Avoiding Literary Agency & Poetry Contest Scams: A Writer's Resource
Writing Scams Are Big Business - Take The Time To Research Before You Send Off That Poem Or Manuscript
The first rule of publication is that money goes TO the writer FROM the publisher and never the other way around. Yet, writers and poets are scammed out of money every day by poetry contests and writing anthologies that appeal to their vanity and desperate desire to be in print. Do your research and don't waste your work, hopes, or money on publishing scams.
How To Spot A Writing Scam
- P&E Warning List
Preditors & Editors general rules for spotting scam publishers and scam literary agencies. There's also a list of hosting sites that have terms that threaten copyrights.
- What Real Agents Don't Do
Blog entry listing things a real literary agent doesn't do by Writer Beware's Victoria Strauss.
- About Literary Agents
How To Spot Dishonest Agents Amateur, Incompetent, and Marginal Agents Telling Questionable From Reputable Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fees
- Agent Research & Evaluation's Agent Verification Search
Research potential literary agents and agencies by searching for legitimate sales... Or complaints. Registration is required but the site and service are free.
- AAR Canon of Ethics
"...members may not charge clients or potential clients for reading and evaluating literary works and may not benefit, directly or indirectly, from the charging for such services by any other person or entity. The term "charge" in the previous senten
The Worst Offenders
- Twenty Worst Literary Agencies
"None of these agencies has a significant track record of sales to commercial (advance-paying) publishers... ...virtually no documented and verified sales at all... ...All charge clients before a sale is made--whether directly, by levying fees such
Research Before Submitting
- Caveat Scrivener
CAVEAT SCRIVENER IS ON HIATUS. Message board discussing dubious literary agents, literary agencies, publishers, contests, and vanity press, and best of all, you can ask questions. Invaluable resource.