Certainly, the writing world is full of wonderful literary agents who have authors best interests in mind, however, just as with everything, there are some that either aren’t good or aren’t good for you. No one likes to face the fact that they’ve made the wrong choice when choosing to sign with a particular literary agent, but if you’ve been thinking that perhaps you’ve found a bad apple, chances are you might be right.
Whether it’s an upfront reading fee or for you to prepay their travel costs, no respectable literary agent charges fees to an author besides their commission after, and only after, they’ve signed a publishing contract and are selling books. If you happen across an agent who charges fees then run, don’t walk, in the other direction.
When an agent fails to call, email, or respond to your communication attempts in a few days, there is a good chance they are busy, but will get back to you. When a week goes by, they probably are really busy and should get at least another chance to explain themselves. But, if more than two weeks go by and they still haven’t contacted you in any way, even after several attempts on your part, then you have a bad agent.
You’ve signed a contract months and months ago and yet your agent still hasn’t even submitted your manuscript to a single publisher. While the publishing world is a fickle market and goes through trends and fads of what is popular in each genre, normally agents sign authors because they at least have a few publishers in mind right off the bat when they sign you.
RENEGES ON PROMISES
All of sudden all those wonderful opportunities that seemed within your grasp when you signed your contract had all vanished and your agent has left you high and dry without explanation or support. If you’re left on your own, then maybe it’s time to give them the old heave-ho.