Thursday, May 25, 2006

Absolutely Appalling...

The word is, today, that Absolute Write, a valuable web source and community for writers, is gone. The reason? Because they posted this list:

Last month, Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware posted WB’s list of the 20 Worst (literary) Agents:
Below is 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.


-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 AgencyChristian Literary AgencyNew York Literary AgencyPoets Literary AgencyThe Screenplay AgencyStylus 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
-West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)

Be ESPECIALLY wary of the Barbara Bauer Literary Agency.

1 comment:

Ann said...

Thank you (and Brenda) for this list - I have seen these agents' listings, and might have been suckered in without this warning.