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Hi Dale,

As a writer and someone who has worked in the New York publishing industry I appreciate your anger and concern for the nature of Langton’s International business practices. I am aware of how the business operates and your wariness is indeed justified.

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that you have unfairly named and shamed Langton’s assistant, Valia Lind. You do not mention that her conduct was unprofessional and it is therefore unfair that you have connected her personal and professional reputation to the business practices of Langtons International. As an assistant it is her job to conduct aspects of the business but never to decide how the business is run. For example, you say “Valia quoted me…”, but it is in fact Linda Langton who created and approved that quote.

Jobs in the publishing industry are extremely competitive. Most employees have to undertake internships (often multiple, and over some years) for little to no pay, and if they are lucky enough to score a full time job, it is often still poorly paid and sometimes unfulfilling. Despite this, these aspiring editors and publishers carry on because they care about good stories and want to help writers like yourself.

As in all of the arts industries, it is in our best interest to work together towards a common goal. In this case, publishing stories that matter, and supporting other writers. It is forums like Absolute Write, and the people like you who share their experiences who play a crucial part in reaching that goal.

For these same reasons, it is important that we only lame blame where it is justified.

I urge you to please be more considerate before naming employees that have not wronged you. If you believe that Langtons International has treated you unfairly, that is completely legitimate, and your comments should be directed towards Linda Langton who is the only person that is liable for the company’s reputation.

I understand that the process of being published is long and both monetarily and emotionally costly. I wish you all the best in your endeavours.
 

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I strongly disagree. It was Valia Lind who was representing Langton and the one who was in contact with me. She was obviously fully aware of the business practices of the company she was working for and as such she was complicit in its actions. She was the representative with whom I was in contact, therefore it is SHE who is going to bear the brunt of my backlash. It's no different than when I get screwed by shady practices by FedEx or Verizon or any other company. It is the REPRESENTATIVE who REPRESENTS the company screwing their customers, and as such it is THEY who will have to endure my anger, since there is, of course, no chance of my getting to speak to the head of any of those companies. So if Ms. Lind doesn't want to put up with the anger of writers who feel they're getting scammed by her employer's business practices then maybe she should get a job with a reputable agent instead.
 

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The nanny-ish lecture is hardly needed. 'We' can all decide for ourselves where to place blame in any given situation.

Since the only thing Dale said about Vaila was that 'she quoted me' a price, I can't imagine why anyone would think Dale was 'naming and shaming' Vaila for being unprofessional. She issued the price quotation. Whether that price originated with Linda or anyone else, Vaila performed the action, and thus it was described correctly.

Dale, there's no expectation that if an agent reads your full manuscript that you should stop querying. Unless you have an exclusive agreement with an agent, or if they say they won't read simultaneous submissions (which is generally the sign of an agent to avoid), you can query whomever you like.
 

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Hi, I haven't logged in here in about...6 years (?), but since I've been getting multiple e-mails/FB messages about Langton's, I thought I'd re-set my password and post in here again:

-I was with Langton's for less than a year
-They shopped around my chicklit book, and forwarded me the rejections from publishers so I could have them on record
-I left the agency in early 2011, and soon after self-published my book instead
-I have self-published 3 other books since then, and these days I mostly write scripts/freelance
-I never used or inquired about Langton's editing services, and never paid them a dime for anything

In other words, going on 6 years now, I don't have any insight on the publishing industry/literally agents/or Langton's specifically. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, but hopefully this will answer the question in the future to save other writers time. Happy writing everyone!

Romi
 

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Update on Linda Langton:

- In the past two years, Writer Beware has heard from three former clients who pursued legal or other action against Langton and her agency for non-performance, either because of editing paid for but not received, or for failure to market their ms. to publishers. All say they paid four figures--$1,000 or more--for editing. Two of the clients reached financial settlements with Langton; one is still trying to get her to pay up.

- According to Publishers Marketplace, in the past 12 months Langton has not only placed a client's book with a vanity publisher (Austin Macauley), she has placed multiple books with Black Rose Writing and Fiery Seas, neither of which pay advances.

- Victoria
 

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linda langton

Hello All!
Has anyone worked with Linda Langton recently? Has she sold any books in the recent past years?
Thank you for your time
 

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Her editing scheme aside, for every sale to a decent publisher, there's one to those of dubious worth (if not outright vanity).
 

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In December 2021, Linda Langton reached out to me on LinkedIn, asking if I had any unpublished books in need of literary representation. The novel I had just published earlier in the year was suddenly homeless because the press had folded due to covid. The Langton International website listed some recognizable titles, and claimed recent six figure deals with major publishers. So I submitted the manuscript to her and waited to hear. In the meantime, one of my editing clients, a new novelist, was looking for representation. I suggested Langtons International.

When my client received a note advising him to find a professional editor and resubmit, I was surprised to see they were recommending Linda Langton's editorial business for the job. This is a conflict of interest. The following week, I received the same email, almost word for word. Yet my manuscript had already been professionally edited at a publishing house by an editor with decades of experience. Not to mention many other books published by presses large and small.

Obviously, this literary agency is a front for a private editing business. A review of the online reports for the agency (some from former unpaid interns who sat in Linda's apartment reading through her slush pile and sending out form letters) confirms the setup.

When I reached out to the agency with my concerns, they defended their business model. However, to me it smells of scam. The fact that a literary agent would reach out to me on LinkedIn should have been the giveaway. Since I fell for it, I thought I'd make sure you don't.
 
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Since posting this on LinkedIn, I have heard from others who submitted and received their standard "Hire us to edit your manuscript, then resubmit and we may sell it to a top publisher" response. I think this kind of "agency" is unprofessional, not unimportant.
 

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I stumbled on this thread after receiving a LinkedIn request from Linda Langton. Glad I checked!
 
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We're glad you did, too. Whew, huh?