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Old 09-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Agent Assaulted by Author

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Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Literary Agent, Attacked; Author Taken Into Custody

Police have taken an apparently disgruntled author into custody after a popular literary agent and blogger was attacked in her car Thursday.

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, an agent in San Francisco with Larsen Pomada who runs the website Bookalicio.us, told The Huffington Post, "I was on my way to my daughter's school ... and just before I turned the corner, my passenger-side mirror popped. I though I'd hit someone's trash can. Then a guy walked out in front of me, with a baseball bat in his hand."

According to van Hylckama Vlieg, the man, whom she did not recognize, reached into the car and repeatedly slammed her head on the steering wheel. Her dog, Jackie, a Jack Russell terrier who was in the car at the time, bit the attacker on the arm and she was able to get away.

After she reported the attack to the San Jose Police Department later that day, officers asked for access to her professional email; one author in particular, said van Hylckama Vlieg, had been emailing her unpleasant weekly messages following her rejection of his manuscript.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:05 PM   #2
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:14 PM   #3
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And the agent thought Snoopy was irritating . . .
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:22 PM   #4
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To be precise, the proper headline should be "Agent assaulted by psycho"...
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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To be precise, the proper headline should be "Agent assaulted by psycho"...

I think he did write 'author.'




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Old 09-21-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:55 PM   #7
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I never thought of a Jack Russell as a protection dog. Go Jackie!

So glad she is going to be ok and her child wasn't with her.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:58 PM   #8
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:23 PM   #9
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:20 PM   #10
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I have never been assaulted by a disgruntled writer, but on occasion I have been threatened. The closest I came to any violent confrontation was nearly thirty years ago. I published a submission, but made a number of editorial changes - as per our entitlement in the terms offered to writers. The guy concerned became so outraged that he barged into our office one lunchtime - screaming abuse and making threats of violence. He was only about five eleven so I and the rest of the male staff towered over him. He ran out of puff quite quickly as the crowd of onlookers gathered around him. Stopped in mid-sentence and then actually backed out of the room.

I could probably muster a couple of thousand letters from people trying to talk me into changing my mind about publishing them. No one ever succeeded (without a major re-write).
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #11
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Stop Press - "Small yappy dog savages writer".

This author of his own misfortune [couldn't resist, sorry] was obviously not an experienced intruder of people's personal space - professional burglars etc... always steer well clear of any small dogs, and would prefer to take on a Doberman before a Jack Russell any day.
( I don't speak from inside knowledge, I hasten to add, but various accounts and interviews in the press, TV and radio ! )
These hounds are particularly partial to a taste of anything that intrudes into "their" car, which they seem to regard as a mobile kennel.
I had one once that was man's best friend in every other way, but even I trod carefully getting into what was nominally my vehicle.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:34 AM   #12
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:52 PM   #13
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Jackies are indeed very posessive in regards of "their" personal domain. e. g. the own basket.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:33 PM   #14
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Tiny dogs are awesome, but I'd still feel safer with my Alsatian in such a situation, personally... If an angry writer was hitting me, what would stop them hitting my eensy dog? Their teeth just don't hurt as much...

Scary.
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Tiny dogs are awesome, but I'd still feel safer with my Alsatian in such a situation, personally... If an angry writer was hitting me, what would stop them hitting my eensy dog? Their teeth just don't hurt as much...

Scary.
Tiny dogs are yappy, hard to train, and from a security point of view, not much use. I have never seen a tiny dog that will obey a command to keep silent.

I have a Rottie, and have had Rotties since my childhood. They are actually very friendly, but when they decide not to be, they make their point.
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