Trouble at Tate: Could it be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It’s hard times lately for “America’s Top Publisher,” a.k.a. Tate Publishing & Enterprises, a.k.a. one of America’s most prolific vanity publishers.Tate has been on Writer Beware’s Thumbs Down Publi… [...]

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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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The Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt is Here!

Welcome the Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Victoria Strauss, and I write fantasy and historical fiction for adults and teens. My most recent books are Passion Blue and Color Song, a YA historical duology with a dash of magical realism set in Renaissance Italy.

The bi-annual YA Scavenger Hunt was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

At this Hunt, you not only get access [...]

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Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareLast Sunday, my elderly mother, who’s fighting cancer, fell in her apartment and broke three ribs. Cue nightmare scenario: 911 call…12 hours in the emergency room…confusion over hospital admission…fight… [...]

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The Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt is Here!

Welcome the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Victoria Strauss, and I write fantasy and historical fiction for adults and teens. My most recent book is Color Song, a YA historical novel with a dash of magical realism set in Renaissance Venice.

The bi-annual YA Scavenger Hunt was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

At this Hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author (content that’s often [...]

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Bookbzz -- Buzzed Off?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareLast week, I started hearing from writers who’d entered a contest sponsored by an outfit called Bookbzz, which describes itself thus:Bookbzz.com was designed as a simple but powerful book marketing engine to… [...]

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Rights Grab: Omni Reboot

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareDo you remember Omni Magazine? Created in the 1970s by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, it published some of the most iconic names in science fiction, along with in-depth articles on science and the paranormal… [...]

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Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them?

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, a writer contacted me to ask about WriterPitch.com,”a website that blends the worlds of literary agents and writers under one roof.”How? For Writers:You’ll have the ability to have your pitch/pi… [...]

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Lost in Translation: In Which I Investigate a Translation Service, and They Are Not Amused

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, I got a question about the reputation of a service called Author Translation. I’d never heard of it before, so I paid a visit to its website.Logically enough, given its name, AT offers “literary t… [...]

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Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThe Toast is an online literary magazine that publishes stories, articles, artwork, reviews, and more. Launched in mid-2013, it’s associated with some respected names and apparently draws a sizeable audience…. [...]

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