I began dealing with Anita, the agent for Crosswind through Bill Thompson (editor extraordinaire, as described in Stephen King's "On Writing") after Bill edited my novel. From what I can tell, those internet posts began with a disgruntled person she dealt with years ago.
Crosswind successfully repped a book last year ("House of Roses") and for me, they are the right choice.
Hi Eric! Congratulations on over 5k sales of Crack-Up - that is awesome. I may ask you for hints on how you did it.
It is indeed CaFS I'm self-publishing; it's now called Heart of Rock. A steep learning curve, but I'm getting there by salami slices. I'm going to do Kindle, Smashwords and a paperback with, I hope, Lightning Source.
So Eric, your co-authored project sounds terrific! What are the latest efforts/developments, if you don't mind sharing? Wishing you the very best of luck -- it's a hard row we hoe, no doubt about that. With all your hard work, it will pay off eventually! (A dear friend of mine just signed a 3-book deal with Pengui. After 3 years w/an agent who didn't sell it, she changed agents and it sold in a month!)
I realized after I left that last comment that your post was several months old. not sure how it floated to the top of the list again. Once i saw it was dated, I was hoping we'd heard nothing else just because things were still pending. I'm sorry to hear ti didn't work out with the agent.
As I mentioned somewhere else the other day (I forget where), we're just going to have to keep knocking on the door until someone answers.
Eric - Following your advice I've uploaded some material on YouWriteOn and I agree with you. The formal assessment system they use wouldn't be to everyone's taste (and to be honest, some of the material you're asked to assess is mediocre at best), but I like it. I've not yet received any feedback so I can't say yea or nay to your opinion of that, but I do see that it's a "fairer contest" than Authonomy. Nevertheless I enjoy Authonomy. I agree that writing talent isn't a determinant of ranking there, but I've networked with some lovely people - and there are one or two really fine books on the site (just not highly ranked!).
My good ol' folks, back in the 18 hundreds, had some Kristoffersons on my mothers side that went to the states after granny kristofferson drowned in Oslos factory river, Akerselva. - But it wasn't the name, I promise you. - It was MCSmiths mention, of course. You knew that. First time aboard the site yesterday, and started the rounds by searching after others interested in the same kind of writing as I like.