Thursday, April 20, 2006

Writer Beware's 20 Worst Agents

One of the 'agents' named on the list actually demanded that TOR Books fire the Nielsen-Haydens for running this on Making Light, their personal, non-corporate blog. Way to work for your clients, fool. Piss off a major publisher and two of its best editors at the same time. Not to mention taking another blow at the First Amendment. You truly are a GREAT agent. Brilliant.

from Absolute Write Water Cooler:

Writer Beware's 20 Worst Agents

A list of the 20 agents about which Writer Beware has received the greatest number of advisories/complaints during the past several years.

None of these agents has a significant track record of sales to commercial (advance-paying) publishers, and most have virtually no documented and verified sales at all (many sales claimed by these agents turn out to be vanity publishers). All charge clients before a sale is made, whether directly, by charging fees such as reading or administrative fees, or indirectly, for 'editing services.'

Writer Beware suggests that writers searching for agents avoid questionable agents, and instead query agents who have actual track records of sales to commercial publishing houses.

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