Termination Fees in Publishing Contracts: Why They’re Not Just Bad for Authors

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In the course of my work with Writer Beware, I see a lot of publishing contracts (for the most part, these are from small presses). One of the red flags I’m encountering more often these days is early termin… [...]

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    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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              Almond Press Redux: Revenge-Rating a Critic

              Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week I wrote about Neoglyphic Entertainment, which responded to criticism of the rules of its Neoverse writing competition by engaging in productive dialogue and ultimately making the rules more author-… [...]

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                Neoverse Writing Competition Makes Its Rules More Author-Friendly

                Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis is the kind of post I wish I got to write more often.For the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting inquiries about the Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition, sponsored by Neoglyphic Entertainment.The… [...]

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                  Signing Away Your Rights: Arbitration Clauses in Book Contracts

                  Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareRecently, the New York Times published a fascinating three-part series of articles on arbitration clauses, and how such clauses “buried in tens of millions of contracts have deprived Americans of one of thei… [...]

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                    Why Writer Beware Doesn’t Make Agent or Publisher Recommendations

                    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Since Writer Beware was founded in 1998, we’ve run a free email advice service to help writers who are looking for info on an agent’s or publisher’s reputation, or have questions about publishing in general … [...]

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