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Venerable Vanity Publisher Vantage Press Closes Its Doors

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware You may have heard that Vantage Press, one of the USA's oldest vanity publishers, closed its doors at the end of 2012. PW reported on this in December: In a letter to creditors received by PW, law firm Hendel & Collins of Springfield, Mass. Show More Summary

Alert: UK Speaker Scam Targets Writers (and Others)

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware John Scalzi reported on this scam earlier this week, and his post was widely disseminated on Twitter--but since not everyone reads the same blogs, and the scam is a recurring one that isn't...Show More Summary

Global Talk Radio: How to Waste Money and Fail to Influence People

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware You'd think that dodgy publishers, publicists, and others would know better than to spam Writer Beware. But no. Disproving the frequent spammer claim that their email lists are carefully targeted,...Show More Summary

2012: Year in Review

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware As we begin the new year (Writer Beware's fifteenth--good heavens!), here's a look back at some of Writer Beware's most notable posts and warnings from 2012. JANUARY The Delmont-Ross Writing Contest: The Saga of a Fake Literary Competition: The amazing tale of serial conman Mitchell Gross, a.k.a. Show More Summary

Happy Holidays!

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Writer Beware is taking time off for the holidays. Unless there's some especially major publishing news, look for us to be back after January 1. I'll still be answering emails. To contact me: beware [at] sfwa.org. We wish all our readers peace, happiness, and excellent writing. Show More Summary

Guest Blog Post: International Writing Scams and How to Protect Yourself

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Today's guest blog post, from journalist Mridu Khullar Relph, explores the world of writing schemes and scams from an international perspective--something that's increasingly an issue for Western writers looking to find work overseas. Show More Summary

The Albee Agency: Book Publicity Faked

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Over the past few days I've gotten a number of inquiries from authors wondering about the reputation of a PR firm called The Albee Agency. Albee bills itself as [A] new breed of book publicists- We...Show More Summary

Archway Publishing: Simon & Schuster Adds a Self-Publishing Division

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Well, it's happened again. Another traditional publisher has added a pay-to-play "division." Yesterday, venerable trade publisher (and one of the Big 5) Simon & Schuster announced the launch...Show More Summary

Publishers Hate Authors? Really?

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Without a doubt, the silliest publishing-related article I read this week was this one: "Why Book Publishers Hate Authors" by Michael Levin. (Although this one, which argues that e-reading...Show More Summary

Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I've seen a slew of bad publishing contracts lately, which makes this guest blog post by author Kfir Luzatto especially resonant for me. Turning down a publishing offer when you have one in...Show More Summary

PASSION BLUE Release and Giveaway!

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss We don't often do self-promotion here at Writer Beware--but yesterday was publication day for my young adult historical fantasy Passion Blue--a novel of art, astrology, and romance set in Renaissance Italy. I'm...Show More Summary

Authors Guild Statement on Penguin-Random House Merger

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The following statement was sent by the Authors Guild to its members on Sunday. The Guild labels the proposed merger between Penguin and Random House (which would create the world's largest...Show More Summary

Alert: Screenplay Replay Contest

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's right there in the logo of the Screenplay Replay Contest: the come-on."Where Your Winning Script Gets a Publishing Deal." Here's more: In today's competitive script marketplace, adaptation is king. Show More Summary

Alert: America's Next Author Contest

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On Wednesday, I blogged about high entry fee awards schemes. Today, I'm going to discuss another potential awards trap: non-optimal entry rules. eBookMall is a veteran ebook retailer, one of the very first (it was founded before the turn of the century). Show More Summary

Character Building Counts and Wise Bear Digital: Two More High-Entry Fee Book Awards

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's Awards Week at Writer Beware! No, I'm not handing out prizes--I'm dispensing cautions. I've got two posts this week, both focusing on literary awards you may want to think twice about...Show More Summary

Guest Post: Dear Agent -- Write the Letter That Sells Your Book

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Query letters. Except for the synopsis, there's no more dreaded task a writer has to undertake. How to boil an entire book down to a short pitch that not only provides an accurate snapshot...Show More Summary

Judge Rules Against Authors Guild in HathiTrust Lawsuit

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On the heels of several publishers' secret settlement deal with Google in the long-running Google Books lawsuit, a judge has made a major ruling in another lawsuit over book scanning. In September...Show More Summary

Writers Slam Secrecy of Book Publishers' Deal With Google

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA.org) National Writers Union (NWU.org) Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA.org) Contacts: Minda Zetlin, President, American...Show More Summary

Publishers Settle With Google--But What About Authors?

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Seven years ago, the Authors Guild and several major publishers (including McGraw Hill, Penguin, and John Wiley) filed suit against Google for its unauthorized scanning of in-copyright books. Show More Summary

Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica Dismissed

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On June 11 of this year, a class action lawsuit was filed against PublishAmerica by a Baltimore, MD law firm, in association with high-profile litigators Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. Among...Show More Summary

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