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News – October 15, 2016

DENVER (CN) — Prize-winning feminist author Karla Jay sued her literary agency this week, claiming it sold rights to two of her novels without telling her, and when she confronted the agent, she "lamely and incredibly responded, 'Maybe someone hacked my computer and got the manuscript.'"

Jay claims that Boulder-based Warner Literary Group not only failed to pay her royalties, but refuses to let her leave her contract. The LLC is the only defendant in the Oct. 11 lawsuit in Boulder County Court. Jay says its principal is Sarah Warner, who is named throughout the complaint, but not as a defendant in the header. – August 31, 2016

Jo Unwin is embarking on her “dream” of owning a fully-independent literary agency after nearly three years of working in association with Rogers, Coleridge and White (RCW).

The Jo Unwin Literary Agency Ltd (JULA) will be based in new offices in London’s Somerset House and she will continue to represent her roster of debut and bestselling authors including Kit de Waal, Nina Stibbe, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Richard Ayoade and Jenny Colgan, while looking to expand her list. – August 26, 2016

When literary agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett agreed to be acquired by WME, the decision represented a recognition that in a changing market, an independent books-to-film firm — even one as respected as RWSG — might not have the resources needed to thrive. – August 23, 2016

WME has acquired Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett (RWSG) Literary Agency, the talent agency announced on Monday.

Founded in 2000, RWSG works with authors and writers of film and television to help bring their stories to the screen. Many iconic works of literature have been adapted through RWSG, including the upcoming films “The Girl on the Train” and “The Snowman,” and previously “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Its television projects include “The Leftovers,” “Olive Kitteridge,” and the upcoming “Berlin Station.”


By J. Paul Dyson

For as long as there have been writers eager to get published, there have been con artists ready to prey upon them for a quick buck. Nowadays, the internet is rife with phony literary agencies offering writers false hope in return for a small (or not-so-small) sum of money. In this article I'll look at some of the ways you can spot a dodgy agency, and avoid your time, money, and aspirations being abused. While none of the points below guarantee by themselves that an agency is dubious, together they can make a compelling case, and they should all make you tread a little more cautiously.

Charlie Carroll recently signed a deal with the esteemed Paterson Marsh literary agency, as a result of searching's database of over 850 literary agents. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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By J. Paul Dyson

In last month's article, Avoiding literary agency scams (fwn 44), we identified the warning signs to watch out for in order to avoid bad agents. In this article I'll be reversing the question and providing tips on how to find good agents.

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