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    PressTige Publishing (Martha Ivery aka Kelly O'Donnell)

    Breaking news...Martha Ivery (a.k.a Kelly O'Donnell and numerous other aliases), d.b.a. PressTige Publishing, was indicted on 17 counts of fraud and other deceptive conduct in the US Federal Court in Albany, NY on June 1, 2005. She was to be arraigned at 1:00 p.m. today (June 3). Further details to follow.

    Writer Beware has been tracking Ivery since 1998, and we worked with the FBI and others to gather information and documentation leading to the indictment. It's been a long fight, and we're very pleased. This is a victory for writers everywhere.

    There's more on Ivery and her scam here.

    - Victoria
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    Yeaaaayyy! That's great news, Victoria. Score one for the good guys!


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    Woo! Federal Court!

    Can we send her a fruit basket at Ft. Leavenworth, or at least a toothbrush and a bar of soap?

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    Congratulations, Ann and Victoria!
    When it comes to PA, the royalty check and the reality check arrive in the same envelope.

    Remember to be kind to writers who step in PA. They really don't know how bad it smells.

    The difference between PA and WLA? None. Both have the stench of dead and dying books emanating from their doorways.


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    And, if you'd like to give yourself a headache following along while we determine the possible length of darling Martha's vacation at Club Fed, I blawgged it at Scrivener's Error. And yes, I am a meany, so you'll need to go see it: It's not a simple exercise.
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    Any legal comments in this message are general commentary only, and not legal advice
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    comments, by me or anyone else as anything other than general guidance.
    Unfortunately, no scam agents, vanity publishers, or other similar carrion-eaters were bent,
    folded, spindled, or mutilated in creating this post (not for want of motivation).
    Of course it's "fine print" it's small and red.

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    Thanks for all of your hard work!

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    And here's a copy of the indictment, which should sound very familiar to anyone who is also following PA.
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    Any legal comments in this message are general commentary only, and not legal advice
    for your specific situation. You should not rely on such comments or any other published
    comments, by me or anyone else as anything other than general guidance.
    Unfortunately, no scam agents, vanity publishers, or other similar carrion-eaters were bent,
    folded, spindled, or mutilated in creating this post (not for want of motivation).
    Of course it's "fine print" it's small and red.

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    Great work!

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    Great work ladies.

    I have hope that I may read about another bilker one day as well.
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    That's fantastic! Congratulations!
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    Congratulations Ann, Victoria and everyone else who had a hand in bringing Martha down! It was a long time coming, but it was worth it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaws
    And, if you'd like to give yourself a headache following along while we determine the possible length of darling Martha's vacation at Club Fed, I blawgged it at Scrivener's Error. And yes, I am a meany, so you'll need to go see it: It's not a simple exercise.
    I saw your cryptic pre-comment there shortly after seeing Victoria's announcement here, so I figured that was what you were probably talking about. Thanks for breaking it down with an explanation the layperson can understand--or, at least, come as close to understanding as anyone without a law degree can manage!
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    WOO HOO! Everyone involved in bringing this vile woman's scam down should be extremely proud of themselves. Yay for you!
    Good things come to those who wait...and work their tails off!!!


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    I could have sworn I did this before, but I didn't.

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    Congrats, Ann and Victoria! I knew this was coming!
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    Yesss! That no-talent broad finally bites the dust!

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    From someone who had Martha Ivery/Kelly O'Donnel as her agent, I say thanks. I was one of the lucky ones. I did pay her- I know I know I shouldn't have done that but I didn't know that at the time- but I was able to get my money back. She told me that Northwest Publishing out of Utah wanted my book. I think you all know what happened to them.
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    WTG Victoria and Ann!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss
    Breaking news...Martha Ivery (a.k.a Kelly O'Donnell and numerous other aliases), d.b.a. PressTige Publishing, was indicted on 17 counts of fraud and other deceptive conduct in the US Federal Court in Albany, NY on June 1, 2005. She was to be arraigned at 1:00 p.m. today (June 3). Further details to follow.

    Writer Beware has been tracking Ivery since 1998, and we worked with the FBI and others to gather information and documentation leading to the indictment. It's been a long fight, and we're very pleased. This is a victory for writers everywhere.

    There's more on Ivery and her scam here.

    - Victoria
    Wow! I'm glad you and Writer Beware are here! You have saved so many first time writers from fates like these. Thank you!
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    Thanks for helping out so many writers. Thanks for keeping me educated at an early age. When I finally break out into SF, I'll remember to thank you and Ann and everyone who helps with Writer Beware.

    Another victory! May there be many, many more to come!

    This is why we should all run out and buy Victoria's (and Ann's) books. I'll make sure to add some of them to my list.

    --Alan

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    Thank you, Alan. That's the best vote of thanks a Writer Beware-er can get.

    And thanks to everyone, for the congratulations. It feels good!

    - Victoria

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    On June 3, Ivery -- also known as Kelly O'Donnell -- was charged with mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud and fraud in connection with an access device, all felonies. The 56-year-old woman faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
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    As they say -- "Better late, than never!" A belated thank you, Ann, Victoria, for all your hard work. I am awed at the probable number of authors you saved from a con rip-off. :Cheer:
    "But ultimately eloquence runs on a deeper current. It moves us with what it leaves unsaid, touching off echoes in what we already know from our reading, our religion and our heritage. Eloquence invites us to bring some part of ourselves to the transaction." - William Zinsser, On Writing Well

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