simple recounting of her dealings with one literary
agency sparked a bit of anger in the house of Bawn. Here
are exact copies of the correspondence between Lee
Masterson and the CEO of the Bawn Literary Agency, Mr.
copy of an email received from Willie Nason dated 25th
Re: Libel and Defamation of BAWN Publishers Literary
Agency on your webite
Dear Tina Morgan and Ciara Grey:
It has been brought to our attention that your website, www.fictionfactor.com/alerts/bawn.html, has been using
false and libelous information about BAWN Publishers Inc.
Literary Agency, in an attempt to discredit us.
Your false data has caused an enormous amount of damage
to our company, not only reputation and credibility wise,
but financially also. Furthermore in your efforts to
destroy us, you are using us as a means of profit by
selling your information and services for a fee, or
directing the viewers to other sites, which also sell
false and libelous information in association with the
marketing or sale of your products and services is
It is possible that you are unaware of the legal
implications and ramifications this poses for you.
So we believe that it is in our mutual interest to bring
this matter to your attention. We request that you
remove all information, correspondence, comments and any
other information regarding BAWN from your website within
48 hours, with the exception of a written apology for
your error in judgement.
It is important that we exercise our right to protect our
name and reputation that we have worked so hard to
create, regardless of what others with a number of
reasons wish to destroy. As the old saying goes, "Like
there are two sides to every legal coin, so there are
always two sides to every story". For you to take
one side of a story and consider it totally true, without
desiring to know about the client-agent relationships is
what has brought us to this point.
State and federal law supports our position that "Libel
is a defamation expressed in written or other graphic
form that tends to blacken or that tends to injure a
living person's reputation and thereby, expose them to
public hatred contempt or ridicule, or financial injury
or to impeach any person's honesty, integrity, virtue or
reputation. Libel laws protects individuals or
businesses from unjustified attacks on their reputation.
A person is libelled if they knowingly publish or
republish if the words of a second or third party, expose
him (or her) to the risk of being: hated, ridiculed, or
viewed with contempt, or shunned or avoided, or lowered
in the standing of right thinking members of society, or
discredited in his trade, business, office, or profession.
Damage is, therefore, presumed without proof."
Please respond by letter: indicating your intention to
cease & desist the use of our name, or any comments
or statements given to you, from any third party or
persons from your website within two (2) calendar days.
We hope that this issue may be resolved this way so we
can avoid any further legal remedies as provided by state
and federal law.
A copy of your page has been printed for our legal
department and is being prepared in case you decide not
to honor our request.
Willie E. Nason
is an exact copy of response from Lee Masterson, dated 27th
Dear Willie Nason,
It has been brought to my attention that the information
contained within the article in question is a personal
recounting of Tina's and Ciara's dealings with your
company. I am happy to also include in this article ALL
correspondence sent to Tina from you, signed by you,
within the article - to verify authenticity of the
I am willing to amend the article to include any or all
responses you desire to have posted, in a true effort to
reveal "both sides of the story", but I will
not remove the piece until this matter is further
All correspondences from your company have been saved and
stored and the article was entirely based upon these
correspondences from Bawn Publishers Literary Agency.
None of the information included in print is falsified,
nor has Tina stooped to denigration of your company name.
The recounting of dealings with your agency is an
anecdotal piece, based upon verifiable information.
Nowhere in the piece does Tina seek to "destroy"
your company. She simply tells our readers the events
which led her not to accept representation from your
It has also been brought to my attention that you have
falsified a portion of your own claim against Fiction
Factor. Fiction Factor is purely a non-profit
organization, as are the two organizations mentioned
within the article. Fiction Factor is also offered free
of charge to anyone who wishes to read it.
According to Australian law, this also constitutes a
breach of the libel and defamation laws. If further
pursued by you without rectification, this incorrect
assumption by you can also be considered to be slanderous
to my company name and reputation.
Looking forward to your response at your earliest
Nason's response, dated 2nd July 2002
Sorry for the delay in responding. This is all we
ask that you reveal the truth and amend statements made
on your website that are truly incorrect and false.
No one can please everyone, but I wonder why you haven't
attacked any other agents, only us. That to me
shows a distinct lack of character. However, since you
never recieved a contract from us and you are makeing
assumptions and statements based purely on an faq, that
is not very professional. We do not nor have we
ever charged reading fees and to claim we do, based
solely on what you think, rather than the truth is not
good. So far as what they did in Austraila and they law,
this is the US and our laws are very different. We
will be checking to see what changes have been made and
it would be in your best interest to amend them to the
point where it is correct.
Go to copy of Bawn
contract, that we supposedly never received