With all the terrific agents out there, I strongly recommend that you continue your search.
Sorry I'm just now seeing this. I can't attest to the agency per se, only Tom. He's...how should I put it...very odd. He submitted to me last year a query that gave me absolutely no background in which to draw an opinion. I first looked up the agency and saw that they've had some big successes in the past, so I was surprised at the lack of finesse to the query. When I wrote back to him to tell him that he hadn't given me what I needed, a correspondence ensued that took a very strange turn.Can anyone provide any clue about what was said about or by Tom Dark, I saw he did post here. To clarify (since I sense something negative happened on this thread but don't know what), did Priceless1 mean continuing to search for a different agent? Can anyone offer information about what happened, or anything about Tom Dark? I read up on the agency in Jeff Herman's Guide. They're AAR and seemed to have sold a whole lot of books. Is there something I'm not aware of?
With respect, Kathleen, I doubt very much that anyone could have seen this one coming. It was an unfortunate set of circumstances that lit his fuse. I don't think he really cared that I rejected the work, but rather that I questioned his abilities, and that's why he wrote me about the manuscript's progress. For some twisted reason, he needed to prove to me - little eensy me - that he could get the job done. Creepy. I mean, why care what I think, yanno?Wow--I didn't read anything that Tom Dark has posted here--but just the story priceless has told is definitely an eye opener.
Member of the AAR or not--always do a background check. Get multiple opinions and previous experiences from other authors who have dealt with the particular agent you are interested in.
Or else you could end up with a very bizarre agent...
Try googling his name, and you can find out more.
He's clearly tounge-in-cheek here .. even I remember the word 'zine' being used well before then."the 'zine," which I conceived and coined in 1985 ... I haven't checked a dictionary to see if "'zine" is now listed as a word"
Lancefrank, this is a Bewares forum. That means we share information that educates/warns/enlightens authors in the various aspects of publishing. I'm thrilled that Tom is doing right by you. I hope he does the same for all his clients. Since I have a perspective that many don't, I wanted to share my experiences of Tom's abilities to cough up a proper query and his subsequent behavior. That they aren't good experiences doesn't strike me as being unprofessional. I wasn't the one acting like a buffoon.Priceless, I am sorry to see that you have publicly blasted Tom. It does a great disservice to his clients. I admire somone willing to fight for their client. It seems as if you took a simple misunderstanding and threw it out for everyone to judge. Seems to me that could be considered unprofessional...
But has he sold your book?
"Honestly, this terrible mistake has gone on for too long… writers writing books. The age of celebrity writing has arrived…. We have no place for you, because, you don’t fit out publishing profile. Now if will excuse me…"