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Thread: [Agent/Publisher] Wesley Cudrow

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    practical experience, FTW JulesKD's Avatar
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    [Agent/Publisher] Wesley Cudrow

    Has anyone heard of this agent? I got a message from him off AgentQuery requesting the first two chapters and a 3 page synopsis. I'm of course very excited, and I sure don't want to offend anyone, but I don't see him listed anywhere. Not on QueryTracker, not on Google and I even searched him out here and found nothing. He lists himself as a literary agent and publisher over at AgentQuery. And it's a little weird because he seems to want to represent everything, even sci fi (*gasp!*) and he lists his location as everywhere in all creation. He says:

    About Me

    I seek the best of the best for the best deals...
    I Am Looking For

    offering the best deal an emerging writer can ever imagine but first, you must have what i need in your writing skills.
    My Preferences

    as long as your writing is good, i'll come on as much as need be.

    What do you guys think? I definitely don't want to put anyone off if this guy is legit and any good! Who wants to blow that chance, if it comes along? But I'm a little sketched out that I can't find him anywhere else. Does it sound dodgy at all?


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    I can't even find him on agentquery. Can you give the link? Or check the name spelling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulesKD View Post
    What do you guys think? I definitely don't want to put anyone off if this guy is legit and any good! Who wants to blow that chance, if it comes along? But I'm a little sketched out that I can't find him anywhere else. Does it sound dodgy at all?
    That's a new one. There are plenty of people who try to be an agent with no experience, but it's unusual to have one who doesn't appear to exist as a person.

    Yes, it sounds dodgy. I'd ignore the request for now and wait and see what happens. I noticed there was a discussion on Agentquery about it (and I assume you're not the thread starter, but even if you are, others might want the link).

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    Are you sure of the spelling?

    General principles:

    A useful agent has sold books you've heard of.

    There is no such thing as a stealth agent or a stealth publisher.

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    Thanks very much for that link, Polenth. Nope, I didn't start that thread, but it's the same exact PM I got from him yesterday.

    If there was some dude preying on people's hopes, I'd be pretty peeved.

    What would someone do wiht a three page synopsis and the first two chapters? What would be the point?

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    Ah, this was through AgentConnect, not the main AgentQuery site. Has anyone asked the AC folks about him? More generally, do they have any fact-check before allowing people to sign up as agents, etc.?
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    He lists himself as both an agent and a publisher? Methinks he's going to steer writers toward a vanity POD he has set up.

    His grammatical skills are a bit suspect, too.

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    Update, this guy had sent PMs to lots of people. I just read in the thread that he got chucked off AQ. So, yay to that, boo to him having a go at us in the first place.

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    i'll come on as much as need be.
    Will you now?

    Go on, tell me I'm not the only one who blinked a couple of times at that phrasing. Not a good sign if you're trying to claim to be an agent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkkingston View Post
    i'll come on as much as need be.
    Will you now?

    Go on, tell me I'm not the only one who blinked a couple of times at that phrasing. Not a good sign if you're trying to claim to be an agent!
    Unless he wrote precisely what he meant. Imagine the flurry of TRO's clogging up the NYC courts! Bletch.
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    I got a "suggestion" to make him my friend, too, and was immediately wary, thanks to all the horror stories I've read. I think it's awesome that we're all so suspect of charlatans. It's a wonder to me that any of them can still make a dishonest living.

    And yes, quite glad I didn't get anywhere near far enough to make him, well, yeah, nevermind...;-)
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    Here is his page on AQ. Says he's only been there since Dec 09...
    http://agentquery.leveragesoftware.c...f326ae3c3b78a4

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    A year later, that remains the only mention of him.

    And I suppose I should mention his photo is actually that of OSHA nominee David Micheals. (e.g., http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/..._osha_nominee/).
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