On Friday, I wrote a post titled "There's a Scam Artist Born Every Day." I was responding to a post I'd seen at Miss Snark's about the International Independent Literary Agents Association (IILAA).
Six of the nine agents listed as members of the IILAA just happen to be members of the infamous list created by Writers Beware and titled "Twenty Worst Literary Agencies."
Today Barbara Bauer (Best known of the twenty worst agents) went after Miss Snark in a podcast. Miss Snark responded with a challenge.
This is not the first time the two have tangled. You can check my blog for 5/25/06 for a play-by-play of their first round.
Just for grins, thinking of Babs on Friday, I checked Google for her name. Barbara's own website was listed first, but followed by dozens of warnings about her and her business practices.
I also suggested on Friday that writers post warnings on their blogs about IILAA in order to force the warnings to the top of the search engine rankings and make certain that any newbie writer googling the so-called association would immediately see those warnings.
I just went back and checked IILAA on Google. Of the first nine listings, two are the IILAA and Desert Rose (another of the twenty worst agencies). However, five of the top nine are warnings. The other two listings are unrelated.
Then, I went and checked on Barbara Bauer's Google ranking. Remember--she was the first listing when I googled her name on Friday.
Oh, joy!!! Today Babs is #3 on the rankings for her own name. Of the other eight, six are warnings, one is her listing over at Wikipedia (which she probably wrote herself, but which has since been edited by discriminating editors) and one is unrelated.
Nice job, writers. Keep it up. If the writing community warns newbie writers against unscrupulous scam artists, we will be doing a public service.
Just for fun, you might want to read another of my old posts. See my blog for 12/8/05 titled "Anatomy of a Scam," telling the tale of a crook who defrauded 200 writers of $700,000.