Agent doesn’t/does charge a fee?

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Hello.

I’ve read a lot of articles that say agents should not charge fees but I wonder if this one is different. The agency promises to “provide a free evaluation of your entire work.” Then, below the signature is the line. “We charge a $250.00 submission fee if you are offered a contract.” Is that normal? I think that if it goes to contract then the contract should not cost anything. Otherwise it still seems like a reading fee. I’m confused.

That is not normal at all. Avoid all so-called agents that charge “submission” or “reading” fees…or any up-front fees whatsoever.