Literary agent and author Pam van Hylckama was the apparent victim of an assault last night by an author she had rejected.
First off, I’m incredibly glad Pam’s okay and it appears the suspect is in custody. I had the pleasure of meeting Pam last year and she’s a great, supportive presence in the book world.
I got a bit of grief for this post back while I was an agent. Some people mocked me for being so wary of meeting unannounced visitors.
Even now that I’m out of the game I think that caution was very well-placed. I’m not sure that everyone quite can know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the sometimes unhinged vitriol agents receive on a regular basis.
Thank goodness it ended without anything more serious happening.