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Agent Hunter has received a communication from Peter Fischer, representing a firm called Fischer Associates, based in Surrey, England. The agency asked to be listed on our website and has supplied the further information noted below:

'We have been in the business on and off since 1977 and have placed a number of successful works with main line Publishers which resulted in sales of over half a million.'

Writers should, however, also be aware that the firm appears to have no web presence at all and it is not clear how active it still is. 

While half a million sales would be terrific if achieved for a single book, it is a less significant figure when spread out over multiple books and a period of some forty years. Ambitious clients should probably try their luck elsewhere as a first step.


Detailed data

Agency:
Fischer Associates
Agent since:
2015
Short biography:
Peter Fischer Associates have been in the business on and off since 1977 and have placed a number of successful works with main line Publishers which resulted in sales of over half a million.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, History, Politics, society & current affairs
Authors & books liked:

What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction?
Ian Fleming, the original works not the ‘franchise’ because Fleming based his work on actual field experience, be it very exaggerated of his service in State security.  Hence books even fiction must be believable and reflect a reality in their accuracy and content. I must confess I find the villains much more interesting than ‘Bond’ who is too stereotyped and careless to be a real depiction of an ‘agent’.
 
What books/authors do you love in literary/historical/book group fiction? Examples and reasons, please!
I like books based again on fictional versions of real events that are true or near to true to historical events.  I don’t like books that either give a ‘bad press’ to historical characters or gloss them over. Real people in history are more interesting, warts and all.
 
How about sci-fi/horror/fantasy/paranormal/YA dystopian/erotic? What would you be interested in, and what’s a big no?
I have worked with, ghosted, edited for Hans Holzer (a prolific American Author), Judith Moore, Barbara Lamb, Robert Chapman (Science Editor of The Sunday Express a while ago) and David Elkington. These titles include: “The Ufonauts”, “Flying Saucers Over Britain”, “Crop Circles Revealed”; if you look up Holzer on Amazon you will see very many of his works there mostly in the paranormal field, ufology and weird events world wide. I don’t do nasty horror.
 
On the non-fiction side, are there particular areas that interest you? Does your non-fiction list have a particular slant to it?
 Conspiracy, secret history, Intelligence related matters, paranormal, spiritual, Natural science overview, Cosmology, Ancient Aliens, Early civilisations, Maritime.

And are there any areas of zero interest to you in non-fiction? What would you NOT want to see?
Cook Books, childrens.

Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Industry Standard (first three chapters, synopsis and covering letter) as a PDF or Word document please. Email only.
Other advice and background:

An Interview with Peter

What (very roughly) is the balance of your list between literary fiction / commercial fiction / non-fiction?

80% Non Fiction, 20% Commercial Fiction, 0% literary fiction.
 
 
Is there anything in particular you’d love to see at the moment?
Insider stories on CERN, Secret Government, Alien Contact, etc.

 
What’s your biggest turn-off in a covering letter? What would you really hope to see?
Too short, not enough detail.  One hopes to see honesty and flexibility. All writers must expect to be sub-edited as I was throughout my own writing career.
 
 
What are your biggest peeves in an opening page or opening chapter? And what do you love to see?
Lack of content, lack of style, poor presentation/grammar/spelling, lack of pace.
 
Do you have any unpredictable loves?
I love a commanding narration or central character, accurate and well researched. Even in fiction the names and places should be true to real life and not make sloppy mistakes.
 
 
Q. Would you take on an author who had self-published? What kind of self-pub sales would make you sit up?
A. Yes. I have contacts in self publishing who could help them with that.
 
 
What single piece of advice would you most want to give writers?
 Be prepared to take constructive advice; don’t be precious about your work. I started as a working journalists and there is always room for improvement of a work even if you don’t agree with the editors point of view. They probably know more than you do about their craft.
 
 
How many submissions do you see annually? And how many of those submissions will end up on your list?
10 at the moment; 3 may make it and deserve attention and input.
 
 
Do you look for social media and online presence? Do you care?
Can be a huge distraction. I am olde school. I like to meet people, do lunch.
 
 
When people are pitching the concept for a book to you, what do you find is the most common failing?
Them not knowing their own work in detail. They need to answer and address questions.
 
 
What character (from any book) would you be and why?
Poirot, because he uses the ‘little grey cells’’ keeps his own counsel to the end and also loves good food and lives in a period I adore – a more civilised time than the present day I feel.
 
Which 3 famous people (alive or deceased) would you invite to a dinner party and why?
A.    Queen Elizabeth II, because she is actually one of the most knowledgeable people in the World and has had to tolerate many PMs and try to give them her private and considered counsel. I have served HM for many years in a variety of roles and I respect her tolerance.
B.     David Cameron, because over the years I have tried to influence HMG in the wisest ways to proceed and I still seek to do so, to talk on the inside rather than protest on the outside.
C.     Vladimir Putin, because he is my opinion one of the shrewdest men in the world and again is in a position to influence history, one hopes in a positive and not a negative way. You see I have been a historian, so I seek to improve history as one can by the promotion of acts and works which will actually make a positive difference rather than just protesting on the sidelines.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
No Data
Full client list:
No Data
Email address:
peterfischer1946@yahoo.co.uk

Agents of: Fischer Associates

Agency details

Website:
No data
About the agency:
Peter has been a full member of the Royal Television Society and ex. BBC TV and won RTS Awards for productions so states that he can advise on commissions. This would be the industry standard and he states that he is 'not greedy. It is more important to get the right deal and residual rights etc. rather than hit the writer with front end fees'.
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
2, High Street, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0HB
Email address:
peterfischer1946@yahoo.co.uk
Phone number:
01483 276852
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
PDF/Word
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
0 days
Agency Transparency Index:
41/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
No
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
No data
Latest news:
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More about the agency:
Peter has been a full member of the Royal Television Society and ex. BBC TV and won RTS Awards for productions so states that he can advise on commissions. This would be the industry standard and he states that he is 'not greedy. It is more important to get the right deal and residual rights etc. rather than hit the writer with front end fees'.

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