A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI’ve written before about Author Solutions’ relentless efforts to get authors to buy the company’s “marketing” services. Here’s an example that was recently passed on to me (with the author’s name and other i… [...]

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Self-Publishing and Author-Agent Agreements: The Need for Change

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEarlier this week, I ran across a blog post by best-selling author Claire Cook  about the process by which she decided to become a hybrid author, ditching her high-powered agency in the process. It’… [...]

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Warning: Green Shore Publishing

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you’ve encountered Green Shore Publishing, you might be intrigued by an enterprise that describes itself as “The UK and Ireland’s New Standard in Book Publishing,” and touts both its success and (in the li… [...]

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On Trolls and Fake Bad Reviews

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWe’ve all read about the abuse of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.I’m not talking about soliciting your friends to write glowing testimonials for your books, or buying five-star reviews in batches from paid r… [...]

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Agenty Advice to a Hopeful Writer, From a Non-Agent

 Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareDear Hopeful Writer,Today I received your snail mail query, beginning:Dear agent, I am seeking your representation on my [title redacted] novel. It has 600,000 word count, with the theme: betrayal, rev… [...]

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Time to Bury the Hachette

 Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer BewareIt’s a tough time to be an author advocacy organization. As you may or may not know, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has been catching a lot of flak about signing on to Douglas… [...]

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Writer Beware Has a New Logo and a New Look

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIntroducing Writer Beware’s brand-new logo! It was designed by awesome artist James F. Beveridge, and hopefully will help us to build more of a brand identity. After sixteen years, it’s about time, right?Over… [...]

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American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don’t Need

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareRecently I’ve gotten a number of questions about the American Writing Association (note the .org suffix, implying altruism and good will), a group that describes itself thus: We are a group of professional wr… [...]

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