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Resource ARTS

Agency: Resource/ARTS
(TX and CA), 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100
Dallas, Texas, United States

RESOURCE/ARTS
25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75205
Telephone (Texas): (254) 399-9784; (214) 324-8008
Telephone (California): (818) 886-6415

Other offices (TX and CA):
18901 Marilla Street, Northridge, California 9l324;
Post Office Box 7604, Waco, Texas 76714-7604

YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1993 (as a subsidiary of the Los-Angeles-based arts, literary and entertainment industry Law Office of Ellen J. Jacobson, established in 1978).

PRINCIPALS: Ellen J. Jacobson, Esq., B.A., J.D.; Susan K. Dubin, B.S., M.Ed.

AGENCY CONTACT: Ellen J. Jacobson, Esq.

AGENTS FOR: Picture Books (fiction and non-fiction), Early Readers, Middle Grade, and YA (fiction and historical fiction). Rhyming verse considered for picture books and picture storybooks only. Screenplays (primarily romantic comedies and historical dramas).

CLIENTS PREFERRED:
FOR BOOKS: Published book authors primarily, but unpublished book authors may be considered, particularly if writers have published in other genres. Special interest in fact-based fiction and geographical historical fiction with present day relevance. Ancillary marketing potential important.
FOR SCREENPLAYS: Writers' Guild members only.

COMMISSION FEES: 15% domestic; 20% foreign and multimedia.

READING FEE: NONE, unless author makes a special request for written critique and editorial opinion by Resource/ARTS' Editorial Department on a manuscript which is not in submission review for agency representation consideration nor which is at that time under contract with Resource/ARTS.

OTHER FEES (LEGAL SERVICES/SPECIAL EDITORIAL SERVICES): Legal advice/legal services of Ellen J. Jacobson, Esq., and/or special or extraordinary editorial/manuscript “doctoring” services such as line-editing, revisions, polishing, consultations regarding execution of story elements, etc., by Resource/ARTS' Editorial Department, are NOT encompassed nor included in, nor within the scope of, Resource/ARTS' literary agency services to be rendered to a client/author under the terms of the Literary Agency Agreement between the client/author and Resource/ARTS. If the client/author requests or requires (a) legal advice or legal services through the California Law Office of Ellen J. Jacobson, Attorney at Law, regarding author’s manuscript(s) under contract with Resource/ARTS, or on any other legal matter, or if an author requests (b) special or extraordinary editorial/manuscript “doctoring”, critiquing, revising, polishing, editing services, and/or consulting services by Resource/ARTS' Editorial Department on any manuscript(s) submitted by that author to Resource/ARTS, whether or not under contract with Resource/ARTS, the fees for such legal services and/or special editorial services will be separately invoiced and are separate and distinct from the agency’s commission derived from its sale or placement of author’s manuscript(s) which are under contract. Fees will also be charged for manuscript evaluation and research by our Editorial Department regarding commercial viability and marketability of any manuscript(s) on which an author fails to disclose upfront to Resource/ARTS the legal unavailability of such manuscript(s) for placement under contract by a publisher or by Resource/ARTS at time of author’s submittal of such manuscript(s) to Resource/ARTS for agency representation consideration and/or for agency's submission of such manuscript(s) to publishers.

REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT: Agency representation contract (Literary Agency Agreement) is on a per manuscript basis, and for a specified initial term period, with an Option for contract renewal and an Option for first refusal regarding new/future/other manuscript(s) from author. Literary Agency Agreement must be signed by both author and Resource/ARTS prior to commencement of agency representation and agency services. Out-of-pocket costs of manuscript submission to publishers (photocopying, postage, messenger services, long-distance charges, etc.) must be advanced by author; however, all unused expenses advanced by author are reimbursed to author upon sale/placement of manuscript under contract. Out-of-pocket costs advanced to cover expenses of manuscript submission are NOT to be confused with agency's commission fees nor with the legal fees or the special editorial services fees defined herein above for special legal and/or editorial services rendered at the specific request of client/author.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR BOOKS:

1) INITIALLY SEND ONLY A LETTER OF QUERY, PLUS:

a) A brief (one-page maximum) SYNOPSIS of each manuscript that author wishes Resource/ARTS to consider for agency representation;
b) AUTHOR'S PROFESSIONAL RESUME, including descriptive list of published books, books with pending release dates, and books currently under contract with another literary agency or a publisher;
c) An SASE; AND
d) E-MAIL CONTACT INFORMATION.

2) IF RESOURCE/ARTS’ SENDS A RESPONSE TO AUTHOR REQUESTING ADDITIONAL MATERIAL(s), THEN SUBMIT:

a) For Picture Books and Easy Readers: Entire manuscript.

b) For Middle Grade and YA Books:
(1) The FIRST THREE CHAPTERS ONLY (25 pages maximum); and
(2) CHAPTER SYNOPSES of each chapter in book (one-paragraph maximum per chapter).


SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR FILM SCRIPTS:

1) INITIALLY SEND ONLY A LETTER OF QUERY, PLUS:

a) A brief (4-page maximum) TREATMENT of each screenplay that writer wishes Resource/ARTS to consider for agency representation;
b) WRITER'S PROFESSIONAL RESUME, including descriptive list of screenplays produced, name of production company and release/pending release date; descriptive list of screenplays optioned, date(s) of option periods and name of production company(ies) having option(s); descriptive list of published books, books with pending release dates, and books currently under contract with another literary agency or a publisher;
c) An SASE; AND
d) E-MAIL CONTACT INFORMATION.

2) IF RESOURCE/ARTS’ SENDS A RESPONSE TO WRITER REQUESTING SCREENPLAY, THEN SUBMIT:

a) The FIRST ACT ONLY of screenplay (30-pages maximum); and
b) SCENE SYNOPSES of each scene in screenplay (one-paragraph maximum per scene).


NOTE FOR ALL SUBMITTED MATERIALS: Author must include an SASE of proper size with sufficient domestic or international postage thereon for return of author’s materials if necessary.

MULTIPLE INQUIRY SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE POLICY: Agency does not accept multiple submissions. Agency has exclusivity during sixty (60) day manuscript/screenplay submission review period on any manuscript(s) and/or screenplays submitted by author for agency representation consideration by Resource/ARTS.

OTHER: Resource/ARTS’ agents are also willing to work with authors who wish to do their own marketing of books published.

COMMENTS/AGENCY PHILOSOPHY: The commitment of Resource/ARTS to quality children’s literature for all ages is based upon Ellen Jacobson’s and Susan Dubin’s individual passions for, and life-long professional and personal work towards, the furtherance of children’s literacy, education, and love of reading. Geographically and culturally diverse clients represented also include author-illustrators, screenwriters, and author-performance artists.
Rev.092002

Memberships: Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators; State Bar of California; Entertainment Law Bar Assns (CA & TX)

Listed in Jeff Herman's directory of agents: No

Reading fee: No