Chris Lotts, formerly of the Ralph Vicinanza Literary Agency, has opened a new agency, the Lotts Agency. Lotts will continue to represent many of the clients he represented at Vicinanza, but is not currently seeking new clients.
Following the death in September of agency founder Ralph Vicinanza and the departure of two agents on May 9, the Ralph Vicinanza Literary Agency has announced that it will be accepting no new clients and recommending that existing client seek new representation. The office is still open for processing any royalty payments that are received and the office staff and contact information remain in place.
A lawsuit filed by Robert Fletcher against SF authors Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss claiming defamation, loss of business and emotional distress has been dismissed with prejudice by a Massachusetts judge. Crispin and Strauss were sued in line with their volunteer work for SFWA’s “Writers Beware” site pointing out questionable agencies and business practices. The suit was dismissed because of Fletcher’s failure to respond to discovery or otherwise prosecute the lawsuit. Fletcher and his companies are currently under investigation by the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Crispin and Strauss intend to file suit against Fletcher and his companies in an attempt to recoup legal fees.