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5 Quick Tips for Writer/Agent Negotiations

Just because you're excited someone wants to represent you doesn't mean you should let them take advantage of you. Beware of these red flags when negotiating contracts with agents. 1. Watch for red flags. Reputable agents don’t charge reading fees or require other upfront payments, they don’t sell (or at least, don’t...

Pay Money Upfront?

Q. Could you tell me if [name] of [redacted] Talent & Model Agency is an authorized agent for publishing books. She wants an upfront fee of $12,000, and it makes me wonder. Please let me know      – L.Z. A. It’s not a question of being “authorized,” it’s a matter of being reputable and...

Beware the Children's Literary Agency

Q. Hi, I have a finished manuscript that is for the age range of 7-12. Can you tell me if you are familiar with Children’s Literary Agency? If so, can you tell me what you know about them? Thank you.        – Debbie A. I am familiar with that agency and...

Do Not Query Big Score Productions

I suppose I should have posted this a long time ago, but late is better than never… Big Score Productions was listed in a few past editions of Guide to Literary Agents.  Somewhere in the past year (well after the 2008 edition hit shelves), Big Score started charging a $50 fee...

2009 Article Excerpt: Assessing Credibility

I have officially wrapped up all editing on the 2009 Guide to Literary Agents. It’s over. Finally. Done.  (I. Love. Using. Periods.) To celebrate, I thought I’d post excerpts from the forthcoming upfront articles. 2009 Article Excerpt: The Scoop on Researching Agents “…Anybody can go to the neighborhood copy center and...

How I Met One of the ’20 Worst Agents’

fter every conference I attend and present at, I usually blog about the happenings of the weekend - such as the people I met and the things I saw, etc. If you've read the blog long enough, you'd know I go to a lot of writers' conferences. And the...

Is WL Writers Agency Reputable? No Way, Jose.

“Is WL Writers Agency an agency that is ethical and can get results? They are interested in my manuscript.” That’s the question of the day, submitted by a writer named David. The answer: Absolutely not. WL Writers Agency is actually a sprawling agency that is comprised of many little fee-charging agencies,...

Avoid Getting Scammed (2008 GLA Article Excerpt)

2008 Article Excerpt: WD book editors talk about howwriters can avoid getting scammedby dishonest agents.  “First of all, it can’t be stressed enough that you should never pay agents any fees just so they consider your work. Only small fees (such as postage and copying) are acceptable – and those miniscule...

Beware Anxious Agents: Part 2

After browsing through some more Writer Beware blog posts, I got to thinking more about my previous advice to “beware anxious agents.” In a previous post, I talked about how agents seldom take on new clients, so writers should approach overly enthusiastic reps with extreme caution. I mentioned that any agency...

Literary Agents for Poets?

Thanks to a tip from another WD blog, Poetic Asides, I heard about a good article on the Writer Beware site addressing how big-name literary agents never accept poetry submissions. Here’s a snippet from the article:       “Listen up, poets. Apart from celebrity projects and writers who are already well-known, successful literary agents...

Beware Anxious Agents

With the exception of those representatives new to the business and actively building their client list, agents will likely have a full roster of clients (writers) that demands much of their time. There are contracts to negotiate, edits to suggest, manuscripts to submit, bills to pay, etc. Add all that up and you get this: Agents...