More Money-Wasting “Opportunities” for Writers

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

Following on my last post about how authors can waste money on promotional strategies, here are some more cash-sucking “opportunities.”

Book Your Trip to Hollywood, from Outskirts Press

Self-publishing service Outskirts Press–home of some of the sillier “book marketing” services–is taking advantage of one of writers’ most fevered pipe dreams with its new Book Your Trip to Hollywood service. Of course, the press release doesn’t put it that way:

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More Money-Wasting "Opportunities" For Writers

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Following on my last post about how authors can waste money on promotional strategies, here are some more cash-sucking “opportunities.” Book Your Trip to Hollywood, from Outskirts Press Self-publishing se… [...]

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Author Solutions Introduces BookStub

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

Author Solutions has just introduced a new marketing service called BookStub, which it describes thusly:

Loyalty card-sized BookStubs display your cover on the front side and ordering instructions on the back side. Once you distribute a BookStub, the reader can visit your title’s detail page, add your e-book to the cart and check out with a digital copy of your title.

Basically, it’s like a plastic business card, with a scannable QR code that enables would-be readers to [...]

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Author Solutions Introduces BookStub

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Author Solutions has just introduced a new marketing service called BookStub, which it describes thusly: Loyalty card-sized BookStubs display your cover on the front side and ordering instructions on t… [...]

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Review of EMBASSYTOWN by China Mieville

Embassytown by China Miéville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won’t even attempt to summarize the complicated premise of EMBASSYTOWN. The novel is a bit slow to start, and the characters aren’t deeply drawn–especially the protagonist, who is more a narrative device than a real character (rather like the vestigial narrators in some 19th century Russian novels, who serve principally as camera eyes to reveal the doings of others). I also have some misgivings about the premise–for instance, if the Ariekei’s unique language doesn’t allow for abstraction, how could they ever [...]

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PublishAmerica

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

I can’t count the number of questions I’ve received over the years from unhappy PublishAmerica authors, wondering whether a class action lawsuit against PA has been/might be/ever will be filed. Frankly, I would have bet against it, given the cost, the difficulty of gathering plaintiffs, and the ambiguities of PA’s business model.

Now I get to eat my words.

On June 11, 2012, a class action summons and complaint was filed in Maryland District Court in Baltimore against PublishAmerica [...]

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PublishAmerica

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I can’t count the number of questions I’ve received over the years from unhappy PublishAmerica authors, wondering whether a class action lawsuit against PA has been/might be/ever will be filed. Frankly, I w… [...]

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Pictures From My Garden

These photos were taken in late May–not a lot in bloom yet, but plenty of variety in foliage shape, texture, and color. In my part-shade garden, foliage is the backbone.

This is a photo-stitch, so it’s not quite accurate, but it gives you an impression (click on the images for larger views):

My back garden, viewed from the house

You’re standing at the right rear corner of the photo above, next to the garage, looking left:

A view from the bench at the left rear corner of the back garden:

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BEA Report

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware BEA 2012 was fantastic! I got home Wednesday evening–I’d debated spending an extra day, but now I’m glad I didn’t because I woke up Thursday with a migraine and spent much of the day with an icepack on my … [...]

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Judge Grants Class Status to Authors in Authors Guild v. Google Lawsuit

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware An important legal ruling was handed down yesterday by Judge Denny Chin in the five-year-old Authors Guild v. Google class action lawsuit over Google’s scanning of millions of in-copyright books. (A bit o… [...]

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