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I’d hate to think that, @richardb – the truth is that it’s not that hard to avoid what happened to me. If you pursue the agent route, most of it is irrelevant anyway, although you obviously have to do your research into any agents who offer to represent you. In 99% of cases, just being aware of the possible problems means you can avoid them.
Another conversation I had with someone today pointed out the differences between fiction and non-fiction, and how for the most part (in our experiences), nonfic is a lot less arbitrary in its reward of effort and ability, and a lot less likely to try to screw you over. Perhaps if you considered a book about the development of railway safety through the prism of historical accidents…?