Below is the email
received by Tina Morgan and Ciara Grey from Bawn Literary
Agency, noting their acceptance of the manuscript "Lords
of Kalon" and the Bawn Literary Agency FAQ (below)
copy of email received May 18, 2001)
Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to review "Lords
of Kalon". Now we would like to
represent your work and welcome you to BAWN Publishers
Literary Agency's family. As your agents we will
handle all negotiations with publishers, producers,
studios, and networks, etc. in your behalf for the
expressed purpose of the acquisition of your work.
We have begun making queries to producers concerning your
project. Our concern is that you get the most
exposure for your hard work and efforts. Remember TIMING
is everything. To save time, to get the submission
process started immediately, fax the pages 1,2 and 6 (notary
page), along with your one paragraph synopsis to (513)
759-6299 followed by the full contract in regular mail.
Please read the enclosed FAQ
If you have any questions feel free to call us at any
time at 513-759-6288
fax 513-759-6299 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website address is www.bawnagency.com
Willie E. & Beverly A. Nason, Agents
Enclosures: General Contract and information
Although our electronic responses and our literature
explain the policies and practices of our agency, many
authors still have questions. In an attempt to provide
all the information you need prior to submitting to us,
we have created this list of frequently asked questions,
for you. Direct additional questions or comments to
have a list of people I can call to ask them about their
projects or your agency?
It is our policy to not share our list of clients,
primarily due to the confidentiality clause contained in
our contract. Just as we do not want to accept
unsolicited manuscripts, we are equally sensitive to
sharing phone numbers and addresses of our clients.
However, below are a few of the most recent projects of
the successful authors we represent. It shows the
diversity of projects we market and represent and are
able to place.
Those who suggest that clients participate in marketing
their businesses, especially in this global internet
climate, by receiving potentially thousands of calls or
emails from authors seeking representation, clearly are
not being realistic.
Novel - "Coal of the Heart" by George Foster -
Skylark Films - Mystery
Novel - "Scribes, Scouts, Saints and Sinners"
by John Diether - Solid Rock Entertainment
Non-fiction - "Unemployment in the New Millennium"
by Anthony Stith - Warwick Publishing
Non-fiction - "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" by
Anthony Stith - Warwick Publishing
Non-fiction - "Pontiac-They Build Excitement"
by Thomas A. Bonsall - Stony Run Press
Non-fiction - "More Than They Promised" by
Thomas A. Bonsall - Stanford University Press - ' 99
Non-fiction - "Sleuthing the Divine" by Dr.
Kevin L. Sharpe - Augsburg Fortress Press - Oxford,
England - ' 99
Literary Fiction - "Different Worlds" by
Kenneth Hanson - CPC Entertainment
Screenplay - "Poof" by Grits Carter &
Willie Nason - Solid Rock Entertainment
Treatment - "Flight Of A Lifetime" - by Willie
and Beverly Nason - Vin Di Bona Prods.
Non-fiction (Memoirs) - "Question of Innocence"
by Dr. Lawrence Spiegel Screenplay - "Running Scared"
- by David Abrams - CPC Entertainment
Screenplay - "Black Wall Street by Willie E. &
Beverly A. Nason
Ethnic Fiction - "Mostly Womenfolk and a Man or Two"
by Mignon Holland Anderson
Screenplay & Short Film - "Our Father" - by
Shawn Scott - Produced by Blind
Squirrel Productions, & ABC - Aired, January 15, 2001-
Nominated for 5 Emmy's and an AFTRA Award.
Novel - The End of Dying - Mignon Holland Anderson - 2002
- AmeriHouse Publishers
Novel - Addicted to You - Thadine Quick - 2002 -
Novel - And God Loved - Christopher S. Alexander - 2002 -
Novel - A Mirrored Edge - Susan Mitchell - 2002 -
Novel - Samethia's Vision - Pamela R. Calvin - 2002 -
Novel - The Guys - Jaime Feliciano - 2002 - AmeriHouse
Novel - Eden's Last Sunrise - Dwight Evans - 2002 -
Novel - The Kill List - Troy Kerry - 2002 - AmeriHouse
Novel/Short stories - Augereberry Point - Charles J.
Labee -2002 - AmeriHouse Publishers.
long have you been in business?
BAWN Publishers Inc. has been in business for 9 years.
However, the cofounder of BAWN has been representing
screenwriters since 1987. Our negotiation skills, our
contacts, and our individual communication with editors
were the catalysts to our accepting novels. If you are
looking for a large company to represent you, you have
the wrong one. If you are looking for someone whose sale
of your book or screenplay is mutually important, you
have the right company.
you listed in the Literary Marketplace?
you signatory with the Writers Guild?
Membership with the Writers Guild is optional for agents,
not the law. We have never had a producer reject our
submission or failed to listen to our pitch because we
did not belong to the Guild.
you members of AAR writers association?
It is not a requirement, nor does being a non-member of
the organization limit our ability to successfully put
our clients' projects in the hands of all the publishing
houses. It has never been a problem for us to have our
manuscripts read/reviewed and published by any major book
publisher, in the
US or UK.
charge reading fees?
No. We do not charge reading fees. Commission from the
sale of your project
generates our income only.
your agency charge for sending submissions?
Yes. You will incur expenses, if we decide to represent
your project. Those expenses include the inevitable -
time, postage, photocopying, faxes, telegrams, long
distance calls and travel (if required) on your behalf.
Some agents set up a fund up front to take care of these
expenses; some take them out of any payment due to the
agent (commission plus expenses), and some send you a
monthly statement. We have developed a payment plan, to
assist clients with these expenditures. Realize however
that this plan differs on an individual basis. If a sale
is made before a month is up, your expenditures would be
deducted from the sales. If there is not an immediate
sale, we send a monthly list of submissions made on your
have the expenses deducted from the sale, rather than pay
Yes and No. Very rarely do we work on speculation. Yes,
if you have been published in the last three years by a
major publishing house and were considered a best-seller,
or if a studio or producer has recently acquired your
work. Yes, if you have created a work that is unique,
original, highly sought after and obviously a guaranteed
sale; yes, if a publisher or editor has already requested
the project. If those or similar circumstances are
nonexistent, our preference is to settle the expenses
monthly, as you are up-dated, until a sale is made.
Can you give me an approximation of what my monthly
expenses will be?
If we automatically knew exactly how many publishers and/or
producers were going to request your material in advance,
then the answer would be yes. However, the different
sizes of manuscripts and the number of queries, play an
important role, as well as other variables in the amount
of expenses, therefore the payment plan.
This is where BAWN's "Payment Plan"* has
many advantages. It avoids any speculation on
monthly expenses and allows you to set a budget you can
live with. With this plan you pay only one amount
each month. Previously, with our other payment process,
when we have gone over and above what is allotted for
each client, the client had to either pay the entire
amount or cut-back on the number of submissions we were
allowed to make. With the new payment plan, you pay
only one amount each and every month, during the entire
length of the contract. Now if we do go over the
plan payment amount, BAWN gladly picks up the difference,
at no additional cost to you. Getting your
manuscript and/or screenplay read by as many editors and/or
producers as possible is more important to us. Our
money is made when a sale is made.
"If you are looking for free representation, we are
not for you"
*The Payment Plan is included with the contract for
your agency represent first-time authors?
Yes. Many great authors and best-sellers have succeeded
because someone read
their works, encouraged them, and gave them a chance to
show their talents. We know there are still a lot of best-sellers
and Oscar-winning movies out there.
your success in placing other projects an indication of
what I can expect
No. Many authors are under the wrong impression as
to what an agent's success with other projects indicate.
As an aspiring author, please keep in mind that success
with others has no bearing on the potential success of
your work. Each project must stand on its own.
many submissions are sent out at one time and how often?
The number and frequency of submissions depend on the
manuscript. We may start by sending out 5-10 submissions
monthly, but each case is different.
have questions about your author-agent agreement, what
should I do?
When we offer you an author-agent agreement, we encourage
you to ask questions. Many times we can make amendments
to the contract. After all, it's an agreement on how we
will work to get your works published and/or produced.
accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes. We ask that you simply indicate in your query that
your submission has been sent to other agents,
publishers, or producers.
offer other services?
We do everything we can to get your works published. Our
other services include help with researching your market
or opening up a market for you. This is at no additional
charge to you.
We offer other services at a competitive fee. Those
include translation services, editing services, and
critiquing (critiquing is offered through the Writers
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