I sent out my novel to agents for about 3 months under a pen name. I now have wonderful agent.
Today I received an e-amil from Xlibris, the Random House Ventures- yes, self-publishing - sent to my e-mail, the name on my e-mail address not even close to my pen name. The e-mail states that they have information about my wonderful writing. I have never had any communication with Random House for any reason, and the only people I ever used the pen name for any communication were agents. So, logically, who could have given my pen name out and my e-mail address? I chose only reputable agents, so am somewhat pissed that I even received this.
Are there agents out there giving out names to Xlibris? do they get a cut? What does Miss Snark think before I drink the entire bottle of Grey Goose as an antidote for cynicsm.
Step away from the bottle.
In fact, hand it over to Miss Snark for safekeeping.
There are all sorts of ways your email info can fall into the hands of the Empire. Just using your email on websites will render a snatch and grab. Log onto Writers Digest? They've got it.
Log onto the Random House website? They've got it.
How did you get the names of the agents who take e-queries? Someone's got your info there now too.
I have no idea if agents sell their mailing lists. I've never heard of such a thing. I've never been asked for mine, and I have a list of rejections that would choke a horse. Heck, a herd of horses.
I wonder how much they pay? I need a new mink coat this winter...and Killer Yapp needs new snow booties.
Email may be fast and efficient but it's not fool proof and I'm the fool who can prove it....wait, that came out wrong.
I guess I better give back that sadly depleted bottle.