posted on Nov, 3 2006 @ 08:37 AM
While these aren't tools per se, I think they're something every writer who looks to get published should take a look at:
Association of Artists' Representatives, an agent's organization that has a pretty decent code of ethics.
I'd recommend finding an agent who belongs to these guys (or a similar group) instead of trying to do the vanity publishing or a random agent. One
of the things that really caught my eye about this group is that reading fees are against their policy, so if you try out one of these agents you're
only stuck paying postage.
My Experience With a Dishonest Publisher
, an anecdote by member Justin Oldham. A very good
reason why you shouldn't go the pay-to-publish route. I'm sure you can find many similar stories elsewhere on the net, but here's one of our own.
(Just a quick note--I'm not part of the AAR, although between this post and my comments on the thread I linked to it may sound like I'm pushing
them. I'm sure there's other, similar groups out there, and by all means let me know if there are.)
Hope this helps someone...