Friday, May 26, 2006

Linking for a Causing

Barbara Bauer has really got some people ticked off. I hadn't heard about it until Miss Snark posted about it. Barbara Bauer is on the list of 20 Worst Literary Agents.

Writer Beware is generous with their time and provides information about Barbara Bauer and her infamous peers.

Miss Snark is mad about a phone call Barbara Bauer made.

Barbara Bauer phoned the woman who runs the web hosting for Absolute Write wherein Barbara Bauer was listed as one of the 20 Worst Agents (a list I was happy to publish as well) and sounded scary enough that the site host panicked and pulled the plug.

Ever one to rise to the challenge, Miss Snark goes on to explain why Barbara Bauer is a scam artist.

In fact, I'm listing the twenty worst agents here and linking to good information, so that, as Jim C Hines has noticed...

...that Google page ranking depends a lot on the number of links which use that particular text.

So, for example, if I were to link Barbara Bauer to the SFWA posting of the Writer Beware Top 20 list, that would cause a slight increase in the SFWA page's rank as a search result for Ms. Bauer.

Better still, the more people who include:

[a href=""]Barbara Bauer[/a] (ed. replace square brackets for the actual link configuration)

on their journals and web pages, the higher that page will move in the results, until theoretically, that might become the very first Google result.

So, without further ado, the twenty worst scam agents, from Writer's Beware, including Barbara Bauer

  • The Abacus Group Literary Agency
  • Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to "book doctor" Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)
  • Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, Inc.)
  • Barbara Bauer Literary Agency
  • Benedict & Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)
  • Sherwood Broome, Inc.
  • Desert Rose Literary Agency
  • Arthur Fleming Associates
  • Finesse Literary Agency (Karen Carr)
  • Brock Gannon Literary Agency
  • Harris Literary Agency
  • The Literary Agency Group, which includes the following:
    • Children's Literary Agency
    • Christian Literary Agency
    • New York Literary Agency
    • Poets Literary Agency
    • The Screenplay Agency
    • Stylus Literary Agency (formerly ST Literary Agency)
    • Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)
  • Martin-McLean Literary Associates
  • Mocknick Productions Literary Agency, Inc.
  • B.K. Nelson, Inc.
  • The Robins Agency (Cris Robins)
  • Michele Rooney Literary Agency (also d/b/a Creative Literary Agency and Simply Nonfiction)
  • Southeast Literary Agency
  • Mark Sullivan Associates
  • West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)

Barbara Bauer is going to find out that she isn't the only one with the power to pull the plug.

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