I mentioned before how my forage into foreign publishing markets ended up in me being swindled and robbed.
To recap: a Polish literary Agent Iza Garztecka sold my novel to a Polish publishing house, took the money and vanished. True agent from Hell. Quite fittingly the name of the agency was HELfa.
Turns out I was not the only sucker: literary agents and authors lost advance fees to this thief.
So much for the so called reputable and long established agents – Garztecka took over after her father who was an agent, dealing mostly with the music world. Now Garztecka’s son is starting his own literary agency…
Let this be a warning to all authors and agents who seek representation in lands with poorly defined laws, and where no professional organizations (such as AAR) exist. Keep it in mind before using my literary agent listing – verify every agent’s track record before signing on.