the point i am trying to make is that most scammers go for anything and are unselective. For example I recieved an offer from Barbara Bauer when i offered her a book called "The Found Symbol" which had the exact same synopsis as Dan Brown's book, including names and everything.
In the UK a number of agents offer literary consultancy services on the side and this is not considered a red flag as long as the two are kept apart
And the point I'm trying to make is the fact that she rejected you isn't really a valid criterion for judging the efficiency of an agent.
She might not be scamming, but neither does she appear to have credentials, experience, or a proven track record of sales to legitimate trade houses. That makes me wonder where the money is. And so we look to the editing side of the business.
If the agency is used to funnel writers to the editing side, then that is, at the very least, unethical.
I got a rejection from Susan Yearwood this morning. It was all pretty standard - submitted, she requested the full MS after a partial and rejected about a month later. She suggested I try the larger agencies such as Curtis Brown.
Just a shame the larger agencies have been rejecting me for ages.
They appear to be a straight editing service now. They still have that short storie typo which they may want to fix, v. bad for an editing site. Also I'd like to see a list of anyone who went on to successfully publish as a result of their services.