In case you haven't been reading Miss Snark (which I HIGHLY recommend), here is a tale of woe about a fee-charging self-proclaimed literary agent (someone posted link in the comments section). Miss Snark detests fee-charging literary agents and has embarked upon a one-woman crusade to convince us desperate writers that we do NOT pay agents for representation. They sell our books, we all get paid. Not before. Long live Miss Snark and her gin pail!