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Blog Post Archive

Author-Agent Handshake Agreements: Should You Be Wary?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I've recently gotten a number of reports about a literary agent with a major agency who is offering representation with a "handshake" deal: representation based on a verbal commitment, rather...Show More Summary

Alert: Blue Deco Publishing, Christian Faith Publishing

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware BLUE DECO PUBLISHING Writer Beware has received multiple documented complaints from authors at Blue Deco Publishing.Problems cited include late or missing royalties and royalty statements, broken marketing promises, and difficulty reaching or getting responses from the owner, Colleen Nye. Show More Summary

Scam Alert: Fraudsters Targeting Freelancers With Fake Job Offers

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Fraudsters are reportedly conducting a phishing scheme aimed at freelance writers.Individuals using the names of editors and senior management for The Atlantic magazine have sent out numerous fake job and interview offers, using multiple email addresses and made-up domain names. Show More Summary

Small Press Storm Warnings: High Hill Press

3 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware There's trouble at High Hill Press, a once well-regarded small press "created to offer writers a small niche between the huge New York publishing houses, and the often high-priced print on...Show More Summary

Solicitation (and Plagiarism) Alert: Legaia Books / Paperclips Magazine

4 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware When the late, unlamented Tate Publishing & Enterprises went belly-up a few months ago, I started hearing from Tate authors who were being contacted by self-publishing companies and other for-profit enterprises looking to recruit new customers. Show More Summary

Lawsuits, Liens, and Lost URLs: The Latest on America Star Books / PublishAmerica

4 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's been a while since I wrote about America Star Books, née PublishAmerica, one of the most prolific author mills in America (also the subject of scores of author complaints, and the recipient of an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau). Show More Summary

Infringement by Galaktika Magazine: Authors Guild and SFWA Reach Settlement

5 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On July 20, the Authors Guild and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that they had together reached an agreement with Hungary-based Galaktika Magazine.For at least a decade, Galaktika re-published stories by multiple authors without seeking permission or remitting payment. Show More Summary

The Law Finally Catches Up With Tate Publishing & Enterprises

7 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Today, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Ryan and Richard Tate, respectively CEO and founder of vanity publisher Tate Publishing...Show More Summary

Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group

10 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In the late 1990s, when Writer Beware first started up, the digital revolution was just peeking over the horizon. Traditional publishing was still the only path to publication, and literary...Show More Summary

The Continuing Decline of "Assisted-Self-Publishing" Giant Author Solutions

11 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A little less than two years ago, I wrote a blog post that focused, in part, on Author Solutions' declining share of the so-called assisted self-publishing market.According to a report byShow More Summary

All Romance eBooks' Sudden Closing: Many Questions, Few Answers

11 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On Wednesday, December 28, All Romance eBooks--a romance-specific ebook distributor and publisher that also distributes general fiction and nonfiction through its OmniLit imprint--dropped a bombshell. Show More Summary

Questions for Vanity Publisher Austin Macauley Yield Few Answers

12 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Over at The Writers Workshop, Harry Bingham is taking a look at UK-based vanity publisher Austin Macauley.Are they legit? Or are they scammers?I don’t know. I honestly have no idea. But I’ve...Show More Summary

Torquere Press Is Closing

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Troubled publisher Torquere Press is closing. Owners Kristi Boulware and Joanna Talbot announced their decision yesterday in an email that will doubtless infuriate many authors, but probably...Show More Summary

Trouble at Tate: Could it be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's hard times lately for "America's Top Publisher," a.k.a. Tate Publishing & Enterprises, a.k.a. one of America's most prolific vanity publishers.Tate has been on Writer Beware's Thumbs Down Publishers List since the list was created. Show More Summary

Small Press Storm Warnings: Torquere Press, Caliburn Press, Month9Books

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A roundup of publishers about which I've recently received serious complaints (all of them documented).TORQUERE PRESS At the end of 2014, the founders of Torquere Press--a well-regarded small...Show More Summary

Yet Another Post on Why You Absolutely, Positively MUST Read the Fine Print

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I harp a lot here on how important it is to read the fine print--in your publishing contract, on websites that host user content, in literary contests. Sure, it's tedious, especially if couched...Show More Summary

How Publishers Abuse Termination Fees: Sky Warrior Books

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I've written before about termination fees in publishing contracts: why they are bad not just for authors, but for publishers, and how publishers can abuse them. Here's another case studyShow More Summary

"Cutting Lists Isn't New": Q&A With Month9Books' Georgia McBride

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, as I was researching my blog post on the troubles at YA publisher Month9Books (which recently reverted rights to 40-50 authors amid allegations of non-payment and other problems), I reached out to owner Georgia McBride with some questions. Show More Summary

Month9Books Scales Back Its List Amid Allegations of Nonpayment

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On May 20, Publishers Lunch broke the news that Month9Books, a well-regarded and apparently successful publisher of young adult and middle-grade fiction, was scaling back its list and reverting rights to "40-50 authors across all imprints". Show More Summary

Tate Publishing & Enterprises Slapped with $1.7 Million Lawsuit

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Readers of this blog may be familiar with Tate Publishing & Enterprises--an Oklahoma-based publisher that describes itself as "a Christian-based, family-owned, mainline publishing organization...Show More Summary

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