Miss Snark, I have recently begun reading your blog, and I absolutely love it. It's helped me through a lot of work with agents lately. Just today, a literary agent responded to a query letter of mine requesting the first three chapters of my novel, which isn't anything new, but she did also request that I sign a release form. I've been trying to translate it into a language resembling English, and while I don't see anything that pops out as dodgy, and she seems reputable enough, I'm wary at signing anything this early on. Are release forms standard when all she's doing is looking over sample chapters?
Release form? To do what? Read it? Xerox it? Sell it? As far as I know release forms are for models (are you Paris Hilton), celebrities on TV and field trips. This is weird.
You can send me a copy of the release form to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll run my snarky eyeball over it. Have you signed it? Sent it?