Call for Guest Bloggers

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Would you like to be a guest blogger for Writer Beware? To vary our subject matter and present differing points of view, we publish occasional guest blog posts on subjects relating to publishing, self-p… [...]

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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:

These services solve a real problem [...]

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Author Solutions Introduces BookStub

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

Author Solutions has just introduced a new marketing service called BookStub, which it describes thusly:

Loyalty card-sized BookStubs display your cover on the front side and ordering instructions on the back side. Once you distribute a BookStub, the reader can visit your title’s detail page, add your e-book to the cart and check out with a digital copy of your title.

Basically, it’s like a plastic business card, with a scannable QR code that enables would-be readers to [...]

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Author Solutions Introduces BookStub

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Author Solutions has just introduced a new marketing service called BookStub, which it describes thusly: Loyalty card-sized BookStubs display your cover on the front side and ordering instructions on t… [...]

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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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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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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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Another Honor for Writer Beware

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Once again, the Writer Beware blog has been chosen as one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers (the list appears in the June 2012 issue of the magazine, and can be downloaded here if you’re… [...]

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Victoria Strauss Wins for Writer Beware in First Annual Independent Book Blogger Award

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I’m thrilled and honored to announce that Goodreads and the Association of American Publishers have chosen me as the winner of the Publishing News category of the first annual Independent Book Blogger Awa… [...]

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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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