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Thread: Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency

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    Too sad for words. reigningcatsndogs's Avatar
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    Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency

    I wasn't sure what to do with this. I was looking for information on the Philip G Spitzer Litarary Agency, went to their website and my computer went nuts. (I have my security settings very high, but the virus came in with the name of the Agent attached). As soon as their main page opened, a string of PDF pages also started to open, all of them regarding the purchasing of drugs, and then my system locked up.

    i had an old email addy on file for the agency and have tried to contact them to let them know. (I hope they don't think my email is spam!) I didn't want others other open the site and have the same thing happen, so i thought i should post here, but i also don't want to cause a problem for the agent by making people afraid to go to their site.

    is there something else i should do?

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    Was it this one: http://www.spitzeragency.com/

    I just went there, clicked through all the links, and nothing bad happened.
    Last edited by Julie Worth; 03-12-2009 at 05:58 PM.

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    that's the one.
    it gave me a trojan horse virus.

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    What? I have a title? Julie Worth's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by reigningcatsndogs View Post
    that's the one.
    it gave me a trojan horse virus.
    Do you have a personal firewall?

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    I just went there with no problems.

    Keep in mind, many Trojans will lay dormant for hours, days, even weeks, depending on the coding. Then, when you go to a webpage at the specified time (or interval) then you "get" a virus. It's not the last sight you went to that necessarily gave you the virus, but it sure throws you off the trail, doesn't it?

    You need a better virus scanner. You might get AVG or Avira. (I use Avira, and it has a good active guard.)

    I really don't think it was this legit agent's website. I clicked all over and got nothing.

    (BTW, if in the last couple weeks, you went to a site that told you that you needed to "scan for viruses" because their scanner found something... that is where you got the Trojan.)

    Sorry about your computer.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie Worth View Post
    Do you have a personal firewall?
    yes.

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    good. if there's no issue, then maybe a mod will delete this so it causes no problems for others or for the agency.

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    Eh, no harm, no foul. FWIW, his PM page is easier to read: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com...rs/spitzer516/
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    I received an email from Lukas at Spitzer Literary. They advised me that they did locate the source of the virus, that it was stealing their hits and has been reported. there should be no problem now accessing their site.

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    This is a very reputable agency. I'd be very surprised if they had a problem with
    their computers, but it can happen to anyone.

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    Bumping up this post...does anyone have any recent experience querying or working with the Spitzer Agency? They look very reputable, have a whole lot of wonderful mystery writers as clients. Appreciate any thoughts or experiences.

    Thanks!

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    Hello all. I was going to query this agency but wanted to check here first to see if anyone has had any recent dealings with them. I will be sure to post when I receive a response.
    Bryan

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    No personal experience, but the fact that they rep Michael Connelly is a huge plus IMO.

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    Thanks. Just hit the send button on my email. Their website says they only respond if they're interested, but judging by their recent sales, I'd say they are a good fit for me. Time will tell I suppose.
    Bryan

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    I queried and got no response, as I recall.

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    I wonder if I might bump this thread to ask if anyone has any personal experience with/of this agency?

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    I queried him earlier today and just got this reply:

    I wish I could ask to see this, but I am so overwhelmed with work that I can't take on any new projects at the moment. Many thanks, though.


    So I'm wondering if I should query one of his associates who handles similar genres????


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    FYI, I never received a response.
    Bryan

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