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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

Writer Beware is on Vacation

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Actually, I'm on staycation, but I'll be cutting way back on the Web stuff for the next two weeks. I'll be back the week of September 24. I'll still be checking messages and answering email,...Show More Summary

Guest Blog Post Writers Be-Wary: Electronic Distribution and Control of Creative Material

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Today: another guest blog post of relevance to freelance writers. This one covers content aggregators, and the pitfalls that may be lurking in their Terms of Use. ___________________ Writers Be-Wary: Electronic Distribution and Control of Creative Material Sheila J. Show More Summary

Guest Blog Post: 7 Freelance Writing Scams and How to Fight Them

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's freelance week at Writer Beware! In this week's blog posts, two guest bloggers will be discussing issues of interest and importance to freelance writers. In today's post, freelancer and...Show More Summary

Author Solutions' Misleading PR Strategies

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In my recent blog post on Pearson's acquisition of self-publishing giant Author Solutions Inc., I posed several questions that I hope Pearson will consider as it integrates ASI with Penguin Group. Show More Summary

Vanity, Vanity: Turning The Label Around

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In the war of words that rages between advocates of self-publishing and proponents of traditional publishing, one of the long-standing weapons is the term "vanity publishing." It's often leveled,...Show More Summary

LendInk, Author Activism, and the Need for Critical Thinking

2 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The Dark Side of Author Activism If you've been living under a social media rock and haven't heard of the LendInk incident, here's a brief rundown. LendInk was a website that facilitated Kindle ebook lending, matching would-be ebook borrowers with ebook owners. Show More Summary

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