Quote Originally Posted by Selkiegirl View Post
That throws a different light onto the agents/publishers listed in 'The Writers' And Artists' Yearbook.' The only thing writers can do when submitting their work to an agent or publisher is to use good old fashioned common sense when sorting the 'wheat' from the 'chaff,' meaning: legitimate publishers from vanity publishers. After all common sense is king.
When I worked at publishers I sometimes had to fill in the forms those directories send out. They send them out to any publishers etc they can find, in an effort to make their directories more comprehensive. They don't vet the people or companies at all (there might be one or two which do, but I can't remember the name) and the information in them is gathered several months prior to publication, so they're out of date before they go to print.

Use them only as a starting point.