The Fair Contract Initiative

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I write a lot about publishing contracts on this blog, and questions about publishing contract terms make up a large portion of my Writer Beware correspondence. Unfair and even outrageous contract terms are … [...]

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Profit Engine: The Author Solutions Markup

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware As most of you already know, Penguin Random House dumped Author Solutions at the end of 2015, selling it to a private equity firm for an undisclosed amount. (“A Penguin Random House Company” has already vani… [...]

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Freelance Mills, Cyberbullying, and Plagiarism, Oh My!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know that I love the strange and twisted stuff that happens (mostly) at the outer fringes of the publishing and writing worlds. Today, three head-shaking examples.Inte… [...]

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Best of Writer Beware: 2015 in Review

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware 2015 was not my best blogging year, by a long shot! My mother’s deteriorating health sidelined me for much of the second half of the year (and will probably sideline me again in 2016–after bouncing back sur… [...]

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Author Solutions Sold to Private Equity Firm

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI was working on my usual year-end roundup post, when I spotted this, in PW:Penguin Random House has sold its Author Solutions division to an affiliate of the Najafi Companies, a private investment firm that … [...]

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