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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Absolute Write is Down (for now)

Absolute Write (mentioned below) was taken down by their hosting services last night on an hour's notice due to intimidation from Barbara Bauer, whom you will notice on the list below.

They are deep in damage control now, looking for a new host.

In the meantime: the twenty worst agents list lives on here and, of course, here, quoted from Writer Beware:
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 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)
Remember: in the publishing industry, money flows towards the writer. If you're spending money for anything other than postage to submit your writing, be careful.


Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks Patrick!

AW Supermod
& AW Blogging forum moderator

11:36 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

oh, btw, and you don't have to post this on your blog - we've got a TechnoratiTag set up:


11:38 AM  
Anonymous kira said...

Thank you for posting this!

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

AW will be back - of that I have no doubt. Thanks for posting about this and helping to spread the word about scammers posing as agents.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Patrick Connors said...

You're welcome. I hope the transition goes smoothly and I look forward to the new old site.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Lisa Spangenberg said...

Thanks for doing this Patrick, but you might want to correct the bit about Babs working for PublishAmerica -- she doesn't.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Patrick Connors said...

Oops! Fixed. Thanks, Lisa

7:58 PM  

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