Miss Snark: What is your take on agents who use verbal agreements instead of written contracts? Should this be a cause of concern even if the agent has years of experience, a solid client base with award winning books, and consistent sales? Thanks in advance!
Lots of very very good, reliable and honest agents do not use contracts. It's NOT a red flag at all.
Just like very good and reliable agents don't belong to AAR sometimes. Don't use this as an absolute criteria or you'll miss some really good people.
Agents who don't have contracts do have agency clauses in the publishing contracts though.