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Friday, May 07, 2004

Cautionary tale for writers

You may recognize some of the names here: Fisher, Deering.

Cautionary tale for writers: 'literary agent from hell'
By Teresa Mendez [book review]

Although 150,000 titles were published last year, most aspiring authors still can't find a publisher.

Unfortunately, there's a shadow industry eager to prey on writers who hope to evade the usual hoops on their way to publication. You've seen the ads: "Manuscripts Wanted!" You may even have been tempted to respond with a masterpiece of your own. But before sending any money, read "Ten Percent of Nothing," a chilling book by former FBI agent Jim Fisher about "the literary agent from hell."