I got a response from a literary agent and just wondered if this is normal for them to request a bulk sum of money, as I've never had a response before and wanted to be sure. It seems genuine but my friends have been scammed by similar situations in the past so I am a little uncertain. Dear xxxx, We've read your manuscript and thought it was well-written, especially as your debut novel. However, the difficulty rests in the fact that you're an unpublished author in this genre and that you live abroad, and therefore it would probably take more time and work on your proposals to convince commissioning editors to make an offer on your book. It costs us about £20 - £25 per submission once you add in the cost of drafting the cover letter, preparing a marketing brief, printing & posting (with return postage) for each submission. We normally send three rounds of submissions to 5 publishers in each round, starting with the larger publishers and working our way down. If you're prepared to cover the cost of your own book submissions (which would be £350 in total), we would be willing to represent you on this book. Once we get your first book published, we'll cover the cost of all future book submissions for you from our 15% commission on the advance and royalties. That's the only way be can afford to take on your book, and help to get your work published. Let me know if that's of interest, xxxx, as we would like to represent you. If so, I'll send you a formal literary offer, listing the publishers whom we plan to approach with your book, along with a formal literary contract for you to sign & return to us.