Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PublishAmerica

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

I can’t count the number of questions I’ve received over the years from unhappy PublishAmerica authors, wondering whether a class action lawsuit against PA has been/might be/ever will be filed. Frankly, I would have bet against it, given the cost, the difficulty of gathering plaintiffs, and the ambiguities of PA’s business model.

Now I get to eat my words.

On June 11, 2012, a class action summons and complaint was filed in Maryland District Court in Baltimore against PublishAmerica [...]

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e-Publishing Revo: It's a New Electronic Self-Publishing Service, But There's a Catch

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Zooming into my inbox last week: a press release for a brand-new ebook self-publishing service called e-Publishing Revo. Per the website: What makes e-Publishing Revo different from the rest? 1. Perman… [...]

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New/Updated Alerts at Writer Beware: Literary Agent Uwe Luserke, SBPRA

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Writer Beware’s Alerts page has been updated. NEW ALERT: Literary Agent Uwe Luserke In 1997, complaints began to surface about German literary agent Uwe Luserke, who was selling foreign rights to Engli… [...]

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Writer Beware's Swag Shop for Discerning Scammers

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Writer Beware’s Swag Shop for Discerning Scammers As many of you know, Writer Beware is a 100% volunteer endeavor. We do receive support from our sponsor, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Ameri… [...]

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Why You Can’t Always Trust the Source

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Many writers assume that a literary agent’s inclusion in a market guide or listing–whether it’s a print book, such as Jeff Herman’s Guide, or a website, such as QueryTracker–is an imprimatur of reputabi… [...]

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Publishers’ Desk: Display or Misplay?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Over the past few months, I’ve gotten a number of questions from writers who’ve received spam–excuse me, invitations from a website called Publishers’ Desk. Its motto is “Bringing Authors and Publishers … [...]

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BookStoreMarketing.net: Beware Spam PR Services

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Recently I’ve gotten a number of questions about BookStoreMarketing.net, a service that promises to promote authors’ books to bookstores via a printed catalog, a promotional email, or both. Alternatively,… [...]

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Publisher Alert: Arvo Basim Yayin of Turkey

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A couple of weeks ago, I began hearing from self-published and small press authors who’d been approached over the summer by a Turkish publisher called Arvo Basim Yayin. All reported having been contacted … [...]

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D Publishing: Dymocks’ New Self-Pub Service

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, Dymocks, an Australian bookselling chain, announced the launch of D Publishing, a electronic and POD self-publishing service. Like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, Dymocks is a major book vendor…. [...]

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The Fine Print of Amazon’s New KDP Select Program

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Almost since Amazon’s controversial Kindle Owners’ Lending Library–which allows Amazon Prime members to borrow selected ebooks for free–debuted, there have been rumors that Amazon was inviting KDP self-… [...]

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