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Predatory #SelfPublishing Outfits and #LiteraryAgents

November 26, 2014 6 comments

Three different things caught my attention this past month.

First, I get a message from someone (who shall remain nameless and genderless) that Person has found a great literary agent, a go-getter. Totally worth the Rs. 20,000 ($324) the literary agent demanded as ‘assessment fee’. Anyway, Person is not worried because the agent has promised to get Person’s money back when (not if) they sign up with a publisher. The contract also states that once Person signs on, Person may not approach publishers directly. Person states – “The Literary Agent said she will recover the money from the publisher and we agreed that every transaction will be above board hereon. Of course she insists that the practice is a done-thing in the Publishing world.”

Two things here:

1. It is unethical for literary agents to demand money. Honest literary agents make money after they secure a deal for you. That’s what the lifetime cut in royalties the agent gets (from your book royalties) is for.

2. Secondly, this practice is NOT a done thing in the publishing world. The literary agent alludes to it herself when she says that every transaction will be above board hereon, implying that the current transaction is not.

I wish the publishing industry were as with-the-times as the scamming industry.

Secondly – The amazing David Gaughran steps up to the plate with yet another must-read article for anyone considering self-publishing. He warns Indies against blindly trusting self-publishing outfits just because they happen to be aligned with known traditional publishing houses. Do yourself a favour and READ this article.

Last, but not least, Joe Konrath tells you why you should NEVER pay anyone to help you self-publish. Click here to read the article.

Literary #agents Reinventing Themselves

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

With so many (inexpensive) options available to authors who are not traditionally published (and even those who are), literary agents are having to reinvent themselves. An interesting post from The Passive Voice.

Unpublished Writers: Now’s Your Chance

Literary Agent, Janet Reid, announces the Liz Norris Pay It Forward Writing Contest. If you’re not represented by an agent, and if you’re not self-published, here’s your chance to snag a literary agent. The prize offered is Registration for the Backspace Writing Conference in NYC (May 24-26), travel stipend of $300, and a three night hotel stay

Click here for details.

NY Literary Agent Seeks Book Submissions

December 19, 2011 2 comments

Happened to come across this on Craigslist.Hopefully it’ll be of use to someone:

Erin Harris, a literary agent at the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency in Manhattan, seeks book submissions in the following areas: literary novels with compelling plots and international settings, thrillers, mysteries, and noirs, especially starring strong female protagonists, and YA and Middle Grade novels that transport her to magical places. Please visit the company website, http://www.skolnickagency.com, for more information. Queries may be sent to: submissions@skolnickagency.com. Be sure to paste the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. Attachments will not be opened.

Literary Agents Relevant in Digital World? An Agent’s Thoughts

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Authors can now publish their own books via Amazon, B&N, Smashwords etc. They even get to keep a larger percentage of their royalties than if they went the traditional literary agent-publisher route.

Are literary agents even relevant anymore? Agent Wendy Lawton has some thoughts about this in her blog post. While I agree with most of her points, authors who can network and market and are generally savvy can manage their own careers quite successfully.

Also, keep in mind, not all agents know what they’re doing, or have good contacts. Plenty of authors have got burnt due to clueless agents. And then there is the huge cut of your earnings the publisher and agent takes. Versus what Amazon et al. pay if you can make the sales. Tough choice.

Here’s Wendy’s post.

Shady Literary Agents

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Is there such a breed? There are scammers, no matter what the industry. Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner has some common sense suggestions in her post.

Click here  for the post.

Researching Literary Agent’s Track Record

June 28, 2011 8 comments

Googling “Literary Agent” brings up 3,060,000 entries, to give you an idea of how intimidating all of this can be to a writer wanting to get published.

Not that there are as many agents, but there are enough to confound the best of us. To make matters worse, there are scammers out there ready to help gullible writers part with their money.

Remember – you *never* pay an agent up front – not reading fees, not any other fees.You pay when the agent sells your book. The industry standard is 15% of your earnings (20% in case of foreign sales). See the “Literary Agent” section for a sample contract.

The agent doesn’t have to be a scammer to be bad. Plain incompetence on the part of your agent can easily destroy your career. So how do you begin to research the agent?

Click here for a great article on researching track records of agents by Victoria Strauss.

In addition to the sources Victoria lists, I’ve found the forums on Absolute Write invaluable. Just googling the literary agent often brings up a thread on Absolute Write.