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Writer Beware’s list of the Twenty Worst Agents is below (in no particular order); please thoroughly research any agent before signing ANYTHING. Your work is too important to trust to scammers and fly-by-night operators.
These names have not arbitrarily been put on this list. Please see A. C. Crispin and Victoria Strauss’ Writers Beware Blog, specifically the post concerning What To Do If You've Been Scammed (their entire blog is full of great information - you should check it out).
Writer Beware - Twenty WORST 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 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)
The Absolute Write site was shut down because of this list see the Making Light post re: Absolute Write is gone for further information.
Also Check out Miss Snark’s posts Hey Barbara Bauer Put Up or Shut-up and Miss Snark is Damn Mad.
*This post is for informational purposes only. The poster of this blog entry ABSOLUTELY believes in the list, but believes that an author should do their own checking of facts. Don’t take my word for it – ASK AROUND.