By way of Publisher’s Marketplace, here’s a link to the story of Martha Avery, an “agent” who bilked at least 200 aspiring writers of $700,000 in fees.

For more info on agent and publishing scams you can always check out Writer Beware.

Bottom line: beware of agents who ask for reading fees, editorial fees, or marketing fees. It’s relatively easy to do your research, online and off, and find an agent with a demonstrable track record.

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