Not even nitwittery for this one

Miss Snark, does this Craig's List ad make you wonder if the writer's mother can read at an adult level? How adventurous, indeed! Wha...???

Literary Agent need for new unpublished children's author

I wrote a children's book for preteens. I have sent numerous query letters with many denials. I have had many people critque my book and love it. I just can not get a literary agent to spend time to see it. I would like to publish my book. It's adventurous and sci-fi.

This is how "literary agent" scam artists stay in business. It's why vanity POD mills stay in business.

There are some people so far afield they're even out of range of the clue cannon.


ORION said...

So so sad. Really. Here is an author highly invested in their work and they now are prey for scammers.
I find it heart wrenching.

snarkfodder said...

I propose the immediate construction of a Clue Star. Like the Death Star, only... bigger.

Fleet Admiral Yapp, see to it.

Mark said...

Or posting a plea for readers to "send an agent over" to the author's website because, yanno (tm), they're lookin fer one. I've seen this twice at the Gather contest, from two of the "winners" so far.

joelle said...

Hi. I've actually made some legitimate magazine sales off of craigslist, so I used to read the writer's section regularly. When I would see listings like this, I would send the writer a little note just giving them a head's up on a better way to go about this. Like joining The Society of Children's Book Writer's or reading The Children's Marketplace. I quit doing this when the third or fourth "writer" yelled at me (via email) for crushing their dreams and "if I was such a big time writer, why was I reading cragislist" etc. You can't help those who won't help themselves.

benjamin russack said...

Well it's not quite as bad as the guy on Craig’s who keeps insisting that he's "invented" some genre he calls spiritual sci-fi.

BernardL said...

I'm sorry, Ms. S., but there are no literary agent scam artists. There are only hopeful people, and P.T. Barnums, who help them hold on to their dreams a little while longer. In the end, what the heck does a few bucks one way or another matter? It's not like giving your bank account number to a guy in Nigeria who wants to launder three million dollars and give you ten percent. And, in the end, look at this snazzy book I got with my name on it. :)

Simon Haynes said...

"I quit doing this when the third or fourth "writer" yelled at me (via email) for crushing their dreams."

Sucks when that happens, but don't give up. Maybe those writers are actually scamming agents in disguise?

I have a number of writing and publishing-related articles on my site, and to date I've had many thank-yous and only one 'you crushed my dream' response.

I said something nice and soothing to the crushed dream person, but what I should have said was 'You're way too fragile for this game.'

Kit Whitfield said...

Poor frustrated person. Let's all just hope that the scammers don't see that ad, or that somebody warns her in time.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know how I can get in touch with that guy in Nigeria? My rent's due.

Ryan Field said...

Craigslist is one of those places where you never know...but it's amazing how many writers are posting ads like this.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone bothered to send her a link to Predators & Editors so she can make a legit start?

She clearly knows nothing about the business, so she goes with a venue with which she is familar. It's not her fault it's the wrong one. She might have been misinformed by a helpful, but equally ignorant friend.

For all we know she could be the next Rowling and just needs to be pointed in the right direction.

I did the same earlier this week. Some dude was trying to sell his screenplay on eBay. I sent him a link to a page on Absolute Write. The quality of his writing didn't matter; he just needed a little help and it costs nothing to give back.

If a kid is lost in a big store you point her to the big desk out front and maybe she can avoid all the roaming creeps.

wonderer said...

On a related note, I just Googled "publishing", "how to get published", and "getting published". In each case, the first results were the paid ads ("sponsored links") by XLibris, PublishAmerica, AuthorHouse, etc. Some of them included subheadings such as "Learn how to get published - Free kit" and "Avoid the stigma of paying a publisher! We want your book, not your money."

Evidently it's not hard to be suckered.

Simon Haynes said...

Re the "how to get published" on Google - the 5th or 6th actual result (not paid link) is my site, with the aforementioned articles on writing. On google AU mine's the first.

Not all hope is lost - if a newbie opens the first few links they'll get a balanced view from my pages. (And I'll be crushing more dreams...)

By the way, the more people link to a legit article the higher it moves up the rankings. I don't care if that's mine, P&E, Jim McDonald's or Ian Irvine's, but you only have to put a link to a legit article in your blog with 'How to get published' as the link text and you'll be doing your bit. There are many more of us than there are of them.

Samuel Tinianow said...

I have sent out numerous query letters with many denials.

Well, at least s/he is conscious of having "many denials" about what s/he is doing.

Anonymous said...

No, he/she is still in complete denial. The author clearly thinks the 'many denials' were by people who don't see the genius of the books and/or author.

To continue looking for an agent when people who've read your book and turned it down (or maybe the author is stuck at the query stage, and then book is OK) is silly. Better to go on and write a second that no one will ever publish. Then a third. Ad infinitum.