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#1 Dave Clark

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 10:20 AM

Marisa Corvisiero is constructing what she says will be a one-stop shopping destination website for any of your needs, if you're an author, author-to-be, agent, editor, or publisher. No more searching multiple sites for answers and useful tools.

So far, it's partially operational, and it's getting more amazing by the day. (Sorry I'm enthusiastic but I've been all over this for over a month.)

Here's the website:

http://www.literarypowerhouse.com/

and her blog, explaining all:

http://thoughtsfroma...t.blogspot.com/

#2 mwsinclair

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:26 PM

I'll take a look. I am getting the impression that there'll be a lot of agents looking to expand how they approach writers and offer services as the electronic publishing world keeps expanding and exploding.

#3 Pete Morin

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:47 PM

Personally, I'm not a big fan of the extensive use of hyperbole and promotional language versus the dearth of detail in what they're offering for the $20 a month.

Literary "POWERHOUSE." Really???? Based on what?

Her bio is light on the details too - how much experience does this person really have? And even the link to her law firm as part of it. Huh? First, that's weird. Second, it's written with smoke.

I'm all in favor of agents finding new ways to be involved in the business, and yeah, she's kind of a babe, but nothing in these links gives me anything but yellow flags.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:14 PM

I'll be keeping a wide berth of this one. She's introduced her new services on her agency blog, so there's little chance she'll be keeping the agenting and consulting services seperate. This is particularly unsettling upon finding this in her current submission guidelines (complete with hyperlink back to Literary Powerhouse: "Be prepared to submit a well drafted query letter and the first 5 pages of your finished and polished manuscript. If a novel is not ready for publishing, or you need assistance with your proposal, please consider contacting Literary Powerhouse for Consulting services." (emphasis mine)

She's not even trying to obfuscate the conflict of interest.

Please query agents who want to represent your work to publishers who will pay you for a book they intend to help you make even more awesome, and then publish so many can read it. That often doesn't work out, but don't then pay someone to prey upon your hard times. That also doesn't work out.

It really doesn't.
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:31 PM

Yeah, I'm not sure, however... I would say this is someone who is going to leave the world of agenting and is positioning themselves to start this new venture. I've nothing against doing ANY of that, BUT, I would hold off and see if they really have any successes, etc.

It's interesting, too, as I checked her out on Publisher's Marketplace and she DOES have five deals to her name, all last year.

Anyway... I'd hang back and wait it out. See if the place has legs.

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#6 Michelle_in_WI

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:29 AM

Admittedly, I am but a newbie to all this, but sites like this make me wonder if we aren't simply seeing the latest high-tech version of charging fees for reading, photocopying, etc. Pushing aside the bells, whistles, and glitz, is it really more than charging fees for what legitimate agents do as a normal and expected part of their job? Maybe I'm completely off base and this is just a reflection of a new era of access that will beneficial to writers, agents and publishers alike. I'm just naturally suspicious of these things, I guess.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:29 PM

I'm just naturally suspicious of these things, I guess.



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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:57 PM

I will sit back and wait to see what happens. I'm more inclined to be skeptical here. There is a definite conflict of interest. For the record, Michelle, I don't think it's because you're a newbie here that you are suspicious. I think it's your gut instincts. Listen to them.

#9 Dave Clark

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:10 PM

I did my homework and found this, which is part of her bio:

Marisa A. Corvisiero is an attorney and a literary Agent. In June of 2011 she paired off with Jo Ann Kairys, a colleague, author, editor, publisher, and friend, to form Literary Power House Consulting, LLC. LPH is a consulting firm that offers services in all facets of the Literary Industry to authors, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, and lawyers. This project was born purely as an evolution of services that both women were already providing in different forms. Due to the demand for such services, and for the purpose of carefully preserving ethical boundaries, they decided to join their strengths, skills, experience and resources under this one unique roof. As a result this Consulting Powerhouse now provides the most comprehensive package of Literary Advisory Services offered anywhere.

There's more there. Feel free to go look.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:49 PM

Interesting. There seems to be an influx of new sites which offer either free or discounted membership which tout help with your m.s., etc. Am also skeptical.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:18 AM

Tread with a careful paw and keen eye whilst finding your place in the publishing world, and you can't go wrong.

Or in other words: Seek smartly and find out all you can, and if it fits your situation, then go for it! :happy:

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:32 AM

Remember: 1) anyone can call themselves an agent (there is no licensing body); 2) any group of people can set up a writing or writers services website or business; 3) the best way to judge any group or business is by the value actually delievered not words.

Personally, I am a bit of a mizer -- I like free and found I could get the support and advice I needed in this business without paying for it, at least up to the point of signing with my agent and I sure don't begrudge him his percentage.
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:37 AM

yes: free, intelligent, and helpful are always things I look for in advice, which are big reasons why I'm here.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:18 PM

Amen to Litgirl and MWSinclair!

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:25 PM

'Tis a troublesome trend, the "pay to play" idea for writers. Not sure how I feel about submitting to someone, who might in turn reject me then DIRECT me to their website where I pay a fee to get help with my m.s. or for some consultation.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:34 PM

Plus, they seem to be casting an awful wide net with their ovet the top services in event planning, catering, fashion and success couching....

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:11 PM

I am looking into it, but it looks like a pay per version of AgentQuery.com. Are these people AAR members?

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:25 PM

I sent them an e-mail. Hopefully they are not another Tate Publishing.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:56 PM

Ummm she's the same person who requested the full from me last week. Should I be wary of her?

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:07 PM

I am looking into it, but it looks like a pay per version of AgentQuery.com. Are these people AAR members?


It's nothing like AQ, paid or not. It's also nothing like QueryTracker or AbslouteWrite's BR&BC board, or any other site geared toward helping you navigate the murky waters. If you're interested in paying for something, pay for a sub to Publishers Marketplace. That's where the agents and editors get their news, so why shouldn't you, if you've got money to spend? It also gives you access to reported deals. Things like this:

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She is not a member of AAR (nor are members of her former agency). She's not eligible, due to her new venture. Here's a link to the AAR's Canon of Ethics. For clarity, in these confusing times, here's an interesting blog post by Kristen Nelson. AAR eligibility, while nice, is the least of my concerns where LitPow is concerned. Me? I'm looking at the Benjamins. Sadly, I suspect that's what she's looking at, as well. We're just looking at a different distribution plan for them.



I sent them an e-mail. Hopefully they are not another Tate Publishing.


Not Tate, but this place doesn't actually promise you a finished book, does it? What are you paying for, in your mind? If you've experienced Tate, why are you sniffing around more places that want to take your money? The places that actually give a f**k about your writing work for free. You can find them at: AbsoluteWrite.com. AgentQueryConnect.com. Querytracker.com. You can put your work up for critique, or look for beta readers. You just have to give what you get. Poke around the sites, see what attracts you.

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