Barbara Bauer caused this!

Absolute Write is one of my favorite sites to hang out, to chat with other writers, check out markets, find out the skinny on bad agents. But I find out this morning that Barbara Bauer, who is in the list below of the TWENTY WORST AGENTS, called Absolute Write's internet service provider and complained because her contact info was supposedly listed at AW. (Even though her contact info is listed on her own website) And of all the things in the world to do, the employee of the ISP company gives Jenna Glatzer, the owner of AW, one hour to gather all the information from the site and then pulls the plug. Bam! Nothing. The site is now dead while Jenna scrambles around for a new provider. Some heads should really roll for this.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/007577.html

 You will find indepth information about what happened at Making Light, Teresa Nielsen Hayden's popular blog, the link above, but I wanted to do MY part by joining the leagues of other bloggers who are making sure Barbara gets her just reward. Google will be along shortly to offer it's assistance. :)

Below is the link to Writer's Beware's 20 Worst Agent List, but I have copied and pasted the information for your convenience.

http://www.sfwa.org/beware/twentyworst.html 

Below is a list of the 20 literary agencies about which Writer Beware has received the greatest number of advisories/complaints over the past several years. None of these agencies has a significant track record of sales to commercial (advance-paying) publishers, and most have virtually no documented and verified sales at all (book placements claimed by some of these agencies turn out to be "sales" to vanity publishers). All charge clients before a sale is made–whether directly, by levying fees such as reading or administrative fees, or indirectly, for editing or other adjunct services.Writer Beware recommends that writers avoid questionable literary agencies, and instead query agencies that have verifiable track records of sales to commercial publishing houses.Note that while the 20 agencies listed here account for the bulk of the complaints we receive, they're just the tip of the iceberg. Writer Beware has files on nearly 400 questionable agencies, and we learn about a new one every few weeks.

  • The Abacus Group Literary Agency
  • Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to "book doctor" Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)
  • Barbara Bauer Literary Agency
  • Benedict Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)
  • Sherwood Broome, Inc.
  • Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, 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, formerly Sydra-Techniques)
    -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, Simply Nonfiction, and Michele Glance Rooney Literary Agency)
  • Southeast Literary Agency
  • Mark Sullivan Associates
  • West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)
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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jackie Kessler on May 24, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this!

  2. Thank you Denise.

    If you want to add the Technorati Tag it’s: BarbaraBauer

  3. Thanks for posting this! AW Rocks! Scammer agents suck!

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  5. Posted by Lisa on May 25, 2006 at 10:44 am

    Great job, Denise…I’m glad you are helping expose this situation and get the word out!

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