Of course, we all know that many people, in many fields of business, are thieves and crooks. Literature, whether low brow or high brow, I suppose is no exception.
I vaguely recall reading that there was an association of some sort. If an agent or publisher was a member of that association or industry group, a writer could feel somewhat at ease. He still of course might not get published, but the purported agent or publisher would not be a scam artist.
Does anyone know the NAME of an organization of agents who are, at least, reputable and not given to making utter misrepresentations.
ALSO, how does one determine if a given agent is a member of that organization.
I do not want to sound demanding, but please answer my question. Please don't tell me that "all agents are sheisters," or that I should self publish, or offer any information which is not an answer to the question.