Thursday, May 25, 2006

Twenty Worst Agents

Yesterday I saw on Tamboblog the list of twenty worst agents. I didn't stop reading but only saved it so I could mention it quickly today. Well, I really should have because a whole story was developing behind it.

You see, the list isn't of agents that authors simply found difficult to deal with, the list is of agents who demand reading fees, have no sales and so on.

Originally, Absolute Write, one of the 101 best websites for writers according to Writer's Digest, put the list up. However, due to complaints and threats from the "agents" on the twenty worst agent list, the wonderful site, Absolute Write, is now down. You can read about it more on Tamboblog, Miss Snark, Benjamin Solah and Making Light.

The full list can also be found on SFWA's site and I'll copy it here for just in case. In any event, I hope each writer checks out the agents before sending mss to the. Googling, writer's sites and forums and writers associations can be a good place to check all about the agents.

WRITER BEWARE'S 20 WORST AGENCIES LIST:
* 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)
Read the rest

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9 comments:

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Melly said...

You think I'm as bitter??? :)
I know what you mean...

Deborah said...

I hope Jenna Glatzer is able to get her site back up and running again soon, as I found it a valuable resource. As for Ms. Bauer, she's created the wrong type of publicity for herself and will get her just rewards. ;)

Melly said...

I sure hope Absolute Write will get up and running again soon too Deborah. It is (I refuse to say was still) a great site!

Deborah said...

It's back up, Melly! I just finished reading the discussion on Making Light's site and am appalled by Stephanie's behavior.

Melly said...

Oh good. I'm happy she mamaged to save everything, it would have been a shame.

Dawno said...

Hi, Dawno, AW Blogging Forum Moderator here - the main site is up but the forums, where a huge repository of knowledge is stored, is still the victim of JC Hosting's intransigence.

We hope to have things resolved and the forums up soon. Thank you for your support!

Melly said...

Dawno, glad I could help and support. I hope everything is salvagebale and that the site is fully up and running soon enough.

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who was repped by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh at William Morris. Walsh turned out to be a very powerful, very incompetent agent. And I'll bet she's on some top 10 lists. Don't listen to lists.