on Writer Beware:
A few months ago, I warned about a scammer impersonating agent Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
The fraudster in question turned out to be yet another of the Philippines-based publishing and marketing scams that I’ve been writing about so much over the past couple of years (see the sidebar for a full list of the nearly 100 I’ve discovered so far). These ripoff artists regularly pretend to be associated with reputable publishers, so it wasn’t a surprise that they’d try the same sort of thing with a reputable literary agency.
It was just one instance. But these scams all use the same tactics, so if there was one, there were sure to be more.
The other day I received an email from a writer who was concerned about the legitimacy of a cold-call solicitation from someone claiming to be Victoria Marini, an agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Here’s an excerpt of the email that followed.