Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareLast Sunday, my elderly mother, who’s fighting cancer, fell in her apartment and broke three ribs. Cue nightmare scenario: 911 call…12 hours in the emergency room…confusion over hospital admission…fight… [...]

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Pay-to-Play Alert: #WORLDCLASS Magazine

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAuthors: have you received an unsolicited email from a “talent scout” at #WORLDCLASS Magazine pitching an interview and/or cover feature? Here’s what you need to know in case you do: it’s pay-to-play.Here’s a… [...]

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Alert: Don Semora, "Professional Designer and Author"

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareMaking money from authors can be good business, which probably explains why so many of those who exploit them return again and again to the trough. Case in point: Don Semora, whose brand-new website styles hi… [...]

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Amazon’s "Personal Connection" Review Policies Are Nothing New

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOne of today’s most popular pastimes, in the writing world at least, is demonizing Amazon (or sanctifying it, but that’s not the subject of this post). Latest flashpoint: Amazon’s review policies.The flap see… [...]

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Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderston & Stewart filed a lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. and its parent company, Penguin, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and violation of var… [...]

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