Happy Holidays

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The Writer Beware blog will be on holiday hiatus for the next two weeks. I will still be answering email, though, so if you have a question, feel free to contact me at the email address in the sidebar.Many, … [...]

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Thoughts Post-Toast (or, Why You Should Not Assume Your Publishing Contract Doesn’t Apply to You)

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAs I’ve followed the discussion (for instance, here, here, and here) over the past couple of days about literary ezine The Toast’s demand that writers surrender copyright (the demand was first reported by me,… [...]

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Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThe Toast is an online literary magazine that publishes stories, articles, artwork, reviews, and more. Launched in mid-2013, it’s associated with some respected names and apparently draws a sizeable audience…. [...]

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Alert: Questionable Terms of Use in HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you’re an artist and a Game of Thrones fan, you may have heard that HBO is inviting contributions to “the ultimate compendium to Game of Thrones.”What exactly is the Compendium? According to the FAQ:The Ga… [...]

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Don’t Do This: Wrong Ways to Try and Escape Your Deadbeat Publisher

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThe other day, I received this email:Dear Writer Beware, A couple of years ago, I published my mystery novel with [insert name of well-known deadbeat publisher here]. My contract won’t expire for several mor… [...]

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