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20 Worst Literary Agents

Postby Starfire » Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:01 pm

Courtesy Jim Hines, who reposted Victoria Strauss and Ann Crispin's list of scammy agents to AVOID:

Please spread this far and wide. I was fortunate to avoid the major scams when I was still learning this business, but I still stumbled into a few smaller "questionable" publishers and contests. And remember, when people tell you that a bad agent is worse than no agent, these are the folks they're talking about:

THE LIST (in alphabetical order):




The Abacus Group Literary Agency


Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to "book doctor" Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)


Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, Inc.)


Barbara Bauer Literary Agency


Benedict & Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)


Sherwood Broome, Inc.


Desert Rose Literary Agency


Arthur Fleming Associates


Finesse Literary Agency (Karen Carr)


Brock Gannon Literary Agency


Harris Literary Agency


The Literary Agency Group, which includes the following:


Children's Literary Agency


Christian Literary Agency


New York Literary Agency


Poets Literary Agency


The Screenplay Agency


Stylus Literary Agency (formerly ST Literary Agency)


Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)





Martin-McLean Literary Associates


Mocknick Productions Literary Agency, Inc.


B.K. Nelson, Inc.


The Robins Agency (Cris Robins)


Michele Rooney Literary Agency (also d/b/a Creative Literary Agency and Simply Nonfiction)


Southeast Literary Agency


Mark Sullivan Associates
Courtesy Jim Hines, who reposted Victoria Strauss and Ann Crispin's list of scammy agents to AVOID:


West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)



And remember Yog's Law: Money flows toward the writer.


Note: I took the above from another board and thought it would be good to share. Sometimes I wonder if there are any good agents after speaking to published writers. One mystery writer told me a publisher can negotiate whatever they want with a new writer.
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Postby Qray » Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:40 pm

WB Starfire!

Thanks for sharing the info.

I've always wondered about that. Some writers seem to get nothing but hosed over, while others seem to do quite well.
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Postby aldan » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:21 pm

I'd say a lot of that is because the people going to those agents are going in without doing their homework.
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to open it and remove all doubt."
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