PublishAmerica, Literary Agent: An Inside Look

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A little while back, I blogged about yet another of the ways in which PublishAmerica was attempting to extract cash from its authors: a fee-charging “literary agency.” In the announcement that introduced… [...]

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Review of DEARLY, DEPARTED by Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sexy teenage zombies? Yeah, I was skeptical too. But in Dearly, Departed Lia Habel just about made me believe it.

This is a fun adventure/romance with an intriguingly unusual take on the zombie theme. Yes, there’s a zombie plague, with hordes of ravening flesh-eaters–but some zombies wake up with their minds intact and are able to refrain from gobbling flesh. Of course they require a lot of medical and mechanical intervention by sympathetic living people to keep them from, well, rotting [...]

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To Our Readers: Thank You

Sometime over last weekend, the Writer Beware blog passed the 20,000 subscriber mark! We’d like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all our readers and subscribers for their attention, support, and participation (we love comments! We love questions!) … [...]

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Alert: Raider Publishing International / Purehaven Press

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I’ve gotten a lot of questions about Raider Publishing International over the years. Founded by a former (and disgruntled) PublishAmerica author, it’s basically a self-publishing service with some added b… [...]

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The Con Man Who Tried To Buy Writer Beware’s Silence

Posted by A.C. Crispin for Writer BewareI thought Writer Beware’s readers might be interested in hearing about the only time I’ve ever had a face to face meeting with a known writing scammer. I still laugh when I remember that day.You see, once upon … [...]

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Publishing Industry Terms and Contracts: Some Resources, and Some Advice

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On my last post, a reader posted this comment: Can you recommend a site where publishing contract terms are, if not discussed, defined (and maybe have a note like “This is good, this is okay, this is … [...]

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Another Great Quote for PASSION BLUE

Fellow YA author Lesley Livingston was kind enough to read Passion Blue and give it this wonderful blurb:

Passion Blue is a lush, vibrant read that is utterly transporting. Full of heart and heady imagery, it is a luminous tale that swept me back to another time and place and into the life of a brave girl struggling to find her true destiny. Victoria Strauss paints beautiful pictures with her words.

- Lesley Livingston, author of the Wondrous Strange series

When is a Dodgy Publisher Like a Stopped Clock?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A stopped clock is right twice a day. A dodgy publisher is right…well, less often. But sometimes. I’m thinking of one publisher in particular–about which Writer Beware has gotten a LOT of complaints–… [...]

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Another Great Blurb for PASSION BLUE

Amazing author Jane Yolen has been kind enough to blurb Passion Blue:

I am a huge fancier of historical novels, so when I began Passion Blue, set in late fifteenth century Italy, I expected to like it. It promised landscapes, art, architecture, romance. But I didn’t just like the book, I LOVE it. Though much of it takes place within the walls of a nunnery it has adventure, arguments, soul-searching, several villains, romance, hair-breadth escapes, dastardly betrayals, and girl power. I simply galloped through it.

- Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic, Briar Rose, and other novels set in [...]

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In the Garden Again

Today’s the first day of daylight savings time (yay!). It was also the first gardening day of the season for me.

We had very little snow this winter, but a lot of windy weather, so there were many downed branches to pick up. I also cut down the ornamental grasses that I left standing over the winter for visual interest, and dealt with the damage that some tunneling creature created around my compost bin. I have a terrible feeling that whatever it was ate the lily bulbs I had in that area. We shall see.

All my bulbs are [...]

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