Fake Jared And His Friends: Author Solutions’ Misleading PR Strategies

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. One of th… [...]

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Vanity, Vanity: Turning The Label Around

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, dismissive… [...]

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Review of DEVIANTS by Maureen McGowan

Deviants by Maureen McGowan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Dome is the last community of human survivors on an asteroid-devastated Earth, which is now the province of savage Shredders and lethal Dust. Or so say the privileged elite who run the Dome. But when orphaned, 16-year-old Glory–whose power to kill with a glance makes her one of the Deviants who are feared and hated by the Dome’s inhabitants–is forced to run for her life to protect her crippled brother, she discovers that the world, and the Dome, are nothing like she has been taught [...]

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LendInk, Author Activism, and the Need for Critical Thinking

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 l… [...]

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Pictures From My Garden

I can’t believe it’s August already.

Here in Western Massachusetts, we’ve had unbelievable heat and dryness; last weekend’s rain was the first sustained rain we’ve gotten since (I’m pretty sure) June. I’ve been watering to compensate (relatively sparingly, trying to save on the water bill) but I can definitely see the impact of the lack of rain.

The other big change: our neighbors removed the big black walnut tree that used to shade the back third of my garden. I had a love-hate relationship with that tree: it killed some of the perennials I tried (all parts of black walnuts [...]

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Guest Blog Post: The Red Flags of Writing Contests

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Among the most frequent questions Writer Beware receives are those involving writing contests. Is it legit? Is it prestigious? Is it worth it? How can I tell? Today’s guest blog post from author and edit… [...]

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Ebooks Outsell Print! Putting Headlines in Context

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Widely-discussed book news this week: Amazon UK’s report that ebook sales have outstripped the sales of all print formats combined. According to unaudited figures released by [Amazon UK] on Monday, sin… [...]

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Giveaway Winners

This summer’s YA Scavenger Hunt–which ended yesterday–was a huge success. According to the organizers, the YASH website got over 25,000 pageviews, and more than 1500 people entered each team’s contest. I’d heard it was a high-traffic event, so I was prepared for a spike in visitors–but wow! On Thursday, the Hunt’s busiest day for me, I received more than ten times my normal daily traffic.

One of the great things about the Hunt is that participating authors are allowed to run their own extra giveaway contests. Mine was for 10 signed ARCs of my forthcoming YA historical novel, Passion [...]

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Literary Agent Scams: Still Around, But On the Wane

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware As many of you know, Writer Beware maintains a Thumbs Down Agency List, which represents the agencies about which Writer Beware has received the largest number of complaints over the years, or which, bas… [...]

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Summer 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the summer YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Victoria Strauss, and I write fantasy and historical fiction for adults and teens.

The tri-annual Scavenger Hunt was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed [...]

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