Wednesday, July 27, 2011


The full story of the author who was fooled by someone pretending to be a major agent is here at Writer Beware. My sympathies to the author, and kudos to her for providing the details so that others are warned. It's a good reminder that we need to be very cautious, and look before we leap. Yes, a few indies have been approached by major agents, but in general, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.


  1. It's a reminder, yes, but it also makes me sad to see all the folks finger-waving at the poor gal and bragging how they'd never have been that stupid, EVAH! Why are people so quick to find a way to blame the victim? I guess so they can feel confident that victims always did something "wrong" so they can prevent themselves from ever being a victim?

  2. Well, I'll grant that she probably did not handle the situation well. I'm assuming she's new and knows next to nothing about publishing, but even so, she does come across as pretty gullible. That being said, I would be cautious about throwing stones in glass houses, myself. I'd hate to be mean about it and then have someone hoax ME.

    And in any event, she is definitely the victim here. The hoaxer is a nasty person who deserves a nice little well-heated corner of Hell, IMHO.