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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    Small Press Storm Warnings: Pegasus Books, Realmwalker Publishing Group, Spectral Press, Tickety Boo Press

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A roundup of publishers about which I’ve recently received serious complaints (all of them documented).Pegasus BooksPegasus Books of California (not to be confused with indie publisher Pegasus Books of New Y… [...]

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      PublishAmerica / America Star Books Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Settled

      Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I’m finally getting to post about something I’ve been keeping under my hat for quite some time.On March 18, 2014, America Star Books, formerly PublishAmerica, filed suit against me, Michael Capobianco, Rich … [...]

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        How Do Freelance Editors Get Paid?

        Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A couple of weeks ago, I received this question:I’m desperate for some good information here. I’m dealing with an editor who is asking me to sign a contract with a percentage of my future sales as part of th… [...]

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          Publishers Weekly Features Vanity Publisher Morgan James…Again

          Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Once again, Publishers Weekly’s annual overview of fast-growing independent publishers features not only innovative indies, but a publisher whose business model is largely built on author fees: Morgan James … [...]

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            New Authors as Shark Bait: Steve Alten's A&M Publishing

            Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareA Writer Beware reader alerted me recently to A&M Publishing, a new venture from author Steve Alten. Alten is best-known for his bestseller Meg, about a prehistoric shark menacing modern-day waters.How ab… [...]

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              Kickbacks, Opportunism, and Fake Awards, Oh My: Three Solicitation Alerts

              Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware BookfuelYou may or may not have heard of Bookfuel, a self-publishing services provider with a unique (as far as I know, anyway) twist: you don’t pay upfront, but over time, with a monthly fee. Your fee gets … [...]

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                Solicitation Alert: RPI Publications, a.k.a. Raider Publishing International

                Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Raider Publishing International, the focus of numerous author complaints over the past few years and one of the companies on Writer Beware’s Thumbs Down Publishers List, is trolling for victims under a sort-… [...]

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                  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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