SUED BY FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL:
Writers’ Literary Agency (WLA — formerly The Literary Agency Group)
Robert M. Fletcher
Global Book Agency
Strategic Book Publishing
AEG Publishing Group
Strategic Book Group
and numerous other aliases and company names (click on lawsuit link below)
http://myfloridalegal.com/__85256222006 ... t,fletcher
COPY OF LAWSUIT:
http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/ ... plaint.pdf
For Immediate Release
September 3 2009
Contact: Sandi Copes
ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST "LITERARY COMPANY"
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that his
office filed a lawsuit against a Boca Raton company that allegedly preyed
on aspiring authors. According to the Attorney General's lawsuit, Writer's
Literary Guild and owner Robert Fletcher used more than 20 websites and
related companies to collect funds from potential authors, but misled
victims about fees, costs, and promised results.
The Attorney General's Economic Crimes Division received more than 175
complaints from around the world claiming Fletcher and his associates, who
claimed to act as literary agents and publishers, allegedly collected
money from victims anxious to see their work published. Potential writers
paid anywhere from $89 for an initial critique to over $600 for various
services including editing and marketing of a manuscript to publishers.
Allegedly, Fletcher also told potential writers that fees were paid from
book sales when in fact all costs of publishing were paid by the authors.
According to the lawsuit, few books were ever sold as a result of the
efforts of Fletcher's companies.
Investigators determined Fletcher expanded into the field of publishing
within the past year. Fletcher admitted to having no background as a
literary agent and to using at least 10 aliases in his businesses.
The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief against Robert Fletcher and his
associates, as well as his many businesses, prohibiting further business
activities in the field of literary agencies or publishers. The Attorney
General is also seeking full restitution on behalf of all victimized
consumers, civil penalties of $10,000 for each violation of the Florida
Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and reimbursement for fees and
costs related to the investigation.
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Case Number: L07-3-1146
Subject of investigation:
Writer's Literary Agency Group, Writer's Literary Agency, Writer's Literary & Publishing Services, New York Literary Agency, Writer's Literary Children's Agency, The Children's Literary Agency, Children's Book Publishing Agency, Writer's Literary Poet's Agency, Poet's Literary Agency, Poetry Book Publishing Agency, The Christian Literary Agency, Writer's Literary Screenplay Agency, Screenplay Writers' Agency, The Screenplay Agency, The Literary Agency Group, f/k/a Rapidpublishing-screenwriter911, Inc., Stylus Literary Agency, S T Literary Agency, Inc. , Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company, Writers' Book Publishing Agency, Strategic Publishing Group, Strategic Book Publishing, Strategic Book Marketing, AEG Publishing Group, My Editor Is A Saint, Author's Edge, Sydra-Techniques, Global Book Agency, Eloquent Books, and Robert M. Fletcher a/k/a Robert Williams a/k/a Bob WIlliams a/k/a Robert West and Leslie Williams a/k/a Leslie W. Mroz
699 SW 8th Terrace, Boca Raton, FL 33486-5509 (Home Address) 1355 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 (P.O. Box) or 3840 West Hillsboro Blvd., #302, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 (P.O. Box)
Allegation or issue being investigated:
(1) Charging aspiring writers various fees totaling hundreds of dollars for professional services that were either not rendered at all or were not rendered in good faith; (2) Charging for unnecessary services; and (3) Creating unreasonable consumer expectations concerning their prospects for publication by failing to criticize submitted drafts, in order to encourage the consumer and collect more fees.
AG unit handling case:
Economic Crimes Division in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida