Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Important Update from Writer Beware

Hi, folks.

It's been a very long time since I posted, I know. Thanks so much to Victoria for keeping the blog going all these months. My dad passed away recently after over a year of ill-health. It's been difficult.

But that's not what I came to talk about today. Writer Beware is still doing our thing, fighting the good fight. So, in light of that, let me remind you that if anyone reading this message has experienced problems with any of the following agencies, they need to get in touch with me.

Writers' Literary Agency & Marketing Company (a.k.a. WL Writers' Literary Agency), formerly The Literary Agency Group, which includes the following:

- Christian Literary Agency
- New York Literary Agency
- Stylus Literary Agency
(formerly ST Literary Agency, formerly Sydra-Techniques)
- WL Children's Agency (a.k.a. Children's Literary Agency)
- WL Poet's Agency (a.k.a. Poet's Literary Agency)
- WL Screenplay Agency (a.k.a. The Screenplay Agency)
- Writers' Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)

Yes, I'm talking about our old pal "Bouncin' Bobby."

My email address is at the end of this post. Even if you've contacted me before, please do so again. Feel free to pass along this post to your writers' group, etc.

Have a nice (and safe) Labor Day weekend, folks.

-Ann C. Crispin
Chair, Writer Beware
www.writerbeware.org
anncrispin@aol.com

15 comments:

LJCohen said...

My condolences on your loss, Ann.

bjh said...

It's difficult to go through. My sympathy and my prayers.

It is good to see you come out fighting, Ann. Get him.

Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It's an extremely emotional time and the hole left takes a long time to almost be full again. susan @ spinning

julie said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I know it's tough. Glad to see you back, though.

Dave Kuzminski said...

I extend my condolences to you. I know how rough it is. Hope you and your family are feeling better now.

freddie said...

I can't imagine what that must have been like, Ann. My sympathy and my prayers to you.

Also, thank you for all the work you and Victoria do with this blog. It does not go unappreciated!

GlassQuill said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. I'll be sending good thoughts your way. Do take good care of yourself.

ALC said...

I'm so very sorry.

Take care of yourself, dear. I hope that you are okay.

Jill Elaine Hughes said...

So sorry for your loss; my condolences.

Good luck frying Bouncin' Bobby! May he go the way of Dorothy Deering.

Ron Pinkney said...

My condolences for your loss. I don't know if this is the right time or forum for this post, but it deals with "The Screenplay Agency", so it must be said.

I'm going to vindicate every writer who's been scammed by Robert Fletcher/Sherry Fine/Mary Bluestone/Georgia Orr.

My name is Ron Pinkney and I'm currently represented by Canyon Rock Entertainment. A good friend of mine was scammed by "The Screenplay Agency" for more than $800.

When I found out, I was so angry that I wrote a letter to "The Screenplay Agency" and I offered them a challenge. They could send my script to whatever crooked critique service they were using at the time, and if I got any less than a -RECOMEND- I would pay them $1000 to help me make that script marketable.

If I received a -RECOMEND- then they would have to swallow that $95 critique fee (which I did not pay) and get my script optioned within 90 days. Sherry Fine accepted my challenge, and he/she had my script critiqed for free. I got a -RECOMEND-. (I'm sure that the reader who did my coverage was fired, but he's better off, and a great scipt is un-mistakeable.)

Sherry sent me a contract, signed me, and then offered me tons of marketing strategies such as LFN (bullsh!t), Website (bullsh!t), and Trade Shows (horsesh!t). I declined them all, demanding that they keep their word or fire me. To my surprise, they didn't fire me.

That was Jan of 2007. Today is Aug 30, 2007. They haven't sold my script or fired me. I still get e-mails from Mary Bluestone begging for my patience as the LFN process is slow but effective. Whatever, I've moved on, but I'm not done with these crooks yet.

I can't replace the hundreds of thousands of dollars that people have lost to "The Screenplay Agency" and their affiliates, but I can offer a suggestion to every writer who's been duped and wants justice.

1. Write your a$$es off and get a "real Coverage" from a respectable service like Hollywoodlitsales.com, Tvwriter.com, or CanyonRockScreenplays.com.
2. Build some street cred by winning a few writing competitions, and get a "real -WGA Signataried- Agent". Agents love street cred because street cred equals money.
3. Sell your screenplay/manuscript/teleplay and use that accomplishment to gain celebrity.
Last but not least,
4. Use that celebrity to warn other writers about Robert M. Flecher and his affiliates, until he has nowhere to hide, and no more fraud-money coming in.

This is my plan, and I will do everything in my power to succeed at this plan. I hope you all join me.

Southern Writer said...

My sincerest sympathy, Ann.

mkcbunny said...

My condolences.

Anne-Marie said...

My condolences to you and your family, Ann.

A. C. Crispin said...

To those of you who expressed your condolences, thank you. They are much appreciated.

To Ron Pinkney...please write to at anncrispin@aol.com

I have info to give you.

Best,

-Ann C. Crispin

Philip said...

My sympathies Ann...


To Ron Pinkley..

This is Philip Mark David, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Canyon Rock Screenplay Agency.

Please contoact me at canyonrockscreenplays@yahoo.com

Our beloved co-founder and CEO of our burgeoning Agency has passed away. All those who were working with the Late Jeff Johnson, feel free to contact the above email address for further information.

We will continue to work diligently for all our dedicated clients, and still uphold the highest standards to serve our clients editing needs and promotional stability in the business.

Thank you so much for your compliments to Canyon Rock, Ron, we deeply appreciate your kind words in this very competitive business.

Sincerely,

Philip Mark David
Co-founder and new CEO

Canyon Rock Screenplay Agency
canyonrockscreenplays.com