Check out the Preditors and Editors website for listings of agents and publishers both recommended and exposed as frauds. They sent me the link to Writers Beware to check them out. They seem genuine and are a part of BBB and have no negative comments to date. It will no doubt amount to nothing, so I am not getting my hopes up. Authors are listed on website and have books on B and N and Amazon. Like I said, they probably will not like it anyway, but they are accredited and that is cool. Even if nothing happens, it is neat-o to have them look at my manuscript. I hold no hopes though!
You also might try Writer Beware. You can even email Victoria Strauss, a court recognized expert on fraudulent agencies and publishers, and ask her. She's very willing to help new writers with this kind of question.
You can also google the company for background. Also, it shouldn't be a problem if you ask the agent or publisher for some names of other writers they represent, or a list of books they have published. If they start resisting such inquiries, or pressuring you in any way, that's a bad sign. Professionals know these are legitimate questions and will usually cooperate. Just be polite, not interrogative.
I've never heard of them, but as exciting as it may feel, you should be wary of anyone making offers to new writers. There are thousands of scam artists out there looking to take advantage of those just starting out because they assume we don't know and are gullible enough to jump in without checking first. Unfortunately, they're right. Many will pay thousands in "editing fees" and other upfront costs to get their book published. Unfortunately it never gets that far.
Be very careful. And remember the golden rule. The money flows to the author, not from the author. <nolink></nolink>