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  1. #1
    A different Gary
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    You'd rather not...

    ... work with who?

    If you've had some bad agents before, or know a horror story about an agent, who is it?

    I want to avoid others mistakes if I can. Post under a fake name if you need to, I suppose. If you fear retribution.

    I think it's good to share this type of info; people can still make their own decision but it gives them a heads up.



  2. #2
    Tere
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    Gary,
    If you are looking to avoid bad agents, just stay away from the ones who are not recommended on P&E. I've found that the same agents are mentioned across the various writers websites. There are tons of stories already on the net, and I doubt that anyone here would give you a comprehensive list of who to avoid (there are just too many bad ones!) Good luck in your search!

  3. #3
    A different Gary
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    Well we've had quite the storyline about one "uber agent" who everyone seems to want but is a butthead. He's probably not listed as "Not Rec" on P&E, so that list may not be all inclusive.

  4. #4
    Wonky
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    I think he's asking for stories about agents who were difficult to work with, not total sleazebags like Melanie Mills.

  5. #5
    A different Gary
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    Yes, that would be perfect. Unlike the other thread, I'm looking for stories with names

  6. #6
    Minnie Mouse
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    I reported my "bad agent" story to Writers Beware. Just make sure you look on P&E and check with Writers Beware before you accept an offer.

  7. #7
    A different Gary
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    People don't like to name names, do they?

  8. #8
    scribbler2
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    Gary, agents have occasionally popped in here to say they were not pleased with having their names dragged through the mud. (See recent thread with a particular YA agent.) And with some justification. Unless we're talking about known, named fee-charging agents who don't deserve the benefit of the doubt, this is a tricky area. The agent/author relationship is very subjective. Authors can (and do) have totally different relationships with the same agent - an author who has sold quickly and made her agent a ton of money may call her a "darling," while another author who hasn't sold, and finds herself dealing with "darling's" assistant almost exclusively, will have quite a different take on the situation. Yet this agent has done nothing wrong or professionally dubious, even if one author has had a trying experience with her. It wouldn't be fair to name names in this case, which is why I doubt you'll get many takers on this thread.

  9. #9
    Ed Potter
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    People don't name names because different writers like agents who work in different ways. For every agent who isn't universally disliked (and hence not recommended on P&E), there are writers who like that agent's style and writers who do not.

    Further, how a writer handles a project depends heavily on that project. Some projects have more potential than others, and some projects are more time-sensitive than others.

    If I were to say, "Agent Yankerwicz was a jerk to me. He sent me a contract two weeks after I sent him my full and told me he knew just who would buy it. After three months it hadn't sold, and I asked him what we should do. He told me he didn't think there was a market for it anymore and said he'd send it to any publisher I wanted him to, but he wasn't going to actively push it since nobody wanted it. What a poop head!"

    Writer #2 would turn around and say, "Really, Ed? Well Yankerwicz is my agent right now and he's been agressively pushing my book for nine months. He's given me suggestions that I found invaluable for a complete rewrite. He's read the rewrite and he's really charged about it. He's sending it out to a dozen publishers, including some of the ones who rejected the old version! He believes in my rewrite that much!!!! I guess your project just didn't excite him after the initial idea."

  10. #10
    Ed Potter
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    Re: You'd rather not...

    Ladies, we need to cut back on the Vulcan Mind Melds or something.

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