Guest Blog Post: In Praise of Ripening

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware When I began doing research for the Writer Beware website in 1998, Marcia Yudkin’s invaluable article on recognizing writing scams was among the first resources that I discovered. In this week’s guest blog … [...]

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Pearson Buys Author Solutions

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last March, word went out that  self-publishing giant Author Solutions Inc (owner of AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris, Trafford, WordClay, Palibrio, and several others, and contractor for the self-pub… [...]

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Rights vs. Copyright

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware You may have noticed that there were no posts last week. Apologies! I’ve got a humongous workload, and have had to cut myself off from the web almost entirely in order to deal with it.  I thought I… [...]

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More Money-Wasting “Opportunities” for Writers

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

Following on my last post about how authors can waste money on promotional strategies, here are some more cash-sucking “opportunities.”

Book Your Trip to Hollywood, from Outskirts Press

Self-publishing service Outskirts Press–home of some of the sillier “book marketing” services–is taking advantage of one of writers’ most fevered pipe dreams with its new Book Your Trip to Hollywood service. Of course, the press release doesn’t put it that way:

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BEA Report

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware BEA 2012 was fantastic! I got home Wednesday evening–I’d debated spending an extra day, but now I’m glad I didn’t because I woke up Thursday with a migraine and spent much of the day with an icepack on my … [...]

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Judge Grants Class Status to Authors in Authors Guild v. Google Lawsuit

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware An important legal ruling was handed down yesterday by Judge Denny Chin in the five-year-old Authors Guild v. Google class action lawsuit over Google’s scanning of millions of in-copyright books. (A bit o… [...]

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Two Surveys

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Two fascinating surveys appeared this week. They look at opposite ends of the writing business, but dovetail in interesting ways. (This is going to be a long post, so please bear with me.) The Writers’ Wo… [...]

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Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Over the past couple of days I’ve gotten several emails and Facebook posts alerting me to a blog post by writer Mandy DeGeit about her bad experience with a small publisher called Undead Press. When she r… [...]

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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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Vetting an Independent Editor

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I often receive questions from writers who are looking to hire an independent editor to polish their manuscripts, either for self-publication or for submission to agents and publishers, and want to know w… [...]

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