Susan’s Inside Writing: Bandwagon jumping


Trevor ordinarily would scorn bandwagon jumping. He’d start yelling about sheep, lemmings, being blind, and how we’re losing the ability to think for ourselves. He’d brag about how proud he was of being an individual.

And that’s all fine and good, but when there are people out there whose only aim in life is to take advantage of someone’s good intentions, well, you need to stand up and raise your voice. After all, Mitchell is one of those who’s probably naive enough to be taken advantage of, and taking advantage of Mitchell Voss is a definite no-no in Trevor’s book — err, well, his thinking, anyway.  So… without further ado… Writer’s Beware list of the 20 Worst Literary Agents. I nabbed it from Miss Snark’s blog of course, but it’s the Writer’s Beware list, all right.

Please, none of you folks on this list call me about representing Trevor’s Song. I’m not interested in what you claim to have to offer.

* 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)



  1. Curtis Anderson

    June 14, 2007 4:46 pm

    What’s the story with Sherwood Broome, Inc. Is my $1800 invested a scam? I have been waiting 2 years for publication of my manuscript.

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    June 14, 2007 5:56 pm

    From what I understand, Curtis, yes. BR/BR/I’ve never dealt with Sherwood Broome, Inc — but that’s because someone will have to pay ME for MY fiction, not the other way around. (Yeah, I’m a bit of a snob. Sucks to have standards.)BR/BR/Best of luck!

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