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    The Richard Parks Agency

    This is posted on The Richard Parks Agency website:

    15% commission on domestic sales; 20% on foreign sales. Charges for photocopying, overseas postage, messenger fees, books ordered for use in rights submissions, any special expense incurred at the request of the client.

    Are there any circumstances where it is normal, standard or ethical for a literary agency to charge any types of fees for certain services? I read all the horror stories about unethical agencies that charge for services but I was wondering if there are circumstances where this is acceptable.

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    This is normal and not at all a sign of a scam. Some agencies actually charge these expenses; many simply reserve the right to do so but rarely bother. If this agency is like the others, they'll take these expenses out when they sell the book; they won't send a bill.

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    What DA said
    This is part of my agency agreement

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    Thanks for the response. So which fees that an agent might charge are considered unethical and a red flag that they might not be legit?

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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    Reading fees. Critique fees. Editing fees. All are red flags.

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    Who's going for a beer? waylander's Avatar
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    A fee to represent you (whether monthly or yearly).

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    Additionally, be wary of agents who claim to love your work but then recommend you go to such-and-such editing service to get the manuscript professionally polished.
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    Adding link http://richardparksagency.com/ ..and from his site ..
    " No unsolicited manuscripts accepted, no faxed or emailed queries will be answered, nor can we respond to queries by telephone. Fiction by referral only."

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    Any new info on this agency? P&E shows "$ AAR A literary agency. (Richard Parks: Literary, Adult)". The only other info I can find is that he only accepts snail mail queries and seems to be interested in everything under the sun except the usual children's books, play, poetry, screenplays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sb2brown View Post
    Any new info on this agency? P&E shows "$ AAR A literary agency. (Richard Parks: Literary, Adult)". The only other info I can find is that he only accepts snail mail queries and seems to be interested in everything under the sun except the usual children's books, play, poetry, screenplays.
    Well, he reps Jonathan Lethem.

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    Mr. Parks retired in '15. Agency closed.
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