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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

7 Tips for Avoiding Bogus Literary Agents

This is an update of a list I ran a year ago, when I first started this blog. It was blessed with a recommendation from the editor who blogs as Moonrat and a visit (and added tip) from agent Janet Reid, the QueryShark herownself.

I figure it’s worth posting again—with Ms. Reid’s addendum—since a fresh flock of newbies will have hatched from their writing hidey-holes in the last 12 months—and the predators are still out there, waiting to pounce. Just look at all those ads flashing on your gmail page every time you use the word “publish” in an email to your Mom. (Is it just me or is that Big-Brother creepy?)

Scammers prey on the clueless—especially people who think spending cash up front will "pay off" because their book is a surefire path to fame and fortune—and the ones who believe their superior talent gives them a “Get Out of Slushpilehell Free” card.

Anne R. Allen

More here (courtesy Anne R. Allen's Blog)


  1. I don't think there is an easy way out of Slush Pile Hell unless you've got a secret key into a world no one else knows about.

  2. Couldn't agree more, Robert. Writing means serious business. If you're not the lucky one that's picked up coincidentally, then you have to work hard, research, research and again research.

    And that doesn't mean you'll make it in the end.