James D. Macdonald said:http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/004772.html
Children's Literary Agency/New York Literary Agency/Christian Literary Agency/Stylus Literary Agency have never sold a book in their lives.
They didn't even sell Peter Parente's book: He self-published.
Robert Fletcher, their head honcho, is a convicted swindler.
Tell you what -- if you insist that the only way to know is to find out for yourself, have at it. Keep careful records. They'll come in handy at Fletcher's next trial.
Take these quoted words, hold them dear, and then run--don't walk--from Children's Lit. Run, I tell ya. Google them. . . see what comes up. Nothing nice. Nothing good. Nothing in the sales department. Then, go to the bookstore and read the acknowledgements sections of children's books--those from small and large presses. Write down a few of the names, and see where that leads you--to honorable agents.
Don't mean to sound harsh, but I would hate for you to get taken (they can also take you with claim to the mss, even if you don't drop a dime thier way). Also, I would hate for AW to have to start a "Neverending Stylus/Children's Lit/Bobby Fletcher" thread.