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Preditors & Editors features thousands of listings within its pages. Some of our listings and information come from the following sources to whom we express our gratitude:

If your business or resource site isn't listed yet, just contact P&E with the business or site name, address (mailing or URL), and a description of what you offer.

The following are our newest listings we've discovered or had reported to us. You can find these and other listings at the topic links:

The archive of recent updates is now here. Important information about P&E ratings is summarized below:


Agents and other Representation

Thousands of listings for agents, attorneys, and book packagers can be found in our main pages by clicking on the heading to this section. Below are the newest additions to those pages:

For uniformity, P&E lists agents by first name just like businesses because businesses don't have last names.

$ - Indicates verified sales to legitimate royalty-paying publishers on record.
$ - Indicates verified negotiation by an agency when the sale was made by the author.
AAR, RWA - Indicates individual membership in organization or recognition. Lost membership or recognition is lined out.

1/29/09: AEG Publishing Group seems to have a credibility gap showing. Recent information reveals that the interview they've been claiming was by Deliriousgirl was actually written by them and not her according to her response on this page at AbsoluteWrite.

2/8/09: AEG Publishing Group loses libel suit against author James Macdonald.

3/26/09: In 2008, Robert Fletcher and his company, the Literary Agency Group, alleged defamation, loss of business and emotional distress against Writer Beware. That suit was dismissed with prejudice March 18, 2009, by the Massachusetts Superior Court. Fletcher and his companies are currently under investigation by the Florida Attorney General.

8/11/09: Judge declares Robert Fletcher's operation (AEG Publishing Group, Writers Literary Agency, and all its many tentacles) a fraud and awards attorney and court fees to Crispin and Strauss. More information at Writer Beware's Blog.

8/29/09: Robert Fletcher exposed by his own local news as a fraud in Broward Palm Beach.

9/3/09: Florida Attorney General files suit against Robert Fletcher. Read the press release at the link or the newspaper article.

6/10/11: P&E has unofficial word that Robert Fletcher of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency has agreed to make restitution pursuant all Florida residents with the Florida state Attorney General. This is not verified.

6/20/12: More names to watch out for:

Publish On Demand Global
Professional Publishing Press 
ePubCo 
Rapid Illustrations 
Publish On Demand Australia 
Publish on Demand India 
Publish on Demand Korea 
Publish On Demand Taiwan 
Publish on Demand UAE 
Publish on Demand UK and Europe 
Authors and Libraries Program 
AuthorMarketingIdeas.com 
AuthorSuccessStories.com
Best Quality Editing Services
Best Selling Book Rights Agency 
The Florida Attorney General recommends that any writers with complaints about any of the businesses comprising the AEG Publishing Group formerly the Writers Book Publishing Agency, formerly the Writers' Literary Agency & Marketing Company, formerly known as the Literary Agency Group, (be sure you mention their former names) should be reported to:

Office of the Attorney General
PL 01, The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050 (850) 414-3990

Office of the Attorney General, New York
Department of Law
The Capitol, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12224 (518) 474-7330

Randi Shapiro, Financial Investigator
Economic Crimes Division
Email: randi.shapiro@myfloridalegal.com
Phone: 954-712-4600

Federal Trade Commission (877) 382-4357
www.ftc.gov

BBB of Southeast Florida (516) 712-1918
www.bbbsoutheastflorida.org
(Be aware that reports to any BBB are unlikely to result in any significant action)

County Consumer Protection Offices
Palm Beach County, FL (561) 712-6600
www.pbcgov.com/pubsafety/comsumer/html/home.asp

Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act does provide individuals with a private remedy to bring an action for damages, attorney's fees and court costs. The Florida Bar offers a Lawyer Referral Service: 1-800-342-8060

Sales:

By the way, total known sales by all of the Writers' Literary Agency and Marketing Company's (aka Literary Agency Group) divisions for all of 2006 and 2007 add up to:

Zero.

So just how do they remain in business anyway?

By the way:

So far, as of July 2008, P&E has finally heard of two writers' works being rejected by any of the company names which the Writers' Literary Agency and Marketing Company uses to conduct business. Yet they still wanted to forward the writers' contact information to a publisher. Pretty selective, aren't they? On the other hand, shouldn't WLA&MC be representing those manuscripts if they're good enough to interest a publisher so WLA&MC can earn a commission? Unfortunately, this causes P&E to wonder just how WLA&MC can support itself if it's not earning a commission.

Evidently, P&E's information is not viewed favorably by Writers Literary Agency per this recent email conversation. One last note: If you believe you have been scammed by WLA, please contact Ann Crispin at beware@sfwa.org.




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