Dear Miss Snark:
I noticed a lot of agencies listed in Writer's Market and those in the Literary Agents Guide mention that the author will be responsible for copying and shipping charges. Those specific charges would come out of the actual book sale, correct?
Some also mention things like 'charges clients $75 disbursement fee/year'. Is that suspicious?
Is there a gray area to this topic of illegitimate agencies attempting to fleece writers?
I don't know about gray area. I know that authors should not pay agents. Ever. No exceptions. Money for expenses is deducted from the proceeds of sales. Receipts are provided. No handling fees, escrow fees, or just cause I can get away with it fees.
No exceptions. Black and white enough?