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Scam Literary Agent Targets Indie Author

27 July 2011

Writer Beware tells the whole story:

There’s been some Internet buzz over the past few days about an apparent scam in which an unknown individual, posing as agent Jodi Reamer of uber-agency Writers House, targeted an unsuspecting author with a fake representation offer, followed by a fake high-advance contract offer from a major publishing house, all in the space of a few hours. As quickly as the hoax evolved, it collapsed–just one day after announcing what she believed was her good fortune, the author, self-published YA writer Aaronni Miller, revealed on her blog that she’d been punk’d.

A statement by Writers House appeared to confirm the hoaxer’s existence.

Writers House has learned that a series of fake emails claiming to be from WH agent Jodi Reamer have been circulating to self-published authors this week. “These emails, which contain a number of false statements, have not in fact come from Jodi Reamer and should thus be disregarded.” One easy “tell”: they advise that any e-mail from a non-Writers House address “expressing interest in representation is counterfeit.

Link to the rest at Writer Beware

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One Comments to “Scam Literary Agent Targets Indie Author”

  1. Oh, I got one of these but didn’t read it. I deleted it. Interesting!

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