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, such as the notoriously bad New York Literary Agency and Poet’s Literary Agency.

In fact, this agency is named one of the “20 Worst” by Writer Beware, a site dedicated to protecting writers from all the Internet scams out there. See the Writer Beware “20 Worst” page here for more information.

Always remember: When in doubt, simply Google. I Googled “WL Writers Agency” and was immediately immersed in dozens of message boards, forums and blogs where writers were denouncing the agency as unscrupulous.

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25 thoughts on “Is WL Writers Agency Reputable? No Way, Jose.

  1. shadesdown2001

    Publish America is another very bad company to deal with as well. I had my first children’s book, “Jack and Dennis’ Amazing Vacation” published with them in 2007 and soon after it was released, I began fighting with the company over important issues that they originally promised to me at the beginning of the process. Such as, – advertising, which I later was told that it was ALL up to the authors to do. The pricing of the book was way out of bounds. I figured for my 30,000 word book, the price should have been no more than $9.00, they attempted to sell it for $19.95. I actually went as far as having the warehouses of WalMart, KMart, and Target stores all willing to pick up my book and sell it on the shelves of their stores. Publish America denied them all and told me that I had no right to even approach them because WE would not benefit from it. Here we are now five years later and they are telling me that I owe them more than $200 for processing, in order for me to regain the rights to my book. Well, I can’t say exactly what I replied to them with but I will say that it was NOT nice language that I used. I just simply changed the name of the book to “Jack’s Taboo” and had it created into an eBook on in 2009. I have made more profit from it on Smashwords than I have from Publish America which was only $1.00 in royalties per book sold.

  2. W. S. Taylor

    Dear Chuck and everybody else.

    So Scot got his book "published", but I see that this comment is just a plug for "lulu" – a junk-book site.

    As for "dogbre(a)th, this is what happens when you’re full of dope.

    What a dope.

    I would like to hear comments on publishers and agents who (literally) say: "If you don’t follow our house rules we will not consider your manuscript it all."

    I do not want to be associated with people like these.
    If they have reading problems then they should take up coalmining, or grave-digging, preferably their own.
    They wouldn’t know a good story if it bit their ***.

    As Sam said, agents should be searching for us. There are enough critique sites, even the self-publishing, POD book site for wannabee authors blog called Authonomy, not forgetting the higher graded scribophil author self-help site, (with its ex,authonomy-sour-grapes moaners who contribute ****-all) where there is no promise of publishing, but where you meet really nice people, who are out for a free read and/or constructive criticism.

    Take a look, maybe you can contribute from your experience as a writer, an author.

    (Anybody here had contact with Baen e-book publishers?)

    But don’t forget Chuck.


  3. W. S. Taylor

    Dear Chuck.
    Thanks for the confirmation.

    And I agree with Sam. Lets hear it for Sam.

    I’ve been writng for over six years, mainly for pleasure.I write sci-fi fasntasy and crime (my wife reads a lot) and I tried my hand at screenplays.

    I get suspicious of long e-mails that don’t mention (the sometimes ridiculous) house rules demanded from us authors.

    I find the whole process demeaning, having to submit to these petty demands.

    Without writers, these people would be out of work.

    Just imagine what would happen if all writers put down their pens for one or even five years.

    The writers are kings, pauper kings maybe, but still kings of the written word.


  4. Sam

    As an aspiring Author, the chore of searching for a reputable Literary Agency has been, without a doubt, quite daunting. It is not so much the process of sending out Queries as much as it is … Who is as serious about your work as you are? … Who is willing to work with you in a professional manner, and not slam you with ‘hidden’ fees? … And, who is trustworthy?

    I have spent more time searching for an Agent than I have writing my manuscripts. The need to have serious, Professional Representation, from someone with whom you can work and correspond with the greatest of amiability, in my opinion, is of the utmost of importance. This Agent, whomever has agreed to work with you, will no doubt become your ‘best’ friend in the industry. And, as a best friend, they will have your best interest in mind, without having their ‘fingers crossed’ behind their backs hidden behind a painted on smile of deciet. In like manner, Agents desire the same from Author’s whose work they take an interest.

    That being said, finding an Agent who truly enjoys pushing your work before the public eye, taking all means necessary to ‘assist’ you in polishing your work to its highest possible level for the greatest achievements of sales and popularity, rather than shoving your work into the proverbial ‘system’ (for lack of a better word), and hoping for the best, is a gem indeed.

    Had it not been for ‘Guidetoliteraryagents’ and people like Mr. Chuck Sambuchino, I very well may have fallen into the weeds and have lost all chance at becoming a recognizable Author, proud of his work, many times over.

    Thank you GLA and Chuck, for all your efforts in looking out for us ‘Newbies’ into the field. Your work has been without a doubt a life saver for me, many times over.

    I can only end this by saying, ‘It is sad to see that so many Agents (and Agencies) out there have fallen into lackadaisical pose, waiting for the next World Reknowned Author to show at the their doorsteps with a soft pop. Their will always be writers, but finding an Author, is rare. Author’s are made through hard work and diligent effort (on BOTH sides – the guider of the pen AND the Agent), they are not born.

    As pertains to new and unpublished Author’s, there truly is a lacking of Agent’s who desire to work with such, who realize that no one now, or ever will be, born with a pen and book in their hand, and a long list of already published, Number One, best sellers under their belt.

    We ARE looking for you! Why are you not willing to look for us?


  5. ladysonoma

    Well, when I got my offer from WL, I told them that there would only be one person whom I would trust to critique and edit my manuscript. I noted how she was experienced, credentialed, and even sent them her bio at imdb.

    They never responded again… because it would be fruitless for them. Never heard a single word from them, they only want people who will pay to have their books published. You will pay for the critique, editing, and then they will pass you to Strategic Publishing, where you’ll pay even more.

    Eventually, your book may get out there, but it’s a vanity press in disguise.

  6. rossjmcn

    Just thought Id let you all know that I sent in a fake log line (see below) to see if it would be accepted. I pretended that I was a drug dealer named Jimmy Dogbreath, who was tired of a life of crime and now wanted to do "Hollywood stuff". Of course they loved it and wanted to represent me. Thank God they didnt get a penny from me!


    From: Jimmy Dogbreth
    Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2010 10:31 PM
    Subject: WL Screenplay Agency Submission Form

    Edited: No
    Edited Detail: n/a
    Genre: Erotic Drama
    Bio: Im a drug dealer who really likes writing. I am tired of a life of
    crime and want to start writing holywood stuff.
    Referrer: Dave told me
    Title: End of the Day

    Synopsis: Two boys ride their bikes to a naughty wizard in the Bronx, NYC.
    The wizard turns out to be cheeky monkey and very quick witted. The three
    embark on a journey until they all get hit by a blimp.
    Name: Jimmy Dogbreth
    Phone: 256-666-9652
    FormSource: WLSPA
    FormDate: 2/6/2010

  7. Royal

    Just like thousands of other writers, I too received a contract from WL Writer’s Agency.
    Call me foolish, but for the heck of it, and for my own curiosity, I’m going to sign their contract. Worse come to worst, I’ll get some kind of a critque out of it for my $80 dollars. I’ve spent a lot more than that for editing and a critigue on books and scripts before. I’ll let everyone know how much I get swindled or not.

  8. Japan tour

    I tried WL Writer’s Agency out and they only thing they wanted was more money! My manuscript went through a "critiquing" process that cost me 85$, after that they wanted it to be "professionally edited" for more money.

  9. Joel

    WL Literary Agency is still alive and well, despite all the daggers.
    Their first contract with the new writer forbids the agency to have any interest or say in the contract process with a buyer. It also expressly states the contract can be terminated by either party after 90 days of no sale. There seem to be several ‘outs’ here.

    The work remains the property of the writer alone.

    The best rule is, don’t pay for anything you don’t want to pay for. If you open your wallet, it’s not their fault.

    It would seem if you get cold feet while trying to work with them, just refuse to sign any contract with ANY buyer than smells fishy or seems to be related to the huge organization that is WL Literary Agency.

  10. graduate diploma

    t sold well according to all the folks who wrote to me personally about how good it was. The unfortunately this publisher had a bad habit of not paying their authors and taxes. They were later shutdown by the government for tax evasion. So the struggle continues…
    Richart Drake Lewis

  11. Richart Drake Lewis

    I checked this joint out and after reading the down side of the deal have decided to stay with lulu,com for now. I’m not making a lot of money from my books as of yet, but that’s okay for now. All I can say is with at least I’m being published, my books are seen all over the internet and my name is getting out there via lulu and myspace. I’ve even got a following in three states now thanks to them. If joints like this continue to exist it’s our duty to wipe them out so that we can deal with the real thing. Otherwise, other folks are going to end up screwed like I was with the Helping Hand Agency in Texas who made promises, then left me hanging after I asked questions and paid requested fees. I later got the same book I was pitching through them published by another publisher. It sold well according to all the folks who wrote to me personally about how good it was. The unfortunately this publisher had a bad habit of not paying their authors and taxes. They were later shutdown by the government for tax evasion. So the struggle continues…
    Richart Drake Lewis

  12. Eleanor LaBerge

    I have a novel which was critiqued and recommended by an acclaimed author of 42 books–many of them award winners. This author is presently on a nationwide book tour with her latest book. I answered an ad on Facebook, went through all the hoops writersagency demanded and passed each stage. "No fees!" They claimed. Then after sending the complete novel, they told me that a critique was necessary. –Three critiques amounting to almost $300.00 total, their people. Who know who these "professional" people were–certainly not highly regarded if they charged only $75.00 to $90.00.I told writersagency about the critique from the author who supported it enthusiastically only to be told the person was "not a professional." I couldn’t believe it. This author had been an editor for a New York publication, and, as I said, had written 42 books, and had received numerous honors. Beware of them. They seem to be a scam.

  13. proizvodstvo avtomobilei

    Can aynyone tell me where I can find good tires fo my car??.
    I am from Tome and also now am reading in English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "Avtovaz workers at russia largest carmaking plant have been returning to work after walking off the job on wednesday morning in support of a wages and.Moscow tolyatti, russia russia will allocate over billion rubles million dollars to support the country largest automaker."

    Thank you very much :P. Salina.

  14. Chris

    Yes, well, any company that doesn’t list their book sales or the names of the writers they represent on their web site should be immediately suspect. Don’t you want to promote your writers and their books? "Please respect our clients’ right to privacy," it says. What a joke. The list of complaints about this "agency" is a mile long on the Internet. Always Google first!

  15. Dawn

    Actually, I tried WL Writer’s Agency out and they only thing they wanted was more money! My manuscript went through a "critiquing" process that cost me 85$, after that they wanted it to be "professionally edited" for more money. It was never ending! I believe they are nothing more than con artists out to syphon amatuer writer’s dry before they even begin.

  16. Scott

    I just got my first book published by WL Writers Literary Agency, and they were great, to me, and I am a younger writer. I have gone through unreputable publishers, such as PublishAmerica; after they accepted my work, I asked a couple of questions and they renounced their acceptance. They also have a contract that lasts for seven years…not good.

    WL Writers Agency has helped me. I actually began my ‘published’ career with, a very good self-publishing place, and WL took me several steps further.

    I am pleased with them, so go through a process before you review it next time.


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