This week, I’m highlighting Preditors & Editors, the site that lists (almost) every agent, agency and service for writers. Technically it’s not just for editors, but the hilarious pun wouldn’t make sense otherwise.
More important than just rote lists, it also has different symbols and indications for the agent/agency’s reputation. It shows if he/she/they are AAR (with a line struck through it if they’ve lost their membership), or AAA for the UK, whether they’ve made a proven sale ($), or are closed/no longer agenting (appears in green). They also show whether the subject is recommended, highly recommended or (shudder) strongly not recommended. And they list whether or not a fee is charged (it’s usually accompanied by not recommended, just so you know). You can check out their criteria for deeming an agency recommended or not here.
They list as much information as they have, which varies in amount and accuracy by how long the agent has been around. But rest assured, they act on any valid information they are given and update accordingly. If it says “not recommended,” there is a reason.