I put this letter in here since I received it in my spam folder. There must be hundreds or thousands of these sent out by now. My comments are in bold.
Please excuse if there is a thread on this. I didn't find one. This seems to be new. If you have received one, where did they claim they found you? Apparently, I'm a Writers.net find.
It's bad enough when an author like me is too busy to get a domain site, and uses Webs. But an agency? Do I see Webs, there?
Dear Mr./Ms. Writer
I found your profile on Writers.net (you should not have been looking for me--I should look for you--first warning flag)) and I would like to take a moment and introduce myself and my company My name is Dan Grogan and I am a Literary agent and co-owner of Best Solution Author Agency. At Best Solution we relieve authors of all the business worries, so that writers have the time to do what writers do best - WRITE.
We are interested in our authors long-term success. We provide the guidance for a writers career. Our authors benefit from our editorial experience in shaping their manuscripts/proposals before submitting them to publishers.(That's a normal function of an agency--needing to make some changes and some editing)
As public relation representatives, we concentrate on personal client attention. We have a persuasive team of consultants who will create the strategic media needed to get you exposure. Such as interviews, articles, book signings , reviews and many others. (Second warning flag--this is not really part of the agency's duties, but rather the publisher's publicity dept)
Because our agents have long term relationships with particular publishers and editors we can sell a proposal faster than a writer can. Our familiarity with publishing companies enable us to target proposals to the most appropriate companies. (That's if you have those standing relationships)
Our agents have experience as author consultants for major publishing and promotional companies.(I don't know what this means) We know the path to take to promote and sell an authors work. (Don't promote--sell only) We have connections in the film industry, publishing companies, and multi-media marketing companies, Our agents are well traveled and have attended many book shows and Hollywood pitch fests in the past. We are a growing company and take pride in promoting works of every genre. (Another warning flag on the multiple genre thingy)
We have no reading fee. When you are ready for us to take a look at your manuscript send us a one or two page summery and up to three chapters not exceeding 50 pages. We also offer a Critiquing Service for a small fee.(The hammer finally comes down) Please see our website at http://best-solution.webs.com/ for submission details for either the manuscript or the Critiquing Service.
I have only a few openings on my client list and I am looking to fill those openings. (Then I must be one of the very few, selected lucky ones)
Thank you for your time.
http://best-solution.webs.com/Dan Grogan, Agent-Owner