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smnoreen
05-15-2008, 09:18 PM
Anyone know anything about it?? I have searched the forums and didnt come up with anything. I just got an e-mail requesting work but I have already had a run in with new york lit agency (they didnt get any money) so now I am leary...what is the best way to find out about a company?? I will do some research but any help would be appreciated. Thanks

DeadlyAccurate
05-15-2008, 09:29 PM
Who are they? Where did you hear about them? Do they have a website? Help us help you.

Also, it's much better to research agencies before you query rather than after. Keeps you from wasting your time.

smnoreen
05-15-2008, 09:32 PM
yea...I know that now. Guess who signed the e-mail??? Mrs Sherry Fine. It was just another branch of the New york lit agency. Sigh>>>

James D. Macdonald
05-15-2008, 10:49 PM
It's Bobby Fletcher again, under yet another name. Have you ever wondered why he has to change the name of his "agency" so often?

Word is that he's now steering people to Strategic Book Publishing, a vanity press owned and operated by -- you guessed it -- Robert M. Fletcher.

Same deal as WL Writer's Literary Agency, New York Literary Agency, Stylus Literary Agency, ST Literary Agency, Sydra Techniques, The Literary Agency Group, Children's Literary Agency, Poets Literary Agency, Christian Literary Agency, the Screenplay Agency, and so forth and so on ....

Go find a legitimate agency. This guy is still bad news.

DaveKuzminski
05-15-2008, 10:57 PM
It's Bobby Fletcher again, under yet another name. Have you ever wondered why he has to change the name of his "agency" so often?

Word is that he's now steering people to Strategic Book Publishing, a vanity press owned and operated by -- you guessed it -- Robert M. Fletcher.


Well, he's desperate for sales to show on his sites. So if anyone wants to avoid being ripped off, don't just avoid agents that charge fees, but also avoid any that can't show legitimate sales to reputable royalty-paying commercial publishers.

smnoreen
05-15-2008, 11:35 PM
I was really leary when they would not show a list of authors that they have published. I just looks at Ted Weinstien lit.agency, and he has a list of authors on his sight he also recommends new authors come to the aw sight...so that sound legit to me. I just need to read more carefully. But thanks to you all for the info...Good luck with your work and Happy writing

CaoPaux
05-19-2008, 08:23 PM
http://www.writersbookpublishingagency.com/

Any more incestuous and it'd be, uh, self-pollinating. http://deephousepage.com/smilies/whistle.gif

junebug
05-24-2008, 05:52 AM
It's Bobby Fletcher again, under yet another name. Have you ever wondered why he has to change the name of his "agency" so often?

Word is that he's now steering people to Strategic Book Publishing, a vanity press owned and operated by -- you guessed it -- Robert M. Fletcher.

Same deal as WL Writer's Literary Agency, New York Literary Agency, Stylus Literary Agency, ST Literary Agency, Sydra Techniques, The Literary Agency Group, Children's Literary Agency, Poets Literary Agency, Christian Literary Agency, the Screenplay Agency, and so forth and so on ....

Go find a legitimate agency. This guy is still bad news.

Who is Bobby Fletcher?
I know there is only one book published by strategic book publishers so far, but the book is on amazon, and the guy has been on Oprah's radio show. Hmmm...

IceCreamEmpress
05-24-2008, 06:01 AM
Who is Bobby Fletcher?

He's someone who has done business under a variety of business names (and perhaps under a variety of pseudonyms) and about whom there have been many complaints.


I know there is only one book published by strategic book publishers so far, but the book is on amazon

That doesn't necessarily mean the publisher is reputable. All you need to do to get a book on Amazon is to fill out the proper forms and pay a nominal yearly fee.


and the guy has been on Oprah's radio show. Hmmm...

If you're talking about Don Sutton, he wasn't on the show because of his book; he was on the show because of the success of his Northern Oregon anti-methamphetamine program.

The fact that Mr. Fletcher was able to get Mr. Sutton, whose work in creating a grassroots organization to combat drug addiction is indeed very impressive, to publish with him is certainly a testament to Mr. Fletcher's sales skills with prospective authors (especially those who don't know much about the publishing industry).

If you have a story as interesting as Mr. Sutton's, I guarantee you you will be able to find a better publisher.

inkkognito
08-13-2008, 07:24 AM
I found this one via a Google ad that I clicked through out of curiosity:

http://www.writersbookpublishingagency.com

LOTS of red flags. My favorite is the vague information on the page about the supposed authors they represent. They use first names only; why wouldn't you list out full names and book titles?

I ran a search here and nothing came up so I figured I'd add it in, just in case someone clicks the ad and actually seriously considers them. I checked the domain registration and it's protected but it was only registered in April.

Mr. Anonymous
08-13-2008, 07:34 AM
I believe this is the agency formerly known as The Writers Literary Agency. Though they have renamed themselves, one thing does stay the same.

Quite frankly, they suck. They're a scam. And the only thing they'll do is hinder your bid to be published.

AC Crispin
08-13-2008, 06:26 PM
Writer Beware has received documentation that this agency is indeed the newest incarnation of WL Literary Agency, ST Literary Agency, New York Literary Agency, Children's Literary Agency, Sydra Techniques Literary Agency, etc., etc., and so forth.

Here's the current "Alert" that is up on Writer Beware regarding this company. You'll also find them in the "Thumbs Down" Agency list.

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Writers' Literary Agency / WLA (formerly The Literary Agency Group)

The Literary Agency Group, a business controlled by Robert M. Fletcher of Boca Raton, Florida, changed its name in February 2007 to Writers' Literary Agency & Marketing Company (a.k.a. Writers' Literary Agency, WLA, or WL Writers' Agency).

This umbrella group includes the following:
WL Children's Agency
WL Poet's Agency
WL Screenplay Agency
Writers' Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)
Other current businesses or websites that Writer Beware believes are associated with Writers' Literary Agency, based on referrals and website content:
Writers' Book Publishing Agency
Children's Book Publishing Agency
Poetry Book Publishing Agency
Screenplay Writers' Agency
Global Book Agency
Eloquent Books (offers pay-to-publish contracts)
Strategic Book Agency
Strategic Book Publishing
Strategic Book Marketing
Other names the business has used include Sydra-Techniques, ST Literary Agency, Stylus Agency, Children's Literary Agency, Christian Literary Agency, New York Literary Agency, Poet's Literary Agency, The Screenplay Agency, and My Editor Is A Saint (an editing company).

Since the business began operating in 2001 under the name Sydra-Techniques, Writer Beware has received hundreds of complaints and advisories of fee-charging, editing referrals, and other questionable practices. We're not aware that the company has a significant track record of commercial book or script sales under any of its names.

Writers who have had trouble with Robert M. Fletcher or any of the above-named businesses, and who are or were residents of the state of Florida, please get in touch with Ann Crispin at anncrispin@aol.com (or beware@sfwa.org, if the AOL address bounces), even if you have previously contacted her. Please provide complete contact information. Thanks for your cooperation.

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Writers should get in the habit of checking Writer Beware Alerts and the "Thumbs Down" lists, as well as Preditors and Editors, BEFORE querying an agency or submitting their work.

I know I sound like a broken record...

-Ann C. Crispin
Chair, Writer Beware
www.writerbeware.com

AC Crispin
10-16-2008, 06:43 PM
There is, and has been, an ALERT up on Writer Beware for people who have had problems with Writers Literary Agency, Strategic Book Publishing, Eloquent, New York Literary Agency, S.T. Literary Agency, WL Children's Literary Agency, WL Screenplay Agency, The Literary Agency Group, Global, or any of the other Robert Fletcher owned "agencies" or "publishing companies."

Just go to www.writerbeware.com and it's right there on the front page



Gives contact info, etc.



If you have had problems, please check out this ALERT.



-Ann C. Crispin

Chair, Writer Beware

www.writerbeware.com

tandrews
11-07-2008, 04:49 AM
Does anyone know a legit agency in GA? I almost got scammed by the Writers Book Agency. :tongue I would love any help!

batgirl
11-07-2008, 05:11 AM
The great majority of legit literary agencies are in NY, though there are some reputable agencies in other places. Is there a particular reason you're looking for one in GA (that's Georgia, right?)? Usually you want the agents to be close to the editors and publishers, rather than close to you.
-Barbara

waylander
11-07-2008, 01:56 PM
Does anyone know a legit agency in GA? I almost got scammed by the Writers Book Agency. :tongue I would love any help!


This highly reputable agency is based in Georgia http://www.knightagency.net/about/

It really doesn't matter where your agency is based so long as they have a record of selling books similar to yours to reputable advance-paying publishers and they love your work

James D. Macdonald
11-07-2008, 05:03 PM
If you've had any dealings with the Writers Book Publishing Agency, the Florida Attorney General wants to hear from you (http://myfloridalegal.com/lit_ec.nsf/investigations/31273A2F06893B9B852573760050A9EA).

Sobel318
11-22-2009, 01:07 AM
I got an email a few days ago from a 'WB Agency' and the only information that I can determine is that the VP is named Sherry. They are known as the 'Acquisitons Team' and I'm confused, because I can't find a website for them (writersbookpublishagency@....) but they've given me a phone number for a Mark?
Am I just being paranoid at this point, or is this legit?

James D. Macdonald
11-22-2009, 01:54 AM
Sherry Fine and Mark Bredt.

Mark is named in the Florida Attorney General's suit. Sherry doesn't exist.

It's a total scam. Write to the Florida Attorney General with copies of all the correspondence.

Nya RAyne
11-23-2009, 03:17 AM
It's Bobby Fletcher again, under yet another name. Have you ever wondered why he has to change the name of his "agency" so often?

Word is that he's now steering people to Strategic Book Publishing, a vanity press owned and operated by -- you guessed it -- Robert M. Fletcher.

Same deal as WL Writer's Literary Agency, New York Literary Agency, Stylus Literary Agency, ST Literary Agency, Sydra Techniques, The Literary Agency Group, Children's Literary Agency, Poets Literary Agency, Christian Literary Agency, the Screenplay Agency, and so forth and so on ....

Go find a legitimate agency. This guy is still bad news.

I know this is a little late, but I wanted to say thank you. It was your comments that saved me when I was shopping my first MS around and these jokers wanted to sign me. They had only read like 3 chapters and all of a sudden I'm getting a contract. When I told them that I wanted to speak with my attorney, they got really adament about me not doing that. It felt weird from the get go, but it was your posts that forced me to make that hard decision and turn my back on them. Thanks!!

Nya RAyne
11-23-2009, 03:23 AM
I got an email a few days ago from a 'WB Agency' and the only information that I can determine is that the VP is named Sherry. They are known as the 'Acquisitons Team' and I'm confused, because I can't find a website for them (writersbookpublishagency@....) but they've given me a phone number for a Mark?
Am I just being paranoid at this point, or is this legit?


RUN!!!!!!

tricon7
05-25-2010, 04:43 PM
I got an email from "Writer's Book Publishing Agency" today (here):

http://www.wlwritersagency.com/

I filled out their online form a few weeks ago, and they said they'd like to represent me. They gave me a name and # to call if I wish, and in their email they say they don't charge a fee unless I sell the book, and they get 10% if they sell to a publisher. They're wanting the rest of the manuscript to be sent to them.

I haven't see this exact name in the "Beware" listing, but considering all the scammers, I'm naturally leery - particularly if they're in any way associated with Robert Fletcher. Their email suffix is "Writersbookpublishingagency.com."

I don't want to reject an authentic request from a real agency, so I came here.

Any help appreciated! Thanks.

James D. Macdonald
05-25-2010, 05:54 PM
That URL is one of Fletcher's.

It's a scam from front to back, from side to side, and from top to bottom.

Forward all of the stuff they sent you to the Florida Attorney General.

DeleyanLee
05-25-2010, 06:02 PM
FYI: If an agency contacts you first, odds are excellent it's a scam.

It's good to be leery.

Chris P
05-25-2010, 06:07 PM
I'd be suspicious of any agency offering to represent me based on an online form without seeing any of my work. Of course, requiring a manuscript doesn't completely weed out all scammers (PA asks for an MS), but that's one way to eliminate the most obvious scams.

tricon7
05-25-2010, 06:40 PM
I'd be suspicious of any agency offering to represent me based on an online form without seeing any of my work. Of course, requiring a manuscript doesn't completely weed out all scammers (PA asks for an MS), but that's one way to eliminate the most obvious scams.

When I filled out the online form, I submitted my synopsis. However, it's a moot point if they're affiliated with Robert Fletcher.

I'm curious - I know they're underhanded, but has the FL. Attorney General ordered them to not represent authors anymore or something? So just the act of requesting representation for authors can get them in trouble? Not that I'm defending them.

Oh well. I was hopeful on this one. The only ones who have contacted me so far about my submissions are scammers. :cry:

CaoPaux
05-25-2010, 07:00 PM
What criteria do you use to query?

I've added WBPA to the WLA's sub-list in the main Index; thanks for catching the omission.

Cyia
05-25-2010, 07:12 PM
Sheesh. This bunch has more heads than the Hydra.

M.R.J. Le Blanc
05-25-2010, 08:54 PM
You go to agents and publishers tricon, they don't come to you (that would be nice though!). The Bewares forum is a good place to start, P&E is another good one as is agentquery.com. Make sure they have experience and are selling to the right people, and you should be good to go :)

tricon7
05-25-2010, 10:31 PM
You go to agents and publishers tricon, they don't come to you (that would be nice though!). The Bewares forum is a good place to start, P&E is another good one as is agentquery.com. Make sure they have experience and are selling to the right people, and you should be good to go :)

I *did* go to this agency first, M.R.J. Read my last post. I obtained a list of (I thought) reputable agents - from this forum, I believe, for my particular genre. I submitted via WLA's online form. It took them several weeks to get back, but they did get back.

I'm curious again and playing the devil's advocate here - if they state that they only get paid if my book sells, and if they only take 10% of what I would sell, where is the scam? I know it's there somewhere!

I see my initial post was moved into this post. Quite enlightening. I'll be forwarding my email to the Attorney General. Stinking scammers.... preying on the desperate and hopeful.

Momento Mori
05-25-2010, 10:50 PM
tricon7:
if they state that they only get paid if my book sells, and if they only take 10% of what I would sell, where is the scam?

Check out the thread but usually they will either:

- claim that your book needs editing, in which case they'll refer you to a fee charging editing services under their control;

- claim that publishers require the agent to prepare a report on the manuscript, which they will either charge you a fee for or refer you to a fee charging company under their control;

- claim that you need a marketing strategy to get your book out there, which they will either charge you a fee for or refer you to a fee charging company under their control; or

- claim to get you a deal with a fee charging publisher who is under their control (in which case they may waive the 10% cut they would make as publisher).

Either way, they're not going to send your book to commercial publishers so why waste your time?

MM

CaoPaux
05-26-2010, 09:33 PM
I *did* go to this agency first, M.R.J. Read my last post. I obtained a list of (I thought) reputable agents - from this forum, I believe, for my particular genre. I submitted via WLA's online form. It took them several weeks to get back, but they did get back.If you can, please track down where you found the list you used.

C. K. Casner
05-28-2010, 08:09 PM
I've dealt with this joker for 3 years before I stumbled on the information of the law suit. Needless to say I felt like an idiot for falling for this line of crap. And fortunately, I'm not the only one. Sadly, there are probably 20 more eager authors out there to take place of the ones who have wised up. The Florida AG wouldn't be able to keep up with them all.

I received so many glowing critiques (which I paid for) so, I submitted my ms to Strategic. Of course, I was steered to the 'joint-venture' option since they wanted to make even more money off of me. As for the "We don't make money if your book doesn't sell", don't be fooled-they do. They coerce their authors into paying for 'marketing strategies'. I thought maybe this company was either too lazy or inexperienced to make sales, but it's all about the money they can bilk for nonexistent services. And forget about the 50/50 royalty! There is a hidden 'printing fee' for POD , and the remainder is halved, so Strategic gets the lion's share of the profits.

I don't care what name these companies go under now a days, but run to the hills. This is advice from someone who's been there, done that, got the shirt and didn't enjoy the ride.

DaveKuzminski
05-28-2010, 10:29 PM
All the more reason for you to share your information and evidence with the Florida AG so they can shut down Fletcher and his cronies.

C. K. Casner
05-29-2010, 04:17 AM
I already have. I would like to see this guy shut down. I just hope other authors in his stable will do the same. Unfortunately he will pop up in a new town, under a new name and start it all over again.

AC Crispin
05-29-2010, 04:26 AM
Writer Beware will keep track of him, and the Florida AG will notify the AG of his new State, so it won't take nearly as long for Fletcher to be investigated.

-Ann C. Crispin

C. K. Casner
06-05-2010, 02:36 AM
Here is the latest junk email I have received. Evidently, Strategic is now urging unpublished authors to send their ms' to Bejing to be 'represented'. Sorry for the long post.



From: Literary Agency Group / Strategic Book Marketing

Re: Beijing Book Show; Send Your Manuscript To The Show

Join the Largest Explosion in Publishing History.

Deadline is NOW because of shipping and customs.
Please try to read email below and make decision.
Also, see the pictures from our New York Book Expo shown below.


Note from CEO: You are receiving this email as an author-client of The Literary Agency Group. As you may know, we are part of a larger organization known as Strategic Book Group. We are going global with our authors, and now, for the first time, unpublished authors have the same chance as published authors IN CHINA AND FRANKFURT RIGHT NOW! And, as a part of our corporate family, you receive a discount on marketing your work.

THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST EXCITING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY THAT WE WILL SEE IN OUR LIFETIME. As writers, publishers, and participants in the publishing industry we are going to be witness to the largest and fastest ramp-up that the world has ever seen as China has decided that the book and publishing industry is "strategic" and a couple of billion people are going to learn how to read and/or expand their knowledge of English literature. We believe that the opening of the Chinese publishing business will be bigger than the current global publishing business which stands at about $40 Billion worldwide. That's another $40 BILLION.

And the great thing is that nobody has any idea yet what it will look like!

We are in the middle of an industry explosion that will be written about in the history books! We are going to do everything we can for our authors to be right in the thick of it. Our goal for our business with China is for our company to become the largest literary rights trading partner between the US and China. We are committed to attending their book trade shows and building partners there year after year.

The easiest and fastest way for you, as an author, to participate
is to let us sell the rights to your book, or unpublished
manuscript at the upcoming Beijing Book Show. The sign-up
form and more information is found below.
Who should go?
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Almost every book author should participate as China has mandated English for every child. They are hungry for product. Every non-fiction book should go. Most fiction should go. If your book is confrontational or "dark" in any way, then China will not let it in and you should not participate. If you are unsure, just ask us.


Your book does NOT have to be published in order to participate.
Also we can take ebooks.
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Why can we take non-published work? Think about it, every book has to be translated and because it has to be translated, it doesn't even have to be edited! gulp! And if the subject matter meets the Chinese needs, they don't care if it has a sales history or not. That means, that for the first time, we can take work in production and present manuscripts that are not published. If your book meets a perceived need by the Chinese, they will buy it whether it is published or not. (The manuscript must be complete though).


Let's get started!
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We are Experts At Presenting Authors at Trade Shows!

Before we get into the Beijing registration, let us show you some pictures from the New York show we just returned from. We had 8 booths at the show. (http://bea10.mapyourshow.com/3_0/exhibitor_details.cfm?exhid=294723&markcamefrom=y)

These pictures show what it is like to be and "author in the booth", or have your book at the booth. For a great slide show of our show and our authors at BEA last week in New York please click here. http://picasaweb.google.com/lynneddy/20100528?feat=email#

Let's discuss Beijing now. Here are two articles that are on the web about the magnitude and scope of the Beijing International Book Fair.

2010 Beijing Book Fair
Beijing, China-August 30-September 3, 2010

With over 1 billion citizens, China is one of the largest markets on Earth. As such, they represent a lot of possible book sales. Whether you’re hoping for book sales, rights sales, translation or distribution opportunities or more, BIBF is the place for you. Additionally, after being out of Beijing in 2008 (because of the Olympics) the show’s return to Beijing should garner even more attendance than usual.

The Beijing International Book Fair is the best venue to break into the Asian Market, and general garners attendance upwards of 200 thousand people, and their love of English Language material will draw attention to your books in the Combined Book Exhibit.

More information on BIBF - Beijing International Book Fair
The Beijing International Book Fair is now considered by many as one of the top four International Book Fairs in the World. It's growth and stature is growing quickly and steadily with many first time U.S. and U.K. publishers in attendance. According the BIBF. The Chinese market is growing at a staggering rate with English language titles at the forefront. It is mandated by the government that all Chinese children learn English at an early age. The STM and academic areas were also very popular as China's economy continues to grow. Sports, sports medicine, and military history were also areas that proved to be in demand.

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The information about your participation is below. You do not have to attend as we can take your book or manuscript to the show for you. Our goal is to sell the rights to publish your book in China. We already have reps and deals there. Here is a page from our partner's catalog when they take our authors to the Beijing Book Show this year. http://www.strategicbookgroup.com/StrategicBookGroup-China1.JPG

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We are finalizing our booth purchase now and we are gathering those authors that would like to be with us at the show, either personally, or with their book or manuscript. Due to physical and size constraints, we can only show so many physical books in our booth. Also, this show is expensive, so we are asking our authors to help with some of the overhead associated with the show. Many of you may wonder why there is a charge for the author to participate. The short answer is that it is expensive to participate and each Book Expo has figured out how to wring out every dollar they can from the exhibitors. They charge for everything! And unfortunately, they are the only game in town, so they can get away with it.. sigh.



How You Can Participate with us at the Beijing International Book Show

How You Can Participate with us at the Beijing International Book Show
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There are 3 ways to participate. 1. Attend the show and present your work in our booth, or. 2. Send your book or manuscript to the show, or 3. Attend and walk the show.

First, let us describe how this works so that you can get a feel for which service might be best for you. Book rights buyers, packagers, and deal makers circulate around the show. The first thing they notice is our author in the booth and the author's signage. This may prompt a discussion. Next, they look at the books and titles we have on physical display. This may prompt a discussion. If we get into a discussion with a buyer, we always say, "what else would you be looking for?"

So, to be clear, the authors that get the most chance at success are the authors in the booth, and the authors with their books on display on the shelves get the next most interest.

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FOR BEIJING WE WILL BE CREATING A CHINESE COVER SHEET FOR YOUR BOOK IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE. We will be doing everything we can to be perceived as the largest and easiest to work with literary rights agency at the show.

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What Does It Cost?

Disclaimer: These are preregistration prices and may change the closer we get to the show. We have chosen these price-points so that we can determine how many booths we will need at the show. Please help us by responding with your level of interest. Like "Goldilock and the Three Bears", we need a booth space that is just right, not too big, or too little!

Deadlines: Because of shipping times, and customs situations, the shipping container is leaving in mid-July. That is LESS THAN 6 WEEKS AWAY. This is a "first come, first serve" opportunity. Please, do not hesitate. If you want to be in the show. Sign up with the form below.

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1. Display Your Book or Manuscript at our booth ($248). We place your Chinese/English Cover sheet outward facing in the booth so that it will grab interest. There is limited physical space in the booth so there are a limited number of spots. If you send the book to us we will place it behind the cover sheet.

2. Your presence at the booth ($798) . We call this "Author-In-Booth". PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CAN, AND WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY. If you want one of these spots you really must reserve it now. We sold out BEA in NY, and in Frankfurt, and there were a number of authors that missed that opportunity. This is a first come, first serve opportunity. You would be in the booth for 1/2 day and meeting, greeting, shaking hands, and handing out books to passers-by. We will have translators in the booth to assist with communications.

3. Walk the Show (Free). Please join us and let us "tour" you around the show. You do have to buy your own attendance ticket. We are happy to provide a place to rest and to discuss what is going on. If you can be there please stop by. We will be in the American Collective Stand and then, depending on the number of authors that sign up, we will have other booths.

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1. Display Your Book at the Booth: In our booth we will have numerous bookshelves featuring actual physical copies of the books we have published. The idea is to catch the eye of a buyer so we can show them the book and discuss ordering terms. (Note: the show does NOT sell individual books, the show is for wholesale and large buyers). We can only display a limited number of books, so if you want your book displayed on one of our Strategic shelves, it's first come, first serve. The price is $248 per title and we will take care of all the details.

2. Your presence at the Booth ($798) Many of the larger publishers have their authors at the show. If you are the author, standing in the booth, we will have a poster and other supporting marketing materials set up to capture attention. In other words, you get a front and center location to pitch your book to anyone walking by. The Beijing exhibit is for only 4 days. You can choose any 'half day' to be in the booth. Once again, this is first come first serve to our authors. Our authors at the NY show easily gave away 30 or more books in a half-day. It really was a very positive experience. If you wish to be an "Author In Booth", please give us alternative dates and times below.

3. Walk the show with us. These shows are invaluable for authors. They show the magnitude of the industry and there are always things to be learned and deals to be found. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERY AUTHOR TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE SHOWS (NY, London, Frankfurt, Beijing) EVERY YEAR OR TWO. Also, there is no doubt that if you walk the show the odds are good that you will find some way to improve your sales. So, this year we are encouraging as many authors to come to the show as possible. We will have an orientation meeting every morning and we will be available to answer your questions throughout the show.



Frequently Asked Questions:

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Q) What is the deadline?

A) July 1st. Hard and fast. However, keep in mind that this might sell out. If you even remotely want to do it, please reserve your spot with at least $100 and if you don't go, we'll refund your money.



Q) My book is published, how does it work?

A) After you register you will ship us a book and a synopsis and as soon as possible we will create a Chinese/English cover sheet to put on the shelf in front of your book.



Q) My book is not yet published, how does it work?

A) After you register you will send us a PDF of the book and a short synopsis and we will create a Chinese/English cover sheet to put on the shelf in front of your book. Even if your book does not have illustrations or is not edited, we can take it and try to sell it there.



Q) How will this affect the selling of my book in the US, UK, Australia, or other countries.

A) Only positively. If you close a deal in China, then your book will be perceived as that much more valuable, whether published or unpublished.



Q. Should I attend even if I don't choose the Book-In-Booth or Author-In-Booth package?

A. Sure if possible. You can always go to the Frankfurt show in October, or London next spring, or New York next May. Come walk the show. As an author you should see at least one of these shows every 1-2 years. If you are really committed then you should go every year, take classes, and learn, learn, learn. So yes, please attend and come by the booth. We will have morning meetings on every day to help you know what to do. By walking the show, we know you will find some ways to improve your writing career.


Q. What about Visas into China?

A. Our partner has expertise in getting the proper visa. However you need to register NOW to get into their cue.



Q. If 'walking the show' can we meet with your team while there?

A. Yes, but it is an action packed time for us, so time is very limited. We will be at the booth though, so you can stop by there. We will have a contact for you to bring deals to.



Q) Will I need a badge or pass?

A) If you are an Author In Booth then we probably can get you a pass. Other than that you will need to get your own ticket and arrange your own travel.



Q) How much time should I allocate to see the show?

A) It takes us about 2 days to make the rounds of the entire show, and I know what I am looking for so I'm moving quickly. . If you take classes, or it is your first time, it is easily 2 full days. Try to arrive early (when the show opens), as that is the best time to talk to exhibitors.



Q. Tell me again why I would have to pay for the services above?

A. The services above are not for everyone. But, these shows are truly amazing!. I can still remember the 'wow' factor the first time I went. We will be selling and presenting ALL of our clients at the show. The services above are extra and optional. We have some authors that are already spending thousands marketing their work, hiring PR companies, etc. This is one more outlet for them. If you just like writing and don't really care about the business of books, then don't spend the money.



Q. If I spend the money, will I get a decent return on my investment?

A) Have you heard this line from an old grizzled CEO? "I know half of my advertising is completely wasted, I just don't know which half ?! " We think that sums it up. This is marketing, and there are no promises. However, I can guarantee that some of the authors that participate will get a significant boost from their presence at the show. This link is just a partial list of the authors that are 'in play' from Frankfurt in 2009. http://www.strategicbookmarketing.com/frankfurt-2009-leads.htm



Q) Can I buy more than one service?

A) Yes, you can have your book there, and present there by purchasing both packages. You can also sign up for Frankfurt at this time. You can have multiple manuscripts at the show.



Q) I'm not active with you. Can I still participate?

A) Certainly, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we don't want anyone to miss it.



Q) Are there any discounts?

A) Yes and No... Sadly not for Beijing We are offering a discount if you want to register early for Frankfurt, or register for both shows. See below.



Q) Will all the Strategic people stay in the same hotel (group rate)? Will I be completely on my own? Is the "poster and other supporting materials" included in the cost of being "in the booth"? Do I still have a few days to make up my mind?

A) We will assist you with the details if you decide to attend. It really is more convenient if you can get a hotel on the bus route if you are going to be there multiple days. Yes, we will have posters and displays for those authors that will be at the booth. Yes, you have a few days to make up your mind, but it is first come, first serve, and there are limits to how many authors we can accommodate. PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW FILLS UP EVERY HOTEL ROOM. Book early.

For Beijing we think there is a Radisson Hotel right next to the convention center and it is $170 per night we heard. Frankfurt is nuts. You almost have to book now for Frankfurt. Once we get our final group size we'll try to negotiate the best rate.



Conclusion:
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We will be there and the size of our presence will be partially dictated by how many of our authors decide to participate. We have to make our final decisions about booth size in the next two-four weeks. Please get back to us immediately if you are interested.

We are happy to answer your questions after you sign-up. But in general, the sign-up is pretty much cut and dried.

If you have questions simply reply to this email and one of our team will assist you. You can either email your agent as per normal, or use the China email below.

Thanks, we hope to see you there!
Tania, Linda, Mark, Kait, Nancie
China@StrategicBookMarketing.com



--------------------- A Wonderful Testimonial from the BEA Show ---------

(From Book Expo 2010 in May, in NY) Dear Robert & Ladies,

Thank you for such a wonderful expo, the experience unbelievable! I have worked many trade shows but not expos. I understand the necessity of a business presence for promotion, I thought you guys did a great job! Now I've book exposed, I totally 'get' why you "don't just walk up to distribute anything to large anything,"...But, the contacts made invaluable!

I was able to hand out books to Librarians, hopefully good contacts, people viable or not we'll see, who said they'd review, not to mention the advice via, Mark? (Nancie, your husband), awesome!

Thank you Lynn, for promoting my book with book sellers...you rock!! Thank you Nancie for the beautiful posters, bookmarks and flyers...love the color! And thank you Kait, for being patient during the expo emails...ahhh I'm sure!

I would have said "Good bye in person," but you were busy, and I know how weird some people can be, lol....hopefully me not included.

Talk to you soon, Lynn when you do get a chance...things calm down, if we could get Fairy Kick a Berry, Game On, out by Christmas, I think I can double sell...(1 & 2) type thing. (So nice to meet Georgie, I don't speak with her often, but she was lovely).

Now......Big, big, Pinia Colada!! :-) no offense, if you don't drink.

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Please note that we will also be exhibiting at the Frankfurt book show. We offer a discount if you wish to sign up for both at this time.



============= BEIJING REGISTRATION ========

"Book-In-Booth": Display Your Book at the Beijing Booth ($248) Per Book/Manuscript

Number of Books/Manuscripts ________ x $248 $225 Discount for Agency



"Author-In-Booth": Your presence at the Booth in BEIJING ($798) for one-half day. The show is Monday through Thursday with moveout on Friday. Please indicate which half-day is best for you.

Monday: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon
Tuesday: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon
Wednesday: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon
Thursday: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon

Number of Day(s) _________ x $798 $698 Discount for Agency

Total Due BEIJING = $ _________



============= FRANKFURT REGISTRATION ========

FRANKFURT Book Expo Services:
PRICING ONLY GOOD UNTIL JUNE 15TH FOR FRANKFURT.

"Book-In-Booth": Display Your Book at the Strategic Booth $225. This is the Discount Price.

Number of Books/Manuscripts ________ x $248



"Author-In-Booth": Your presence at the Strategic Booth in FRANKFURT $498 for one-half day.

(October 6-10): http://www..buchmesse.de/en/fbf/general/opening_hours/

Wed: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon Trade/Business Day
Thur: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon Trade/Business Day
Fri: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon Trade/Business Day
Sat: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon General Public Day
Sun: ___ Morning ___ Afternoon General Public Day

Number of Day(s) _________ x $498 (This is the discount price).

Total Due FRANKFURT = $ _________



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Please visit: http://www.StrategicBookMarketing.com/payments.html . Use the Variable Quantity option and enter the amount as a quantity. (50 items would come out to be $50). And you do not have to have a paypal account. You can use a normal credit card.



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Attn: Beijing Book Fair

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ps. Thank you again for your participation. Also, during these busy email times please allow us an extra day or two to get back to you. We're swamped (in a good way).

James D. Macdonald
06-05-2010, 08:50 AM
unpublished authors have the same chance as published authors IN CHINA AND FRANKFURT RIGHT NOW!

Unpublished authors have the same chance as authors published by Strategic: None.

The scariest thing is where he says, "Think about it, every book has to be translated and because it has to be translated, it doesn't even have to be edited! gulp!"

That means that he doesn't have the beginning of the faintest hint of glimmering of a clue as to what's involved in editing. The silly bugger thinks it's spell-check.

Gravity
06-05-2010, 10:57 PM
You what's really scary (and aggravating), Unk? One fine day the Florida AG finally will have enough documentation to shut down this gormless peckerhead. And then he'll just pay his fine, pack up, and move his operation to a different state.

C. K. Casner
06-08-2010, 11:40 PM
When I was sent the previous email about the Beijing Book Show, I sent a reply email stating that I no longer wanted to receive soliciting emails and was not willing to work with Strategic again (in plain ol' English). Today, I was sent three copies of the same email with this little note attached to the bottom:

"We hope that when you see opportunities like this that you will appreciate that you are part of a very forward thinking Literary Agency and that your choice to work with us was well founded. "

Hmm... I'm not convinced.

M.R.J. Le Blanc
06-09-2010, 04:33 AM
Oooooooooo, a guilt attempt. Not as good as my mom though.

C. K. Casner
06-09-2010, 08:54 PM
This is the latest little post script sent to me this morning:

And, whether you participate or not, we hope that by bringing this kind of opportunity to the you, we will continue to make you feel good about your decision to work with our group of companies

Laying it on a bit thick isn't he?

Little1
07-01-2010, 10:42 PM
So glad this is here. Had a friend email me and was like oh this WB Pubishing is interested in my work! I googled and found this. I obveusly told her to RUN from them. I can't say enugh good things about this site and the information on it. It has been invaluable :)

kimi_silva
07-02-2010, 04:51 AM
Well Thanks to LittleWriter I am no longer in the dark about these scammers. I was so happy that someone was interested in my work, it felt like there were ravens trying to beat their way out of my chest. Oh well, at least I know what it will feel like when I find a REAL agent. :)

AC Crispin
07-02-2010, 09:40 PM
I hope you folks who have been scammed will go to Writer Beware and click on the "Alert" link there, which will take you to information on how to report being defrauded to the Attorney General of Florida, which has mounted a case against Robert Fletcher and his scam companies.

-Ann C. Crispin
Chair, Writer Beware
www.writerbeware.com

Gravity
07-02-2010, 09:47 PM
Is the AG still in the evidence-gathering phase (what's that called: discovery?), or has a trial date been set?

kimi_silva
07-04-2010, 09:12 PM
When I heard that WB Literary Agency was interested in my work I was so excited that I screamed and it felt as if there was an entire flock of ravens trying to beat their way out of my chest; I was so unbelievably happy that I was laughing and crying. Now that I've found out the truth of these heartless bastards ( although, no doubt, calling them that will give heartless bastards a bad name) I have been a little depressed and very sad. I hope that there are not any young or new writers out there less thick-skinned than I who will allow these scammers to damage you to the point that you lose your desire to write.

James D. Macdonald
07-04-2010, 09:39 PM
Being "accepted" by Fletcher (under any of his names) says nothing about your manuscript, your talent, or your future as a writer.

C. K. Casner
07-04-2010, 10:05 PM
Hey Kimi, I felt the same way when I was accepted. I had my first novel published last year and I was so happy and content until I realized that it wasn't selling. I spent hours on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel to drive sales up. After I finished the sequel, I went online to find Strategic and submit and then I stumbled onto a discussion on swfa.org. My heart plummeted when I spent two hours scanning through all of the information, especially the copy of Bobbie's aliases and spotted two names that I had constant contact with. I wanted to break everything in sight, I was so angry. I had been scammed.

Thankfully you were informed before you went too far, because you would be more heartbroken to have your book in your hand, money lost, and realize it was going nowhere. I've contacted the Florida AG, and spent hours here looking for reputable agencies and small presses. This site has been invaluable to me and I wished I would have known about 3 years ago. I will not give up just because a scam artist found my book worthy.

Elisabeth Bruce
07-05-2010, 04:47 AM
I think Bobby maybe thinking about moving here to Australia. In Yahoo Groups in the 'Australian Writers Online' was a query about WB Publishing. I think this is the same one.

I replied on the board with a link to AW and also emailed the lady with links to this thread.

Fingers crossed!

Ink-Stained Wretch
07-06-2010, 03:26 AM
The company has indeed published writers from Australia, and many other countries as well. I hope that Aussie lady backed out before writing any checks or submitting her credit card information.

Elisabeth Bruce
07-07-2010, 02:25 AM
The company has indeed published writers from Australia, and many other countries as well. I hope that Aussie lady backed out before writing any checks or submitting her credit card information.

Yes, she listened to me and didn't sign a contract. She has the link to AW and I'm sure she'll check out names of publishers now. Her plastic is safe this time :)

kimi_silva
07-07-2010, 03:15 PM
Full ViewWB Positive Review
From: Manuscript WB <manuscript@wlwritersagency.com>View Contact
To: Kimi Silva <kimi_silva@ymail.com>


YAY!!! I got a positive review! LoL--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


"If we wait for the moment when everything is ready, we shall never begin."
Ivan Turgenev

Thank you for everything that we have received from you thus far. We would
like to go forward and represent you. Our review team believes that your
work has commercial potential and we are most impressed by your open
attitude towards polishing and making your work as strong as it can be.
Also, we feel that your concept and writing thus far has potential and that
if it is polished and presented properly, we will be proud to represent you.

To take the next step, please read the information below and follow the
instructions at the end of this email. As you know by now, this email will
be quite long (smile), but it has to be as this sets the stage for our
working together.

If you would like to speak with someone, please call Mark at 800-961-3437.

The summary of the information below is this:

1. We choose to represent authors that can demonstrate beyond a shadow of
doubt that their work meets or exceeds industry writing quality standards.
That's our promise to our buyers and publishers that we work with.

2. If a writer is willing to improve their work, then we think that writer
deserves a chance. It is the willingness to improve that impresses us.

3. You have mentioned that your work needs polishing. We agree and we have
developed a process to assist you in taking that step, while at the same
time giving us what we need to start selling your work to buyers.

4. If you would like to speak with someone, please feel free to call Mark at
800-961-3437.


The information below explains what the next steps are.

Ps. Please forgive this form letter. I don't like to receive them, and I
don't like sending them. However, this is at the behest of our lawyers.
They like it when we say it the same way every time. If this email appears
truncated at the bottom, please let me know.



INCUBATING TALENT: We are willing to develop new, fresh talent.
================================================== =============
Most manuscripts that we receive need some level of polishing before we can
submit them to buyers. Over the years, we've learned that it is worth our
time and effort to do what it takes to develop new talent. We've learned
that incubating new talent makes good business sense.

We'd hate to lose a good writer by not accepting someone who is willing to
improve. There are very few literary agencies that will take the time to
develop talent. Most barely return emails. We've answered every email you've
sent us, and we've kept our promises regarding turnaround times. We hope
that you will acknowledge that our level of communication and
professionalism already far exceeds that of other literary agencies. We
pledge this same level of professionalism and courtesy in all subsequent
communications should we work together.


HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
================================================== ==
You don't know us, and we don't know you beyond these informative (and long)
emails, and what you have sent us. We like you and your work, and hopefully
so far, you appreciate that we have treated you professionally and
efficiently. Yes, we use automated forms, but that's so that we have more
time to answer your questions about specific problems or nuances.

If we were in your shoes, we believe you should be looking for a
professional relationship with professional people who will ultimately
benefit your writing career, whether your work is sold or not.

We never promise a sale. However, we do promise that we will work with you
on a professional basis and do what we can to promote you and your work to
our buyers.


Our Buyers Rely on Us To Only Present Top Quality Work
================================================== ===
We are very, very concerned about what we present to our buyers. At a
minimum they expect the mechanics of punctuation, grammar, spelling, and
format to meet or exceed industry standards.

According to what you have sent us, you have not been through a formal edit
with a disinterested third party.


The polishing process begins with what is called a 'critique'
in the publishing world, and 'coverage' in the screenplay world.
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What we have learned over the years is that nothing is more invaluable than
having an unbiased, critical review of an author's work as a roadmap for
bringing the work to market.

In writing circles this is called a critique. We want you to have a critique
of your work. You might already have one, or you may need to get one.


FYI - About Your Competition (Other Writers)
---------------------------------------------
According to the submissions we receive, we see the following pattern. The
take-home for you as an author is that your competition is getting more and
more sophisticated.

About 50% of authors have worked with an editor or critique group/process

About 15% of authors have been through a full editing process.

About 50% of authors have never worked with a 3rd party to improve their
work.

HAVING A CRITIQUE PROTECTS YOU from unscrupulous agents who tell you to keep
getting editing. Having a critique protects our agency from egocentric
writers who think their work is perfect.

Doesn't the publisher provide editing you may ask? Yes, they do. However,
as we mentioned earlier, our requirements are more lenient than theirs.



WHAT DOES A CRITIQUE LOOK LIKE?
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Here are some links for sample critiques that our authors have received. (We
realize that not all of these apply to your genre, but we want you to see
how versatile and powerful this critique format is.) Also, please realize
that a critique is a fast overview. It is NOT a line edit.

http://www.writersliterary.com/Critique-children-ya.rtf
http://www.writersliterary.com/Critique-children-rhyme.rtf
http://www.writersliterary.com/Critique-poetry.rtf
http://www.writersliterary.com/Critique-christian.rtf
http://www.writersliterary.com/Critique-novel.rtf


Critiques do not supersede what you have to say as a writer.
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We have a saying, "if you put 10 editors in a room you will come out with 12
opinions". Ultimately, the final decision about any editor's recommended
change is yours. If you don't agree with them, we are on your side,
especially about subjective items. For mechanics and formatting issues we
side with the editors as that is their forte.

However, you probably should ask yourself, "if they don't get it, why not?".
That's a very valuable insight for you to noodle on. The American viewing
public is so "challenged" that if an editor can't get it, then the public
won't either, and the buyer may not, which is the more important
consideration.

That said, we side with the writer, period.


YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE A 3RD PARTY CRITIQUE* A good number of our applicants
Do**. (As a serious writer, you should get one every year or two).
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The critique should be inexpensive, usually around $70-$90 depending on the
company you choose. It will tell each of us if the work is ready for
marketing right away, or if more polishing is required. As we mentioned if
you have a critique already, great, if not, we can provide a referral for a
critique service.

If you have an associate that you believe can do your critique, then be sure
to send us their credentials first for approval. Please don't try to
critique your own work. (Yes, we've seen that happen and we can tell
immediately.) Also, many people ask if they can get a friend to do the
critique, or a teacher, or an associate; if they don't do editing for a
living, then it's like asking anyone to do something for free--it takes
longer, and it may not be done correctly.

Many authors wonder if the critique just leads to more and more editing. The
answer is NO! Editors are people with high integrity and solid educational
background; if they say a work meets or exceeds industry standards, then we
can all trust their opinion. Once an editor says 'Good to go,' then everyone
can move to the next step, which is marketing your work.

In summary, the critique protects you from unscrupulous agents that will try
to tell you that you need endless rounds of editing. Once you have a
critique you are in a much stronger position in your writing career.



PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR MONEY.
We want you to have a critique by a qualified industry professional.
================================================== ====
MANY AUTHORS MISUNDERSTAND THIS SIMPLE REQUEST. We don't want you to pay us;
We want you to have a critique to start our relationship so that we can
start from the same page. (If I told you the number of writers that accuse
us of using this to take their money, you would be flabbergasted.)


Many authors ask, "Why don't we do the critique as part of our Agency?"
================================================== =====
In the old days, perhaps that occurred. However in today's competitive world
we must focus almost entirely on our core competency, which is selling your
work. Our company relies on editors to work with you to bring your work to
industry standards. We are not editors. We are sales professionals. We
contract out all editing work. (As you might imagine, it turns out that
editors are usually lousy salespeople, and we love the editors we work with
dearly). Editing and sales are two VERY different skill sets. And, because
the value of editing and critiquing stays with you, the owner/writer of the
script, even if you fire us, then it would make logical sense that you would
pay for services that improve the work.



-- One more positive response from an author about the critique ------------

"Dear Sherry: Thank you so much for your quick responses and
professionalism. It was so refreshing to hear an unbiased critique of my
work for the first time. I have hungered for it since I've been writing.
Someone actually read the whole script and took the time and care to provide
a professional critique and show me the areas that need improvement. I am so
determined to make my work a success, and it helps me to know what my
strengths are and where I need improvement. Thank you, and please pass on a
big thank you to my editor."




Typical FAQs that we see at this stage:
=================================
Q) Why did you accept me if my work needs improvement?
A) Our mission in the Acquisitions Department is clear and very "cut and
dried". We answer 3 questions:

1. Will the subject matter sell? Is it commercially viable?
2. Is the writing good enough, or would it be good enough with some degree
of assistance?
3. Did you as the evaluator like the work and would you believe in it if
you were selling it?

If we get a "3 Yes" designation then you pass (at my level). After that, we
leave it up to the experts to really dig in and get detailed with polishing
your work. As Literary Agents, we don't edit, we just sell. We try to let
the editors work with our authors for creative, for mechanics, for
everything related to the work itself, and then, we'll work with the writer
for packaging, pitching, and presenting the work. Our core competency is
selling what you write, not writing what we sell. (And editors and writers
make lousy salespeople, so it works out.)


Q) Why can't I get a more personal response?
A) You will have much more personalized interaction when you reach the Agent
(which occurs after the critique is completed). Unfortunately, my job is
just too intense and I do sincerely apologize for that fact. It really is
like drinking from a fire hose over here. Many authors want me to tell
them what we liked, or what we see that needed polishing. It's just too
cumbersome to try to maintain those notes. You passed, now let's move
forward. Because we get a number of requests for a phone call, or more
personal attention, I would like to clarify how we address these requests.
A bit more about costs. We are extremely conscious of our internal
acquisitions costs. If you study the "cost of sales" in business, you find
that personal meetings are now estimated at $200 each, phone calls are at
$50 each, and emails are less than $5 each. And this is really, really hard
to hear, but authors really tend to ramble on the phone. One final
thought.. When we are helping you sign a publishing contract and get your
check we will talk with you endlessly. (grin).


Q) My work isn't finished, should I finish it first?
A) We can work with an unfinished manuscript. And, the value of the
critique is actually greater for the author of an unfinished manuscript.
Why? You can apply what you learn to the rest of your work! So, it behooves
you to get started as soon as possible. We can sell a work that isn't
finished, as long as what we present is of top quality.

Q) I need a referral for the critique.
A) If needed we will provide you with a referral to someone we trust (and a
sister company) and who discounts their prices to our clients. You can
certainly use any qualified person to do the critique if you know one, but
they MUST have been an editor at some point in their background. Teachers,
friends, family, etc. are not editors. Published authors are NOT editors
either.

Q) How long should a critique take?
A) It should take about two weeks. It should cost no more than $70-$90. It
should be thorough. Many "old style" critiques are long on plot and short on
mechanics. The critique that we desire will not only include commentary on
the plot, it will also critically review grammar, spelling, punctuation, and
the mechanics of writing. We know, we know, it's all of our least favorite
aspect of writing, but to succeed as a writer, your mechanics must meet or
exceed industry standards.

Q) Do I have to pay for it or does the publisher provide for the final
polishing and editing?
A) As your agent, we need it to be 'great' before we will pitch it, and
then, if the publisher wants to make changes, then they will pay for the
changes they desire, not you.

Q) What if the critique says my writing is horrible? Will you still
represent me?
A) The critique will never say that your writing is horrible. The critique
will point out your strengths and weaknesses. It will come from a coaching
point of view, not from a judgmental point of view. As we've mentioned
earlier, our Agency is different in that we are willing to develop talent.
We will not fire you because of a poor critique.

Q) My teacher/friend/pastor/writer/PhD/English Teacher, etc. can do the
critique, right?
A) Maybe, but probably not. Bite the bullet and hire an editor please.
We've seen very poor work from PhD's, teachers, and many writers. If they
haven't had a stint as a true editor, then usually they aren't going to do a
good job.

Q) My work is my work; it's special and I'm not changing anything!
A) That's fine, but we do insist that spelling, grammar, and punctuation
meet or exceed industry standards. We have a saying, "If you put 10 editors
in a room you will come out with 12 opinions." Ultimately, the final
decision is yours. If you don't agree with them, we are on your side,
especially about subjective items. On the mechanics and formatting issues we
side with the editors.

Q) What do the buyers/publishers think of this model that you use?
A) Frankly, our buyers know that before we pitch a work, we've put the
writer through the proverbial wringer! Our buyers know that our writers can
understand a contract, comply with reasonable requests, and that we've
weeded out the 'something for nothing' writers that are basically lazy about
their craft. This hyper-competitive industry will only reward the best, and
that's our commitment to our buyers, and to you.

Q) How do I know that this won't turn into endless rounds of editing that I
Have to pay for?
A) At some time and some place, we have to trust each other. We believe that
this is where it has to start. Your risk is $70-$90. Our risk is that our
tnternal cost of our time with you at our hourly rate is easily greater than
that amount. (And you never pay us for that time, we don't charge any fees
As we've mentioned earlier). So, we'll spend the time to work with you if
you'll do your part to make sure your work is the best it can be. Unless the
critique points out the need for substantial rework, there shouldn't be any
more fees. That's why we require an independent 3rd party for the critique.
This protects YOU from an unscrupulous agent, and it protects US from
egocentric writers.

Q) I'm still nervous, what does your contract say?
A) First you keep the copyright to your work, and second, you can fire us at
any time if we don't perform. Our contract includes the following two
clauses designed to protect you. There are no payments to us in the contract
unless we sell your work.

Here is the exact language in the contract:
--------------------------------------------------------------- -- 1)The
Copyright and ownership is specifically retained by the AUTHOR for this work
and all works submitted to, and accepted by, the Agent. The Writer does not
grant to Agent or any other party any right, title or interest of any kind
in any copyright, ownership and/or any other intellectual property right
contained in or as a part of any work of the Writer submitted to the Agent.
The Agent agrees to make no claim to any such right, title or interest,
however denominated.

2) The Writer/Producer may terminate this Agreement after 90 consecutive
days of no sale by Agent.

3) We receive 10% only if we sell your work. There are no other fees in the
contract. We get paid after you get paid.

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So, if you don't like us, or we don't perform, you can fire us. We clearly
state that you keep your copyright. We don't know how much safer we can make
it. Other than that, the contract is for one year duration, and we ask for a
reasonable 10% if we sell your work.


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IN CONCLUSION, THE NEXT STEP IS SIMPLE.
Please "Reply" to this email with one of the following three statements:
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1) Please send your contract and a referral for a critique service. I
understand how a critique protects each of us and will improve my writing
(or validate that I'm as good as I think I am). I will get the critique
underway as soon as I hear from you. I am committed to my writing as a
business.

Or,

2) I have a critique (or been edited) already. Please send me your contract
and I will include my critique or editing information with the contract when
I send it in.

Or

3) "Thanks but no thanks," If this is your choice, we wish you the best.
Keep in mind that your competition (other writers) are aggressively
improving their work with coverage, edits, and coaching. To compete you are
going to have to consider these options. It is a very, very competitive
marketplace.

Also, should you change your mind after continuing to search for another
Agency, please feel free to come back to us, and we can pick up at this
stage. (You will still have to have evidence of working with a 3rd party
though).

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In conclusion, no matter what your reply, I truly and sincerely wish you the
best in your writing career and I want you to know that I have enjoyed our
interaction immensely thus far. Continue to follow your dreams, and it is my
deepest hope that you succeed with your writing career.





________________________________

From: Kimi Silva [mailto:kimi_silva@ymail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 8:42 PM
To: manuscript@Wlwritersagency.com
Subject: Kimberlynn Silva MS



Thank you so much for your interest in my work. To answer your
three questions:



*This book will be bought by fans of the Paranormal Romance genre.
It has magic, romance, and promises a series.
*I've been writing since I was in my early teens (about 25+ yrs),
but this is my first serious attempt at book writing. I hope to be a
published author; to know that I can cause my readers to experience a
roller-coaster of emotions between the cover of the book.
*This is definitely a WIP and is in desperate need of some
polishing, but I'm open to any and all suggestions.
Again, thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

Sincerely,
Kimberlynn J Silva (Kimi J Shaffer)

victoriastrauss
07-08-2010, 09:32 PM
HAVING A CRITIQUE PROTECTS YOU from unscrupulous agents who tell you to keep getting editing.

That's pretty funny, given that recommending further editing is one of the main ways this company makes money.

- Victoria

C. K. Casner
07-10-2010, 04:00 AM
Bobby sent me an email today that the Beijing Book Expo was sold out. You can tell I'm heart-broken to have missed out on that. I found this little tidbit that I thought was quite interesting:

============= PAYMENT METHODS ============================

Please see this note from our accounting department: "One thing we might ask the authors to do is please let us know when they make the payment what service they are paying for and if they have more than one book and are only paying for one to go, we need to know the title of the book. No one is including any notes when they pay via Paypal".

Let us know what you are paying for, it is more complex than you think! Smile!


Why is he so concerened with what they pay for, as long as they pay for it?

DaveKuzminski
07-10-2010, 06:15 AM
Sounds like the state of Florida is going through his accounting records. Maybe even the Feds.

loyalty
12-10-2010, 03:43 AM
Can you trust any one in the publishing world?

loyalty
12-10-2010, 03:51 AM
yea...I know that now. Guess who signed the e-mail??? Mrs Sherry Fine. It was just another branch of the New york lit agency. Sigh>>>

"Sherry still scamming, Why can't the law put a stop to these fraudulent acts?" This discourages me from even given any of my books to someone else to publish. Wow!

AC Crispin
12-10-2010, 04:21 AM
Real publishers publish books that you can find on the shelves in your local bookstore.

You won't find either Strategic or Eloquent books on the shelves in your local bookstore.

Also, real publishers don't advertise for writers to send them their manuscripts.

It's easy to tell the sheep from the goats.

-Ann C. Crispin
Chair, Writer Beware
www.writerbeware.com (http://www.writerbeware.com)

Angelepaauthor
08-22-2011, 11:23 PM
[QUOTE=AC Crispin;2648877]
The Literary Agency Group, a business controlled by Robert M. Fletcher of Boca Raton, Florida, changed its name in February 2007 to Writers' Literary Agency & Marketing Company (a.k.a. Writers' Literary Agency, WLA, or WL Writers' Agency).

"advisories of fee-charging, editing referrals, and other questionable practices. We're not aware that the company has a significant track record of commercial book or script sales under any of its names."

I submitted a query to them on a not so good book just to see what they would say. (This was about 7 years ago) and was told I had to pay about $400 for a professional editor plus get 3 editing refferals.



I never fell for it, and I'm grateful I didn't.

btw, I'm new here, lol.

AC Crispin
08-25-2011, 07:29 AM
"Sherry Fine" is an alias Robert Fletcher has used. He admitted this to the Florida Attorney General's Office while under oath.

-Ann C. Crispin
Chair, Writer Beware

rixbills
02-07-2014, 03:47 AM
Anyone know anything about it?? I have searched the forums and didnt come up with anything. I just got an e-mail requesting work but I have already had a run in with new york lit agency (they didnt get any money) so now I am leary...what is the best way to find out about a company?? I will do some research but any help would be appreciated. Thanks

I have the same issue. I just did internet research.

JulieB
02-07-2014, 06:46 AM
Welcome to AW! The best place to start is the index (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=792).

Chances are you'll see the publisher, agent, or service you're researching listed. If not, then please start a thread.