Okay, come again? Literary agents are physically ripping the talent from your head? If that is true, I would like to see it. How amusing. She claims these middlemen are evil and horrible and money-grubbers. Somehow, she also believes publishers are these paragons of virtue who are being bamboozled by these agents. Yeah, publishers aren't concerned about money at all. That's right. She doesn't only do this, she links several agents (Nathan Bransford, Janet Reid), who in the world of literary agents, are probably two of the worst examples EVER to put up. Nathan especially, commented with complete politeness, which is beyond me, because I probably would have blasted her had she insulted me that way. Undoubtedly, she is blacklisted amongst agents now. Good going, lady. Also, no we are not trying to "suck up" to agents. Because that makes a ton of sense. Maybe if I write a nice enough comment on Nathan's blog, he'll agree to represent me. Yeah. He'll sell that comment to publishers for a huge advance!
She also manages to insult everyone who doesn't write literary fiction. She says everything from fantasy to adventure is "chick lit." This doesn't only offend me as a fantasy writer (as if only women read fantasy), it also offends chick lit writers, as if chick lit is not worthy of being read. We're not forced into commercial because we're not deep enough for literary. I often enjoy a good literary novel. I just enjoy writing commercial. Does not make me less of a writer, although I promise, that kind of condescending attitude will definitely get you far (not).
Most of the commenters are of the same mindset as me. Colleen Lindsay commented too, with the kind of reaction I would have. It baffles me that this woman would link agents who are actually very helpful to the community of writers and should not be treated with such contempt. A few commenters agree with her, usually with things like, "Yeah! I get rejected a lot with form rejections! Agents are so mean! Why not take a chance on me?" Why, you ask? Maybe because your writing isn't good enough yet. Have you thought of that?
Anyway, I work very hard to write too, and I fully expect being rejected. ATRS will probably never be published. I hope for, but I don't expect success. I work for it. I know how the industry works, and I don't spend my life complaining about it. I write because I love to, and because one day, after I've gotten good enough through practice and practice, I will get published. Why can't this woman enjoy the process of writing, instead of always harping about publication? Oh, people told you your work was good. My mom tells me that too. So do my friends. And those horrible singers on American Idol? Someone told them they were good too.
So she should pretty much get off her high horse. If you can't deal with the stress and difficulty of the publishing industry, then find another more gratifying career. In the meantime, don't expect any agents to take you seriously, now that they've all seen what a pessimistic grouch you are. That's not "being an artist." That's being a tool. The end.