It's no secret I'm looking for an agent. So I was surprised to receive an email from a literary agent yesterday whom I had never queried. I immediately became suspicious and googled her name.
I discovered that she is listed on the Top 20 Worst Agent list.
She signed her name as Michele Glance Rooney. I found this agent has a track record of contacting authors and inviting them to submit. Then she charges fees for reading, submitting, etc. According a blog written by Victoria Strauss, Rooney has not sold any trackable manuscript to any publisher.
The message she sent me is as follows:
How's your writing going? I just wanted to send you an e-mail and let you know you that I'm very interested in reading your writing projects with an eye toward becoming your literary agent. If your writing project is still a work in progress, please feel free to send me a synopsis and sample chapters. My submission address is:
Michele Glance Rooney, Literary Agent
P.O. Box 2533
Birmingham, Michigan 48012-2533
You can check out my website at http://superliteraryagent.tripod.com
I'm looking forward to reading your work. I wish you great success with your writing career and with all of your endeavors.
Have a stupendous day!
Michele Glance Rooney
I, of course, emailed her back and requested a client list and her 2006-2007 sales. She hasn't replied.
My message to you: PLEASE investigate every agent by googling their name--even if they are listed in a reputable agent guide. In another blog, I list things to watch out for when querying agents.