From Angela Hoy at WritersWeekly.com:
Dear Angela Hoy, I am new to these forums. I too signed a contract with Janet Kay and Associates. I cannot believe this whole scam. How dare this firm put beginning writers like myself through all this. My contract with this firm began in July 2003 and expired in January 2004-with a still pending to receive responses from contacts for six months after this expiry date. As each contact list of Publishers was sent to me I spent a lot of time myself researching the Publishers too and they were very suitable for my manuscript submission and I honestly believed that this firm was doing their research legitimately prior to asking me to follow their instructions -sending out full manuscripts to ten Publishers. I have contacted all ten Publishers and I have received two responses so far that shock me to hear about this firm and their reputation in the Publishing Industry. I have sent every single document I have with this firm to Det. Brian Elkins at San Angelo Police Department. How dare this firm do this to me and many others. What a disgrace! I cannot believe it! This firm needs to be stopped. I'm surprised how it existed at all!
I received a phone call from Detective Brian Elkins of the San Angelo Police Department a few weeks ago and was thrilled to learn that a search warrant had been served at Janet Kay & Associates. The police department apparently carted away enough manuscripts to fill an entire jail cell.
Janet Kay and George Titsworth (her husband?), operated under numerous names, including:
Janet Kay and Associates / Janet Kay & Associates
JanGeo Ink Publishing Company
Helping Hand Literary Service
We were asked not to share this information until Detective Elkins released a statement concerning this case. Here it is:
Re: Janet Kay Investigation
Since September 2002 the San Angelo Police Department assisted by several
other law enforcement agencies has been investigating the company(s) known
as Helping Hands Literary Service, Janet Kay & Associates and JanGeo Ink.
The crime alleged is "Theft" by deception.
These company's were taking fees for contacts with publishers. The
investigation shows that although the fees were being taken personal
contact or contact only with publishers did not happen. Clients were led
to believe that they had a high chance of being published if money was
given for office expenses.
On January 30, 2004 a search warrant was served on the home and business
of Janet Kay and George Titsworth. All manuscripts and writings submitted
to this business were seized and placed in evidence. These manuscripts and
writings will remain in evidence until the conclusion of the investigation
and prosecution of all involved.
Soon after the search warrant was served I was advised that the business
was abandoned. At this time there is nothing/nobody left in what used to
be the office for Janet Kay and Associates. The phones and mail are going
Many of you have questions about plagiarism and your contracts. At this
point I have no information that leads me to believe that any of the
writings submitted were used in any illegal way. As for the contracts you
have signed the best I can inform you is to consult with a local attorney
in your area. Attorneys in this area advised that a contract is only as
good as both parties fulfill the letter of the contract.
If you have yet to file a complaint with the police department please
fill out the form Statement of Fact here:http://www.sanangelopolice.org/statement.htm
If you have already filed a complaint with the police department
you may receive an e-mail from my office needing more
information. If this is the case you will also need to
go to the web link and complete the form. Many of you have registered
your name but we need complete information for the case file. In
addition, if you have any paperwork, documentation, correspondence with
any one or more of theses companies, please forward a copy to the San
Angelo Police Department attn; Det. Brian Elkins. Scanned or electronic
copies my be sent to email@example.com
This bulletin was put out to inform victims of this crime and to reduce
the amount of phone calls coming in to my office and the office of
criminal investigations. I know some of you may have specific questions
for me. If this is the case please call however be advised it may take me
some time to contact you back.
Det. Brian Elkins
San Angelo Police Department
401 E. Beauregard
San Angelo, TX. 76903 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read numerous complaints about this firm at:http://www.writersweekly.com/phpBB2/vie ... php?t=1301http://www.writersweekly.com/whispers_a ... etkay.html http://www.writersweekly.com/whispers_a ... lping.htmlhttp://pub43.ezboard.com/fabsolutewrite ... D=64.topic