will be incredibly helpful. I
will certainly keep
you in the loop.
PG, Indiana, 2009-05-19
I'm going over your material right now and I'm
already ecstatic! Today
is my birthday so it couldn't come at a better time.
Thank you for your hard work and I'll keep you
posted on how it all
Steve, Canada, 2009-05-14
I've now had time to digest the file you sent me on
Henry Morrison. I
was so familiar with many of the writers and agents
mentioned in the
file. But to see the information turned into a
narrative with facts and
figures is like attending a graduate level program
in publishing and
agenting. I've tried to do my homework and learn the
business but you
and Bill have taken it to another level. I really
education. It's exciting, as if you have drawn back
the curtain and
showed me the soul of the machine.
JC, NY, 2009-04-30
Peter Steinberg haS sold my novel to Kendra Harpster
at Viking! And the
ILA agents he works with have sold it to Goldmann
for the German
edition, Salani for the Italian, and we're expecting
an offer from
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me find
this great agent.
One more triumph for AR&E!!!
DH, North Carolina, 2009-03-25
Thank you for the carefully crafted and
comprehensive report. I really
feel like you got the sense of what my book is
about, and now I feel
like I have a great starting-point for pursuing
agents. Thank you for
your hard work. I'm excited to see where it leads
And I really appreciate the agent 101 info as well.
Any advice is
helpful at this point.
Wish me luck,
JK, NY, 2009-03-02
Dear Beverly and Bill:
In this ever-increasing cynical world, where a
number of companies are
not able to deliver on their promises, Agent
Research & Evaluation,
Inc. went way beyond the call of duty. WOW! I spent
much of last night
reading and rereading your report. I've now ranked
them on my "wish"
list. I'll say it again: Wow!. And I'm flattered
that you'd pass along
Henry Morrison's name. This man is obviously an icon
in the industry.
Here's a little irony: I watched The Bourne Identity
on Sunday night
and realized that Mr. Morrison was a producer on the
film. Yes, that's
Thanks again for all your help. I promise to keep
you both in the loop.
Cross those fingers and toes.
S B, NY, 2009-02-18
Good morning Bill,
A quick note to confirm I received the report. Very
insightful. Many thanks. And please thank Beverly
from me for her kind
words re my novel.
Joe B, Valencia, Spain, 2009-02-14
I received your fingerprint today and am thrilled! I
read your opening
letter and briefly looked thru the records of agents
sent. I am excited
to get going on this. This is more than I had hoped
for! ... Thanks for
everything, Beverly. This really is a full and
J, California, 2008-10-25
Thank you most warmly for your excellent fingerprint
report. I very
much support your advic e and will let you know how
things turn out.
It would have been impossible to find the chosen few
without your help.
GW, England, 2008-06-25
I cannot thank you enough for your help, meticulous
insight. Also your prompt response. You provide an
for aspiring novelists like myself who eat rejection
daily --and yes, I
Again, you are a godsend to writers everywhere.
Suzi, Nevada, 2008-06-17
The packet helped me see the strengths of those two
agents, and to make
comparisons moving forward. I will look over the
others again as well.
But most of all, I so appreciate the generosity of
spirit and your
helpful guidance. It means so much coming from a
writer with your track
record and skill. I feel honored that you have taken
time out of your
own writing to help me move this book forward!
Ellen, New York, 2008-06-05
I can't thank you enough for the advice. It was an
Years ago, I had my first book represented by Jane
Dystel, and she
offered a contract. Since she is reputable, I
thought that [new agent
who doesn't use a contract] was not "playing by the
rules" and that I'd
be working for naught if she didn't like the
revisions. But, thanks to
you, I understand that this is accepted practice. I
advice as to what to say to her. I think she does
want the book, but it
can't hurt to ask.
Your advice is so valuable to authors. Sometimes I
feel as though I'm
out there all alone, and having you and Bill as a
resource is truly a
Adrian, California, 2008-05-17
I think you are right on target with your analysis
self-publishing--I guess I needed to hear it from
someone I trust. You
are a class act and a credit to the profession of
writers everywhere. I
shan't forget you and the many things you brought to
my writing, mostly
great direction, spirited enthusiasm and lots of
sunshine. I wish you
every success in the world, and hope someday we can
Break a leg with the new title!!
Jeff, Connecticut, 2008-04-28
Thank you for your prompt reply. You amaze me: how
do you have time to
write your own books?
Your words in the Evaluation section of your
report ring true, and your
advice is sound.
Once more, thank you very much! You and Talking
Agents are a marvelous
E S, Kentucky, 2008-03-08
I received your packet this weekend, and I must
that I am very impressed with the breadth and
scope of your research...
You have included so many tips and jewels of
advice that I never would
have considered ... In addition, the extensive
nature of the agent
reports is jaw-dropping.
I truly appreciate your insider's point of view,
and want to thank you
for all of the effort you put into this report, as
well as the
supportive tone of your letter to me. I feel as
though I now have a
mentor guiding me through what has, historically,
been a 'navigating by
Ouija Board' process.
Thank you again for all of your hard work. You
have exceeded my
NN, California, 2008-02-27
I've had a few weeks to study and digest the
Fingerprint Report that you prepared for me... I
have to honestly
comment that after decades of interactions between
"services", AR&E delivers more that I ever
expected in the report.
For someone seriously pursuing their craft, this
is much appreciated,
invaluable service into the business end of
JT, California, 2007-12-02
The thoroughness of your report about bowled me
have read it and will read it again and again. It
confirms for me the
futility of my previous efforts. I did not know
what the heck I was
doing. Thank you, whatever the results of my
queries. At the least I
can know that I've sent the smartest queries I
could make, even if I
get nothing but rejections.
RD, Florida, 2007-09-18
Thank you so much for the report you sent. It was
more than I expected! I should have done this a
long time ago. My prior
attempt, especially in retrospect, was pretty
random and ineffectual.
I'm busy revising my query letter and condensing
my book proposal. I'll
be in touch with the results. Thank you again.
Even if this doesn't
fly, I know that I'll feel I have given it the
best shot possible.
E R, California, 2007-08-31
Thank you for the thoroughness and thoughtfulness
went into the recommendations. Having an insider's
perspective is so
valuable--as you well know. You've given me new
enthusiasm for this
not-so-much fun part of the process. I appreciate
your interest in what
happens next, too. N.E. California
I recieved your Customized Fingerprint, and I am
pleased with your
work. Thank you for making my investment
worthwhile. You are true
professionals, and I'm very thankful for your hard
JC, Chicago, 2007-08-13
Hey Beverly, Just wanted to say thank you again
great agent list you sent me. I have my book
finally completed and
polished and proofed and am just now putting
together my query letter.
You folks did an outstanding job fixing me up with
all the details I
need. Thanks again.
AH, California, 2007-06-25
Hi Beverly, Fingerprint arrived today and fulfils
expectations. Helpful advice and feedback that
makes me feel confident
about pitching to agents. Also thank you for the
encouraging words in
your summary letter. I will most certainly keep
you informed as to
progress. Very best wishes.
SW, Brighton, England, 2007-05-14
Wow! Thank you so very much, Beverly! Again, I am
blown away by your expertise! Thank you so much
for your help!!!
Anthony B, 2007-04-08
I've just received my Customized Fingerprint in
mail. I'm very pleased with the entire packet! I
appreciate your work.
In addition to the detailed information on the
agents, I'm especially
happy with the specific advice you've given me as
to how to go about
contacting the agent and presenting my work.
Beverly, I walked into our local Borders today -
there was your new book on the front and center
Congratulations!! I was thrilled, and I can only
guess how gratifying
it must be for you. I was out of state visiting my
daughter and her
family over Christmas, but have been seriously
going over the material
you sent me since my return. I know that you do
but I was blown away by your astute remarks and
obvious care in reading
what I sent. Trying to follow your advice in
writing a Query letter is
a challenge, but I'll do my best. Thank you and
Happy New Year! P.S. Of
course I bought the book.
Hi Beverly, I received your report yesterday, and
wanted to tell you how very pleased and impressed
I am. I shall start
working on my query letter this weekend and get it
to you as soon as
possible. One letter should do for all, do you
think, just differing
with regard to the specific data about the
individual agents? Again,
thanks so much.
Jim Fitzgerald wants to represent the book. Your
worked. I should be getting a contract today from
him and we've
discussed the advance I'd need from a publisher,
which he thought was
reasonable. Another agent said no and three
queries are still out. Ill
keep you in the loop.
Rich, Atlanta, 2006-11-30
Just to let you know the material arrived safely
am delighted with the meticulousness of your work.
Brava! Thanks again
for a job really well done.
(name withheld) already responded to an e-mailed
letter and synopsis. He says it is an "intriguing"
story but questions
its commercial viability....huh? A legal thriller?
well, anyway, he
wants to see the first three chapters. I found
that very encouraging.
Given an agent of that caliber, how often does
someone like that ask to
see part of a ms? thanks--no matter the outcome, I
wouldn't have gotten
even this far without y'all.
Dear Bill, I found exactly what i needed and i
appreciate your service, i will be subscribing to
it, you do a great
service for the new writer, keep it up
This is to let you know that your Customized
reached me yesterday. It shows a lot of research
and thought. You have
delivered on your promise of doing your level best
for me. Your
suggestion that I consider a YA market caught me
by surprise. I'm still
reeling, but think you may be right.
Thanks, Beverly, I feel really heartened by what
to say. I’m so glad I found your service! I will
continue to work on
the last part of the précis. Your
suggestions are terrific. Best,
I just wanted to drop a thank you for the report.
offered me invaluable advice that has made my
query package stronger.
The agents you sent me sound terrific and
hopefully they'll love my
novel. I'll let you know what happens. Thank you
Hello Beverly/Bill: Just received the packet -
terrific. I certainly wouldn't have been able to
glean a tenth as much
from the web.
I signed with Faye Bender, who is quite eager and
enthusiastic... she will present my proposal... to
a dozen or more
editors... I never would have gotten here without
you and thanks so
Your newsletter is the best one out there-)...
Hi Beverly/Bill, I do want to mention how pleased
with the names you sent me. I don't think I would
have dared to
approach them 'on my own'. And each one of them
has something that
really does appeal to me and fits the kind of book
I wrote. Thanks for
the thought you put into it.
I like the questions you are asking me. I wanted
you know how thrilled I am with your report. I
think it is a great
service you are providing. I'm excited to get
going on your
suggestions. Thanks again.
Please tell Beverly that her evaluation was just
terrific. Really a first-rate assessment of
exactly what I need in an
agent. Like the Chinese say, "If you want to learn
how to cook, first
learn how to hold the knife."
Dear Beverly, I received your WONDERFUL report
yesterday. I'm so excited to have this direction.
I've read everything
through, digested, highlighted, etc., and feel
ready to create my
packets... Thanks again, I really am impressed.
Agent Research & Evaluation should be your
stop if you’re looking for a literary agent. I
used to be Dean of
Admissions at a top ten law school. AR&E found
me the top five
agents for a book on the subject... I was taken on
by my first
choice... The book was auctioned and Harcourt took
it for mid five
Dear Bill & Beverly Martin....just wanted to
you for the work you did on my customized
fingerprint--for the six
agent contacts, and for all of your encouragement
and advice...I feel
pretty confident that I was able to tweak my
proposal in the manner in
which you suggested...what's more, after working
on this book for
eleven long years--the longest I've ever worked on
actually feeling very excited about it
again...Thanks so much.
I realize AR&E is a business, but from my
perspective, the Martins run it with the personal
touch of a
family-operated neighborhood store. They keep
their clients’ hopes and
aspirations foremost in mind. I have always
received more than what I
paid for. (How rare is that?) D K, author of
Pandemic from Tor Books.
Dan K, 2006-04-09
Dear Beverly, I have received the fingerprint and
well pleased with it. It is both illuminating and
you for letting me know that I have been querying
the wrong agents, for
the most part. It does help to take the sting out
of the rejections.
I can't believe I"m two for two with AR&E's
suggestions... at least the agents are looking at
it. Even if they
don't pursue it, I have to believe that AR&E
is the reason they're
even taking a gander.
Bill Martin’s Talking Pages newsletter continues
me a unique insight into the world of agents. I’m
based in a UK seaside
town, but the guys at AR&E make me feel like
I’m there at the heart
of things where it matters, where the movers and
shakers really make
things happen. And AR&E uses real spit on real
stamps for real
hand-written envelopes. Priceless.
Dear Beverly, I am soooo excited. The Golden
Sex in the City? And Chick lit? It all feels so
right and so wonderful
finally to know what I have. Beverly, it took you
to tell me what I'm
doing! Finally, I feel in good hands (albeit not
my own). Alright, I
know there are no promises, but your powerful
input, energy, and
professional assessment is so worth the cost of
the service already.
Thank you. Now that I realize I've been targeting
the wrong sector, I
can't wait to get to the right sector. I'm going
to recommend your
"I want to thank you for sending me in the
Bill and Beverly Martin. I have just received my
fingerprint and it looks very promising. I am
amazed at the amount of
thought they put into these reports."
THANK YOU for all of your excellent work. I
first agent within days of writing to her
following your guidelines. As
a result, Joshua's Bible was published by Warner
Shelly L. 2006-03-06
Bill & Beverly, My Custom Fingerprint arrived
yesterday and exceeds my expectations. I am so
pleased, thank you!
Eunice B, 2006-02-28
I wanted to thank you for the extensive work you
executed on my behalf. The process of finding an
(actually any at all) is overwhelming. You have
helped me focus my
search in a way that I could not have accomplished
professional help and expertise. I trust your
judgments...because of the information you've
provided me, I feel that
I can use my time wisely in finding a great agent.
And as a result, I
can also concentrate on my current writing. Thanks
again, it's a real
pleasure to be associated with you and hopefully,
share my future
success with you as well.
This kind of personal service is like something
the days of the internet... but it's fun to meet
people, and especially
nice when you can do something for someone else,
so I think you may
have the ideal job. I look forward to hearing from
An agent has recently voiced interest in my work.
is a wonderful service you supply. On behalf of
myself and every other
author out there who’s trying to get a foot in
without being taken for
a ride, Thank you. Sincerely,
Anita H, 2006-02-08
Dear Beverly and Bill, I am writing to thank you
your help. I have officially signed the (new
agency) contract and could
not be happier. As you know, I parted company with
my former agent
after two successful book contracts and a movie
deal with Walt Disney.
I was looking for a major agent in New York City
and a friend suggested
I contact you guys. After a customized
fingerprint, I was in New York
meeting with agents. I have never felt so
supported in my life.
Although I was not comfortable fielding calls and
emails from some of
the top agents in the industry, YOU never let them
see me sweat! I am
sure you get letters like this all the time but I
did not want to move
on without thanking you. Changing agents is not an
easy move, but you
made it smoother than I ever imagined it would be.
I will be
recommending your service to all of my colleagues
who are seeking
Salome T, 2006-01-14