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Scammers are well and good. See this? http://www.iilaa.com/ This used to be the International Independent Literary Agency. I am sure at somepoint it will be again. It's funny how these agents seem to match up with Writer Beware's 20 Worst agents ( http://www.sfwa.org/beware/twentyworst.html ). But honestly it's been said much better then I ever could.

Repeat after me... Money flows from the publisher to the writer! A reputable agent does not charge you up front. Why? Because they make their money SELLING books. A scammer makes their money charging fees. Reputable agents are usually members of http://www.aar-online.org/mc/page.do if they aren't they should abide by their code of ethics http://www.aar-online.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=10337

A reputable agent should be able to tell you (and should be actively promoting) books that they have sold. The sales should be to paying publishers (IUniverse or Publish America jump to mind). They should not recomend associated editors. Most agents won't recomend a editor, if your writing is not up to par they will reject it. Find a critique group or query wider. But please don't fall prey to scams like these. They won't get you published... all these scams do is throw away your money. Writing isn't easy, and just finishing a novel doesn't mean you are any good. 90% is dross (I include myself in the dross)... the best secret of publishing is persistance, a good critique group, and the ability to learn from your mistakes. In the imortal words of Heather Brewer Butt + chair... it worked for her. http://www.heatherbrewer.com/

See you all after NanoWrimo
jayene: (Goofiness)
There are a bunch of writers on my friends list. If you aren't a writer, this might not interest you to much, feel free to skim over. Back Junish I posted a bit on Barbara Bauer and her scams and publishing scams in general ( http://jayene.livejournal.com/2006/05/27/ ). I am not a published writer. But I have spent years researching the industry. The reason I am not published is entirely my own fault. I don't finish things. I am trying to change that. But for those of you on my list that have actually finished things here are some of the answers, some of the questions and some of the places I get the answers. Read more... )


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