Monday, July 18, 2005

Extremely Important Warning Regarding Our Agency: A Deidre Knight Impersonator on the Loose

Yes, it’s true, and while I’m being tongue-in-cheek with my title on this blog entry, the truth is very serious, and I would appreciate all my loyal blog readers spreading the word. The story has gotten back to me through my fellow agent and friend, Roberta Brown, who heard about the situation from some of her clients. Apparently about three weeks ago someone claiming to be me sent a blanket email to roughly forty e-pub authors offering representation to anyone who was interested, “guaranteeing” a sale in NYC and claiming to charge only 10%. This is VERY serious business. Any of you who frequent this blog can imagine my take on this email—I believe some scam artist has decided to target writers and possibly charge fees or perhaps it’s someone wishing to discredit me.

Something like this bothers me on many levels. First of all, this is my reputation that it calls into question. So whoever tried this scam should know I plan to take legal action and pursue this to the fullest extent possible if it happens again. Second, the obvious use of my name to potentially take advantage of authors really galls me (obviously). Lastly, the implication that someone got so pissed at me, probably via a rejection, that they decided to try and blacken my reputation is equally annoying.

However, all of that is totally tolerable because of one thing—I know my reputation speaks for itself. Please would you guys who blog link to this blog with a warning note—that if anyone is receiving blanket offers of representation from our agency or anyone claiming to be with our agency, to forward it to me at

Many thanks!

And in much happier news, I posted on the contest thread with a GREAT announcement for all!


Blogger Gina Black said...


I hope you catch them. What a cruel thing to do to you and the authors who receive the email.

Good news on the contest! Here's hoping. :)

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 2:45:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Thanks, Gina. I appreciate that! D

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 3:23:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Shalanna Collins said...

Oh, good grief! Is there any particular email address that the spoofers are using? I can just say that if people get any kind of unsolicited offer claiming to be from you, please forward it to you. But that might mean you start having lots of stuff in your personal email folder.

What's the contest, by the way?
--Shalanna Collins

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 6:17:00 AM EDT  
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Monday, July 18, 2005 at 6:43:00 AM EDT  
Blogger MarlyMathews said...


I've passed the word along on my blog as you've asked. I think this is a horrible thing to do both to you and the writers who are receiving these emails.
Good luck on tracking this individual down. They certainly need to be stopped!


Monday, July 18, 2005 at 6:45:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Ellen Fisher said...

Eeeek, Deidre. This is horribly cruel to the authors, and a vicious thing to do to you. I'm so sorry you came back to this situation, and I hope you are able to catch this person. I posted about this on EPIC, the large professional group for e-pubbed authors, and provided a link to your blog entry, so hopefully many e-pubbed authors will be made aware of the situation.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 7:43:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Kristen Painter said...

Deidre, I'm posting this on my personal blog, the Romance Divas blog and I'll post in the Romance Divas Forum.

We'll get the word out, not to worry.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 8:55:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

Hi Jaycee!

Oh the Places You Will Go is the ONLY Dr. Seuss book I like, and I don't just like it, I LOVE it!! It's a wonderful book. So inspirational and I bought one for my youngest when she was born. I read it to her when I can get her to sit still! LOL

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 9:03:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jennifer Smith said...


What a horrible, horrible person that is! You need a cyber detective to find out where that email originated (I'm being completely serious here!). I hope their bad karma's winging back to them in a big way.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 10:10:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous lisa stone hardt said...

Wow. That's serious stuff! Hope this gets resolved quickly, Deidre. Of all people, I can't think of anybody who less deserves this kind of headache!

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:00:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Shannon McKelden said...

Passed it on to the Chick Lit RWA loop. Someone, somewhere has heard something...or will. Most people like this are caught by word of mouth. So sorry this is happening, D!

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:07:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Patrick McNamara said...

I should add that if someone does get the fake e-mail to include the e-mail headers when they forward the message. This helps the ISPs to track down the source.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:12:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund said...

I'm sitting here with my mouth open. Some people have *no* shame.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:13:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Margaret said...

I posted the link on the Forward Motion boards. And I second that if someone forwards you the message, ask them if they can copy the actually header. That information is lost with a forward and critical for tracking down email fraud.

Good luck with catching this person. They managed to harm you and the hopes of everyone who got the message whether or not they acted on it.


Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:16:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Lynne Connolly said...

Shocking! I'm pretty gobsmacked by this one. I'll pass the word along.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marianne Mancusi said...

Wow Deidre - this is so upsetting! I'm so sorry for you. What is wrong with people? Anyway - I blogged it for you to help spread the word...

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:53:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Deidre, so sorry this happened to you! Identity threat, in a variety of forms, seems to be the rage these days. The other day, I got a voicemail message leaving the number of a CT congresswoman. When I returned the call, an aide told me some prankster had been leaving messages for people to call the congresswoman back all over the state.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 12:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Thank you so much, guys. I appreciate the good words. :)

And be sure to check out the update on the contest, too! That's a happier update! Hugs, d

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 1:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Shelley Bradley said...

Terrible! Was this person just trying to give you a headache or actually pull a scam? I wonder what this person thought s/he was going to accomplish? At some point (probably sooner rather than later), these writers were going to discover that it wasn't you representing them if they accepted the "offer". I can't imagine that a phony agent could put together a deal with an editor in your name without it all coming out. Crazy! Go get `em, woman!


Monday, July 18, 2005 at 1:18:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Wow, Deidre, I'm shocked. They didn't email ME offering representation? Don't they realize I'm an epubbed author? I'm not sure whether to be relieved or offended.

Seriously, I'm hopping over to my on-line diary to mention this right now.


Monday, July 18, 2005 at 3:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Trace said...

Not nice. I hope you catch whoever is doing this.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 3:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sylvia Day said...

Yikes!! That's dreadful. I'll post the warning on the Passionate Ink boards.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 3:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Mama Rose said...

I have a very small, very new weblog, but I'll pass along the message to my readers, too.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 4:05:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous mhgibson said...

Just catching up on the news buzzing along the RWA airwaves about this and I'm completely horrified. Totally classless. I hope you nail the bastards, Deidre.

Marley = )

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Barb Ferrer said...

Posted on my blog. Hopefully spread the word a little further.


Monday, July 18, 2005 at 5:06:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous mel said...


Just when I think nothing else will surprise me...

Sorry to hear about this D. It's just wrong.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 6:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Edie Ramer said...

I've read about this on a half dozen loops. I wonder what makes someone do something like that? Here's hoping you find out who it is.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 7:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

You guys have done an AMAZING job getting the word out! Way to go!! Thanks!!

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 7:51:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Dawn G said...

Sorry this happened to you! This is wrong on soooo many levels. It's not fair to you or any of the authors...or anyone in the publishing industry in general who will have to deal with the fallout of such a scam. But it sounds like the word is spreading quickly, so let's hope nobody falls for it.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 9:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Silma said...

In the world of internet, scams have become easier, Deidre. I've received emails from people using my domains to advertise products. Can you believe it?

I hope you get to the root of this problem.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 10:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tarra Young said...

I hope you can find whoever is doing this. I think it is sad that anyone would sink that low. I'll be sure to spread the word to all my author friends.

Monday, July 18, 2005 at 10:41:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Angelle said...

It's unbelievable that someone would do this and try to ruin your good name and reputation.

I've linked this post to my blog, and I plan to tell everyone about it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 12:14:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Julie Rowe said...

I'll pass along your warning to my email loops. I hope you uncover this miscreant and are able to deliver a proper chastisement. This kind of behavior puts a black eye on the entire publishing community.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 1:13:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry that this is happening to you, Deirdre. If I hear anything or find anyone I know has received such an email, I'll let them know to send it to you intact.

Any idea on how recently this started or for how long this has been going on?

Best wishes for this to be resolved quickly for you.

Cyn Witkus

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 3:44:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Linda L Rucker said...

It appears there is always someone out there that can find a way to get something for nothing!
I agree with you Ms Knight, that targeting authors is hateful. Most of us struggle daily to find a good, reputable agent to help us in our quest for publication. I guess that makes us easy targets, and especially when the fradulent email appears to come from a reputable agent.
Having been on the receiving end of many rejections, I can tell you it is a hard pill to swallow, but swallow it we do, or at least most of us do, without thoughts of reprisals against the rejecting agent.
I have always maintained that writing is a tough business, and if you plan to write, you'd better develope the one thing that will keep you sane: a tough skin!!
Obvioulsy this person has neither a tough skin or any shred of integrity.
I can only hope this person isn't a writer! We have a hard enough time of it without some Bozo taking pot shots at agents.
Rest assured, if I ever receive such an email, I most definitely will send it straight to you.
I hope you find this person, and I hope you do prosecute to the fullest extent.
There is no acceptable reason for anyone to pull this.
Best of luck to you in finding this person, Ms Knight and thank you for the warning.
I will post this to my own blog.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 9:31:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm putting the notice on the RWAeAPPS group. A lot of e-authors hang out there.


Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 11:13:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anna Korra'ti said...

Hi there Deidre,

My name's Anna, and I'm a writer up in the Pacific Northwest. I run a small community on Livejournal and know a few folks who, like me, are still struggling to find the proper fit for an agent and/or publisher. I got word of this warning from another LJ user, and wanted to come thank you for giving the writing community the heads up.

I will relay word to the community I run!


Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 9:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marianne Arkins said...

Posted on my blog and also in my writing groups. Hope the creep gets found out soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 7:46:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Devon Ellington said...

I'll post it on my blog, Ink in My Coffee, later today.

If there's anything else we can do to help you, please let us know.

If I hear of anyone who got such an e-mail, should I have them forward it to your lawyers?


Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 11:39:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jackie said...

I'm coming in late to say first how I'm disgusted by this situation -- some people are really, really sick. Second, I'm posting this on Absolute Write and on my own blog. I'm sorry this happened to you.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 10:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Harriet said...

I posted most of your post to my blog, just to get the information out a little more. You can find it at

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