Just a short blog post today to let you know a bit about how things have been going since I posted posts 54, 55 and 56, regarding getting scammed and asking people who have had problems with Robert Fletcher or any of his agencies to get in touch with me.
I've gotten some very promising results from people who are unhappy, and sent them out the information I promised.
But there's been an unsuspected beneficial side effect, which has had the result of keeping me pretty busy. It seems that many people are now writing to me BEFORE signing on with Bouncin' Bobby. Yay!
At this rate I'm receiving something on the order of 5-8 emails per day asking me what's the deal with the LAG, and Mr. Fletcher, or with Children's, New York Literary, etc. I send them back the straight dope, as usual, and I'm pretty sure that, after reading it, the vast majority of recipients don't sign on that dotted line or pay that money.
I wonder how many victims Mr. Fletcher gets per day? I wonder if the 5-8 I'm hearing from is enough to put a dent in the money flowing into his pockets?
At any rate, one of the things I've noticed from the folks who write to me is, that all too often, they say something to the effect of: "I wanted to write to you before signing this contract (or sending this money) because, although I don't know anything about the publishing field, or agents, something just doesn't feel right about the way these people are coming on to me."
Writers, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If one of those little alarm bells goes off when you're reading an ad or a website, PAY ATTENTION. Your subconscious has had a lot of experience in this world, and it may well be able to spot a rotten apple in the bunch before your fingers sink into the bad spots.
Trust your instincts!
If something seems WRONG about an agency, or a publisher, pay attention to your gut instinct. You can always write to us (for free!) and see if we have anything on record regarding the agency or publisher in question.
Okay, that's our storm warning advisory for today. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
-Ann C. Crispin