Seen 'em come, seen 'em go
- Feb 12, 2005
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It means the Florida AG has him in its crosshairs and he's sh**tting kittens.
It is normal in that it shows
some work still to be done,
And some areas that are ok/adequate.
They're not going to sell your book in the next sixty days. They lack the practical ability to do so; they have no intention of trying.
Their entire business is built around getting you to write bigger and bigger checks.
I am sorry that this didn't work out.
This email shall serve as formal termination and dissolution of our Literary
Agency Contract for Representation.
We wish you the best in all your writing endeavors.
Georgina - Senior Agent
I have to say I was kind of hoping for a little more emotional blackmail than that (something along the lines of "you can't do it without us, I thought you were a Serious Writer") I was looking forward to ripping it to pieces. Still, they were polite so I guess I should be; I'm not vindictive
They sent back a "interview" with a "famous blog writer" (who I couldn't find any info on--how famous is that?) with them saying how they "work differently" and they've tried to contact Writer Beware and the others but they won't talk to them.
In the last 6 months, we've published over 250 authors and we're
selling 1500 books a week for them.
We are also one of the few companies already doing joint ventures into China and Australia for our authors.
We have venture capitalists approaching us and we are 'squeaky clean" from and accounting and legal perspective as we are also considering going public.
Also, we employ about 50 people now from all over the world, and those employees certainly wouldn't work for a scam company either.
The people that run those sites don't have the time, or the inclination to do an interview like this.
We don't work with authors that won't spend the money it takes to improve and that has served us well.
Frankly, and I don't want to be mean about it, but we think some of our authors make more in one month than that crowd has made in their in their entire writing career.
The simple truth is that as Google has changed it's algorithms, we have changed our domain names so that we get better positioning. It's that simple.
It's simple really. All I have to do is google search "your name - criminal records" and I will get plenty of hits, of your name, in all kinds of criminal situations. Then all I do is copy and paste that info into 3-4 sites, anonymously, and you're screwed. I guarantee it. You'll never live it down and never clean it up. Believe me, we've tried. Also, we've been investigated up and down, and nothing had ever come of it. The fact is that these days any disgruntled person can file a complaint with a District Attorney.
We do what we say, we tell the author up front what to expect, we never over-promise, and we deliver.
And that strategy is paying off. Why do you think the agency is so valuable to the publisher? Frankly, we think the agency has provided over 100 authors "ready to go" to the publisher. Those authors are now making money and receiving royalty checks. Those authors will be part of the 100,000 - 1 MM books we'll be selling in the medium term
We have tried to dialog with P&E, Writers Beware, SFWA, etc. Unfortunately,
those people are so backward-minded and stuck, that they really didn't
listen, so we now ignore them and we just keep chugging. Frankly, and I
don't want to be mean about it, but we think some of our authors make more
in one month than that crowd has made in their in their entire writing
career. We suggest that authors make up their own mind, and not rely on
anyone else when forming their opinion, especially minor-leaguers.
Even if that's true, 1500 books a week is a pathetic figure. 1500 books sold for one author wouldn't be enough to get them into the NYT Bestseller list or the USA Today List. It certainly wouldn't get them into the The Times bestseller list (where if you look at the figures, the lowest seller is still shifting over 5000 copies a week).