BE CAREFUL OF AGENTS, SOME ARE WOLVES IN AGENT CLOTHING.Monday, August 24, 2009
A week has past and I am no longer frustrated, but I still have a warning for writers. Be very careful when you are looking for agents. I was “taken” only two (almost three) times by agents who directed me to editors who never finished the work and both agent and editor disappeared after getting their pay.
I had an agent “just north of New York City” with a huge mailroom so I had to mark my manuscript “requested by _______” in order to have the agent receive it in a timely manner. Turned out that she was about 200 miles north and the mailroom was a mailbox in front of her house. She was a piano teacher who would receive a batch of manuscripts and send them to publishers five at a time. I suppose she would get one published every so often.
The word is research, research, and more research. It is so tempting for a new author to grab at anyone who might get his or her book published. I know. I was one of them!