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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Why Not to Register Copyright for Unpublished Work

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Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware If you have an unpublished manuscript that you're shopping to agents and/or publishers, or considering self-publishing, there's no need to register your copyright prior to publication.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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

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

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