November 27th, 2007


from the mixed up files of Agent Manners

Dear Agent Manners,

What should one do if they aren't clear on the submission guidelines? I know that too much communication is annoying to agents who receive so much on a daily basis. I'm especially confused when people ask for a synopsis, but don't specify length - or if it should be brief or detailed. There seems to be quite a range of what's acceptable. I don't want to send the wrong thing to any of these agents, but also don't want to commite query-cide by asking too many questions.

Yours truly,
Paralyzed in Seattle


Dear Paralyzed:

You're right. There does seem to be a proliferation of preferences among agents. And sometimes it can be difficult to tell how to proceed. In the case where the agent's website (and that is the final authority, not one of the myriad sites around the web that lists agents) is not clear, Agent Manners always advises courtesy and common sense (or uncommonly good sense as has been her wont to call it). Extra communication, while individually brief, may very well add up to slowing an agent down when taken as a whole. Therefore, Agent Manners recommends applying a reasonable perspective to such things as a synopsis. In her ever-so-exalted opinion, anything from 5 to 10 pages is certainly not taxing. The important thing here is not length, however, but content. If the synopsis includes relevant points of character, plot and setting and the sample pages are polished, let the words do the talking. In that case, even one or two pages may be enough. Trust the agent to assess what they are given and if they are interested, they will, indeed, ask for more.

we interupt this edition of Agent Manners to bring you breaking news in the Dresden Files arena


For more information, contact
Sean J. Jordan
Sales/Marketing Director
Dabel Brothers Publishing
(770) 917-1946

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Harry Dresden will begin his investigations into the world of the supernatural in the comic book medium in Spring 2008 as the Dabel Brothers adapt the first novel, ‘Storm Front,’ and publish all-new, original stories written specifically for comics by Butcher himself!

Dabel Brothers Publishing is going to make magic when it springs forward with its new line of books in Spring 2008.

In August, they announced that they have begun work on a graphic adaptation of the bestselling blockbuster Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Book One – Prodigal Son. And today, they officially announced the details behind their upcoming comic book adaptation of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels, as well as an original Dresden Files miniseries being written by Jim Butcher himself!

The Dresden Files is a series of novels about Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, a mysterious investigator of the supernatural named after several famous magicians. But this name fits him well, because Harry Dresden is also a wizard – a wielder of arcane powers that must remain hidden from society at the behest of the White Council, a group determined to enforce the “Seven Laws of Magic” and prevent magical users and creatures from running amok. Dresden uses his powers to aid the Chicago police when they investigate cases beyond their comprehension, but he is also being watched closely by the Council, due to a mysterious story in his past that resulted in Harry slaying his uncle.

Butcher has currently published nine novels (with a tenth due out in February, 2008). He also licensed the world of Harry Dresden for a popular television show on the Sci-Fi channel that aired earlier this year that is currently available on DVD.

But the comics will offer one thing the television show could not: a direct adaptation of the novels.

“I loved the show, but like any fan, I was disappointed to see the first novel distilled down into an hour-long episode,” said Les Dabel, Vice President of Dabel Brothers Productions. “Storm Front is a fantastic novel, and it features a lot of depth in the fantastic world that Mr. Butcher has created. In a comic book and graphic novel, we’re going to be able to tell the whole story, and that’s really exciting news!”

The adaptation of Storm Front will debut in mid 2008 as a monthly comic book series. But to get things started, the Dabel Brothers will release a four-part original story beginning in April, 2008 written exclusively for comics by Jim Butcher featuring an untold story of Harry Dresden!

“We did something similar with Laurell K. Hamilton on the Anita Blake series, and it was well-received by the fans,” said Dabel. “We enjoy adapting existing stories, but we love working with authors like Mr. Butcher to create all-new, original content as well.”

“I couldn't be happier to see the Dresden Files hopping the gulf to a new medium--and to one where I think they'll have the chance to really shine,” said Jim Butcher. “I've spent considerable portions of my life obsessed with comics. I like them, and they helped shape my imagination as I was growing up. The action in the Dresden Files has always been inspired by my favorite superhero titles--Spidey and the X-men--and several facets of Dresden himself were modeled on some of the same foundations as Peter Parker. For heaven's sake, my online handle has been ‘Longshot,’ after the sometime X-man, since my very first email account.”

“We’ve been holding this news in for a long time, and we’re glad we can finally announce the details,” said Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Productions. “We can’t wait to show people a preview of the first issue – it’s going to be astounding!”

For more information on the comic book adaptation of The Dresden Files, Dabel Brothers Publishing, its products and its partners, please visit

About Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the New York Times Bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including the Codex Alera novels, published by Ace books, and the Dresden Files novels, originally published by the Roc imprint of Penguin Putnam, Inc. Jim Butcher is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

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About Dabel Brothers Publishing

Dabel Brothers Publishing, LLC is a comic book studio dedicated to bringing many of the best and most popular novels in the world of fantasy to the comic book medium. With a passion for authenticity and a firm respect for the original text, the Dabel Brothers work hard to ensure that their adaptations build upon and enhance the worlds of popular works in a manner that longtime fans and new readers alike can enjoy.

The Dabel Brothers first became known for their stunning adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight in 2003. Since then, they have produced over a dozen different titles that have adapted novels by major, bestselling authors, including Orson Scott Card, Raymond E. Feist, Robert Jordan, Tad Williams, Richard A. Knaak and Robert Silverberg. The Dabel Brothers also produced the first six issues of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, which they published through Marvel Comics. The hardcover graphic novel collecting these issues went on to become the bestselling graphic novel of 2007 with only a single month’s worth of sales.

In 2008, the Dabel Brothers will produce and publish several more comic book adaptations of novels by major bestselling authors, including Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards and Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. All of these titles will be published in conjunction with Del Rey Books, an imprint of Ballantine Books.

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About Del Rey Books

Del Rey Books was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga, which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field.

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