Small Press Storm Warnings: Torquere Press, Caliburn Press, Month9Books

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A roundup of publishers about which I’ve recently received serious complaints (all of them documented).TORQUERE PRESSAt the end of 2014, the founders of Torquere Press–a well-regarded small publisher e… [...]

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    WriteIndia Writing Contest: When a Contest Sponsor Changes The Rules

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareNOTE: This post has been updated.I harp a lot here on how important it is to read the fine print–in your publishing contract, on websites that host user content, in literary contests. Sure, it’s tedious, esp… [...]

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      How Publishers Abuse Termination Fees: Sky Warrior Books

      Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I’ve written before about termination fees in publishing contracts: why they are bad not just for authors, but for publishers, and how publishers can abuse them. Here’s another case study in how termination … [...]

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        “Cutting Lists Isn’t New”: Q&A With Month9Books’ Georgia McBride

        Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, as I was researching my blog post on the troubles at YA publisher Month9Books (which recently reverted rights to 40-50 authors amid allegations of non-payment and other problems), I reached out to… [...]

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          Month9Books Scales Back Its List Amid Allegations of Nonpayment

          Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On May 20, Publishers Lunch broke the news that Month9Books, a well-regarded and apparently successful publisher of young adult and middle-grade fiction, was scaling back its list and reverting rights to “40… [...]

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            Tate Publishing & Enterprises Slapped with $1.7 Million Lawsuit, Department of Labor Investigation

            Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware NEWS FLASH: on May 4, 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge (apiece) against Ryan and Richard Tate for alleged fraudulent business practices.For de… [...]

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              BookLife Prize in Fiction

              Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I’ve been getting some questions about the BookLife Prize in Fiction, a new award for unpublished and self-published novels. Prizes include a “brief critical assessment” from Publishers Weekly reviewers for … [...]

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                Back From Hiatus: Why I Went Away

                Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I don’t often post about personal stuff here. But I wanted to let you all know why I vanished abruptly at the beginning of May (which is also why, for the past couple of years, this blog has been idle for we… [...]

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                  Writer Beware Blog on Hiatus (Again)

                  Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Due to a family medical emergency, the Writer Beware blog will be on hiatus for at least the next few weeks. We’re not going away; we’re just suspending for a while.I had several posts in process, which I pr… [...]

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                    Spam, Spam, Spam Spam: Inkitt and the Grand Novel Contest

                    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED.If you’re a writer and have even a smidgeon of online presence, you’ve probably been emailed or messaged or tweeted by Inkitt, a Berlin-based company that allows writers to post st… [...]

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