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An Honor For Writer Beware Co-Founder and Chair, Ann C. Crispin

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I'm thrilled and extremely proud to announce that my friend and colleague, Writer Beware co-founder and Chair Ann C. Crispin, has been named the 2013 Grandmaster by the International Association...Show More Summary

Outrageous French Copyright Grab: ReLIRE Goes Live

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Just over a year ago, I wrote about a new French law that, under the guise of dealing with the pressing issue of orphan works, implements a truly massive rights transfer. The law empowersShow More Summary

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In March, I wrote about New York law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP, which had opened an investigation of Author Solutions Inc. (ASI). Well, now the other shoe has dropped.Show More Summary

ASJA Annual Conference 2013, Plus Tidbits

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I was in New York this past weekend for the 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference. I participated in two panels with Writer Beware-er Richard White: a Writer Beware panel (of course) on schemes,...Show More Summary

Tidbits

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's spring! Here in chilly New England, climate change seems to be taking a break, and it felt as if the warm weather would never arrive. But daffodils and primroses are blooming in my garden,...Show More Summary

Why I'm Not Here

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware You may have noticed there was no blog post last week. That's because I'm currently dealing with a family emergency (caring for a disabled relative) that's eating up a huge amount of my time. Show More Summary

Author-Unfriendly Terms at Autharium

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Over the past few weeks I've gotten a number of questions and alerts about author-unfriendly Terms and Conditions at Autharium, a new epublishing startup. So I thought I'd check into it myself. Autharium...Show More Summary

For Those of You Who Are Wondering Why Someone Might Want to Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Here is an example of the sort of solicitation PublishAmerica authors receive daily (if not more often). Dear author: For authors with multiple titles only! The March Madness Multi-title option...Show More Summary

Random House Announces New Terms at Digital Imprints Hydra, Alibi, Loveswept, and Flirt

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Yesterday afternoon, I had a cordial conversation with Allison Dobson, Director of Digital Imprints at Random House, about the the recent controversy over deal terms at Hydra, Alibi, Loveswept,...Show More Summary

Another Class Action Suit Launched Against PublishAmerica

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I wasn't optimistic that I would ever be writing a post like this, after the class action filed last year against PublishAmerica was dismissed. However, on January 31, 2013, the Maryland law...Show More Summary

SFWA De-Lists Hydra; Random House Responds

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Following on my post last week about unattractive deal terms at Random House's new digital-only imprint, Hydra, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has determined that Hydra...Show More Summary

Law Firm Investigates Author Solutions Inc.

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The New York law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP has opened an investigation of Author Solutions Inc. (ASI), alleging deceptive practices. Authors using Author Solutions have...Show More Summary

Second-Class Contracts? Deal Terms at Random House's Hydra Imprint

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Over the past few years, more and more trade publishers have created digital-only imprints. Another new one just popped up in my newsfeed today: Little, Brown UK's Blackfriars will be launching...Show More Summary

Why Not to Register Copyright for Unpublished Work

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware If you have an unpublished manuscript that you're shopping to agents and/or publishers, or considering self-publishing, there's no need to register your copyright prior to publication. Why? Well,...Show More Summary

Solicitation Alert: Close-up TV News / Close-up Talk Radio

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Writer Beware has received reports that authors are receiving phone solicitations from an outfit called Close-up TV News, which describes itself as ...a premiere news magazine TV program spotlighting the most successful businesses across America. Show More Summary

Solicitation Alert: Blessed Hope Publishing

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Recently I received a question about an apparently new Christian publisher, Blessed Hope Publishing. The writer who contacted me was suspicious because Blessed Hope had not only solicitedShow More Summary

A Partridge in a Penguin Tree

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware India is a vast book market, and print is still king. So it only makes sense that Penguin (whose parent company, Pearson, acquired self-publishing giant Author Solutions Inc. last year) has...Show More Summary

Orphan Works: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Weighs In

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The issue of orphan works--out of print, still-in-copyright books, films, photographs, etc. whose rightsholders can't be found--is one that has been much in the news over the past few years. Concern...Show More Summary

Christian Writers Guild Publishing: Pay to Play from Jerry B. Jenkins

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Earlier this week, a press release caught my eye: Bestselling Author Jerry Jenkins Announces Innovative Publishing Firm. Since "innovative" in publishing press release-speak often means "charges...Show More Summary

Legal Tidbits

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Author Solutions Inc. and Free Speech In 2008, following a bitter divorce, Iowan Scott Weier paid one of the Author Solutions Inc. imprints to publish his memoir, Mind, Body, and Soul. Subsequently,...Show More Summary

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