The Christian Literary Agency is one of several new "agencies" under the umbrella of The Literary Agency Group Inc. The Literary Agency Group Inc. appears to be a spinoff of the infamous Stylus Literary Agency (until recently known as the ST Literary Agency), owned and operated by Robert Fletcher. Writer Beware has received scores of complaints about Stylus Literary/ST Literary, which charges fees, promotes its own paid editing services, and submits in a haphazard fashion to inappropriate publishers (when it submits at all). It uses a boiler room-style operation, with clients receiving substantially identical e-mails and responses.
Right now, the Literary Agency Group Inc. umbrella appears to embrace the following:
More, no doubt, to come.
- Stylus Literary Agency (formerly ST Literary Agency)
- The Children's Literary Agency
- The Christian Literary Agency
- The New York Literary Agency
Writer Beware has documented that Children's Literary Agency promotes the same sorts of paid services, and uses the same boiler room-style methods, as Stylus; there also seems to be a vanity publisher somewhere in the mix. We haven't yet gathered any documentation on the other two, but we are betting that they operate in much the same way.
Neither Stylus Literary Agency/ST Literary Agency nor any of its spinoffs have any commercial sales, as far as we're aware--despite their claims to the contrary.
There's a more detailed discussion of the whole scheme in the ST Literary Agency thread.
Edited on 10/11/05 to add: there are two new additions to the Stylus family: