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Thread: The LA Literary Agency (formerly Maureen Lasher Agency)

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    The LA Literary Agency (formerly Maureen Lasher Agency)

    If anyone is familiar with Biba's cookbooks, here is a story about what her agent has allegedly done to her:

    Almost a half-million owed to Biba for books she never knew she was to write - :ssh

    Who thought there would be that much money in cookbooks? Mind you, I think we have a few of these on our bookshelf at home.

    Anyone heard anything through the rumour mill about this agent and any other alleged nefarious deeds?

    What strikes me most about this story is that Biba has worked with this agent for over a decade. You would think that after that period of time trust would be assured between the two parties.

    Guess not.

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    Ouch. Poor Biba.

    Thanks for this allion. I'm going to (try to) copy this over to the B & BC board too. Some folks there will be interested.

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    Re: From the "better no agent than a bad agent" fi

    Yup, cookbooks are hot selling items.

    This article is scary. I really can't help but think of how/why this agent to some pretty big names suddenly started acting unethically.

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    Re: From the "better no agent than a bad agent" fi

    I'm new to this board and have been reading the posts. Now I have a question from this thread. How was this possible? Didn't the publisher expect a signed contract from the author before sending the advance? I have little to base my thoughts on how agents work, but I did suppose that the publisher would want the author's signature before releasing a large sum of money. Please, tell me how this works.


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    Re: From the "better no agent than a bad agent" fi

    Hopefully Victoria or one of our more experienced authors will respond to this too but I have a guess. It may that an agent of longstanding, as Biba's was, can make a deal for his/her author. It's also possible that the signature was forged. I suspect the details will trickle out as the case unfolds.

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    Re: From the "better no agent than a bad agent" fi

    >>It may that an agent of longstanding, as Biba's was, can make a deal for his/her author.<<

    Yes, you can empower your agent to sign contracts for you. Much as I trust my agent, I would never do this, though I suppose this can be convenient for busy authors, or if your agent is at an overseas book fair and wants to do a subrights deal for you on the spot. If the allegations are true, it may be that this agent took advantage of that--or maybe, as Frank says, might have forged the signature.

    - Victoria

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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    Biba, the cookbook, and the agent

    More proof, if you needed it, that the author/agent relationship is based on trust.

    So far as I know this case still hasn't been resolved.

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    I have never signed anything before money is collected. Everything goes through my agent, and for all I know they could be withholding royalties!... they aren't, though; I do get the royalty statements and although they are gobbledegook to me it all seems to tally. I never even consdered signing before money is sent to them.
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    LA Literary Agency

    Has anyone had any experiences or have info on the LA Literary Agency (Los Angeles)? Per Writer's Market, Ann Cashman and Eric Lasher are the agents. It doesn't list a website though.

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    This is the link I found:

    No mention of an Ann Cashman, but Eric Lasher is listed. Looks legit to me.
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    Preditors & Editors Requiescat In Pace DaveKuzminski's Avatar
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    Ann Cashman is an agent there. So is Maureen Lasher.
    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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    Current Status of Eric Lasher and Maureen Lasher?

    Does anybody know what the current status is of this case?
    It ends where Eric Lasher and Maureen Lasher of the Maureen Lasher Agency just disappeared. How can that happen?
    Eric Lasher and Maureen Lasher now have another agency called LA Literary Agency.
    I looked for Ann Cashman and there are no photos anywhere. Has anybody actually met Ann Cashman or is that an alias for Maureen?
    I found another legal lawsuit against Eric Lasher where he kept advances for writing a book years ago. It was years ago but still...

    J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. Eric LASHER, Defendant.

    Last edited by Marisa; 04-29-2014 at 07:20 AM.

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