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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Chalk one up for the bad guys...

Ripped straight from the headlines on Publisher’s Lunch.

Campaign Targets "Worst Agents"
Blogger/agent Miss Snarkis on the warpath over Barbara Bauer, "one of the 20 worst agents" according to a list compiled by the SFWA's Writer's Beware. (The list is based on the "bulk of complaints" received by the organization, and comprises agencies that charge fees prior to making a sale and "have virtually no documented and verified sales at all" to real publishers.)

Bauer reportedly threatened the operator of the Absolute Write website, which had published the list (including Bauer's name and contact information), and the site has been taken down.

The apparently charismatic scammer has been itching to pick a fight since the day the list. She tried to have Teresa Nielsen Hayden fired for posting the list and Babs has been huffing and puffing since. It appears that the bad guys have one a round with the closure of the Absolute Write website. Let’s do our part to make sure this is the last successful blow they throw in the writing community.

I know I posted the list once, but here it is again and by all means spread the word to anyone who may be affected. Say it loud and say it proud. The wallet you save, may be your own.

Below is a list of the 20 literary agencies about which Writer Beware has received the greatest number of advisories/complaints over the past several years.

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

Writer Beware recommends that writers avoid questionable literary agencies, and instead query agencies that have verifiable track records of sales to commercial publishing houses.

Note that while the 20 agencies listed here account for the bulk of the complaints we receive, they're just the tip of the iceberg. Writer Beware has files on nearly 400 questionable agencies, and we learn about a new one every few weeks.
• The Abacus Group Literary Agency
• Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to "book doctor" Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)
Barbara Bauer Literary Agency
• Benedict Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)
• Sherwood Broome, Inc.
• Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, 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, formerly Sydra-Techniques)
-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, Simply Nonfiction, and Michele Glance Rooney Literary Agency)
• Southeast Literary Agency
• Mark Sullivan Associates
• West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)


At 1:03 PM, Blogger Mac said...

No worries. We'll be back and badder than ever.

Thank you for adding your voice to the clamor in the blogosphere. The outpouring of support has been terrific!


At 1:27 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

No problems. I hope it helps. I look forward to your triumphant return.

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

You'd better be careful James or she'll be phoning up blogger wanting Goody's world stopped!

At 8:01 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

yeah, at last check there were nearly 3,500 hundred posting both the list and the incident that shut down AW. At this point, I will be suprised if criminal charges aren't in her future. I think taking money for a service you never intend to provide is illegal. Let's see what's that word for it... :D

At 4:50 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

The woman's playing in heavy traffic.

At 5:02 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, with her shoe laces tied.

Oh, wait, I was picturing her dancing across a freeway with semis barrelling down the way.

But you meant, internet traffic. Well...not quite the same visual but the net result could well be the same. :D


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