Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware
Last 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...fighting the massive hospital bureaucracy that wanted to discharge her ASAP despite the fact that she couldn't even get out of bed unassisted...it was the week from hell.
Stubbornly independent, my mom still lives alone, with a ton of assistance from me and my husband, my brother, and family friends. But as much help as she's needed over the past two years, now she's going to need even more. So the Writer Beware blog has to take a back seat. You may see a guest post or two (I have a great one scheduled for the first week in August), and Michael Capobianco may stop by with a post. But I'm going to be scarce around here for a while, and you won't see me much on Twitter or Facebook, either.
I will still be answering email, so please don't hesitate to write to me: beware [at] sfwa.org.
Thanks, and see you (hopefully) soon.
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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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… [...]
Continue reading Amazon’s "Personal Connection" Review Policies Are Nothing New
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… [...]
Continue reading Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn my last blog post, I discussed how to recognize and avoid profitmaking writing awards–fake awards that exist not to honor writers, but to enrich sponsors. If you’re looking to win writing awards and enter… [...]
Continue reading Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure"
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you may have guessed that I’m not a big fan of writing contests and awards.Partly this is because so many are a waste of time, with minimal prizes, ne… [...]
Continue reading Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them
Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer BewareThe U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently held a public meeting on “Facilitating the Development of the Online Licensing Environment for Copyrighted Works.” The Science Fiction and Fantasy … [...]
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn 2012, I posted a warning about Raider Publishing International. Founded by former (and disgruntled) PublishAmerica author Adam Salviani, and presenting itself as an independent publisher, Raider is basical… [...]
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Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The actual impact of four- and five-star reviews on Amazon and other retailers’ websites is a matter of ongoing debate, but their perceived importance is not.Which explains why, if those reviews aren’t accum… [...]
Continue reading Amazon Takes On Fake Review Services
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOn March 31, 2014, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York field office of the FBI announced charges against Peter Thomas Senese, founder and director of the I CARE Foundation, … [...]
Continue reading The Strange and Twisted Tale of Peter Senese
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