11 comments on “Difficulty in Finding a Literary Agent

  1. This story is so very sad.

    A reputable literary agent wouldn’t have charged you anything under these circumstances. You’ve been scammed, and horribly.

    Please don’t think that good agents behave this way. A good agent will earn you money, not charge you fees. This is so awful. Please let me, or Writer Beware, know who this agent was, and tell us a few details about your contract.

    I really feel for you. This is so awful. Sorry.

    • Thanks! 🙂
      She has since gone out of business so I’m not sure it will do any good. It was called The Robin’s Agency and she went out of business over 5 years ago. I have been sitting on my book ever since and only recently decided it was time to try again.

  2. I’m so very sorry.

    You’re not alone; you might check out Absolute Write. There are lots of published writers, self-pubb’d writers, writers, agents, editors and such there, with lots of good information.

    I’ve linked to Absolute Write above. We even have a free query letter critique.

    A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that money should always flow towards the writer; writers get paid first.

    Agents are paid only after a writer is paid. Never ever before; nor do writers pay publishers or editors at publishers.

    Have you submitted to Tor? They don’t require an agent, and they are hands down my favorite publisher.

    • It has been some time since a submitted my manuscript. But I believe I did submit to Tor because they are the publishers of my favorite fantasy novelists.

      Thanks for the info. I can try Tor again and check out Absolute Write.

  3. Please, never ever give money to a literary agent or a publisher again. If they ask you, it means they are NOT genuine. Money flows in only one direction – from them to you and not the other way around. That’s why it’s so difficult in getting either a genuine literary agent or publisher, because they are choosing who to invest their time and money in. Good luck with your book!

  4. Thanks for all the great feedback, everyone! I was misled to believe that some literary agents do ask for money up front. It has been some time back so I don’t recall the reasoning or the sources. All I remember is that I was so happy that an agent replied positively to my submission that I ignored all caution.

    Lesson learned but I am ready to try again.

  5. I am so sorry!

    I’m really looking hard for a literary agent right now, but have yet to have the good fortune of landing one (I’ve come pretty close way too many times and am actually waiting on yet another partial right now).

    I’m lucky to have read that you should never have to pay your literary agent anything, because otherwise I could easily see something like this happening to me (“You like what I wrote? Yay! I like you, too!”)

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  7. I found your blog very helpful. I’m currently working on my first of many novels and i’ve really been debating on self publishing or seaking out a literary agent. It would be nice to get an agent, but if I self publish then the process is pretty much a lot quicker. Anyways, thanks for the info.

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