Second-Class Contracts? Deal Terms at Random House’s Hydra Imprint

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 its first … [...]

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Why Not to Register Copyright for Unpublished Work

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware If you have an unpublished manuscript that you’re shopping to agents and/or publishers, or considering self-publishing, there’s no need to register your copyright prior to publication.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

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Solicitation Alert: Close-up TV News / Close-up Talk Radio

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 th… [...]

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Solicitation Alert: Blessed Hope Publishing

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 solicited his manuscript, bu… [...]

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A Partridge in a Penguin Tree

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 just announced t… [...]

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Orphan Works: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Weighs In

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 o… [...]

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Christian Writers Guild Publishing: Pay to Play from Jerry B. Jenkins

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 a whoppin… [...]

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