- Requiring a reading fee with a submission.
- Requiring a “marketing” or “submission” or other fee on contract signing.
- Requiring writers to buy a critique or manuscript assessment.
- Referrals to an editing service owned by the agency, without disclosing the connection.
- Requiring that clients use the agent’s own paid editing services. Running a contest that’s a scheme for funneling writers into a paid editing service or vanity publisher.
- Pressuring clients to buy “adjunct” services–website design, catalog space, book cover mockups. Etc.
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Author/Educator, Kathy Stemke, has a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, and graduate coursework from Columbia University. As a freelance writer Kathy has published several articles and is a former contributing editor for The National Writing for Children's Center. she is on the team at DKV Writing for you, a writing services company. Sign up for her free monthly newsletter, Movement and Rhythm, on her blog. http://educationtipster.blogspot.com