Last October, we alerted members that literary agent Nancy Ellis (also known as Nancy Ellis-Bell) , formerly an agent in Litwest Group, had settled a suit brought against her by Authors Guild member Raymond Barnett. Mr. Barnett's suit alleged that Ellis had failed to remit to him any of a $7,500 advance payment she'd received from Tarcher/Penguin on his behalf in December 2003.
We have now learned of a new judgment against Ellis, filed on April 26 in Mendocino County, California, for the wrongful retention of $19,000 of one of her client's funds. In addition, several other current and former clients of Ellis have recently contacted us claiming that she has withheld advance and royalty payments owed to them.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SOUGHT: These are, of course, quite serious charges, and we've assigned an in-house lawyer to review all aspects of this matter. If you've been a client of Nancy Ellis and have not yet contacted us, we urge you to do so. Please e-mail us at email@example.com
or phone (212) 563-5904 and ask for Michael Gross.
We will keep you informed on this matter.