"Woodside" charged with four counts

For immediate release from the Jayne Hitchcock H.E.L.P. Fund

The New York State Attorney General's Office announced yesterday (Wed, November 25, 1997) they filed charges against The Woodside Literary Agency, et al. The case includes charges of fraud, deceptive business practices and false advertising based on "Woodside's" operation of a Literary agency as well as their harassment of Jayne Hitchcock. This "agency" allegedly charged would-be writers "reading and other fees" amounting to hundreds of dollars, then failed to present the writers work to any publisher for potential sale-- they essentially collected fees while failing to perform any representative services.

Instrumental in bringing this indictment to fruition was author Jayne A. Hitchcock. Ms. Hitchcock's affidavit recounting her personal experience with "Woodside" and supplying the Attorney General's Office with a steady stream of victims of the alleged Woodside scam provided that office with the information and complaints required to bring this action. Much of the information and contacts with other "Woodside" victims came from Ms. Hitchcock's network of author friends on the internet--primarily through the writing-related Usenet hierarchy.

The New York Times published a major story on these events in its Thursday (Nov. 27th) edition. The story includes Jayne Hitchcock's involvement in and contribution to the Attorney General's case. For more information on this landmark case contact the H.E.L.P. Fund.

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