06-19-2006, 07:50 PM
Esteemed New Member
This is a fairly old thread, but I wanted to see if anyone has dredged up more info on the Gislason Agency.
The previous posts in this thread suggest that Gislason falls into a gray area. One one hand there seem to be no cut-and-dried schemes of editing fees or scamming. On the other, there do not seem to be any verifiable sales. The limited information suggests a dilettante who has not had much success.
I have read a few posts saying that Gislason has rejected the poster's submissions outright. Rejecting some submissions seems to be one important factor when determining if an agent is legit, as a scammer would welcome anyone.
There is more. The web site is woefully out of date, suggesting a neglected hobby business. But on the other hand, the response to my query was quite prompt, and was addressed properly to me, and named my book (in other words it was not a complete form letter). As this agency has been listed in Writers Market and similar guides since time immemorial (and therefore must receive tons of slush), this at least suggests that someone is actively monitoring said slush -- diligently, even!
I may at some point need to go with an agent that has question marks - such as Gislason - or none at all, at least for now. I have not exhausted my options yet - not by a long shot - but I am planning ahead. I'm just trying to get any more info that anyone might have, to help me make that potential decision. Obviously, if up-front payments or bizarre and restrictive contracts are involved, I would not sign. However, assuming that I could avoid those pitfalls, I am not sure what I think about taking representation from this agent.
Obviously, the safe answer is to stay away. However, if it comes down to no agent or a long-shot agent, I am not sure what my inclination will be.
But again -- I will never send money to an agent, or accept editing fees, or sign a contract with clauses that make me hesitate. So no need to warn me about that. I guess my question is more of a "What would you do in my shoes?", assuming that none of those huge red flags get waved during this process.