Writing Wrongs

May 25, 2006

From Making Light

And Miss Snark

Apparently literary agent scam artist Barbara Bauer coerced the web host of Absolute Write to take down the site. I just checked. Itís down and still down.

So, Iím going to do my part and post this list with links to the top twenty worst literary agents:

Thing is, Iíve seen people get taken in by this sort of scam. Iíve seen people crushed when they realize Poetry.com isnít a real publishing credit. Even with Google at their fingertips, a lot of people still donít know about scam agencies and vanity publishers that try to make you think they arenít. Early in my writing career, I joined Sisters in Crime, which is where I was lucky enough to learn about this sort of thing second hand.

But not everybody picks up on this information. Admittedly, my blog is just a wee thing, but if one person learns something, then itís worth it.

The top twenty worst literary agents

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

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 8:57 a.m.