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Writer Beware[sup]®[/sup]: The Blog is the web log of Writer Beware[sup]®[/sup], "the public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Committee on Writing Scams".

Founded by authors A.C. Crispin and Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware[sup]®[/sup] collects and compiles information regarding every aspect of the publishing trade to fuel their alerts and advisories.

I've organized their posts thusly...

By topic:

Advice, Discussion, and Warnings - Specific
  • Agents, Specific
  • Publishers, Specific
  • Writers' Services & Such
  • For Freelancers
  • Contests & Awards
Advice, Discussion, and Warnings - General
  • Scams & Scammers, Generally
  • How to Find and Evaluate Agents & Publishers
  • Agents, Editors & Publishing in General
  • Writers & Writing
Miscellaneous
  • Writer Beware - What We Do & How We Work
  • Misc., Tidbits & News of the Weird
  • Blog Business
And by year:

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

The format is:

[Post title] [Posted by - Date posted] [Elaborative comment]​

Note:
  • Post tiles are cut ‘n’ paste, so any idiosyncrasies aren’t mine ('cept maybe capitalization after '13).
  • The elaborative comments -- added if I felt the post title wasn’t self-explanatory -- are mine, as is any (un)intended humor or snark.
  • If you have any comments or questions regarding a blog post, please address them to Writer Beware[SUP]®[/SUP] or on the blog post itself.
  • PM me with any comments or questions about this Index.

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Advice, Discussion, and Warnings - Specific

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Agents, Specific

Barbara Bauer
2--Fun With Writer Beware (VS – 11/16/05) (Agent “B” makes a fuss) Link
16 Cease and Desist Plus Holiday Wishes (AC – 11/20/05) (Agent “B” still fussing) Link
Barbara Bauer Redux (VS – 4/25/06) Link
The Barbara Bauer Show (VS – 5/26/06) Link
Barbara Bauer Redux, Redux (VS – 9/5/06) Link

Martha Ivery aka Kelly O’Donnell
No. 2 (AC – 9/28/05) (How WB began: Martha Ivery aka Kelly O’Donnell) Link
3 (AC – 10/2/05) (Enter the Deerings; O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 2) Link
3&4 (AC – 10/3/05) (Deering, O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 3) Link
5 (AC – 10/4/05) (Meeting Victoria, Deering, O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 4) Link
7 (AC – 10/18/05) (Deering wrap-up, O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 5) Link
8 (AC – 10/21/05) (O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 6) Link
9 (AC – 10/24/05) (O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 7) Link
20 Another Victory for Writer Beware! WE RULE!!! (AC – 12/5/05) (Ivery pleads guilty!) Link
More Martha Ivery (VS – 12/5/05) (Media coverage of Martha’s guilty plea) Link
More Martha Ivery (VS – 12/28/05) (Ann interviewed by SciFi Wire) Link
Ann's Martha Ivery Interview (VS – 12/29/05) (Transcript) Link
61 – Martha Ivery Sentencing Delayed...AGAIN (AC – 9/20/06) Link
67 – Update on Martha Ivery Case (AC – 11/26/06) Link
Martha Ivery Sentenced (VS – 11/29/06) Link
68 – Martha Ivery's Sentencing – Part One (AC – 12/1/06) Link
69 -- Martha Ivery's Sentencing -- Part Two (AC -12/4/06) Link
71 – Update to Martha Ivery Case (AC – 1/17/07) Link

Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills, Elisabeth Von Hullessem, et al.
Another One Bites the Dust (VS – 1/1/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills, et al.) Link
The Lisa Hackey Saga, Part 2 (VS – 1/5/06) (Melanie Mills) Link
The Saga of Lisa Hackney, Part 3 (VS – 1/9/06) (Melanie Mills) Link
Song of the Mother-Squasher (VS – 2/11/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills) Link
And You Thought It Couldn't Get Stranger (VS – 2/6/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills) Link
Lisa Hackney/Melanie Mills: Coda (VS – 4/20/06) Link
MM Rides Again (VS – 10/4/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills) Link

Robert Fletcher
56 Important Announcement! Attention, Writers! (AC – 6/15/06) (Call for victims of Robert Fletcher) Link
The Scam-peror's New Clothes (VS – 2/26/07) (Robert Fletcher changes names yet again) Link
New Alert from Writer Beware! (AC – 4/8/07) (Call for victims of Robert Fletcher who live in Florida) Link
Important Update from Writer Beware (AC – 8/28/07) (Call for victims of Robert Fletcher) Link
Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Staff Dismissed (VS – 3/26/09) (More egg on Fletcher’s face) Link
Robert Fletcher's Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Ruled Frivolous (VS – 8/11/09) (Does more need to be said?) Link
Florida Attorney General Files Suit Against Robert Fletcher / Writers' Literary Agency (VS – 9/3/09) Link
How the Media Gets It Wrong (VS – 8/27/10) (A 23-book “deal” to Strategic Book Publishing) Link
Update on Strategic Book Publishing / Writers Literary Agency / Robert Fletcher (VS – 2/1/11) (The lawsuit’s still at the cleaners) Link
Robert Fletcher of SBPRA to Pay Author Restitution in Settlement of Florida Lawsuit (VS – 5/13/14) Link
Alert: Cookbook Marketing Agency (VS – 11/12/14) (Another Fletcher scheme) Link

Cris Robins
Go Ahead. Make My Day. (VS – 3/23/06) (Cris Robins makes a fuss) Link
New Alert on Writer Beware (VS – 7/29/06) (The Robins Agency, Cris Robins) Link
Solicitation Alert (VS – 9/30/07) (The Robins Agency, Cris Robins) Link
Cris Robins and The Robins Agency: She's Ba-aaack! (VS – 1/29/10) Link

Leann Murphy
50 – The Sun Sets on Desert Rose? (AC – 5/3/06) (Call for victims of Leann Murphy) Link
The IILAA, or, What You Do When They Won't Let You Into the Club (VS – 10/27/06) (Leann Murphy) Link
The IILAA Strikes Back (VS – 10/30/06) Link
The Sun Sets on Desert Rose Literary Agency (VS – 4/22/09) (The law catches up to Leann Murphy) Link

Christopher Hill
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale in Four Parts (VS – 9/23/06) Link
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale, Part 2 (VS – 9/24/06) Link
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale, Part 3 (VS – 9/25/06) Link
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale, Part 4 (VS – 9/26/06) Link
Christopher Hill Redux (VS – 10/11/07) Link

Michele Glance Rooney aka Shelly May
Queen for a Day (VS – 6/19/07) (Michele Glance Rooney) Link
Agent Spam: May Writers' Group (VS – 7/16/07) (Shelly May) Link
May Writers' Group Exposed (VS – 7/20/07) (Michele Glance Rooney aka Shelly May) Link
A New Agent Blog (Not) (VS – 11/21/07) (Literary Agent News, Michele Glance Rooney) Link
Michele Glance Rooney Strikes Again (VS – 1/12/09) Link

Et Al.
Deconstructing an Agent’s Website (VS – 4/12/06) (Literary Associates, Henry Santsaver) Link
An (Amateur) Agent's Lot is Not a Happy One (VS – 4/28/06) (Adrian Streather) Link
Another Scammer Bites the Big One (VS – 5/ 9/06) (Helping Hand Literary Agency, George Harrison & Janet Kay Titsworth) Link
Track Records: Another Cautionary Tale (VS – 7/8/06) (Carol Givner Literary Agency) Link
A Junk Mail Agent (VS – 8/24/06) (John Hancock Literary Agency) Link
Shades of Edit Ink: AuthorHouse and Objective Entertainment (VS – 1/26/09) Link
Drewlie & Julia: Or, The Case of the Alias'd Literary Agent (VS – 12/21/09) (The saga of Sara Levine aka Julia Levin aka Drew Montgomery) Link
Alert: Jane Dowary Agency (VS – 2/21/14) (Julia Levin aka Drew Montgomery) Link
Apparently I'm a Boring Wrinkled Self-Published Lesbian (VS – 1/11/10) (Love notes from “agent” Eddie Kritzer) Link
The Law Finally Catches Up With Faux Literary Agent/Film Producer Robin Price (VS – 1/15/10) Link
Unhappy Client Suing B.K. Nelson Inc. Literary Agency (VS – 9/28/10) Link
The Peter Lampack Agency Loses Suit Against Former Client (VS – 11/3/10) Link
Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group (VS – 2/16/17) Link
Best Solution Author Agency (or, Beware of Agent Solicitations) (VS – 1/21/11) Link
Clark, Mendelson, and Scott: New Name for a Fee-Charging Agency (VS – 6/3/11) (Samuel C. Asinugo tries again) Link
Beware Zombies: Franklin-Madison Literary Agency (VS – 11/2/11) Link
Guest Blog Post: A Blast From the Past--Thieving "Literary Agent" Uwe Luserke Re-Surfaces (VS – 12/6/11) (By author Michael Capobianco) Link
New/Updated Alerts at Writer Beware: Literary Agent Uwe Luserke, SBPRA (VS – 4/23/12) Link


Publishers, Specific (Loosely alphabetical by publisher)

Happy Valentine's Day from Writer Beware! (VS – 2/14/07) (The Two Thumbs Down Publishers List) Link

Police Investigate Pay-to-Play Publisher 2 Moon Press (VS – 6/13/13) Link
2 Moon Press—Update (VS – 11/8/15) Link
Justice for Authors: 2 Moon Press Authors Raising Funds to Sue Their Deadbeat Publisher (VS – 2/28/14) Link
The Mail I Get (VS – 1/11/11) (Less-than-effective PR from 3L Publishing) Link
New Authors As Shark Bait: Steve Alten's A&M Publishing (VS – 3/2/16) Link
AbandonedNovel.com (VS – 8/22/08) (Teton River Productions) Link
Rebuttal Scuttlebutt (VS – 7/3/06) (Airleaf creates Authors Speak Out “blog”) Link
A Night to Remember (VS – 1/20/07) (Airleaf’s Author Cruise) Link
Airleaf Update (VS – 11/3/07) (Mounting legal troubles) Link
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (AC – 12/24/07) (Airleaf shut down) Link
A Victory for Airleaf Authors (VS – 5/11/08) Link
Airleaf Deja Vu: Jones Harvest Publishing (VS – 6/11/08) (Brien Jones) Link
Jones Harvest Publishing Redux (VS – 12/28/08) (Brien Jones) Link
Jones Harvest Publishing Goes Hollywood! (VS – 1/29/09) Link
Appeal to Airleaf Victims (VS – 4/10/09) Link
Airleaf: Coda (VS – 9/18/09) Link
Expanded Alert at Writer Beware: American Book Publishing / Alexis Press / All Classic Books / Atlantic National Books (VS – 8/8/13) Link
Going Out of Business, Nigerian Spam-Scam Style (VS – 11/5/13) (All Classic Books aka Cheryl Lee Nunn) Link
All Classic Books: The Scam Continues (VS – 12/2/13) (Cheryl Lee Nunn) Link
Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure" (VS – 6/24/15) Link
Almond Press Redux: Revenge-Rating A Critic (VS – 12/18/15) Link
Chutzpah (VS – 10/19/07) (Anomalos Publishers) Link
Publisher Alert: Arvo Basim Yayin of Turkey (VS – 12/19/11) Link
Trouble at Aspen Mountain Press (VS – 9/26/11) Link
A Small Press Implodes: The Inside Story of Aspen Mountain Press (VS – 10/25/11) Link
Questions for Vanity Publisher Austin Macauley Yield Few Answers (VS – 12/21/16) Link
Author-Unfriendly Terms at Autharium (VS – 3/21/13) (Just say no to “publishers” offering “services”) Link
The Identity of Author Identity (VS – 11/20/06) (Author Identity Publishing) Link
Author Identity Publishing Redux (VS – 3/30/07) Link
More on Author Identity (VS – 4/4/07) (Kevin Fabiano) Link
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Tales of the Big Advance (VS – 8/11/08) (AuthorHouse) Link
Author Solutions Acquires Xlibris (VS – 1/8/09) (AuthorHouse) Link
Author Solutions Buys Trafford Publishing (VS – 4/5/09) Link
Vanity is the New Indie: Weasel Words from Author Solutions (VS – 5/3/09) Link
Author Solutions CEO Wants to Talk to Writers' "Guilds" (VS – 1/26/10) Link
Another Interesting Promotion From AuthorHouse (6/08/09) (Targeting the elderly via the AARP) Link
Author Solutions Inc. Expands (Again) (VS – 6/4/10) Link
Democratization or Disinformation? (VS – 12/2/10) (Author Solutions’ latest whitepaper) Link
BookTango: Author Solutions Rolls Out Ebook Distribution Services (VS – 2/15/12) Link
Author Solutions Introduces BookStub (VS – 6/19/12) (Nifty marketing idea for astronomical price) Link
Fake Jared And His Friends: Author Solutions' Misleading PR Strategies (VS – 8/30/12) Link
A Partridge in a Penguin Tree (VS – 2/14/13) (Author Solutions invades India) Link
Law Firm Investigates Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 3/4/13) (Call for victims of deceptive practices) Link
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 5/1/13) Link
Penguin and Author Solutions File for Dismissal of Class Action Lawsuit (VS – 6/24/13) Link
More Warnings: Spectacular Productions; Balboa Press / Author Solutions (VS – 8/30/13) Link[/url
Author Solutions Class Action Lawsuit: Update (VS – 9/18/13) [url=http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/09/author-solutions-class-action-lawsuit.html]Link

The Bookseller Takes a Stand: No More Advertising from Author Solutions, Inc. (VS – 2/18/14) Link
Class Action Lawsuit Against Author Solutions Inc.: Update (VS – 4/30/14) Link
Author Solutions Inc. Expands "Partridge" Brand to Singapore and Africa (VS – 5/2/14) Link
A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions (VS – 7/28/14) Link
Megustaescribir: Author Solutions Inc. Expands Into Spain (VS – 11/21/14) Link
Author Solutions Inc. Losing Market Share As Production Numbers Fall (VS – 3/1/15) Link
Update: Lawsuit Against Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 3/6/15) Link
Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 3/26/15) Link
Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied (VS – 7/3/15) Link
Author Solutions Class Action Lawsuit Settled (VS – 8/25/15) Link
Author Solutions Sold to Private Equity Firm (VS – 1/5/16) Link
Profit Engine: The Author Solutions Markup (VS – 1/15/16) Link
The Continuing Decline of "Assisted-Self-Publishing" Giant Author Solutions (VS – 1/18/17) Link
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Solicitation Alert: Blessed Hope Publishing (VS – 2/18/13) Link
Blue Ash Publishing: New Self-Publishing Service from Writer's Digest (VS – 8/19/14) Link
Blu Phier Publishing: Another Contract "Gotcha" (VS – 10/3/08) Link
Use BookSurge or Die? (VS – 3/28//08) (Amazon’s ultimatum to POD users) Link
The Authors Guild on Amazon/BookSurge (VS – 4/4/08) Link
Amazon BookSurge Anti-Trust Lawsuit Can Proceed (VS – 8/27/09) Link
Cacoethes Publishing to Some of its Authors: See Ya! (VS – 2/20/09) Link
Christian Writers Guild Publishing: Pay to Play from Jerry B. Jenkins (VS – 2/1/13) Link
And You Thought Kickbacks Were Just For Scammers (VS – 9/21/07) (Chronicle Books, Blurb) Link
From Chronicle Books (VS – 9/28/07) (Statement re: Blurb controversy) Link
Crescent Moon Press, Musa Publishing Close Their Doors (VS – 2/27/15) Link
Author Concerns and Complaints at Crimson Romance (VS – 6/19/13) Link
D Publishing: Dymocks' New Self-Pub Service (VS – 12/16/11) Link
Diggory Press: Stranger Than Fiction (VS – 6/10/09) (Basket case headed for court case) Link
Alert: Trouble at Ellora's Cave (VS – 9/15/14) Link
Notes From the Underbelly (VS – 11/16/10) (James Frey’s book packager Full Fathom Five) Link
The Empty Canoe: Another Scam Gets Its Due (VS – 12/6/07) Link
The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing (VS – 3/28/14) Link
e-Publishing Revo: It's a New Electronic Self-Publishing Service, But There's a Catch (VS – 5/10/12) Link
Farrah Gray Publishing (VS – 7/19/11) (Imprint of Health Communications Inc. charges authors $100k) Link
Guest Blog Post: Fitzhenry and Whiteside--Writer Beware (VS – 10/18/11) (By author Doranna Durgin) Link
Bad Impressions for Good Impressions Audio Books (VS – 8/17/09) Link
Warning: Green Shore Publishing (VS – 7/22/14) (Adam Salviani) Link
Harlequin Horizons: Another Major Publisher Adds A Self-Publishing Division (VS – 11/18/09) Link
MWA Weighs In On Harlequin Horizons (VS – 11/19/09) Link
SFWA on Harlequin Horizons (VS – 11/19/09) Link
Mystery Writers of America Delists Harlequin (VS – 12/4/09) Link
Author Solutions CEO Responds to Harlequin/Nelson Flap (VS – 12/7/09) Link
New Name for Harlequin Horizons: DellArte Press (VS – 11/24/09) Link
Digital Rights Showdown: HarperCollins v. Open Road (VS – 1/17/12) Link
Time to Bury the Hachette (MC – 7/10/14) (Publishers v. Amazon) Link
Hay House Establishes Publishing Service Division (VS – 5/14/10) (Another Author Solutions vanity “partnership”) Link
Police Investigate Historical Pages Publishing Company (VS – 6/7/11) (Peter Campbell-Copp faces felony charges) Link
Hudson Audio Publishing (VS – 12/10/09) Link
The Fine Print of iBooks Author (VS – 1/20/12) Link
Publisher Alert: Iconic Publishing / Jonquil Press / Red Lizard Press (VS – 8/21/13) Link
Inspired Living Publishing: Another Vanity Anthology Scheme (VS – 2/17/10) Link
57 – iUniverse's Publishing Program, and Placement in Barnes and Noble Stores (Revised) (AC – 6/30/06) Link
iUniverse and AuthorHouse Merge (VS – 9/10/07) Link
Solicitation Alerts: JustFiction! Edition and DIP Publishing House (VS – 8/2/11) (Stay safe: don’t do business with spammers) Link
The Fine Print of Amazon's New KDP Select Program (VS – 12/8/11) Link
Guest Post: One Author's First Month in KDP Select (VS – 1/27/12) (By author Heather Wardell) Link
Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon's New Crowdsourced Publishing Program (VS – 10/29/14) Link
Kissed Publications: Hidden Costs (VS – 3/26/08) Link
Laray Carr Publications, a.k.a. LC Publications, a.k.a. LCP Media (VS – 9/207) Link
Solicitation Alert: Litfire Publishing (VS – 11/7/14) Link
Dispatches from the Ebook Wars: Macmillan vs. Amazon (VS – 2/1/10) Link
Niche Age Media: Laray Carr Returns (VS – 8/3/09) Link
More Small Publisher Storm Warnings: Port Town Publishing and Light Sword Publishing (VS – 7/11/08) Link
Light Sword Publishing Petitions for Bankruptcy (VS – 1/6/09) Link
Alert: Light Sword Publishing, a.k.a. LSP Digital, Returns (VS – 11/18/11) Link
Alerts: Lobster Press and Dailey Swan Publishing (VS – 10/13/11) Link
Lulu Acquires Poetry.com (VS – 4/17/09) Link
Essential Reading (VS – 9/14/07) (Martell Publishing, Ed Johnson) Link
Submission Guidelines to Beware of: Midwest Literary Magazine (VS – 3/25/11) Link
Month9Books Scales Back Its List Amid Allegations of Nonpayment (VS – 7/1/16) Link
"Cutting Lists Isn't New": Q&A with Month9books Founder Georgia McBride (VS – 7/8/16) Link
Publishers Weekly Features Vanity Publisher Morgan James ... Again (VS – 3/11/16) Link
Rights Grab: Omni Reboot (Updated) (VS – 3/23/15) Link
Indiana Attorney General Investigates New Century Publishing (VS – 8/9/10) Link
New Century Publishing: Update (VS – 10/11/10) (Another suit by the Indiana Attorney General) Link
Karma's a Bitch: Robin Price, David William Caswell (VS – 3/31/11) (Avalon Associates, New Century Publishing) Link
New Publisher House and the State of Independence 2014 Report: Grain of Salt Required (VS – 10/4/13) Link
More Publisher Storm Warnings (VS – 8/23/13) (Noble Romance, Vanilla Heart, et al.) Link
Authors Guild Statement on the Wylie Agency's New Epublishing Venture (VS – 7/26/10) Odyssey Editions Link
Alert for Poets: Oprah Wants You (But You May Not Want Oprah) (VS – 2/3/11) (Look under your seat for a major rights grab) Link
Postage Promotion (VS – 8/25/09) (Outskirts Press) Link
More Money-Wasting "Opportunities" For Writers (VS – 6/22/12) (Outskirts Press, Living Now Book Awards) Link
Pearson Education Extends Scope of Permissions Licenses (VS – 12/13/11) Link
Pearson Buys Author Solutions (VS – 7/19/12) Link
Barnes & Noble Launches PubIt! Self-Publishing Service (VS – 10/5/10) Link
More Egg on the Face of PublishAmerica (VS – 3/27/06) (PA loses arbitration) Link
65 – The Cult of PArsonality... (AC – 11/7/06) (Publish America) Link
How Not To Change Your Business Model: The Latest On Permuted Press (VS – 10/23/14) Link
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PublishAmerica Strikes Again (VS – 4/16/10) (Their latest ploy to get authors to buy their own books) Link
PublishAmerica's "Brand New Start": Independence Books (AC – 7/13/10) Link
PublishAmerica Will Be Your Literary Agent...For $199 (VS – 5/27/11) (It’d be funny if it weren’t so sad) Link
Taking Famous Names in Vain (VS – 8/16/11) (PublishAmerica offers promotion to J.K. Rowling and Edinburgh Int'l Book Festival. For a fee, of course.) Link
PublishAmerica and J.K. Rowling: Retractomancy (VS – 8/18/11) (PA’s response to Rowling’s C&D) Link
PublishAmerica and CBA: Rowling Redux (VS – 9/21/11) Link
PublishAmerica, Literary Agent: An Inside Look (VS – 3/30/12) Link
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PublishAmerica (VS – 6/13/12) Link
Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica Dismissed (VS – 9/28/12) Link
Another Class Action Suit Launched Against PublishAmerica (VS – 3/11/13) (Once more into the breach of contract) Link
For Those of You Who Are Wondering Why Someone Might Want to Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica (VS – 3/15/13) (Srsly, WTF?) Link
PublishAmerica Is Now America Star Books (VS – 2/1/14) Link
PublishAmerica / America Star Books Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Settled (VS – 3/23/16) Link
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PUBSLUSH Press (VS – 9/20/11) Link
PUBSLUSH Press: Update (VS – 9/23/11) Link
Another New Alert on Writer Beware (VS – 8/2/06) (Quiet Storm Publishing, Clint Gaige) Link
One Week, Two Big Pieces of Ebook News (VS – 12/14/09) (S&S, et al. to delay ebook versions; Random House attempts grab of e-rights for old books) Link
Authors Guild Statement on Random House's Rights Grab (VS – 12/15/09) Link
Authors Guild Statement on Penguin-Random House Merger (VS – 11/6/12) Link
Second-Class Contracts? Deal Terms at Random House's Hydra Imprint (VS – 2/28/13) Link
SFWA De-Lists Hydra; Random House Responds (VS – 3/7/13) Link
Random House Announces New Terms at Digital Imprints Hydra, Alibi, Loveswept, and Flirt (VS – 3/12/13) Link
Alert: Raider Publishing International / Purehaven Press (VS – 3/27/12) (Adam Salviani) Link
Warning: Raider Publishing International (VS – 4/16/15) (Adam Salviani) Link
Solicitation Alert: RPI Publications, a.k.a. Raider Publishing International (VS – 2/16/16) (Adam Salviani) Link
Small Press Storm Warnings: Pegasus Books, Realmwalker Publishing Group, Spectral Press, Tickety Boo Press (VS – 4/22/16) Link
Red Rose Publishing: Alert (VS – 9/3/10) (Unprofessional publisher is unprofessional) Link
New Publisher: Resurrection House (VS – 9/10/13) Link
Contract Alert: Simon & Schuster (VS – 5/18/07) Link
Simon & Schuster, Media Predict, and Project Publish (VS – 5/23/07) Link
Archway Publishing: Simon & Schuster Adds a Self-Publishing Division (VS – 11/28/12) Link
Writing Oddities: Shortstoryofthemonth.com (VS – 2/16/09) Link
Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing Is Gone (VS – 4/15/14) Link
How Publishers Abuse Termination Fees: Sky Warrior Books (VS – 7/15/16) Link
Start Media Buys Whiskey Creek Press, Imposes New Contract Terms (VS – 6/27/14) Link
Start Media Responds to Questions on Purchase of Whiskey Creek Press (VS – 6/27/14) Link
52 – Fun and Games at the BEA (AC – 5/21/06) (SterlingHouse, Royal Fireworks) Link
SterlingHouse Publisher Wants YOU! (VS – 3/17/07) (Cynthia Sterling, Lee Shore Company) Link
SterlingHouse Publisher's Cover Gambit (Or, How Some Publishers Make Money) (VS – 5/18/09) (Charges for “promotion” at BEA) Link
Swoon Reads: New "Crowdsourced" Teen Romance Imprint (VS – 10/1/13) (div. of Macmillan) Link
Tate Publishing & Enterprises Slapped With $1.7 Million Lawsuit (VS – 6/16/16) Link
Trouble at Tate: Could It Be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher? (VS – 12/9/16) Link
The Law Finally Catches Up With Tate Publishing & Enterprises (VS – 5/4/17) Link
Thomas Nelson Adds Self-Publishing Imprint (VS – 10/13/09) (West Bow Press) Link
Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright (VS – 12/16/14) (The Toast ezine) Link
Small Press Storm Warnings: Torquere Press, Caliburn Press, Month9books (VS – 12/1/16) Link
Torquere Press is Closing (VS – 12/13/16) Link
And Speaking of Vanity Publishing... (VS – 11/24/09) (Tweetbookz) Link
I Broke a News Story, and All I Got Was This Freaking T-Shirt (VS – 5/10/11) (T-Post Magazine) Link
University Press of the South (VS – 2/2/09) (Vanity press masquerades as an academic) Link
Swinging the Other Way: Vanity Publisher Goes Non-Vanity (VS – 11/9/10) (Vantage adds a trade imprint) Link
Venerable Vanity Publisher Vantage Press Closes Its Doors (VS – 1/16/13) Link
VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller (VS – 9/14/09) (An academic author mill) Link
Solicitation Alert: Bloggingbooks (VS – 11/11/13) (VDM / Verlag Dr. Mueller) Link
Wake Up and Pay: Yet Another Vanity Scheme (VS – 11/28/07) (Steven E. and Lee Beard) Link
Wake Up.. and Pay (Redux) (VS – 7/24/09) (Wake Up Publishing) Link
Words on WEbook (Or, Another Reason to Read the Fine Print) (VS – 4/18/08) Link
WEbook Update (VS – 5/2/08) Link
WinePress Publishing: Scandal-Plagued Self-Publishing Service Closes Its Doors (VS – 1/31/14) Link
WriteWise: BookWise Branches Out (VS – 2/10/08) Link
Ding Dong, BookWise is Dead (VS – 11/4/08) Link
Pay-To-Play Alert: #Worldclass Magazine (VS – 7/15/15) Link
5,000 Writers (VS – 9/27/08) (YouWriteOn, Legend Press) Link
YouWriteOn...Again (VS – 2/5/09) Link
YouWriteOn Redux (VS – 9/24/10) Link
Are You a Published Author? Now You Can Tell the World! (VS – 2/4/10) (ZLS Publishing offers Author plaques) Link
Zooty Suit Riot (VS – 1/17/08) (Zooty and Flappers, Domenic Pappalardo) Link


Writers’ Services & Such (Loosely grouped by type)

Worthless Services for Writers, Part 1 (VS – 1/12/06) (Manuscript submission services; Bookblaster. Scriptblaster) Link
More Reasons Not to Use Automated Query Services (VS – 10/19/06) (BookBlaster, et al.) Link
Opening a Vein: Agent Artery (VS – 1/21/14) (Another useless submission service) Link
Agent Inbox (VS – 11/13/09) (Query service from WEbook) Link
American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don't Need (VS – 7/1/14) Link
MLM for Writers: The Best Authors Lounge (VS – 11/25/11) Link
How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services (VS – 8/12/14) (Bookmarq.net) Link
Bowker Manuscript Submissions (VS – 8/13/10) (Yes, *that* Bowker) Link
Creative Byline: Great Write Hope or Great Write Hype? (VS – 3/8/08) Link
e-LiteraryAgent: Something Else Not to Try (VS – 10/24/06) Link
Facebook TOS Controversy (VS – 2/18/09) Link
Literary Agents Online: Another Query Blasting Service (VS – 3/23/07) Link
Spam Alert: eQuery Online (VS – 8/24/07) Link
More Dubious Writers' Services: The Manuscript Display Website (VS – 1/17/06) Link
Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them? (VS – 3/10/15) (WriterPitch) Link
All Romance eBooks' Sudden Closing: Many Questions, Few Answers (VS – 12/30/16) Link
Amazon Goes Into the Slush Pile Business (VS – 2/18/06) (Amazon’s Talent Acquisition Program) Link
Authonomy: Slushkiller or New Slush? (VS – 9/5/08) (HarperCollins UK) Link
Book Country And Self-Publishing: Why the Hate? (VS – 11/23/11) Link
How to Fail on the Internet Without Really Trying: AuthorForSale.com (VS – 7/7/10) (YADS) Link
40 – Giving Your Work Away? (AC- 2/21/06) (Make sure you’re getting exposure you actually want) Link
BookRix: Another Brand New Idea That Isn't (VS – 10/10/08) Link
How to Succeed in Authorship Without Really Trying (VS – 4/11/14) (Buy Now Books, StoryMondo) Link
IndieReader (VS – 6/23/09) (Reviews and promotes self-pubbed books – for a fee) Link
Scribd's New Ebook Subscription Service: Partnering with Publishers, Profiting from Piracy (MC – 1/9/14) Link
Story Surgeon: An App for Copyright Infringement (VS – 1/23/14) Link
Publetariat Vault (VS – 7/16/09) (Yet Another Display Site) Link
Publishers' Desk: Display or Misplay? (VS – 2/9/12) Link
Plog, plog, plog, plog, plog... (VS – 3/1/06) (AmazonConnect) Link
Plogs, RIP (VS – 4/22/07) (Plogs replaced by Amazon Daily) Link
PW Select: Opportunity or Exploitation? (VS – 8/25/10) (Publishers Weekly charges self-/vanity published for the *possibility* of a review) Link
Publishers Weekly Moves Into Self-Publishing (VS – 5/29/12) (Partners with Vook for PW Select Plus) Link
Writers' & Artists New Self-Publishing Comparison Service Leaves Much to be Desired (VS – 10/11/13) Link
43 Where Have You Gone, Bill Appell? (AC – 3/8/06) (Edit Ink) Link
Another Service You Don't Need (VS – 4/12/07) (The Intellectual Property Rights Office) Link
Copyright Scam: US Copyright Registry (VS – 3/23/08) Link
Copyright Protection Service: Another One You Don't Need (VS – 6/2/10) Link
How Not To Register Copyright (VS – 10/10/14) (Copyright Registry Online) Link
The Albee Agency: Book Publicity Faked (VS – 12/6/12) Link
Sandpiper Publicity: The Albee Agency Returns (VS – 8/23/13) Link
Magnus Publicity: Name-Changing Publicist Mike Albee Returns (VS – 2/7/14) Link
Blurbings.com: Another Pointless Author "Service" (VS – 8/1/08) (The Writers’ Mafia) Link
Bookbzz -- Buzzed Off? (VS – 3/31/15) Link
BookStoreMarketing.net: Beware Spam PR Services (VS – 1/11/12) Link
Solicitation Alert: Close-up TV News / Close-up Talk Radio (VS – 2/21/13) Link
Global Talk Radio: How to Waste Money and Fail to Influence People (VS – 1/7/13) (Vanity has a face made for radio) Link
Don't Fall for Vanity Radio (VS – 11/26/13) (Global Talk radio) Link
Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist" (VS – 4/18/14) Link
Ways Not to Publicize Your Book: Spam Campaigns (VS – 3/18/08) (Media E-blast) Link
Beware Who's Who Schemes (VS – 4/26/07) (Cambridge, Emerald, et al.) Link
66 – NaNoWriMo -- Write in November, Get Scammed in December... (AC – 11/16/06) (Feeding ground for predators) Link
Wanna Be a Virtual Author's Assistant?...Maybe Not (VS – 11/3/09) Link
Pamela Wray and WordWorks Publishing Consultants: The Amazing Case of the Serial Plagiarizer (VS – 3/31/14) Link
Writers' Conferences: When to be Wary (VS – 3/2/07) (San Antonio Round Table, NF Publishing) Link
How Not to Solicit a Blog That Exposes Scams (VS – 8/31/10) (Blogger pyramid scheme) Link
LendInk, Author Activism, and the Need for Critical Thinking (VS – 8/17/12) Link
Outrageous French Copyright Grab: ReLIRE Goes Live (VS – 5/16/13) Link
ISNI: An Authority for Authors? (MC – 2/10/14) (International Standard Name Identifier) Link
Lost In Translation: In Which I Investigate A Translation Service, And They Are Not Amused (VS – 1/27/15) (Author Translation) Link


For Freelancers

Content Site Cautions (VS – 3/20/07) Link
Associated Content: Something to Beware (VS – 12/11/06) Link
The Barefoot Writer's Club (VS – 9/24/13) Link
Freelancehomewriters.com (VS – 11/28/08) Link
Helium (VS – 3/7/07) Link
LifeTips (or, Be Sure to Read the Fine Print) (VS – 3/14/07) Link
Hearst Partners With Helium (VS – 3/3/09) Link
MyFreeRead.com: Not Quite What It Appears (VS – 2/12/10) (Ad-driven content site = bad deal for authors) Link
Alert: MyFreeRead.com Is Spamming Again (VS – 10/26/10) Link
Privila: Privilege or Punishment? (VS – 1/26/07) (Domain Holdings, Inc.) Link
Fake Writing Jobs: RealWritingJobs.com (VS – 11/29/10) Link
Vezeo.com Wants You...for Free (VS – 1/14/08) Link


Contests & Awards (Generally, then loosely alphabetized by name)

Evaluating Literary Contests (VS – 1/6/07) Link
Guest Blog Post: The Red Flags of Writing Contests (VS – 8/13/12) (By author C. Hope Clark) Link
Some Tips on Evaluating Literary Contests (VS – 12/21/10) Link
When a Writing Contest Has a Hidden Agenda (VS – 3/9/12) Link
Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them (VS – 6/9/15) (IPPYs, USA Best Book Awards, et al.) Link

American Author Contest (VS – 8/10/07) (Airleaf, CineMagic Entertainment, Lite Stone Entertainment) Link
American Author Contest (or, Why Writers Should Use Craigslist With Caution) (VS – 6/8/10) Link
Alert: America's Next Author Contest (VS – 10/26/12) Link
The Blooker Prize (no, that's not a typo) (VS – 2/1/06) (Lulu.com) Link
Kickbacks, Opportunism, and Fake Awards, Oh My: Three Solicitation Alerts (VS – 2/19/16) (Bookfuel, Encircle Publications, Book Excellence Awards) Link
Booklife Prize in Fiction (VS – 6/9/16) Link
The Life of Riley -- er -- Writer (VS – 4/7/06) (Book Millionaire, Lori Prokop) Link
Author Reality Show Meets Actual Reality (VS – 9/18/07) (Book Millionaire, Lori Prokop) Link
The New Fad in Publishing (VS – 10/4/07) (Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award) Link
More on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (VS – 10/23/07) Link
Again, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (VS – 11/14/08) Link
Breakthrough Script Showcase: Another Iffy Contest (VS – 1/2/07) (Studio Readers, Inc.) Link
More Contest Alerts: Brit Writers' Awards, Amazon Studios (VS – 12/10/10) Link
The Brit Writers Awards: Questions and Threats (VS – 11/9/11) Link
A Publishing Raffle? (VS – 2/23/07) (Canadian Aid Charities, Bookland Presss) Link
Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest Redux (VS – 6/12/07) (Bookland Press) Link
Character Building Counts and Wise Bear Digital: Two More High-Entry Fee Book Awards (VS – 10/24/12) Link
Another Vanity Award: The 2010 Creative Spirit Awards (VS – 2/23/10) Link
Delmont-Ross Writing Contest: The Saga of a Fake Literary Competition (VS – 1/25/12) Link
The Con Man Who Tried To Buy Writer Beware's Silence (AC – 3/23/12) (Mitchell Graham aka Mitchell Gross) Link
Eber & Wein: Another Vanity Anthology Scheme (VS – 3/17/09) Link
Emerging Writer Awards (VS – 7/30/09) (Triom Publishing) Link
Another Contest Alert: FieldReport True Life Stories (VS – 6/18/08) Link
FieldReport True Life Stories: Update (VS – 7/25/08) Link
FieldReport: Yet Another Update (VS – 11/18/08) Link
Contest Alert: First One Publishing's Writing Contest (VS – 1/17/11) Link
In the Wake of Sobol (VS – 1/11/07) (Simon & Schuster / Gather.com First Chapters Writing Competition) Link
We Have a Winner (VS – 5/31/07) (S&S / Gather.com First Chapters Writer Competition) Link
Again, First Chapters Competition: This Time With Love (VS – 7/23/07) (Simon & Schuster, Gather.com) Link
2008 Indie Book Awards (VS – 2/29/08) (FabJob.com) Link
The 2011 Indie Publishing Contest (VS – 12/7/10) Link
Award Alert: The IndieReader Discovery Awards (VS – 8/12/11) ($150 entry fee for prizes of dubious worth) Link
Make Your Mark 2007 (or, Move Over, Sobol: There's A New Big-Money Contest in Town) (VS – 12/21/06) Link
Awards Profiteering: The Book Festival Empire of JM Northern Media (VS – 11/15/13) Link
Contest Alert: Mirage Books (VS – 10/31/08) Link
Neoverse Writing Competition Makes Its Rules More Author-Friendly (VS – 12/9/15) Link
Nurmal Resources PUBLISH ME! Contest (VS – 4/9/10) ($250 entry fee gets you … what?) Link
Contest Alert: TheNextBigAuthor.com (VS – 3/4/11) (With YouWriteOn.com) Link
Poetry.com Returns (VS – 4/11/12) Link
Yet More Contest Stuff (VS – 2/8/07) (Premiere Fiction, Terracopiae Press) Link
Alert: Screenplay Replay Contest (VS – 11/1/12) Link
Beware of Fake Awards (VS – 2/19/10) (aka Small Business Commerce Association) Link
Fake Contest Alert (VS – 6/15/08) (“SFWA” contest on Craigslist) Link
ShortStoryBook.net (Or, it's Not a Good Idea to Spam Writer Beware) (VS – 8/5/10) Link
Rights Concerns: Simon451 Novel-Writing Contest for Students (VS – 3/6/14) Link
The Sobol Award (VS – 9/14/06) Link
The Sobol Award Again (VS – 12/7/06) Link
Sobol Contest Closes (VS – 1/8/07) Link
Fine Print (VS – 1/25/06) (SFX Magazine) Link
Who's Wergle Flomp? (VS – 8/15/7) (Fun at scammers’ expense) Link
WriteIndia Writing Contest: When a Contest Sponsor Changes the Rules (VS – 7/19/16) Link
Contest Alert: WriteOnCon (VS – 8/5/11) (Copyright concerns re: sponsor TheReadingRoom.com) Link
Zimbo Books Fiction Competition (VS – 11/7/08) Link
When is a Display Site Not a Display Site? (VS – 2/2/07) (Zirdland) Link
 
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Advice, Discussion, and Warnings - General

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Scams & Scammers, Generally

More on Desperation (VS – 12/15/05) (Why writers who know better fall for scams) Link
Scam Tales, With Haiku (VS – 12/17/05) (How scum replicates) Link
28 "Where There's Smoke..." (AC – 12/31/05) (Don’t discount rumors of trouble) Link
29 What to do if you've been scammed... (AC – 1/3/06) Link
How Warnings Can Backfire (VS – 1/6/06) (Why folks ignore warnings) Link
A Business Proposition (VS – 1/13/06) (Literary hoaxes, J.T. LeRoy) Link
Breaking Up (It's Not Hard to Do) (VS – 1/29/06) (How to shed a bad agent) Link
35 Scamming in Snowbird Land, or how I spent my Florida Vacation (Not Really...) (AC – 2/3/06) Link
36...I Can't Sell Your Book Because... (AC – 2/9/06) (Scammers’ excuses) Link
37 – Going Postal in Scammer Land (AC – 2/12/06) (Scammers’ excuses) Link
46 Maggie's Question (AC – 3/21/06) (Do scams have any impact on “real” publishers?) Link
Someone Out There Doesn't Like Us (And We Don't Care) (VS – 5/5/06) (Scammer attempts to slime WB) Link
More People Out There Don't Like Us (VS- 5/12/06) (More attempts to slime WB) Link
54 – What to Do If You've Been Scammed, Revisited (AC – 6/15/06) (Repost of #29) Link
55 How To Write to the Authorities About Being Scammed (AC – 6/15/06)[/i] Link
58 Writers -- Trust Your Instincts! (AC – 7/11/06) (If the alarm bells go off, listen to ‘em) Link
It's NOT a Jungle Out There (or an Ocean, or Whatever) (VS – 7/25/06) (It’s easy to avoid scams, really!) Link
62 – Writers Scamming Writers (AC – 10/1/06) (Many scammers are failed writers) Link
63 – Some of Our Faithful Readers... (AC – 10/10/06) (…are the scammers themselves) Link
Why You Shouldn't Believe Them (VS – 11/1/06) (The lies scammers tell) Link
Clubs You Wouldn't Want to Be a Member Of (VS – 11/28/06) (Scams and their spam) Link
Why Scammers Are Hard to Put Away (VS – 12/15/06) Link
Stealth Vanity Publishers (VS – 3/27/07) (The terms they use to confuse you) Link
Protesting Too Much (VS – 6/8/07) (How scammers try to deflect criticism) Link
Should Writers Worry About Blacklisting? (VS – 7/27/07) (How scammers keep victims quiet) Link
Reeling in the Kids (VS – 12/17/07) (How vanity pubs target young writers) Link
Buddy, do I have a deal for you . . . (RW – 2/24/08) (Use of bait ‘n’ switch to hook you) Link
Reeling in the Kids, Part 2: Operation Teen Author (VS – 5/7/08) Link
Excuses, Excuses (VS – 3/11/09) (Blaming lack of sales on everything but own incompetence) Link
Guest Blog Post: Ten Percent of Nothing (Book Review) (VS – 6/11/10) [(Review by author Marian Perera) Link
Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas (VS – 6/17/10) (Prevention starts at home) Link
Beware of Book Publishing Spam (VS – 7/1/10) Link
Reality Check on Aisle Writer Beware (VS – 10/27/10) (Look before you leap) Link
Guest Blog Post: Book Review -- "The Street-Smart Writer" (VS – 2/11/11) (By author Marian Perera) Link
Guest Blog Post: Beware of Pay-To-Play TV Talk Shows (VS – 2/22/11) (By author Kim Brittingham) Link
Book Fair Bewares (VS – 4/12/11) (Don’t buy into the “publicity” schemes) Link
Pay to Play Anthologies (VS – 5/5/11) (The fast and easy way to a garage full of unsellable books) Link
The Cruelest Hoax (VS – 7/26/11) (If it seems too good to be true …) Link
Indian Writers Beware: Literary Agent Scams in India a Growing Problem (VS – 8/10/11) Link
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: How Relying on Numbers Can Get You Into Trouble (VS – 11/29/11) Link
Literary Agent Scams: Still Around, But On the Wane (VS – 8/3/12) Link
Guest Blog Post: 7 Freelance Writing Scams and How to Fight Them (VS – 9/4/12) (By writer Patrick Icasas) Link
Guest Blog Post: International Writing Scams and How to Protect Yourself (VS – 12/12/12) (By journalist Mridu Khullar Relph) Link
Alert: UK Speaker Scam Targets Writers (and Others) (VS – 1/11/13) Link
Bait-and-Switch for Self-Published Authors (VS – 6/4/14) Link
Scam Warnings for Freelancers (VS – 11/14/14) (Identity theft, “free samples”) Link


How to Find and Evaluate Agents & Publishers

All in a Day's Sleuthing (VS – 11/2705) (Counting red flags re: a new publisher) Link
AARRGH! (VS – 12/1/05) (Even Publishers Marketplace can have bad apples) Link
19 CAVEAT EMPTOR! (AC – 12/3/05) (Avoid agents and pubs that advertise) Link
When Bad Agents Go Badder (VS – 12/8/05) (Reading fees can be just the tip of the iceberg) Link
Shades of Gray (VS – 12/19/05) (Cases when reading fees aren’t that red a flag) Link
Call me Doctor and Other Irrelevancies (VS – 12/27/05) (Evaluating claims of membership) Link
Faking a Track Record (VS – 1/28/06) (Evaluating claims of sales) Link
Author-Agent Contracts (VS – 2/4/06) (Things to look [out] for) Link
When An Agent Calls... (VS – 2/25/06) (Be suspicious of agents who solicit) Link
Evaluating an Agent's Website (VS – 4/4/06) Link
Top Ten Signs Your Agent is a Scammer (VS – 7/5/06) (Piece of interview with Writer Unboxed) Link
A Little-Known Resource for Agent-Hunters (VS – 9/1/06) (Publishers’ rights listings) Link
There's No Such Thing as a Bargain Agent (VS – 9/8/06) (Evaluating commission rates) Link
Legitimate: A Word I Don't Like (VS – 12/29/06) (Why reputable, successful, or experienced is better) Link
Learning the Ropes (VS – 5/5/07) (How to research agents and publishers) Link
Literary Agents for Poets? (VS – 7/10/07) (What the real options are) Link
The Interminable Agency Clause (VS – 12/11/07) Link
New Year's Resolution: Use Caution on the Internet (VS – 1/3/08) (Evaluating search results) Link
Caution on the Internet (Part II) (RW – 1/26/08) (Beware sockpuppets on forums) Link
New Publishers: To Query or Not to Query (VS – 2/1/08) Link
Research First, Query Next (VS – 4/13/08) Link
A Publishing Contract Clause to Beware (VS – 9/12/08) (Transfer of copyright) Link
Literary Agent Directories (VS – 10/17/08) Link
Why You Shouldn’t Write for Essay Mills (VS – 12/11/08) Link
Small Press or Vanity Press? (VS – 3/7/09) (Beware hidden fees) Link
The Perils of Searching For Publishers on the Internet (VS – 10/1/09) Link
A Question You Don't Want Your Publisher to Ask (VS – 10/9/09) (“How many do you plan to order?) Link
Open Letter from a Writer to New Publishers (RW – 1/18/10) (Good intentions won’t buy you credibility) Link
The Case Against Reading Fees (VS – 6/28/10) Link
Lies (Dishonest) Fee-Charging Publishers Tell (VS – 4/4/11) (“We aren’t a vanity publisher because …”) Link
The Interminable Agency Clause (VS – 4/27/11) (What to watch for re: agent of record) Link
Contract Red Flag: Net Profit Royalty Clauses (VS – 5/31/11) Link
Bad Publishing Contract Clauses, Part 1 (VS – 9/29/11) Link
Why Poets Should Not Seek Literary Agents (VS – 2/24/12) Link
Why You Can't Always Trust the Source (VS – 3/6/12) (Beware blind faith in agent/market listings) Link
When is a Dodgy Publisher Like a Stopped Clock? (VS – 3/16/12) Link
The Importance of Reversion Clauses in Book Contracts (VS – 4/27/12) Link
Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself (VS – 5/16/12) Link
Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract (VS – 11/13/12) (By author Kfir Luzzatto) Link
Early Termination Fees in Publishing Contracts: A Cautionary Tale (VS – 10/15/13) Link
Questions to Ask Your Prospective Literary Agent (VS – 2/26/14) Link
Why Poets Should Not Seek Literary Agents (VS – 3/25/14) (Repost) Link
Agenty Advice to a Hopeful Writer, from a Non-Agent (VS – 7/15/14) Link
Evaluating Publishing Contracts: Six Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself (VS – 12/19/14) Link
Two Red-Flag Sentences In Publishing Contracts (VS – 1/23/15) (Re: publisher’s discretion and guarantees) Link
Editing Clauses In Publishing Contracts: How To Protect Yourself (VS – 2/12/15) Link
Signing Away Your Rights: Arbitration Clauses in Book Contracts (VS – 11/1815) Link
Termination Fees in Publishing Contracts: Why They're Not Just Bad for Authors (VS – 2/12/16) Link


Agents, Editors & Publishing in General

21/ Today's Lesson: Copyright 101 (AC – 12/9/05) Link
23/ Copyright 101, the Other Half (AC – 12/10/05) Link
Much Ado About Nothin' (VS – 1/2/06) (What the “editor rejects famous ms” sting really signifies) Link
30 What Does a REAL Agent Do? (AC – 1/7/06) Link
31, "What Real Agents Do" – Part 2 (AC – 1/11/06) Link
32 What REAL Agents Do...Part 3 (AC – 1/15/06) Link
33 – What REAL Agents Do – Part 4, Subsidiary Rights (AC – 1/20/06) Link
What Real Agents Don't Do (VS – 1/23/06) Link
Editors and Agents (VS – 5/2/06) (How a bad agent is worse than none at all) Link
PODs Under Fire (VS – 5/17/06) (Libel suits against vanity/POD publishers) Link
Hard Truths (VS – 7/19/06) (How agents judge mss.) Link
Should a Writer Query an Overseas Agent? (VS – 2/19/07) Link
73 – Publishing...Playing the Waiting Game (AC – 4/15/07) Link
A Reviewer's Plea (VS – 5/30/07) (Guest blogger explains book reviews) Link
A Publishing Primer (VS – 6/15/07) (Via author Diana Peterfreund) Link
Whoops, They Did it Again (VS – 8/17/07) (The “editors reject famous ms” hoax, revisited) Link
Agents and Publishing in Film and Television...Ahem (AC – 11/8/07) (Media portrayals vs. reality) Link
Lessons for Self-Publishers (VS – 11/13/07) Link
Of Online Book Sales (and Pies) (VS – 3/14/08) Link
Precautions for Small Press Authors (VS – 4/25/08) Link
Can Free Ebooks Boost Print Sales? (VS – 6/27/08) Link
Self-Publishing Services and Defamation (VS – 9/21/08) (More suits against vanity/POD publishers) Link
Authors Guild Settles With Google (VS – 10/28/08) Link
How Not to Epublish (VS – 1/12/09) (A case study) Link
Authors Guild Alert on "Text to Speech" Function of Kindle 2 (VS – 2/12/09) Link
Articles on Self-Publishing: The Need for Balance (VS – 4/8/09) Link
Judge Extends Google Book Settlement Deadline (VS – 4/28/09) Link
Why You Are Probably Not an Independent Author (or, Another Post for Which I Expect I Will Get Some Flack) (VS – 5/7/09) (The crucial yet oft-ignored differences between self- and vanity publishing) Link
Agent for a Day (VS – 5/12/09) (Agent Nathan Bransford proves filtering queries ain’t as easy as many think) Link
Free Ebooks and Sales (VS – 5/15/09) (When and how giving it away boosts print sales) Link
BEA Bewares (VS – 5/28/09) (Don’t pay for what BookExpo America cannot give you) Link
It's Official: DOJ Investigates Google Book Settlement (VS – 7/03/09) Link
SFWA's Statement on the Proposed Google Book Settlement (VS – 8/14/09) Link
Publishers' Kill Fees, and Why They're Bad For Everyone (VS – 8/21/09) Link
Google Book Search Settlement Deadline Looming (VS – 9/1/09) Link
Google Book Search Settlement: Opting Out (VS – 9/4/09) Link
Google Book Search Settlement Fairness Hearing Adjourned (VS – 9/28/09) Link
Why Referral Fees Present Ethical Problems (VS – 10/15/09) Link
Rights and Copyright (10/29/09) (What they are and how they apply to your work) Link
Revised Google Book Search Settlement Filed (VS – 11/16/09) Link
From Novelists Inc. Issues Position Statement on Vanity Publishing (VS – 11/23/09) Link
Blurred Distinctions: Vanity Publishing vs. Self-Publishing (VS – 12/2/09) Link
The UK's Society of Authors Issues Guidance on Ebooks (VS – 12/17/09) Link
SFWA, NWU, and ASJA on Google Books Settlement (VS – 1/7/10) Link
From the Authors Guild: Simplified Method for Claiming Works for Google Book Search Settlement (VS – 1/13/10) Link
Another Google Book Search Settlement Deadline (VS – 1/22/10) Link
DOJ Weighs in on Amended Google Book Settlement (VS – 2/9/10) Link
Supreme Court Reinstates Major Freelancer Copyright Settlement (VS – 3/2/10) (Landmark case involving royalties due for e-reprints, aka NYT v. Tasini, et al.) Link First Novel Sales: The Data (VS – 3/26/10) (New survey from novelist Jim C. Hines) Link
Hardball, Amazon Style (VS – 3/30/10) (Amazon v. MacMillan over ebook pricing) Link
Guest Blog Post: How Libraries Choose Books to Purchase (VS – 4/14/10) (By librarian Abigail Goben) Link
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (VS – 5/4/10) (Printed =/= read) Link
Are Agents Underpaid? (VS – 6/22/10) Link
Guest Blog Post: On Paid Reviews and What’s a “Book,” Anyway? (VS – 9/2/10) (Jody Rein wants you to pay her to review your book) Link
Getting Published is Not a Crap Shoot (VS – 9/10/10) Link
Assertions and Statistics (VS – 9/14/10) (Why hard data is so hard to find) Link
Wholesale vs. Agency: Sales Models in Conflict (VS – 10/8/10) (More on the ebook price wars) Link
The Importance of Context (Part 1) (VS – 1/7/11) (Lies, damn lies, and statistics: Part 4,032) Link
Deadline for Claiming Cash Payment Under Google Book Search Settlement May Be Extended (VS – 2/14/11) Link
The Borders Bankruptcy (VS – 2/18/11) (Surprise! They failed because they stopped being a bookstore) Link
Deadline for Claiming Cash Payment Under Google Book Settlement Has Been Extended (VS – 2/25/11) Link
Judge Chin Denies Google Book Settlement (VS – 3/22/11) Link
Why Your Self-Publishing Service Probably Didn't Cheat You (VS – 3/29/11) (Seriously) Link
Guest Blog Post: The Google Books Settlement--It's Not Too Late to Fix It (VS – 4/18/11) (By author Michael Capobianco) Link
Literary Agencies as Publishers: An Accelerating Trend (VS – 5/17/11) (Who watches the watchers?) Link
Getting Out of Your Book Contract (Maybe) (VS – 6/23/11) (Hope for those caught in a bad deal) Link
Agencies Becoming Publishers--a Trend and a Problem (VS – 6/28/11) Link
Judge Chin Wants Action on Failed Google Book Settlement (VS – 7/21/11) Link
Authors Guild And Others Sue Universities for Copyright Infringement (VS – 9/13/11) Link
The Google Books Lawsuit Will Go To Court (VS – 9/15/11) Link
Guest Blog Post: Copyright Is People (VS – 10/28/11) (By author Michael Capobianco) Link
The Authors Guild on Amazon's Kindle Lending Library (VS – 11/15/11) Link
The Authors Guild on Amazon: Publishing's Ecosystem on the Brink (VS – 2/2/12) Link
New French Law Seizes Digital Rights (VS – 3/2/12) Link
Publishing Industry Terms and Contracts: Some Resources, and Some Advice (VS – 3/20/12) Link
Guest Blog Post: Why Small Publishers Fail (VS – 4/4/12) (By author Cathy Clamp) Link
The DOJ's Ebook Price Fixing Lawsuit Against Apple and the "Agency Five": An Overview (VS – 4/13/12) Link
Vetting an Independent Editor (VS – 5/3/12) Link
Judge Grants Class Status to Authors in Authors Guild v. Google Lawsuit (VS – 6/1/12) Link
Rights vs. Copyright (VS – 7/2/12) (Summer reruns ain’t just for TV) Link
Ebooks Outsell Print! Putting Headlines in Context (VS – 8/8/12) Link
Vanity, Vanity: Turning The Label Around (VS – 8/24/12) Link
Guest Blog Post Writers Be-Wary: Electronic Distribution and Control of Creative Material (VS – 9/7/12) (By Sheila J. Levine, Esq. and Gerald M. Levine, Esq.) Link
Publishers Settle With Google--But What About Authors? (VS – 10/5/12) Link
Writers Slam Secrecy of Book Publishers' Deal With Google (VS – 10/9/12) Link
Judge Rules Against Authors Guild in HathiTrust Lawsuit (VS – 10/12/12) Link
Publishers Hate Authors? Really? (VS – 11/15/12) Link
Orphan Works: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Weighs In (VS – 2/6/13) Link
Why Not to Register Copyright for Unpublished Work (VS – 2/25/13) (Unnecessary, plus it marks you for scammers) Link
Thoughts on the Great Erotica Panic of 2013 (VS – 10/17/13) Link
Crowdfunded Anthologies: Concerns for Writers (VS – 12/13/13) Link
Self-Publishing and Author-Agent Agreements: The Need for Change (VS – 7/25/14) Link
Guest Blog Post: Author-Editor Compatibility: The Crucial Element for a Successful Editing Experience (VS – 9/5/14) (Editor Katherine Pickett) Link
How To Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher (VS – 10/1/14) Link
Don't Do This: Wrong Ways to Try and Escape Your Deadbeat Publisher (VS – 12/3/14) Link
Finding Authors: The Importance of Establishing an Online Licensing System for Copyrighted Works (MC – 4/23/15) Link
How Do Freelance Editors Get Paid? (VS – 3/18/16) Link


Writers & Writing

11: Writing a Synopsis (AC – 11/1/05) Link
12 Example of a Synopsis for Bonnie (AC – 11/8/05) Link
25, More Writing Hints (AC – 12/14/05) (Dialogue) Link
26 --- Writing Myths..."If I can just get it out there..." (AC – 12/21/05) Link
27...Writing Myths...If it isn't perfect... (AC – 12/23/05) Link
Things New Writers Say That Drive Me Crazy (VS – 2/14/06) (“The odds are against me”) Link
38 – Exploding Another Writing Myth -- "You have to KNOW someone..." (AC – 2/16/06) Link
More Things New Writers Say That Drive Me Crazy (VS – 2/24/06) (“Everyone has to start somewhere”) Link
41 -- The Need to be READ... (AC – 2/27/06) (How to garner useful feedback) Link
45 – First Question... (AC – 3/12/06) (How life experiences influence my writing) Link
Writing Query Letters (AC – 4/9/06)[/i] Link
51, Sticking With It (AC – 5/14/06) (Get yer Butt In Chair and write!) Link
59 – Writing Productivity Tips (AC – 8/3/06) Link
60 – Some Writing Problems to Avoid (AC – 9/10/06) (World-building, dialogue, POV) Link
64 – Grammar DOES Count, My Friends... (AC – 10/17/06) (A writer must know how to write) Link
The Insidious Double D's (VS – 5/1/07) (How to avoid denial and desperation) Link
Writers and Money (VS 8/5/07) (Realistic expectations of income) Link
How Do You Tell Who's Going to "Make It?" (AC – 9/6/07) (Good habits make good writers) Link
How 2 Rite Qwerry Lettrs (AC – 2/16/08) Link
Writing What's HOT...Or Not? (AC – 3/4/08) (The futility of writing to trend) Link
Writers' Myths: Giving Back Your Advance (VS – 10/26/08) Link
Letter to a Desperate Author (VS – 12/21/08) (Don’t spam me, bro!) Link
The Ultimate Queryfail (VS – 3/19/09) (Yes, Virginia, even Writer Beware receives queries) Link
Making Lemonade Out of Self-Publishing Lemons (VS – 3/29/09) (More desperate promotions) Link
Agentfail (VS – 4/3/09) (Writers’ complaints about agents) Link
Guest Blog -- Playwriting in America: Percentages, Pitfalls, and “Pay-to-Play” (VS – 4/14/09) (Jill Elaine Hughes) Link
Hassett vs. Hasselbeck: What A Plagiarism Lawsuit Reveals About Writers' Fear of Theft (VS – 6/26/09) Link
Authorfail: When Authors Attack (VS – 7/7/09) (How NOT to respond to a bad review) Link
It's Anti-Plagiarism Day (VS – 7/17/09) Link
Writers' Myth: "You Have To Know Someone" (VS – 9/10/09) Link
Thoughts on Self-Promotion (VS – 10/6/09) Link
Guest Blog Post: Distributor vs. Wholesaler--Getting Your Book on the Shelf (VS – 1/4/10) (Author Cathy Clamp tells it like it is) Link
Guest Blog Post: The Scam of Private Label Rights Articles (VS – 3/5/10) (By Smashwords founder Mark Coker) Link
Guest Blog Post: Content Mills--Why Aspiring Writers Should Avoid Them (VS – 3/9/10) (By journalist Carol Tice) Link
Guest Blog Post: Content Mills--Just A Stepping Stone in Your Career (VS – 3/12/10) (By freelancer Angela Atkinson) Link
Guest Blog Post: Grants for Writers--As Diverse As You Are (VS – 3/23/10) (By freelancer C. Hope Clark) Link
Guest Blog Post: Self-Promotion--Starting Too Soon? (VS – 4/30/10) (By author Alyx Dellamonica) Link
When Asking for Help (VS – 5/24/10) (Common courtesy goes a long way) Link
The Myth of the Evil Editor (VS – 7/16/10) Link
The Importance of Self-Editing (VS – 7/20/10) Link
Guest Blog Post: Active Reading For Better Writing (VS – 7/23/10) (By writer Aimee Weinstein) Link
How to Write a Query Letter (AC – 8/18/10) Link
When Persistence Becomes a Vice (VS – 9/17/10) (Learn when to trunk it) Link
Guest Blog Post: How Deliberate Practice Can Make You an Excellent Writer (VS – 9/21/10) (By author Barbara Baig) Link
One Way Not to Get Published (VS – 12/13/10) (Hint: spamming Writer Beware won’t help) Link
Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? Internet Book Promotion (AC – 3/9/11) Link
How Not to Market Your Book (VS – 3/22/11) (Hint: Don’t pretend to be a pro publicist) Link
Book Marketing Methods That Don't Work (VS – 6/14/11) (Don’t spam me, bro!) Link
The Internet and Procrastination (VS – 6/17/11) (Half the solution is admitting you have a problem) Link
Why You Want to Hire a Competent PR Service (VS – 7/1/11) (Hint: they’ll send review requests to folks who actually do reviews) Link
How to Satisfy Your Reader without Being Predictable (AC – 8/24/11) (The subtleties of foreshadowing and subplots) Link
Guest Blog Post: In Praise of Ripening (VS – 7/27/12) (By author Marcia Yudkin) Link
Guest Post: Dear Agent -- Write the Letter That Sells Your Book (VS – 10/17/12) (By author Nicola Morgan) Link
A Hand in Your Pocket: Monetizing The Business of Writing (VS – 9/26/14) Link
Who's Running Your Writers' Group? Why You Should Be Careful (VS – 2/2/15) (Vanity press shills, et al.) Link
Guest Post: Want To Become A Better Writer? Stop Writing. (VS – 8/6/15) (Author Barbara Baig) Link
Guest Post: Beware Social Media Snake Oil (VS – 8/20/15) (Marketer Chris Syme) Link
Guest Post: Imitation Is Much More Than Flattery (VS – 10/22/15) (Author Barbara Baig) Link
 
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Writer Beware – What We Do & How We Work

14 A Spiffed Up Site! (AC – 11/10/05) (So, what do y’all want Writer Beware to do for you?) Link
3--Because They Lie (VS – 11/23/05) (Why Writer Beware doesn’t “go to the source”) Link
Another Day, Another Cease & Desist (VS – 12/30/05) (An especially clueless “publisher”) Link
42 Become A Writer Beware "Ambassador" (AC – 3/5/06) (Spread warnings and advice, please!) Link
The 20 Worst Come Home (VS – 4/29/06) (List finally up at WriterBeware.org) Link
New Feature on the Writer Beware Website (VS – 6/8/06) (The new Writers’ Services page) Link
53, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (AC – 6/11/06) (How Writer Beware is qualified to issue warnings) Link
Some Thoughts on Lists (VS – 6/24/06) (The reasons WB has no “best” list) Link
20 Worst List Updated (VS – 7/21/06) Link
Home Again (VS – 8/21/06) (Misc. re: agents on 20 Worst List) Link
Another Update (VS – 8/29/06) (20 Worst Agents List) Link
A Small, Well-Mannered Rant (VS – 11/11/06) (Spell our name right, ‘kay?) Link
72, Looking Forward to Valentine's Day... (AC – 2/6/07) Link
Writer Beware Welcomes New Team Member (VS – 11/17/07) (Welcome, Richard White!) Link
Thumbs Down Agency List Updated (VS – 1/10/08) Link
The Top Twelve Things Writer Beware Can't Do (VS – 2/20/08) Link
Rating Publishers (and Agents) (VS – 7/18/08) (Why it’s not feasible) Link
SFWA Service Award (VS – 1/16/09) (w00t!) Link
Thoughts on the S-word (VS – 2/25/09) (Beware causal use of “scam”) Link
Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Staff Dismissed (VS – 3/26/09) (More egg on Fletcher’s face) Link
Writer Beware at BEA (VS – 5/25/09) (Attending BookExpo America courtesy of the MWA) Link
BEA Report (VS – 6/2/09) (Venimus, Vidimus, Vicimus) Link
MWA Joins SFWA In Sponsoring Writer Beware (VS – 8/12/09) Link
Author Mills and a Request for Contact (VS – 10/2109) (Looking for both good and bad experiences) Link
Writer Beware is on Facebook (VS – 3/16/10) Link
A Quote is Nice, But Context is Better (VS – 4/23/10) (Agent Peter Cox misses some meaning) Link
Why Writer Beware Doesn't Provide Publisher Recommendations (Plus Some Advice) (VS – 5/7/10) Link
Writer Beware® is Officially Registered! (VS – 8/3/10) Link
Introducing Writer Beware's Small Presses Page (VS – 11/11/11) Link
BEA Report (VS – 6/8/12) (Fun and games at BookExpo America) Link
Horror Writers Association Adds Its Support to Writer Beware (VS – 11/23/13) Link
Introduction: New Writer Beware Committee Member Michael Capobianco (MC – 12/5/13) Link
Writer Beware Has a New Logo and a New Look (VS – 7/8/14) Link
Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated (VS – 8/6/14) Link
Why Writer Beware Doesn't Make Agent or Publisher Recommendations (VS – 11/13/15) Link


Misc., Tidbits & News of the Weird

A.C. Crispin (AC – 9/28/05) (Hi, I’m….) Link
15 – A Change of Pace (AC – 11/17/05) (Who wants chowder?) Link
17 Thanksgiving and General Stuff (AC – 11/25/05) Link
18 Ghosts, Scammers and Harry Potter (AC – 11/29/05) Link
24 Please Don't Go... (AC – 12/13/05) (Look! A recipe for crabcakes!) Link
I'm Ba-ack (VS – 3/16/06) (With a new book!) Link
47 Answers to Alphabeter's Questions (AC – 3/28/06) (Misc. musings on writing and scams) Link
News of the Weird (VS – 3/31/06) (Literary Ventures Fund) Link
News of the Weird (VS – 4/15/06) (Ophir) Link
Home Again, Home Again (VS – 6/3/06) (Balticon report; please support Absolute Write) Link
It's Alive! (VS – 6/5/06) (Absolute Writer’s Water Cooler recovers) Link
News of the Weird (VS – 6/19/06) (Westwood Literary Agency auctions representation on eBay) Link
News of the Weird (VS – 7/15/06) (ANovelMillion.com) Link
News of the Weird (VS – 10/12/06) (BookWise) Link
Home from WFC... (VS – 11/6/06) (Convention report) Link
For AW Addicts Only (VS – 11/26/06) (Water Cooler down for maintenance) Link
70 – Meeting a Writer Beware "Ambassador" (AC – 12/23/06) Link
News of the Weird (VS – 2/4/07) (AMillionPenguins.com) Link
News of the Weird: Publish My Book! (VS – 4/19/07) (Reality TV show) Link
News of the Weird: The Ultimate Author (VS – 6/5/07) (Reality TV show) Link
News of the Weird: American Book Factory (VS – 7/4/07) (Reality TVshow) Link
Worthy Causes (VS – 10/16/07) (A couple of legit charities for your consideration) Link
News of the Weird: Author's For Reality Show (VS – 10/31/07) (Pam Pinnock) Link
Tidbits (VS – 12/2/07) (An industry survey; writers need exercise; Starving Writers Publishing) Link
Tidbits (VS – 1/17/08) (AltasBooks buys Biblio; Amazon announces semifinalists; TankBooks) Link
Tidbits (VS – 2/5/08) (In-store POD; social networking; why publishing is slow; a magic pen) Link
Tidbits (VS – 4/8/08) (Amazon winner announced; HarperStudio; PFD goes POD; BookLamp) Link
Two Awards Banquets (AC – 5/18/08) (Nebula and OWFI Awards) Link
Amazon Flexes UK Muscle (VS – 6/6/08) (Amazon targets publishers selling their own books for less) Link
Tidbits (VS – 7/3/08) (Author sponsors police car; paper books aren’t doomed (yet); Quillr; more small press implosions) Link
Tidbits (VS – 8/8/08) (Random House UK changes contract; new should not equal inexperienced; HarperStudio; HotHouse focus groups) Link
A Couple of Things (VS – 8/29/08) (Airleaf update; local vs. NY/L.A. agents) Link
Some Good Reading (VS – 11/11/08) (Industry news and views on other blogs) Link
Tidbits (VS – 11/22/08) (LR’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards, Concord Free Press, the economy, query letters, GreenPrint) Link
A Day in the Life (VS – 11/25/08) (A raccoon in the chimney doesn’t make it any easier) Link
I Had a Dream… (AC – 12/2/08) (A Nightmare on Scam Street) Link
Publishing’s Week of Gloom (VS – 12/7/08) (Belt-tightening or trimming fat?) Link
Subscriptions and Solicitations (VS – 12/17/08) (Writer’s Digest promotes vanity operations) Link
Opening Paragraphs for Sale (VS – 2/9/09) (The Avocado Papers) Link
Possible Scam Alert (VS – 3/13/09) (Fake orders from “Paul Jackson Institute”?) Link
Possible Scam Alert: Asian Cybersquatting (VS – 3/22/09) (Extortion to “keep” a domain name?) Link
The WRITE Stuff: Another Author Reality Show (VS – 4/26/09) (Sponsored by AG Press) Link
Fruitloops Galore (VS – 6/15/09) (Jacobs v. Rowling; CCLU calls for book burning) Link
The Most Published Author in the History of the Planet (VS – 6/19/09) (Philip M. Parker: one-man author mill) Link
Fourth Fiction: (Yet) Another Literary Reality Show (VS – 6/30/09) Link
Some Interesting Recent Blog Posts and Articles (VS – 7/10/09) Link
Moon Publicity (VS – 7/22/09) (Advertising on the Moon?!) Link
Blog Post/Article Roundup (VS – 11/11/09) Link
Two Deep Questions (VS – 11/19/09) (Where was the outrage over Thomas Nelson/Westbow?) Link
Tidbits (VS – 3/19/10) (Boulder Bookstore charges self-pubbed authors for shelf space) Link
Questionable Ethics? (VS – 4/5/10) (If you bought the hardcopy, is it unethical to seek an ecopy for free?) Link
Cold Iron: David Boyer, Plagiarist (VS – 10/18/10) (a.k.a. Doc Burton, Leo Wolfe, Jack Burnett, et al.) Link
Two Alerts (VS – 10/21/10) (More on David Boyer, and more trouble at Dorchester) Link
Tidbits (VS – 11/19/10) (Twitter and you, why (not) write to trend, et al.) Link
How Not to Launch a Career in Publishing (VS – 11/23/10) (You can’t fix stupid) Link
Tidbits (VS – 12/16/10) (Poor query letters, use of social media, and agent behavior) Link
Tidbits (VS – 1/25/11) (HarperCollins adds morals clause, Writer’s Digest adds vanity press) Link
What's an Idea Worth? (VS – 2/28/11) (And would you buy it on eBay?) Link
Tidbits (VS – 3/15/11) (Berrett-Kohler launches vanity imprint, Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards) Link
Atlanta Nights, the Movie: From Hoax to Film (VS – 4/8/11) (Yes, you read that right) Link
Tidbits (VS – 4/21/11) (Plagiarist David Boyer strikes again, Guideposts adds vanity imprint, ebook pricing continues to annoy) Link
Tidbits (VS – 5/20/11) (More on agents as publishers, Bowker stats re: POD, Amazon stats re: ebooks) Link
Publishing Beyond the Grave (VS – 7/8/11) (A demonstration by scam-buster Gary Rhodes) Link
The Agenda of "The Write Agenda" (AC & VS – 10/3/11) Link
Writers Against Plagiarism: A Call to Action (VS – 10/11/11) (Against serial plagiarist Dave Boyer) Link
Tidbits (VS – 2/17/12) (The Taleist Self-Publishing Survey) Link
Link Roundup (VS – 4/20/12) (DRM, ebook costs, The Rejection Generator, et al.) Link
Two Surveys (VS – 5/25/12) (The results are in from Writers’ Workshop and Taleist) Link
Legal Tidbits (VS – 1/25/13) (Suits re: libelous and/or fake memoirs) Link
Tidbits (VS – 4/19/13) (Ebook growth; Historical Pages Publishing; Leaf Books; “crowdfunded” anthology) Link
ASJA Annual Conference 2013, Plus Tidbits (VS – 4/29/13) (Noble Romance Publishing, Barry Eisler, booksellers’ DRM suit) Link
Masterpiece: A Reality Show for Authors (Plus a Short, Sad, History of Similar Shows that Failed) (VS – 11/19/13) Link
News of the Weird: Quill Shift Literary Agency (VS – 12/18/13) Link
On Petitions and Flame Wars: My Thoughts About SFWA and Change (VS – 2/14/14) Link
Rights Concerns: Amtrak Residency Program (VS – 3/12/14) Link
A Visit to BEA 2014's uPublishU (MC – 6/6/14) Link
On Trolls and Fake Bad Reviews (VS – 7/18/14) Link
Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write (VS – 8/29/14) Link
Alert: Questionable Terms of Use In HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium (VS – 12/11/14) Link
SFWA Opens to Self-Published Authors; Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Makes Contract Changes (VS – 2/5/15) Link
The Strange and Twisted Tale of Peter Senese, Serial Con Man (VS – 4/9/15) (Bookbeat) Link
Amazon Takes on Fake Review Services (VS – 4/13/15) Link
Amazon's "Personal Connection" Review Policies Are Nothing New (VS – 7/8/15) Link
Alert: Don Semora, "Professional Designer and Author" (VS – 7/10/15) Link
Freelance Mills, Cyberbullying, and Plagiarism, Oh My! (VS – 1/13/16) (IAPWE, Stephen Leather & ParaDon Books) Link
The Fair Contract Initiative (VS – 1/29/16) (The Authors Guild) Link


Blog Business

6 (AC – 10/7/05) (Vacation notes) Link
10 (AC – 10/22/05) (This is Victoria’s blog, too) Link
13 It Has Happened Again... (AC – 11/9/05) (Posting problems, grrr) Link
1--Introducing Myself (VS – 11/9/05) (Hello! And please visit Writerbeware.org) Link
22 My Post Truncated (AC – 12/9/05) (Posting problems) Link
A Frivolous Post (VS – 1/31/06) (The Meme of Four) Link
44 - Choose Your Own Topic – Here's Your Opportunity! (AC – 3/11/06) Link
48 - MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! (AC – 4/106) (April Foolin’) Link
Writer Beware is on Vacation (VS – 8/4/06) (Links to blog highlights) Link
I've Been Tagged... (VS – 11/13/06) (Blog meme) Link
You Were Looking for WHAT?? (VS – 1/29/07) (Fun with blog stats) Link
Goodbye (AC – 4/1/07) (April Foolin’) Link
Not Just Yet (AC – 4/2/07) (We love y’all too much) Link
A Short Post for a Hot Day (VS – 6/28/07) (Links to other blogs) Link
Happy Holidays from Writer Beware (VS – 12/23/07) Link
Some Really Bad News... (AC – 4/1/08) (April Foolin’) Link
Setting the Record Straight on April 2nd... (AC – 4/2/08) Link
I Love Your Blog Award (VS – 9/16/08) (Author2Author nominates WB) Link
Happy Holidays (VS – 12/24/08) Link
Listen Up, Trolls (VS – 3/24/09) (Begone, ye boring boors!) Link
Exciting News for Writer Beware! (VS – 4/1/09) (April Foolin’) Link
Wanted: Guest Bloggers (VS – 2/26/10) Link
Amazon Surprise (VS – 4/1/10) (April Foolin’) Link
Holiday Hiatus (VS – 12/23/10) Link
Book Giveaway--The Arm of the Stone (VS – 2/8/11) Link
Another Book Giveaway: The Garden of the Stone (VS – 3/18/11) Link
Free Ebook: The Arm of the Stone by Victoria Strauss (VS – 4/6/11) Link
The Google Broccoli Kitten Settlement (AC – 4/1/11) (April Foolishness) Link
Happy Holidays From Writer Beware (AC, VS & RW – 12/23/11) Link
2011: A Writer Beware Retrospective (VS – 1/3/12) Link
To Our Readers: Thank You (AC, VS & RW – 3/28/12) Link
Writer Beware's Swag Shop for Discerning Scammers (VS – 4/1/12) (April Foolin’) Link
Book Giveaway (VS – 4/17/12) Link
Victoria Strauss Wins for Writer Beware in First Annual Independent Book Blogger Award (VS – 5/18/12) Link
Another Honor for Writer Beware (VS – 5/24/12) (Once again one of WD’s best sites for writers) Link
Call for Guest Bloggers (VS – 7/13/12) Link
Writer Beware is on Vacation (VS – 9/10/12) Link
PASSION BLUE Release and Giveaway! (VS – 11/7/12) Link
Happy Holidays! (VS – 12/19/12) Link
2012: Year in Review (VS – 1/2/13) (Notable posts and warnings) Link
Why I'm Not Here (VS – 4/2/13) Link
An Honor For Writer Beware Co-Founder and Chair, Ann C. Crispin (VS – 5/24/13) Link
Writer Beware Blog on (Brief) Temporary Hiatus (VS – 7/1/13) Link
A Message from Writer Beware Co-Founder and Chair, Ann Crispin (VS – 9/4/13) Link
Ann C. Crispin (VS – 9/6/13) Link
Ann C. Crispin (1950-2013) In Memoriam (VS – 9/17/13) Link
Happy Holidays! (VS – 12/23/13) Link
Year in Review: Writer Beware's Top Blog Posts of 2013 (VS – 1/6/14) Link
Computer Down (VS – 8/25/14) Link
Color Song Release Day! (VS – 9/16/14) Link
Happy Holidays (VS – 12/23/14) Link
2014 In Review: The Best of Writer Beware (VS – 1/6/15) Link
New Look for Writer Beware (VS – 1/21/15) Link
New Life For Old Books (Mine!) (VS – 2/24/15) Link
Naughty-No-No! E-Reading App Keeps Young Minds Pristine (MC – 4/1/15) (April Fool’s) Link
Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus (VS – 7/26/15) Link
Best of Writer Beware: 2015 In Review (VS – 1/8/16) Link
Writer Beware Blog on Hiatus (Again) (VS – 5/9/16) Link
Back From Hiatus: Why I Went Away (VS – 6/3/16) Link
 
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September ‘05

A.C. Crispin (AC - 9/28/05) (Hi, I’m….) Link
No. 2 (AC - 9/28/05) (How WB began: Martha Ivery aka Kelly O’Donnell) Link

October ‘05

No 3 (AC - 10/2/05) (Enter the Deerings; O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 2) Link
3&4 (AC - 10/3/05) (Deering, O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 3) Link
5 (AC - 10/4/05) (Meeting Victoria, Deering, O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 4) Link
6 (AC - 10/7/05) (Vacation notes) Link
7 (AC - 10/18/05) (Deering wrap-up, O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 5) Link
8 (AC - 10/21/05) (O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 6) Link
9 (AC - 10/24/05) (O’Donnell / Ivery, Part 7) Link
10 (AC - 10/22/05) (This is Victoria’s blog, too) Link

November ‘05

11: Writing a Synopsis (AC - 11/1/05) Link
12 Example of a Synopsis for Bonnie (AC - 11/8/05) Link
13 It Has Happened Again... (AC - 11/9/05) (Posting problems, grrr) Link
1--Introducing Myself (VS - 11/9/05) (Hello! And please visit Writerbeware.org) Link
14 A Spiffed Up Site! (AC - 11/10/05) (So, what do y’all want Writer Beware to do for you?) Link
2--Fun With Writer Beware (VS - 11/16/05) (Agent “B” makes a fuss) Link
15 - A Change of Pace (AC - 11/17/05) (Who wants chowder?) Link
16 Cease and Desist Plus Holiday Wishes (AC - 11/20/05) (Agent “B” still fussing) Link
3--Because They Lie (VS - 11/23/05) (Why Writer Beware doesn’t “go to the source”) Link
17 Thanksgiving and General Stuff (AC - 11/25/05) Link
All in a Day's Sleuthing (VS - 11/2705) (Counting red flags re: a new publisher) Link
18 Ghosts, Scammers and Harry Potter (AC - 11/29/05) Link

December ‘05

AARRGH! (VS - 12/1/05) (Even Publishers Marketplace can have bad apples) Link
19 CAVEAT EMPTOR! (AC - 12/3/05) (Avoid agents and pubs that advertise) Link
20 Another Victory for Writer Beware! WE RULE!!! (AC - 12/5/05) (Ivery pleads guilty!) Link
More Martha Ivery (VS - 12/5/05) (Media coverage of Martha’s guilty plea) Link
When Bad Agents Go Badder (VS - 12/8/05) (Reading fees can be just the tip of the iceberg) Link
21/ Today's Lesson: Copyright 101 (AC - 12/9/05) Link
22 My Post Truncated (AC - 12/9/05) (Posting problems) Link
23/ Copyright 101, the Other Half (AC - 12/10/05) Link
24 Please Don't Go... (AC - 12/13/05) (Look! A recipe for crabcakes!) Link
25, More Writing Hints (AC - 12/14/05) (Dialogue) Link
More on Desperation (VS - 12/15/05) (Why writers who know better fall for scams) Link
Scam Tales, With Haiku (VS - 12/17/05) (How scum replicates) Link
Shades of Gray - 12/19/05 (VS) (Cases when reading fees aren’t that red a flag) Link
26 --- Writing Myths..."If I can just get it out there..." (AC - 12/21/05) Link
27...Writing Myths...If it isn't perfect... (AC - 12/23/05) Link
Call me Doctor and Other Irrelevancies (VS - 12/27/05) (Evaluating claims of membership) Link
More Martha Ivery (VS - 12/28/05) (Ann interviewed by SciFi Wire) Link
Ann's Martha Ivery Interview (VS - 12/29/05) (Transcript) Link
Another Day, Another Cease & Desist (VS - 12/30/05) (An especially clueless “publisher”) Link
28 "Where There's Smoke..." (AC - 12/31/05) (Don’t discount rumors of trouble) Link
 
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January ‘06

Another One Bites the Dust (VS - 1/1/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills, Elisabeth Von Hullessem, et al.) Link
Much Ado About Nothin' (VS - 1/2/06) (What the “editor rejects famous ms” sting really signifies) Link
29 What to do if you've been scammed... (AC - 1/3/06) Link
The Lisa Hackey Saga, Part 2 (VS - 1/5/06) (Melanie Mills) Link
How Warnings Can Backfire (VS - 1/6/06) (Why folks ignore warnings) Link
30 What Does a REAL Agent Do? (AC - 1/7/06) Link
The Saga of Lisa Hackney, Part 3 (VS - 1/9/06) (Melanie Mills) Link
31, "What Real Agents Do" - Part 2 (AC - 1/11/06) Link
Worthless Services for Writers, Part 1 (VS - 1/12/06) (Manuscript submission services; Bookblaster. Scriptblaster) Link
A Business Proposition (VS - 1/13/06) (Literary hoaxes, J.T. LeRoy) Link
32 What REAL Agents Do...Part 3 (AC - 1/15/06) Link
More Dubious Writers' Services: The Manuscript Display Website (VS - 1/17/06) Link
33 - What REAL Agents Do - Part 4, Subsidiary Rights (AC - 1/20/06) Link
What Real Agents Don't Do (VS - 1/23/06) Link
Fine Print (VS - 1/25/06) (SFX Magazine) Link
Faking a Track Record (VS - 1/28/06) (Evaluating claims of sales) Link
Breaking Up (It's Not Hard to Do) (VS - 1/29/06) (How to shed a bad agent) Link
A Frivolous Post (VS - 1/31/06) (The Meme of Four) Link

February ‘06

The Blooker Prize (no, that's not a typo) (VS - 2/1/06) (Lulu.com) Link
35 Scamming in Snowbird Land, or how I spent my Florida Vacation (Not Really...) (AC - 2/3/06) Link
Author-Agent Contracts (VS - 2/4/06) (Things to look [out] for) Link
36...I Can't Sell Your Book Because... (AC - 2/9/06) (Scammers’ excuses) Link
Song of the Mother-Squasher (VS - 2/11/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills) Link
37 - Going Postal in Scammer Land (AC - 2/12/06) (Scammers’ excuses) Link
Things New Writers Say That Drive Me Crazy (VS - 2/14/06) (“The odds are against me”) Link
38 - Exploding Another Writing Myth -- "You have to KNOW someone..." (AC - 2/16/06) Link
Amazon Goes Into the Slush Pile Business (VS - 2/18/06) (Amazon’s Talent Acquisition Program) Link
40 - Giving Your Work Away? (AC- 2/21/06) (Make sure you’re getting exposure you actually want) Link
And You Thought It Couldn't Get Stranger (VS - 2/6/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills) Link
More Things New Writers Say That Drive Me Crazy (VS - 2/24/06) (“Everyone has to start somewhere”) Link
When An Agent Calls... (VS - 2/25/06) (Be suspicious of agents who solicit) Link
41 -- The Need to be READ... (AC - 2/27/06) (How to garner useful feedback) Link

March ‘06

Plog, plog, plog, plog, plog... (VS - 3/1/06) (AmazonConnect) Link
42 Become A Writer Beware "Ambassador" (AC - 3/5/06) (Spread warnings and advice, please!) Link
43 Where Have You Gone, Bill Appell? (AC - 3/8/06) (Edit Ink) Link
44 - Choose Your Own Topic - Here's Your Opportunity! (AC - 3/11/06) Link
45 - First Question... (AC - 3/12/06) (How life experiences influence my writing) Link
I'm Ba-ack (VS - 3/16/06) (With a new book!) Link
46 Maggie's Question (AC - 3/21/06) (Do scams have any impact on “real” publishers?) Link
Go Ahead. Make My Day. (VS - 3/23/06) (Cris Robins makes a fuss) Link
More Egg on the Face of PublishAmerica (VS - 3/27/06) (PA loses arbitration) Link
47 Answers to Alphabeter's Questions (AC - 3/28/06) (Misc. musings on writing and scams) Link
News of the Weird (VS - 3/31/06) (Literary Ventures Fund) Link

April ‘06

48 -MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! (AC - 4/106) (April Foolin’) Link
Evaluating an Agent's Website (VS - 4/4/06) Link
The Life of Riley -- er -- Writer (VS - 4/7/06) (Book Millionaire, Lori Prokop) Link
Writing Query Letters (AC - 4/9/06) Link
Deconstructing an Agent’s Website (VS - 4/12/06) (Literary Associates, Henry Santsaver) Link
News of the Weird (VS - 4/15/06) (Ophir) Link
Lisa Hackney/Melanie Mills: Coda (VS - 4/20/06) Link
Barbara Bauer Redux (VS - 4/25/06) Link
An (Amateur) Agent's Lot is Not a Happy One (VS - 4/28/06) (Adrian Streather) Link
The 20 Worst Come Home (VS - 4/29/06) (List finally up at WriterBeware.org) Link

May ‘06

Editors and Agents (VS - 5/2/06) (How a bad agent is worse than none at all) Link
50 - The Sun Sets on Desert Rose? (AC - 5/3/06) (Call for victims of Leann Murphy) Link
Someone Out There Doesn't Like Us (And We Don't Care) (VS - 5/5/06) (Scammer attempts to slime WB) Link
Another Scammer Bites the Big One (VS - 5/ 9/06) (Helping Hand Literary Agency, George Harrison & Janet Kay Titsworth) Link
More People Out There Don't Like Us (VS- 5/12/06) (More attempts to slime WB) Link
51, Sticking With It (AC - 5/14/06) (Get yer Butt In Chair and write!) Link
PODs Under Fire (VS - 5/17/06) (Libel suits against vanity “publishers”) Link
52 - Fun and Games at the BEA (AC - 5/21/06) (SterlingHouse, Royal Fireworks) Link
The Barbara Bauer Show (VS - 5/26/06) Link

June ‘06

Home Again, Home Again (VS - 6/3/06) (Balticon report; please support Absolute Write) Link
It's Alive! (VS - 6/5/06) (Absolute Writer’s Water Cooler recovers) Link
New Feature on the Writer Beware Website (VS - 6/8/06) (The new Writers’ Services page) Link
53, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (AC - 6/11/06) (How Writer Beware is qualified to issue warnings) Link
54 - What to Do If You've Been Scammed, Revisited (AC - 6/15/06) (Repost of #29) Link
55 How To Write to the Authorities About Being Scammed (AC - 6/15/06) Link
56 Important Announcement! Attention, Writers! (AC - 6/15/06) (Call for victims of Robert Fletcher) Link
News of the Weird (VS - 6/19/06) (Westwood Literary Agency auctions representation on eBay) Link
Some Thoughts on Lists (VS - 6/24/06) (The reasons WB has no “best” list) Link
57 - iUniverse's Publishing Program, and Placement in Barnes and Noble Stores (Revised) (AC - 6/30/06) Link

July ‘06

Rebuttal Scuttlebutt (VS - 7/3/06) (Airleaf creates Authors Speak Out “blog”) Link
Top Ten Signs Your Agent is a Scammer (VS - 7/5/06) (Piece of interview with Writer Unboxed) Link
Track Records: Another Cautionary Tale (VS - 7/8/06) (Carol Givner Literary Agency) Link
58 Writers -- Trust Your Instincts! (AC - 7/11/06) (If the alarm bells go off, listen to ‘em) Link
News of the Weird (VS - 7/15/06) (ANovelMillion.com) Link
Hard Truths (VS - 7/19/06) (How agents judge mss.) Link
20 Worst List Updated (VS - 7/21/06) Link
It's NOT a Jungle Out There (or an Ocean, or Whatever) (VS - 7/25/06) (Scams are easy to avoid. Really.) Link
New Alert on Writer Beware (VS - 7/29/06) (The Robins Agency, Cris Robins) Link

August ‘06

Another New Alert on Writer Beware (VS - 8/2/06) (Quiet Storm Publishing, Clint Gaige) Link
59 - Writing Productivity Tips (AC - 8/3/06) Link
Writer Beware is on Vacation (VS - 8/4/06) (Links to blog highlights) Link
Home Again (VS - 8/21/06) (Misc. re: agents on 20 Worst List) Link
A Junk Mail Agent (VS - 8/24/06) (John Hancock Literary Agency) Link
Another Update (VS - 8/29/06) (20 Worst Agents List) Link

September ‘06

A Little-Known Resource for Agent-Hunters (VS - 9/1/06) (Publishers’ rights listings) Link
Barbara Bauer Redux, Redux (VS - 9/5/06) Link
There's No Such Thing as a Bargain Agent (VS - 9/8/06) (Evaluating commission rates) Link
60 - Some Writing Problems to Avoid (AC - 9/10/06) (World-building, dialogue, POV) Link
The Sobol Award (VS - 9/14/06) Link
61 - Martha Ivery Sentencing Delayed...AGAIN (AC - 9/20/06) Link
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale in Four Parts (VS - 9/23/06) Link
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale, Part 2 (VS - 9/24/06) Link
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale, Part 3 (VS - 9/25/06) Link
Hill & Hill Literary Agency: A Scam Tale, Part 4 (VS - 9/26/06) Link

October ‘06

62 - Writers Scamming Writers (AC - 10/1/06) (Many scammers are failed writers) Link
MM Rides Again (VS - 10/4/06) (Lisa Hackney aka Melanie Mills) Link
63 - Some of Our Faithful Readers... (AC - 10/10/06) (…are the scammers themselves) Link
News of the Weird (VS - 10/12/06) (BookWise) Link
64 - Grammar DOES Count, My Friends... (AC - 10/17/06) (A writer must know how to write) Link
More Reasons Not to Use Automated Query Services (VS - 10/19/06) (BookBlaster, et al.) Link
e-LiteraryAgent: Something Else Not to Try (VS - 10/24/06) Link
The IILAA, or, What You Do When They Won't Let You Into the Club (VS - 10/27/06) (Leann Murphy) Link
The IILAA Strikes Back (VS - 10/30/06) Link

November ‘06

Why You Shouldn't Believe Them (VS - 11/1/06) (The lies scammers tell) Link
Home from WFC... (VS - 11/6/06) (Convention report) Link
65 - The Cult of PArsonality... (AC - 11/7/06) (Publish America) Link
A Small, Well-Mannered Rant (VS - 11/11/06) (Spell our name right, ‘kay?) Link
I've Been Tagged... (VS - 11/13/06) (Blog meme) Link
66 - NaNoWriMo -- Write in November, Get Scammed in December... (AC - 11/16/06) (Feeding ground for predators) Link
The Identity of Author Identity (VS - 11/20/06) (Author Identity Publishing) Link
For AW Addicts Only (VS - 11/26/06) (Water Cooler down for maintenance) Link
67 - Update on Martha Ivery Case (AC - 11/26/06) Link
Clubs You Wouldn't Want to Be a Member Of (VS - 11/28/06) (Scams and their spam) Link
Martha Ivery Sentenced (VS - 11/29/06) Link

December ‘06

68 - Martha Ivery's Sentencing - Part One (AC - 12/1/06) Link
69 -- Martha Ivery's Sentencing -- Part Two (AC -12/4/06) Link
The Sobol Award Again (VS - 12/7/06) Link
Associated Content: Something to Beware (VS - 12/11/06) Link
Why Scammers Are Hard to Put Away (VS - 12/15/06) Link
Make Your Mark 2007 (or, Move Over, Sobol: There's A New Big-Money Contest in Town) (VS - 12/21/06) Link
70 - Meeting a Writer Beware "Ambassador" (AC - 12/23/06) Link
Legitimate: A Word I Don't Like (VS - 12/29/06) (Why reputable, successful, or experienced is better) Link
 
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January ’07

Breakthrough Script Showcase: Another Iffy Contest (VS - 1/2/07) (Studio Readers, Inc.) Link
Evaluating Literary Contests (VS - 1/6/07) Link
Sobol Contest Closes (VS - 1/8/07) Link
In the Wake of Sobol (VS - 1/11/07) (Simon & Schuster / Gather.com First Chapters Writing Competition) Link
71 - Update to Martha Ivery Case (AC - 1/17/07) Link
A Night to Remember (VS - 1/20/07) (Airleaf’s Author Cruise) Link
Privila: Privilege or Punishment? (VS - 1/26/07) (Domain Holdings, Inc.) Link
You Were Looking for WHAT?? (VS - 1/29/07) (Fun with blog stats) Link

February ‘07

When is a Display Site Not a Display Site? (VS - 2/2/07) (Zirdland) Link
News of the Weird (VS - 2/4/07) (AMillionPenguins.com) Link
72, Looking Forward to Valentine's Day... (AC - 2/6/07) Link
Yet More Contest Stuff (VS - 2/8/07) (Premiere Fiction, Terracopiae Press) Link
Happy Valentine's Day from Writer Beware! (VS - 2/14/07) (The Two Thumbs Down Publishers List) Link
Should a Writer Query an Overseas Agent? (VS - 2/19/07) Link
A Publishing Raffle? (VS - 2/23/07) (Canadian Aid Charities, Bookland Press) Link
The Scam-peror's New Clothes (VS - 2/26/07) (Robert Fletcher changes names yet again) Link

March ‘07

Writers' Conferences: When to be Wary (VS - 3/2/07) (San Antonio Round Table, NF Publishing) Link
Helium (VS - 3/7/07) Link
LifeTips (or, Be Sure to Read the Fine Print) (VS - 3/14/07) Link
SterlingHouse Publisher Wants YOU! (VS - 3/17/07) (Cynthia Sterling, Lee Shore Company) Link
Content Site Cautions (VS - 3/20/07) Link
Literary Agents Online: Another Query Blasting Service (VS - 3/23/07) Link
Stealth Vanity Publishers (VS - 3/27/07) (The terms they use to confuse you) Link
Author Identity Publishing Redux (VS - 3/30/07) Link

April ‘07

Goodbye (AC - 4/1/07) (April Foolin’) Link
Not Just Yet (AC - 4/2/07) (We love y’all too much) Link
More on Author Identity (VS - 4/4/07) (Kevin Fabiano) Link
New Alert from Writer Beware! (AC - 4/8/07) (Call for victims of Robert Fletcher who live in Florida) Link
Another Service You Don't Need (VS - 4/12/07) (The Intellectual Property Rights Office) Link
73 - Publishing...Playing the Waiting Game (AC - 4/15/07) Link
News of the Weird: Publish My Book! (VS - 4/19/07) (Reality TV show) Link
Plogs, RIP (VS - 4/22/07) (Plogs replaced by Amazon Daily) Link
Beware Who's Who Schemes (VS - 4/26/07) (Cambridge, Emerald, et al.) Link

May ‘07

The Insidious Double D's (VS - 5/1/07) (How to avoid denial and desperation) Link
Learning the Ropes (VS - 5/5/07) (How to research agents and publishers) Link
Contract Alert: Simon & Schuster (VS - 5/18/07) Link
Simon & Schuster, Media Predict, and Project Publish (VS - 5/23/07) Link
A Reviewer's Plea (VS - 5/30/07) (Guest blogger explains book reviews) Link
We Have a Winner (VS - 5/31/07) (S&S First Chapters Writer Competition) Link

June ‘07

News of the Weird: The Ultimate Author (VS - 6/5/07) (Reality TV show) Link
Protesting Too Much (VS - 6/8/07) (How scammers try to deflect criticism) Link
Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest Redux (VS - 6/12/07) (Bookland Press) Link
A Publishing Primer (VS - 6/15/07) (Via author Diana Peterfreund) Link
Queen for a Day (VS - 6/19/07) (Michele Glance Rooney) Link
A Short Post for a Hot Day (VS - 6/28/07) (Links to other blogs) Link

July ’07

News of the Weird: American Book Factory (VS - 7/4/07) (Reality TV show) Link
Literary Agents for Poets? (VS - 7/10/07) (What the real options are) Link
Agent Spam: May Writers' Group (VS - 7/16/07) (Shelly May) Link
May Writers' Group Exposed (VS - 7/20/07) (Michele Glance Rooney aka Shelly May) Link
Again, First Chapters Competition: This Time With Love (VS - 7/23/07) (Simon & Schuster, Gather.com) Link
Should Writers Worry About Blacklisting? (VS - 7/27/07) (How scammers keep victims quiet) Link

August ‘07

Writers and Money (VS 8/5/07) (Realistic expectations of income) Link
American Author Contest (VS - 8/10/07) (Airleaf, CineMagic Entertainment, Lite Stone Entertainment) Link
Who's Wergle Flomp? (VS - 8/15/7) (Fun at scammers’ expense) Link
Whoops, They Did it Again (VS - 8/17/07) (The “editors reject famous ms” hoax, revisited) Link
Spam Alert: eQuery Online (VS - 8/24/07) Link
Important Update from Writer Beware (AC - 8/28/07) (Call for victims of Robert Fletcher) Link

September ‘07

Laray Carr Publications, a.k.a. LC Publications, a.k.a. LCP Media (VS - 9/207) Link
How Do You Tell Who's Going to "Make It?" (AC - 9/6/07) (Good habits make good writers) Link
iUniverse and AuthorHouse Merge (VS - 9/10/07) Link
Essential Reading (VS - 9/14/07) (Martell Publishing, Ed Johnson) Link
Author Reality Show Meets Actual Reality (VS - 9/18/07) (Book Millionaire, Lori Prokop) Link
And You Thought Kickbacks Were Just For Scammers (VS - 9/21/07) (Chronicle Books, Blurb) Link
From Chronicle Books (VS - 9/28/07) (Statement re: Blurb controversy) Link
Solicitation Alert (VS - 9/30/07) (The Robins Agency, Cris Robins) Link

October ‘07

The New Fad in Publishing (VS - 10/4/07) (Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award) Link
Christopher Hill Redux (VS - 10/11/07) Link
Worthy Causes (VS - 10/16/07) (A couple of legit charities for your consideration) Link
Chutzpah (VS - 10/19/07) (Anomalos Publishers) Link
More on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (VS - 10/23/07) Link
News of the Weird: Author's For Reality Show (VS - 10/31/07) (Pam Pinnock) Link

November ‘07

Airleaf Update (VS - 11/3/07) (Mounting legal troubles) Link
Agents and Publishing in Film and Television...Ahem (AC - 11/8/07) (Media portrayals vs. reality) Link
Lessons for Self-Publishers (VS - 11/13/07) Link
Writer Beware Welcomes New Team Member (VS - 11/17/07) (Welcome, Richard White!) Link
A New Agent Blog (Not) (VS - 11/21/07) (Literary Agent News, Michele Glance Rooney) Link
Wake Up and Pay: Yet Another Vanity Scheme (VS - 11/28/07) (Steven E. and Lee Beard) Link

December ‘07

Tidbits (VS -12/2/07) (An industry survey; writers need exercise; Starving Writers Publishing) Link
The Empty Canoe: Another Scam Gets Its Due (VS - 12/6/07) Link
The Interminable Agency Clause (VS - 12/11/07) Link
Reeling in the Kids (VS - 12/17/07) (How vanity pubs target young writers) Link
Happy Holidays from Writer Beware (VS - 12/23/07) Link
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (AC - 12/24/07) (Airleaf shut down) Link
 
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January ‘08

New Year's Resolution: Use Caution on the Internet (VS - 1/3/08) (Evaluating search results) Link
Thumbs Down Agency List Updated (VS - 1/10/08) Link
Vezeo.com Wants You...for Free (VS - 1/14/08) Link
Tidbits (VS - 1/17/08) (AltasBooks buys Biblio; Amazon announces semifinalists; TankBooks) Link
Zooty Suit Riot (VS - 1/17/08) (Zooty and Flappers, Domenic Pappalardo) Link
Caution on the Internet (Part II) (RW - 1/26/08) (Beware sockpuppets on forums) Link

February ‘08

New Publishers: To Query or Not to Query (VS - 2/1/08) Link
Tidbits (VS - 2/5/08) (In-store POD; social networking; why publishing is slow; a magic pen) Link
WriteWise: BookWise Branches Out (VS - 2/10/08) Link
How 2 Rite Qwerry Lettrs (AC - 2/16/08) Link
The Top Twelve Things Writer Beware Can't Do (VS - 2/20/08) Link
Buddy, do I have a deal for you . . . (RW - 2/24/08) (Use of bait ‘n’ switch to hook you) Link
2008 Indie Book Awards (VS - 2/29/08) (FabJob.com) Link

March ‘08

Writing What's HOT...Or Not? (AC - 3/4/08) (The futility of writing to trend) Link
Creative Byline: Great Write Hope or Great Write Hype? (VS - 3/8/08) Link
Of Online Book Sales (and Pies) (VS - 3/14/08) Link
Ways Not to Publicize Your Book: Spam Campaigns (VS - 3/18/08) (Media E-blast) Link
Copyright Scam: US Copyright Registry (VS - 3/23/08) Link
Kissed Publications: Hidden Costs (VS - 3/26/08) Link
Use BookSurge or Die? (VS - 3/28//08) (Amazon’s ultimatum to POD users) Link

April ‘08

Some Really Bad News... (AC - 4/1/08) (April Foolin’) Link
Setting the Record Straight on April 2nd... (AC - 4/2/08) Link
The Authors Guild on Amazon/BookSurge (VS - 4/4/08) Link
Tidbits (VS - 4/8/08) (Amazon winner announced; HarperStudio; PFD goes POD; BookLamp) Link
Research First, Query Next (VS - 4/13/08) Link
Words on WEbook (Or, Another Reason to Read the Fine Print) (VS - 4/18/08) Link
Precautions for Small Press Authors (VS - 4/25/08) Link

May ‘08

WEbook Update (VS - 5/2/08) Link
Reeling in the Kids, Part 2: Operation Teen Author (VS - 5/7/08) Link
A Victory for Airleaf Authors (VS - 5/11/08) Link
Two Awards Banquets (AC - 5/18/08) (Nebula and OWFI Awards) Link

June ‘08

Amazon Flexes UK Muscle (VS - 6/6/08) (Amazon targets publishers selling their own books for less) Link
Airleaf Deja Vu: Jones Harvest Publishing (VS - 6/11/08) (Brien Jones) Link
Fake Contest Alert (VS - 6/15/08) (“SFWA” contest on Craigslist) Link
Another Contest Alert: FieldReport True Life Stories (VS - 6/18/08) Link
Can Free Ebooks Boost Print Sales? (VS - 6/27/08) Link

July ‘08

Tidbits (VS - 7/3/08) (Author sponsors police car; paper books aren’t doomed (yet); Quillr; more small press implosions) Link
More Small Publisher Storm Warnings: Port Town Publishing and Light Sword Publishing (VS - 7/11/08) Link
Rating Publishers (and Agents) (VS - 7/18/08) (Why it’s not feasible) Link
FieldReport True Life Stories: Update (VS - 7/25/08) Link

August ‘08

Blurbings.com: Another Pointless Author "Service" (VS - 8/1/08) (The Writers' Mafia) Link
Tidbits (VS - 8/8/08) (Random House UK changes contract; new should not equal inexperienced; HarperStudio; HotHouse focus groups) Link
Tales of the Big Advance (VS - 8/11/08) (AuthorHouse) Link
AbandonedNovel.com (VS - 8/22/08) (Teton River Productions) Link
A Couple of Things (VS - 8/29/08) (Airleaf update; local vs. NY/L.A. agents) Link

September ‘08

Authonomy: Slushkiller or New Slush? (VS - 9/5/08) (HarperCollins UK) Link
A Publishing Contract Clause to Beware (VS - 9/12/08) (Transfer of copyright) Link
I Love Your Blog Award (VS - 9/16/08) (Author2Author nominates WB) Link
Self-Publishing Services and Defamation (VS - 9/21/08) (Suits against BookSurge and other vanity/POD printers) Link
5,000 Writers (VS - 9/27/08) (YouWriteOn, Legend Press) Link

October ‘08

Blu Phier Publishing: Another Contract "Gotcha" (VS - 10/3/08) Link
BookRix: Another Brand New Idea That Isn't (VS - 10/10/08) Link
Literary Agent Directories (VS - 10/17/08) Link
Writers' Myths: Giving Back Your Advance (VS - 10/26/08) Link
Authors Guild Settles With Google (VS - 10/28/08) Link
Contest Alert: Mirage Books (VS - 10/31/08) Link

November ‘08

Ding Dong, BookWise is Dead (VS - 11/4/08) Link
Zimbo Books Fiction Competition (VS - 11/7/08) Link
Some Good Reading (VS - 11/11/08) Link
Again, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (VS - 11/14/08) Link
FieldReport: Yet Another Update (VS - 11/18/08) Link
Tidbits (VS - 11/22/08) Link
A Day in the Life (VS - 11/25/08) Link
Freelancehomewriters.com (VS - 11/28/08) Link

December ‘08

I Had a Dream… (AC - 12/2/08) (A Nightmare on Scam Street) Link
Publishing’s Week of Gloom (VS - 12/7/08) (Belt-tightening or trimming fat?) Link
Why You Shouldn’t Write for Essay Mills (VS - 12/11/08) Link
Subscriptions and Solicitations (VS - 12/17/08) (Writer’s Digest promotes vanity operations) Link
Letter to a Desperate Author (VS - 12/21/08) (Don’t spam me, bro!) Link
Happy Holidays (VS - 12/24/08) Link
Jones Harvest Publishing Redux (VS - 12/28/08) Link
 
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Light Sword Publishing Petitions for Bankruptcy (VS - 1/6/09) Link
Author Solutions Acquires Xlibris (VS - 1/8/09) Link
How Not to Epublish (VS - 1/12/09) (A case study) Link
Michele Glance Rooney Strikes Again (VS - 1/12/09) Link
SFWA Service Award (VS - 1/16/09) Link
Shades of Edit Ink: AuthorHouse and Objective Entertainment (VS - 1/26/09) Link
Jones Harvest Publishing Goes Hollywood! (VS - 1/29/09) Link

February ‘09

Thoughts on the S-word (VS - 2/25/09) (Beware casual use of “scam”) Link
Cacoethes Publishing to Some of its Authors: See Ya! (VS - 2/20/09) Link
Facebook TOS Controversy (VS - 2/18/09) Link
Writing Oddities: Shortstoryofthemonth.com (VS - 2/16/09) Link
Authors Guild Alert on "Text to Speech" Function of Kindle 2 (VS - 2/12/09) Link
Opening Paragraphs for Sale (VS - 2/9/09) (The Avocado Papers) Link
YouWriteOn...Again (VS - 2/5/09) Link
University Press of the South (VS - 2/2/09) (Vanity press masquerades as an academic) Link

March ‘09

Hearst Partners With Helium (VS - 3/3/09) Link
Small Press or Vanity Press? (VS - 3/7/09) (Beware hidden fees) Link
Excuses, Excuses (VS - 3/11/09) (Blaming lack of sales on everything but own incompetence) Link
Possible Scam Alert (VS - 3/13/09) (Fake orders from “Paul Jackson Institute”?) Link
Eber & Wein: Another Vanity Anthology Scheme (VS - 3/17/09) Link
The Ultimate Queryfail (VS - 3/19/09) (Yes, Virginia, even Writer Beware receives queries) Link
Possible Scam Alert: Asian Cybersquatting (VS - 3/22/09) (Extortion to “keep” a domain name?) Link
Listen Up, Trolls (VS - 3/24/09) (Begone, ye boring boors!) Link
Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Staff Dismissed (VS - 3/26/09) (More egg on Fletcher’s face) Link
Making Lemonade Out of Self-Publishing Lemons (VS - 3/29/09) (More desperate promotions) Link

April ‘09

Exciting News for Writer Beware! (VS - 4/1/09) (April Foolin’) Link
Agentfail (VS - 4/3/09) (Writers complain about agents on Twitter) Link
Author Solutions Buys Trafford Publishing (VS - 4/5/09) Link
Articles on Self-Publishing: The Need for Balance (VS - 4/8/09) Link
Appeal to Airleaf Victims (VS - 4/10/09) Link
Guest Blog -- Playwriting in America: Percentages, Pitfalls, and “Pay-to-Play” (VS - 4/14/09) (Jill Elaine Hughes) Link
Lulu Acquires Poetry.com (VS - 4/17/09) Link
The Sun Sets on Desert Rose Literary Agency (VS - 4/22/09) (The law catches up to Leann Murphy) Link
The WRITE Stuff: Another Author Reality Show (VS - 4/26/09) (Sponsored by AG Press) Link
Judge Extends Google Book Settlement Deadline (VS - 4/28/09) Link

May ‘09

Vanity is the New Indie: Weasel Words from Author Solutions (VS – 5/3/09) Link
Why You Are Probably Not an Independent Author (or, Another Post for Which I Expect I Will Get Some Flack) (VS – 5/7/09) (The crucial yet oft-ignored differences between self- and vanity publishing) Link
Agent for a Day (VS – 5/12/09) (Agent Nathan Bransford proves filtering queries ain’t as easy as many think) Link
Free Ebooks and Sales (VS – 5/15/09) (When and how giving it away boosts print sales) Link
SterlingHouse Publisher's Cover Gambit (Or, How Some Publishers Make Money) (VS – 5/18/09) (Charges for “promotion” at BEA) Link
Writer Beware at BEA (VS – 5/25/09) (Attending BookExpo America courtesy of the MWA) Link
BEA Bewares (VS – 5/28/09) (Don’t pay for what BookExpo America cannot give you) Link


June ‘09

BEA Report (VS – 6/2/09) (Venimus, Vidimus, Vicimus) Link
Another Interesting Promotion From AuthorHouse (VS – 6/08/09) (Targeting the elderly via the AARP) Link
Diggory Press: Stranger Than Fiction (VS – 6/10/09) (Basket case headed for court case) Link
Fruitloops Galore (VS – 6/15/09) (Jacobs v. Rowling; CCLU calls for book burning) Link
The Most Published Author in the History of the Planet (VS – 6/19/09) (Philip M. Parker: one-man author mill) Link
IndieReader (VS – 6/23/09) (Reviews and promotes self-pubbed books – for a fee) Link
Hassett vs. Hasselbeck: What A Plagiarism Lawsuit Reveals About Writers' Fear of Theft (VS – 6/26/09) Link
Fourth Fiction: (Yet) Another Literary Reality Show (VS – 6/30/09) Link

July ‘09

It's Official: DOJ Investigates Google Book Settlement (VS - 7/03/09) Link
Authorfail: When Authors Attack (VS - 7/7/09) (How NOT to respond to a bad review) Link
Some Interesting Recent Blog Posts and Articles (VS - 7/10/09) Link
Publetariat Vault (VS - 7/16/09) (Yet Another Display Site) Link
It's Anti-Plagiarism Day (VS - 7/17/09) Link
Moon Publicity (VS - 7/22/09) (Advertising on the Moon?!) Link
Wake Up.. and Pay (Redux) (VS – 7/24/09) (Wake Up Publishing) Link
Emerging Writer Awards (VS – 7/30/09) (Triom Publishing) Link

August ‘09

Niche Age Media: Laray Carr Returns (VS – 8/3/09) Link
Robert Fletcher's Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Ruled Frivolous (VS – 8/11/09) Link
MWA Joins SFWA In Sponsoring Writer Beware (VS – 8/12/09) Link
SFWA's Statement on the Proposed Google Book Settlement (VS – 8/14/09) Link
Bad Impressions for Good Impressions Audio Books (VS – 8/17/09) Link
Publishers' Kill Fees, and Why They're Bad For Everyone (VS – 8/21/09) Link
Postage Promotion (VS – 8/25/09) (Outskirts Press) Link
Amazon BookSurge Anti-Trust Lawsuit Can Proceed (VS – 8/27/09) Link

September ‘09

Google Book Search Settlement Deadline Looming (VS – 9/1/09) Link
Florida Attorney General Files Suit Against Robert Fletcher / Writers' Literary Agency (VS – 9/3/09) Link
Google Book Search Settlement: Opting Out (VS – 9/4/09) Link
Writers' Myth: "You Have To Know Someone" (VS – 9/10/09) Link
VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller (VS – 9/14/09) (An academic author mill) Link
Airleaf: Coda (VS – 9/18/09) Link
Google Book Search Settlement Fairness Hearing Adjourned (VS – 9/28/09) Link

October ‘09

The Perils of Searching For Publishers on the Internet (VS – 10/1/09) Link
Thoughts on Self-Promotion (VS – 10/6/09) Link
A Question You Don't Want Your Publisher to Ask (VS – 10/9/09) (“How many do you plan to order?") Link
Thomas Nelson Adds Self-Publishing Imprint (VS – 10/13/09) (West Bow Press) Link
Why Referral Fees Present Ethical Problems (VS – 10/15/09) Link
Author Mills and a Request for Contact (VS – 10/2109) (Looking for both good and bad experiences) Link
Rights and Copyright (VS – 10/29/09) (What they are and how they apply to your work) Link

November ‘09

Wanna Be a Virtual Author's Assistant?...Maybe Not (VS – 11/3/09) Link
Blog Post/Article Roundup (VS – 11/11/09) Link
Agent Inbox (VS – 11/13/09) (Submission service from WEbook) Link
Revised Google Book Search Settlement Filed (VS – 11/16/09) Link
Harlequin Horizons: Another Major Publisher Adds A Self-Publishing Division (VS – 11/18/09) Link
Two Deep Questions (VS – 11/19/09) (Where was the outrage over Thomas Nelson/Westbow?) Link
MWA Weighs In On Harlequin Horizons (VS – 11/19/09) Link
SFWA on Harlequin Horizons (VS – 11/19/09) Link
From Novelists Inc. Issues Position Statement on Vanity Publishing (VS – 11/23/09) Link
And Speaking of Vanity Publishing... (VS – 11/24/09) (Tweetbookz) Link
New Name for Harlequin Horizons: DellArte Press (VS – 11/24/09) Link

December ‘09

Blurred Distinctions: Vanity Publishing vs. Self-Publishing (VS – 12/2/09) Link
Mystery Writers of America Delists Harlequin (VS – 12/4/09) Link
Author Solutions CEO Responds to Harlequin/Nelson Flap (VS – 12/7/09) Link
Hudson Audio Publishing (VS - 12/10/09) Link
One Week, Two Big Pieces of Ebook News (VS – 12/14/09) (Big publishers to delay ebook versions; Random House attempts grab of e-rights for old books) Link
Authors Guild Statement on Random House's Rights Grab (VS – 12/15/09) Link
The UK's Society of Authors Issues Guidance on Ebooks (VS – 12/17/09) Link
Drewlie & Julia: Or, The Case of the Alias'd Literary Agent (VS – 12/21/09) (The saga of Sara Levine aka Julia Levin aka Drew Montgomery) Link
 
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Guest Blog Post: Distributor vs. Wholesaler--Getting Your Book on the Shelf (VS – 1/4/10) (Author Cathy Clamp tells it like it is) Link
SFWA, NWU, and ASJA on Google Books Settlement (VS – 1/7/10) Link
Apparently I'm a Boring Wrinkled Self-Published Lesbian (VS – 1/11/10) (Love notes from “agent” Eddie Kritzer) Link
From the Authors Guild: Simplified Method for Claiming Works for Google Book Search Settlement (VS – 1/13/10) Link
The Law Finally Catches Up With Faux Literary Agent/Film Producer Robin Price (VS – 1/15/10) Link
Open Letter from a Writer to New Publishers (RW – 1/18/10) (Good intentions won’t buy you credibility) Link
Another Google Book Search Settlement Deadline (VS – 1/22/10) Link
Author Solutions CEO Wants to Talk to Writers' "Guilds" (VS – 1/26/10) Link
Cris Robins and The Robins Agency: She's Ba-aaack! (VS – 1/29/10) Link

February ‘10

Dispatches from the Ebook Wars: Macmillan vs. Amazon (VS – 2/1/10) Link
Are You a Published Author? Now You Can Tell the World! (VS – 2/4/10) (ZLS Publishing offers Author plaques) Link
DOJ Weighs in on Amended Google Book Settlement (VS – 2/9/10) Link
MyFreeRead.com: Not Quite What It Appears (VS – 2/12/10) (Ad-driven content site = bad deal for authors) Link
Inspired Living Publishing: Another Vanity Anthology Scheme (VS – 2/17/10) Link
Beware of Fake Awards (VS – 2/19/10) (aka Small Business Commerce Association) Link
Another Vanity Award: The 2010 Creative Spirit Awards (VS – 2/23/10) Link
Wanted: Guest Bloggers (VS – 2/26/10) Link

March ‘10

Supreme Court Reinstates Major Freelancer Copyright Settlement (VS – 3/2/10) (Landmark case involving royalties due for e-reprints, aka NYT v. Tasini, et al.) Link
Guest Blog Post: The Scam of Private Label Rights Articles (VS – 3/5/10) (By Smashwords founder Mark Coker) Link
Guest Blog Post: Content Mills--Why Aspiring Writers Should Avoid Them (VS – 3/9/10) (By journalist Carol Tice) Link
Guest Blog Post: Content Mills--Just A Stepping Stone in Your Career (VS – 3/12/10) (By freelancer Angela Atkinson) Link
Writer Beware is on Facebook (VS – 3/16/10) Link
Tidbits (VS – 3/19/10) (Boulder Bookstore charges self-pubbed authors for shelf space) Link
Guest Blog Post: Grants for Writers--As Diverse As You Are (VS – 3/23/10) (By freelancer C. Hope Clark) Link
First Novel Sales: The Data (VS – 3/26/10) (New survey from novelist Jim C. Hines) Link
Hardball, Amazon Style (VS – 3/30/10) (Amazon v. MacMillan over ebook pricing) Link

April ‘10

Amazon Surprise (VS – 4/1/10) (April Foolin’) Link
Questionable Ethics? (VS – 4/5/10) (If you bought the hardcopy, is it unethical to seek an ecopy for free?) Link
Nurmal Resources PUBLISH ME! Contest (VS – 4/9/10) ($250 entry fee gets you … what?) Link
Guest Blog Post: How Libraries Choose Books to Purchase (VS – 4/14/10) (By librarian Abigail Goben) Link
PublishAmerica Strikes Again (VS – 4/16/10) (Their latest ploy to get authors to buy their own books) Link
A Quote is Nice, But Context is Better (VS – 4/23/10) (Agent Peter Cox misses some meaning) Link
Guest Blog Post: Self-Promotion--Starting Too Soon? (VS – 4/30/10) (By author Alyx Dellamonica) Link

May ‘10

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (VS – 5/4/10) (Printed =/= read) Link
Why Writer Beware Doesn't Provide Publisher Recommendations (Plus Some Advice) (VS – 5/7/10) Link
Hay House Establishes Publishing Service Division (VS – 5/14/10) (Another Author Solutions vanity “partnership”) Link
When Asking for Help (VS – 5/24/10) (Common courtesy goes a long way) Link

June ‘10

Copyright Protection Service: Another One You Don't Need (VS – 6/2/10) Link
Author Solutions Inc. Expands (Again) (VS – 6/4/10) Link
American Author Contest (or, Why Writers Should Use Craigslist With Caution) (VS – 6/8/10) Link
Guest Blog Post: Ten Percent of Nothing (Book Review) (VS – 6/11/10) (By author Marian Perera) Link
Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas (VS – 6/17/10) (Prevention starts at home) Link
Are Agents Underpaid? (VS – 6/22/10) Link
The Case Against Reading Fees (VS – 6/28/10) Link

July ‘10

Beware of Book Publishing Spam (VS - 7/1/10) Link
How to Fail on the Internet Without Really Trying: AuthorForSale.com (VS – 7/7/10) (YADS) Link
PublishAmerica's "Brand New Start": Independence Books (AC – 7/13/10) Link
The Myth of the Evil Editor (VS – 7/16/10) Link
The Importance of Self-Editing (VS – 7/20/10) Link
Guest Blog Post: Active Reading For Better Writing (VS – 7/23/10) (By writer Aimee Weinstein) Link
Authors Guild Statement on the Wylie Agency's New Epublishing Venture (VS - 7/26/10) (Odyssey Edtions) Link

August ‘10

Writer Beware® is Officially Registered! (VS – 8/3/10) Link
ShortStoryBook.net (Or, it's Not a Good Idea to Spam Writer Beware) (VS – 8/5/10) Link
Indiana Attorney General Investigates New Century Publishing (VS – 8/9/10) Link
Bowker Manuscript Submissions (VS - 8/13/10) (Yes, *that* Bowker) Link
How to Write a Query Letter (AC – 8/18/10) Link
PW Select: Opportunity or Exploitation? (VS – 8/25/10) (Publishers Weekly charges self-/vanity published for the *possibility* of a review) Link
How the Media Gets It Wrong (VS – 8/27/10) (A 23-book “deal” to Strategic Book Publishing) Link
How Not to Solicit a Blog That Exposes Scams (VS – 8/31/10) (Blogger pyramid scheme) Link

September ‘10

Guest Blog Post: On Paid Reviews and What’s a “Book,” Anyway? (VS – 9/2/10) (Jody Rein wants you to pay her to review your book) Link
Red Rose Publishing: Alert (VS – 9/3/10) (Unprofessional publisher is unprofessional) Link
Getting Published is Not a Crap Shoot (VS – 9/10/10) Link
Assertions and Statistics (VS – 9/14/10) (Why hard data is so hard to find) Link
When Persistence Becomes a Vice (VS – 9/17/10) (Learn when to trunk it) Link
Guest Blog Post: How Deliberate Practice Can Make You an Excellent Writer (VS – 9/21/10) (By author Barbara Baig) Link
YouWriteOn Redux (VS – 9/24/10) Link
Unhappy Client Suing B.K. Nelson Inc. Literary Agency (VS – 9/28/10) Link

October ‘10

Barnes & Noble Launches PubIt! Self-Publishing Service (VS – 10/5/10) Link
Wholesale vs. Agency: Sales Models in Conflict (VS – 10/8/10) (More on the ebook price wars) Link
New Century Publishing: Update (VS – 10/11/10) (Another suit by the Indiana Attorney General) Link
Cold Iron: David Boyer, Plagiarist (VS – 10/18/10) (a.k.a. Doc Burton, Leo Wolfe, Jack Burnett, et al.) Link
Two Alerts (VS – 10/21/10) (More on David Boyer, and more trouble at Dorchester) Link
Alert: MyFreeRead.com Is Spamming Again (VS – 10/26/10) Link
Reality Check on Aisle Writer Beware (VS – 10/27/10) (Look before you leap) Link

November ‘10

The Peter Lampack Agency Loses Suit Against Former Client (VS – 11/3/10) Link
Swinging the Other Way: Vanity Publisher Goes Non-Vanity (VS – 11/9/10) (Vantage adds a trade imprint) Link
Notes From the Underbelly (VS – 11/16/10) (James Frey’s book packager Full Fathom Five) Link
Tidbits (VS – 11/19/10) (Twitter and you, why (not) write to trend, et al.) Link
How Not to Launch a Career in Publishing (VS – 11/23/10) (You can’t fix stupid) Link
Fake Writing Jobs: RealWritingJobs.com (VS – 11/29/10) Link

December ‘10

Democratization or Disinformation? (VS – 12/2/10) (Author Solutions’ latest whitepaper) Link
The 2011 Indie Publishing Contest (VS – 12/7/10) Link
More Contest Alerts: Brit Writers' Awards, Amazon Studios (VS – 12/10/10) Link
One Way Not to Get Published (VS – 12/13/10) (Hint: spamming Writer Beware won’t help) Link
Tidbits (VS – 12/16/10) (Poor query letters, use of social media, and agent behavior) Link
Some Tips on Evaluating Literary Contests (VS – 12/21/10) Link
Holiday Hiatus (VS – 12/23/10) Link
 
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January ‘11

The Importance of Context (Part 1) (VS – 1/7/11) (Lies, damn lies, and statistics: Part 4,032) Link
The Mail I Get (VS – 1/11/11) (Less-than-effective PR from 3L Publishing) Link
Contest Alert: First One Publishing's Writing Contest (VS – 1/17/11) Link
Best Solution Author Agency (or, Beware of Agent Solicitations) (VS – 1/21/11) Link
Tidbits (VS – 1/25/11) (HarperCollins adds morals clause, Writer’s Digest adds vanity press) Link

February ‘11

Update on Strategic Book Publishing / Writers Literary Agency / Robert Fletcher (VS – 2/1/11) (The lawsuit’s still at the cleaners) Link
Alert for Poets: Oprah Wants You (But You May Not Want Oprah) (VS – 2/3/11) (Look under your seat for a major rights grab) Link
Book Giveaway--The Arm of the Stone (VS – 2/8/11) Link
Guest Blog Post: Book Review -- "The Street-Smart Writer" (VS – 2/11/11) (By author Marian Perera) Link
Deadline for Claiming Cash Payment Under Google Book Search Settlement May Be Extended (VS – 2/14/11) Link
The Borders Bankruptcy (VS – 2/18/11) (Surprise! They failed because they stopped being a bookstore) Link
Guest Blog Post: Beware of Pay-To-Play TV Talk Shows (VS – 2/22/11) (By author Kim Brittingham) Link
Deadline for Claiming Cash Payment Under Google Book Settlement Has Been Extended (VS – 2/25/11) Link
What's an Idea Worth? (VS – 2/28/11) (And would you buy it on eBay?) Link

March ‘11

Contest Alert: TheNextBigAuthor.com (VS – 3/4/11) (With YouWriteOn.com) Link
Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? Internet Book Promotion (AC – 3/9/11) Link
Tidbits (VS – 3/15/11) (Berrett-Kohler launches vanity imprint, Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards) Link
Another Book Giveaway: The Garden of the Stone (VS – 3/18/11) Link
How Not to Market Your Book (VS – 3/22/11) (Hint: Don’t pretend to be a pro publicist) Link
Judge Chin Denies Google Book Settlement (VS – 3/22/11) Link
Submission Guidelines to Beware of: Midwest Literary Magazine (VS – 3/25/11) Link
Why Your Self-Publishing Service Probably Didn't Cheat You (VS – 3/29/11) (Seriously) Link
Karma's a Bitch: Robin Price, David William Caswell (VS – 3/31/11) (Avalon Associates, New Century Publishing) Link

April ‘11

The Google Broccoli Kitten Settlement (AC – 4/1/11) (April Foolishness) Link
Lies (Dishonest) Fee-Charging Publishers Tell (VS – 4/4/11) (“We aren’t a vanity publisher because …”) Link
Free Ebook: The Arm of the Stone by Victoria Strauss (VS – 4/6/11) Link
Atlanta Nights, the Movie: From Hoax to Film (VS – 4/8/11) (Yes, you read that right) Link
Book Fair Bewares (VS – 4/12/11) (Don’t buy into the “publicity” schemes) Link
Guest Blog Post: The Google Books Settlement--It's Not Too Late to Fix It (VS – 4/18/11) (By author Michael Capobianco) Link
Tidbits (VS – 4/21/11) (Plagiarist David Boyer strikes again, Guideposts adds vanity imprint, ebook pricing continues to annoy) Link
The Interminable Agency Clause (VS – 4/27/11) (What to watch for re: agent of record) Link

May ‘11

Pay to Play Anthologies (VS – 5/5/11) (The fast and easy way to a garage full of unsellable books) Link
I Broke a News Story, and All I Got Was This Freaking T-Shirt (VS – 5/10/11) (T-Post Magazine) Link
Literary Agencies as Publishers: An Accelerating Trend (VS – 5/17/11) (Who watches the watchers?) Link
Tidbits (VS – 5/20/11) (More on agents as publishers, Bowker stats re: POD, Amazon stats re: ebooks) Link
PublishAmerica Will Be Your Literary Agent...For $199 (VS – 5/27/11) (It’d be funny if it weren’t so sad) Link
Contract Red Flag: Net Profit Royalty Clauses (VS – 5/31/11) Link

June ‘11

Clark, Mendelson, and Scott: New Name for a Fee-Charging Agency (VS – 6/3/11) (Samuel C. Asinugo tries again) Link
Police Investigate Historical Pages Publishing Company (VS – 6/7/11) (Peter Campbell-Copp faces felony charges) Link
Book Marketing Methods That Don't Work (VS – 6/14/11) (Don’t spam me, bro!) Link
The Internet and Procrastination (VS – 6/17/11) (Half the solution is admitting you have a problem) Link
Getting Out of Your Book Contract (Maybe) (VS – 6/23/11) (Hope for those caught in a bad deal) Link
Agencies Becoming Publishers--a Trend and a Problem (VS – 6/28/11) Link

July ‘11

Why You Want to Hire a Competent PR Service (VS – 7/1/11) (Hint: they’ll send review requests to folks who actually do reviews) Link
Publishing Beyond the Grave (VS – 7/8/11) (A demonstration by scam-buster Gary Rhodes) Link
Farrah Gray Publishing (VS – 7/19/11) (Imprint of Health Communications Inc. charges authors $100k) Link
Judge Chin Wants Action on Failed Google Book Settlement (VS – 7/21/11) Link
The Cruelest Hoax (VS – 7/26/11) (If it seems too good to be true …) Link

August ‘11

Solicitation Alerts: JustFiction! Edition and DIP Publishing House (VS – 8/2/11) (Stay safe: don’t do business with spammers) Link
Contest Alert: WriteOnCon (VS – 8/5/11) (Copyright concerns re: sponsor TheReadingRoom.com) Link
Indian Writers Beware: Literary Agent Scams in India a Growing Problem (VS – 8/10/11) Link
Award Alert: The IndieReader Discovery Awards (VS – 8/12/11) ($150 entry fee for prizes of dubious worth) Link
Taking Famous Names in Vain (VS – 8/16/11) (PublishAmerica offers promotion to J.K. Rowling and Edinburgh Int'l Book Festival. For a fee, of course.) Link
PublishAmerica and J.K. Rowling: Retractomancy (VS – 8/18/11) (PA’s response to Rowling’s C&D) Link
How to Satisfy Your Reader without Being Predictable (AC – 8/24/11) (The subtleties of foreshadowing and subplots) Link

September ‘11

Authors Guild And Others Sue Universities for Copyright Infringement (VS – 9/13/11) Link
The Google Books Lawsuit Will Go To Court (VS – 9/15/11) Link
PUBSLUSH Press (VS – 9/20/11) Link
PublishAmerica and CBA: Rowling Redux (VS – 9/21/11) Link
PUBSLUSH Press: Update (VS – 9/23/11) Link
Trouble at Aspen Mountain Press (VS – 9/26/11) Link
Bad Publishing Contract Clauses, Part 1 (VS – 9/29/11) Link

October ‘11

The Agenda of "The Write Agenda" (AC & VS – 10/3/11) Link
Writers Against Plagiarism: A Call to Action (VS – 10/11/11) (Against serial plagiarist Dave Boyer) Link
Alerts: Lobster Press and Dailey Swan Publishing (VS – 10/13/11) Link
Guest Blog Post: Fitzhenry and Whiteside--Writer Beware (VS – 10/18/11) (By author Doranna Durgin) Link
A Small Press Implodes: The Inside Story of Aspen Mountain Press (VS – 10/25/11) Link
Guest Blog Post: Copyright Is People (VS – 10/28/11) (By author Michael Capobianco) Link

November ‘11

Beware Zombies: Franklin-Madison Literary Agency (VS – 11/2/11) Link
The Brit Writers Awards: Questions and Threats (VS – 11/9/11) Link
Introducing Writer Beware's Small Presses Page (VS – 11/11/11) Link
The Authors Guild on Amazon's Kindle Lending Library (VS – 11/15/11) Link
Alert: Light Sword Publishing, a.k.a. LSP Digital, Returns (VS – 11/18/11) Link
Book Country And Self-Publishing: Why the Hate? (VS – 11/23/11) Link
MLM for Writers: The Best Authors Lounge (VS – 11/25/11) Link
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: How Relying on Numbers Can Get You Into Trouble (VS – 11/29/11) Link

December ‘11

Guest Blog Post: A Blast From the Past--Thieving "Literary Agent" Uwe Luserke Re-Surfaces (VS – 12/6/11) (By author Michael Capobianco) Link
The Fine Print of Amazon's New KDP Select Program (VS – 12/8/11) Link
Pearson Education Extends Scope of Permissions Licenses (VS – 12/13/11) Link
D Publishing: Dymocks' New Self-Pub Service (VS – 12/16/11) Link
Publisher Alert: Arvo Basim Yayin of Turkey (VS – 12/19/11) Link
Happy Holidays From Writer Beware (AC, VS & RW – 12/23/11) Link
 
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2011: A Writer Beware Retrospective (VS – 1/3/12) Link
BookStoreMarketing.net: Beware Spam PR Services (VS – 1/11/12) Link
Digital Rights Showdown: HarperCollins v. Open Road (VS – 1/17/12) Link
The Fine Print of iBooks Author (VS – 1/20/12) Link
Delmont-Ross Writing Contest: The Saga of a Fake Literary Competition (VS – 1/25/12) Link
Guest Post: One Author's First Month in KDP Select (VS – 1/27/12) (By author Heather Wardell) Link

February ‘12

The Authors Guild on Amazon: Publishing's Ecosystem on the Brink (VS – 2/2/12) Link
Publishers' Desk: Display or Misplay? (VS – 2/9/12) Link
BookTango: Author Solutions Rolls Out Ebook Distribution Services (VS – 2/15/12) Link
Tidbits (VS – 2/17/12) (The Taleist Self-Publishing Survey) Link
Why Poets Should Not Seek Literary Agents (VS – 2/24/12) Link

March ‘12

New French Law Seizes Digital Rights (VS – 3/2/12) Link
Why You Can't Always Trust the Source (VS – 3/6/12) (Beware blind faith in agent/market listings) Link
When a Writing Contest Has a Hidden Agenda (VS – 3/9/12) Link
When is a Dodgy Publisher Like a Stopped Clock? (VS – 3/16/12) Link
Publishing Industry Terms and Contracts: Some Resources, and Some Advice (VS – 3/20/12) Link
The Con Man Who Tried To Buy Writer Beware's Silence (AC – 3/23/12) (Mitchell Graham aka Mitchell Gross) Link
Alert: Raider Publishing International / Purehaven Press (VS – 3/27/12) Link
To Our Readers: Thank You (AC, VS & RW – 3/28/12) Link
PublishAmerica, Literary Agent: An Inside Look (VS – 3/30/12) Link

April ‘12

Writer Beware's Swag Shop for Discerning Scammers (VS – 4/1/12) (April Foolin’) Link
Guest Blog Post: Why Small Publishers Fail (VS – 4/4/12) (By author Cathy Clamp) Link
Poetry.com Returns (VS – 4/11/12) Link
The DOJ's Ebook Price Fixing Lawsuit Against Apple and the "Agency Five": An Overview (VS – 4/13/12) Link
Book Giveaway (VS – 4/17/12) Link
Link Roundup (VS – 4/20/12) (DRM, ebook costs, The Rejection Generator, et al.) Link
New/Updated Alerts at Writer Beware: Literary Agent Uwe Luserke, SBPRA (VS – 4/23/12) Link
The Importance of Reversion Clauses in Book Contracts (VS – 4/27/12) Link

May ‘12

Vetting an Independent Editor (VS – 5/3/12) Link
e-Publishing Revo: It's a New Electronic Self-Publishing Service, But There's a Catch (VS – 5/10/12) Link
Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself (VS – 5/16/12) Link
Victoria Strauss Wins for Writer Beware in First Annual Independent Book Blogger Award (VS – 5/18/12) Link
Another Honor for Writer Beware (VS – 5/24/12) (Once again one of WD’s best sites for writers) Link
Two Surveys (VS – 5/25/12) (The results are in from Writers’ Workshop and Taleist) Link
Publishers Weekly Moves Into Self-Publishing (VS – 5/29/12) (Partners with Vook for PW Select Plus) Link

June ‘12

Judge Grants Class Status to Authors in Authors Guild v. Google Lawsuit (VS – 6/1/12) Link
BEA Report (VS – 6/8/12) (Fun and games at BookExpo America) Link
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PublishAmerica (VS – 6/13/12) Link
Author Solutions Introduces BookStub (VS – 6/19/12) (Nifty marketing idea for astronomical price) Link
More Money-Wasting "Opportunities" For Writers (VS – 6/22/12) (Outskirts Press, Living Now Book Awards) Link

July ‘12

Rights vs. Copyright (VS – 7/2/12) (Summer reruns ain’t just for TV) Link
Call for Guest Bloggers (VS – 7/13/12) Link
Pearson Buys Author Solutions (VS – 7/19/12) Link
Guest Blog Post: In Praise of Ripening (VS – 7/27/12) (By author Marcia Yudkin) Link

August ‘12

Literary Agent Scams: Still Around, But On the Wane (VS – 8/3/12) Link
Ebooks Outsell Print! Putting Headlines in Context (VS – 8/8/12) Link
Guest Blog Post: The Red Flags of Writing Contests (VS – 8/13/12) (By author C. Hope Clark) Link
LendInk, Author Activism, and the Need for Critical Thinking (VS – 8/17/12) Link
Vanity, Vanity: Turning The Label Around (VS – 8/24/12) Link
Fake Jared And His Friends: Author Solutions' Misleading PR Strategies (VS – 8/30/12) Link

September ‘12

Guest Blog Post: 7 Freelance Writing Scams and How to Fight Them (VS – 9/4/12) (By writer Patrick Icasas) Link
Guest Blog Post Writers Be-Wary: Electronic Distribution and Control of Creative Material (VS – 9/7/12) (By Sheila J. Levine, Esq. and Gerald M. Levine, Esq.) Link
Writer Beware is on Vacation (VS – 9/10/12) Link
Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica Dismissed (VS – 9/28/12) Link

October ‘12

Publishers Settle With Google--But What About Authors? (VS – 10/5/12) Link
Writers Slam Secrecy of Book Publishers' Deal With Google (VS – 10/9/12) Link
Judge Rules Against Authors Guild in HathiTrust Lawsuit (VS – 10/12/12) Link
Guest Post: Dear Agent -- Write the Letter That Sells Your Book (VS – 10/17/12) (By author Nicola Morgan) Link
Character Building Counts and Wise Bear Digital: Two More High-Entry Fee Book Awards (VS – 10/24/12) Link
Alert: America's Next Author Contest (VS – 10/26/12) Link

November ‘12

Alert: Screenplay Replay Contest (VS – 11/1/12) Link
Authors Guild Statement on Penguin-Random House Merger (VS – 11/6/12) Link
PASSION BLUE Release and Giveaway! (VS – 11/7/12) Link
Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract (VS – 11/13/12) (By author Kfir Luzzatto) Link
Publishers Hate Authors? Really? (VS – 11/15/12) Link
Archway Publishing: Simon & Schuster Adds a Self-Publishing Division (VS – 11/28/12) Link

December ‘12

The Albee Agency: Book Publicity Faked (VS – 12/6/12) Link
Guest Blog Post: International Writing Scams and How to Protect Yourself (VS – 12/12/12) (By journalist Mridu Khullar Relph) Link
Happy Holidays! (VS – 12/19/12) Link
 
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January ‘13

2012: Year in Review (VS – 1/2/13) (Notable posts and warnings) Link
Global Talk Radio: How to Waste Money and Fail to Influence People (VS – 1/7/13) (Vanity has a face made for radio) Link
Alert: UK Speaker Scam Targets Writers (and Others) (VS – 1/11/13) Link
Venerable Vanity Publisher Vantage Press Closes Its Doors (VS – 1/16/13) Link
Legal Tidbits (VS – 1/25/13) (Suits re: libelous and/or fake memoirs) Link

February ‘13

Christian Writers Guild Publishing: Pay to Play from Jerry B. Jenkins (VS – 2/1/13) Link
Orphan Works: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Weighs In (VS – 2/6/13) Link
A Partridge in a Penguin Tree (VS – 2/14/13) (Author Solutions invades India) Link
Solicitation Alert: Blessed Hope Publishing (VS – 2/18/13) Link
Solicitation Alert: Close-up TV News / Close-up Talk Radio (VS – 2/21/13) Link
Why Not to Register Copyright for Unpublished Work (VS – 2/25/13) (Unnecessary, plus it marks you for scammers) Link
Second-Class Contracts? Deal Terms at Random House's Hydra Imprint (VS – 2/28/13) Link

March ‘13

Law Firm Investigates Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 3/4/13) (Call for victims of deceptive practices) Link
SFWA De-Lists Hydra; Random House Responds (VS – 3/7/13) Link
Another Class Action Suit Launched Against PublishAmerica (VS – 3/11/13) (Once more into the breach of contract) Link
Random House Announces New Terms at Digital Imprints Hydra, Alibi, Loveswept, and Flirt (VS – 3/12/13) Link
For Those of You Who Are Wondering Why Someone Might Want to Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica (VS – 3/15/13) (Srsly, WTF?) Link
Author-Unfriendly Terms at Autharium (VS – 3/21/13) (Just say no to “publishers” offering “services”) Link

April ‘13

Why I'm Not Here (VS – 4/2/13) Link
Tidbits (VS – 4/19/13) (Ebook growth; Historical Pages Publishing; Leaf Books; “crowdfunded” anthology) Link
ASJA Annual Conference 2013, Plus Tidbits (VS – 4/29/13) (Noble Romance Publishing, Barry Eisler, booksellers’ DRM suit) Link

May ‘13

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 5/1/13) Link
Outrageous French Copyright Grab: ReLIRE Goes Live (VS – 5/16/13) Link
An Honor For Writer Beware Co-Founder and Chair, Ann C. Crispin (VS – 5/24/13) Link

June ‘13

Police Investigate Pay-to-Play Publisher 2 Moon Press (VS – 6/13/13) Link
Author Concerns and Complaints at Crimson Romance (VS – 6/19/13) Link
Penguin and Author Solutions File for Dismissal of Class Action Lawsuit (VS – 6/24/13) Link

July ‘13

Writer Beware Blog on (Brief) Temporary Hiatus (VS – 7/1/13) Link

August ‘13

Expanded Alert at Writer Beware: American Book Publishing / Alexis Press / All Classic Books / Atlantic National Books (VS – 8/8/13) Link
Publisher Alert: Iconic Publishing / Jonquil Press / Red Lizard Press (VS – 8/21/13) Link
More Publisher Storm Warnings (VS – 8/23/13) (Noble Romance, Vanilla Heart, et al.) Link
Sandpiper Publicity: The Albee Agency Returns (VS – 8/23/13) Link
More Warnings: Spectacular Productions; Balboa Press / Author Solutions (VS – 8/30/13) Link

September ‘13

A Message from Writer Beware Co-Founder and Chair, Ann Crispin (VS – 9/4/13) Link
Ann C. Crispin (VS - 9/6/13) Link
New Publisher: Resurrection House (VS – 9/10/13) Link
Ann C. Crispin (1950-2013) In Memoriam (VS – 9/17/13) Link
Author Solutions Class Action Lawsuit: Update (VS – 9/18/13) Link
The Barefoot Writer's Club (VS – 9/24/13) Link

October ‘13

Swoon Reads: New "Crowdsourced" Teen Romance Imprint (VS – 10/1/13) (div. of Macmillan) Link
New Publisher House and the State of Independence 2014 Report: Grain of Salt Required (VS – 10/4/13) Link
Writers' & Artists New Self-Publishing Comparison Service Leaves Much to be Desired (VS – 10/11/13) Link
Early Termination Fees in Publishing Contracts: A Cautionary Tale (VS – 10/15/13) Link
Thoughts on the Great Erotica Panic of 2013 (VS – 10/17/13) Link

November ‘13

Going Out of Business, Nigerian Spam-Scam Style (VS – 11/5/13) (All Classic Books aka Cheryl Lee Nunn) Link
2 Moon Press—Update (VS – 11/8/15) Link
Solicitation Alert: Bloggingbooks (VS – 11/11/13) (VDM / Verlag Dr. Mueller) Link
Awards Profiteering: The Book Festival Empire of JM Northern Media (VS – 11/15/13) Link
Masterpiece: A Reality Show for Authors (Plus a Short, Sad, History of Similar Shows that Failed) (VS – 11/19/13) Link
Horror Writers Association Adds Its Support to Writer Beware (VS – 11/23/13) Link
Don't Fall for Vanity Radio (VS – 11/26/13) (Global Talk Radio) Link

December ‘13

All Classic Books: The Scam Continues (VS – 12/2/13) (Cheryl Lee Nunn) Link
Introduction: New Writer Beware Committee Member Michael Capobianco (MC – 12/5/13) Link
Crowdfunded Anthologies: Concerns for Writers (VS – 12/13/13) Link
News of the Weird: Quill Shift Literary Agency (VS – 12/18/13) Link
Happy Holidays! (VS – 12/23/13) Link
 
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January ‘14

Year in Review: Writer Beware's Top Blog Posts of 2013 (VS – 1/6/14) Link
Scribd's New Ebook Subscription Service: Partnering with Publishers, Profiting from Piracy (MC – 1/9/14) Link
Opening a Vein: Agent Artery (VS – 1/21/14) (Another useless submission service) Link
Story Surgeon: An App for Copyright Infringement (VS – 1/23/14) Link
WinePress Publishing: Scandal-Plagued Self-Publishing Service Closes Its Doors (VS – 1/31/14) Link

February ‘14

PublishAmerica Is Now America Star Books (VS – 2/1/14) Link
Magnus Publicity: Name-Changing Publicist Mike Albee Returns (VS – 2/7/14) Link
ISNI: An Authority for Authors? (MC – 2/10/14) (International Standard Name Identifier) Link
On Petitions and Flame Wars: My Thoughts About SFWA and Change (VS – 2/14/14) Link
The Bookseller Takes a Stand: No More Advertising from Author Solutions, Inc. (VS – 2/18/14) Link
Alert: Jane Dowary Agency (VS – 2/21/14) (Julia Levin aka Drew Montgomery) Link
Questions to Ask Your Prospective Literary Agent (VS – 2/26/14) Link
Justice for Authors: 2 Moon Press Authors Raising Funds to Sue Their Deadbeat Publisher (VS – 2/28/14) Link

March ‘14

Rights Concerns: Simon451 Novel-Writing Contest for Students (VS – 3/6/14) Link
Rights Concerns: Amtrak Residency Program (VS – 3/12/14) Link
Why Poets Should Not Seek Literary Agents (VS – 3/25/14) Link
The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing (VS – 3/28/14) Link
Pamela Wray and WordWorks Publishing Consultants: The Amazing Case of the Serial Plagiarizer (VS – 3/31/14) Link

April ‘14

How to Succeed in Authorship Without Really Trying (VS – 4/11/14) (Buy Now Books, StoryMondo) Link
Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing Is Gone (VS – 4/15/14) Link
Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist" (VS – 4/18/14) Link
Class Action Lawsuit Against Author Solutions Inc.: Update (VS – 4/30/14) Link

May ‘14

Author Solutions Inc. Expands "Partridge" Brand to Singapore and Africa (VS – 5/2/14) Link
Robert Fletcher of SBPRA to Pay Author Restitution in Settlement of Florida Lawsuit (VS – 5/13/14) Link

June ‘14

Bait-and-Switch for Self-Published Authors (VS – 6/4/14) Link
A Visit to BEA 2014's uPublishU (MC – 6/6/14) Link
Start Media Buys Whiskey Creek Press, Imposes New Contract Terms (VS – 6/27/14) Link
Start Media Responds to Questions on Purchase of Whiskey Creek Press (VS – 6/27/14) Link

July ‘14

American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don't Need (VS – 7/1/14) Link
Writer Beware Has a New Logo and a New Look (VS – 7/8/14) Link
Time to Bury the Hachette (MC – 7/10/14) (Publishers v. Amazon) Link
Agenty Advice to a Hopeful Writer, from a Non-Agent (VS – 7/15/14) Link
On Trolls and Fake Bad Reviews (VS – 7/18/14) Link
Warning: Green Shore Publishing (VS – 7/22/14) (Adam Salviani) Link
Self-Publishing and Author-Agent Agreements: The Need for Change (VS – 7/25/14) Link
A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions (VS – 7/28/14) Link

August ‘14

Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated (VS – 8/6/14) Link
How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services (VS – 8/12/14) (Bookmarq.net) Link
Blue Ash Publishing: New Self-Publishing Service from Writer's Digest (VS – 8/19/14) Link
Computer Down (VS – 8/25/14) Link
Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write (VS – 8/29/14) Link

September ‘14

Guest Blog Post: Author-Editor Compatibility: The Crucial Element for a Successful Editing Experience (VS – 9/5/14) (Editor Katherine Pickett) Link
Alert: Trouble at Ellora's Cave (VS – 9/15/14) Link
Color Song Release Day! (VS – 9/16/14) Link
A Hand in Your Pocket: Monetizing the Business of Writing (VS – 9/26/14) Link

October ‘14

How To Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher (VS – 10/1/14) Link
How Not To Register Copyright (VS – 10/10/14) (Copyright Registry Online) Link
How Not To Change Your Business Model: The Latest On Permuted Press (VS – 10/23/14) Link
Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon's New Crowdsourced Publishing Program (VS – 10/29/14) Link

November ‘14

Solicitation Alert: Litfire Publishing (VS – 11/7/14) Link
Alert: Cookbook Marketing Agency (VS – 11/12/14) Link
Scam Warnings for Freelancers (VS – 11/14/14) (Identity theft, “free samples”) Link
Megustaescribir: Author Solutions Inc. Expands Into Spain (VS – 11/21/14) Link

December ‘14

Don't Do This: Wrong Ways to Try and Escape Your Deadbeat Publisher (VS – 12/3/14) Link
Alert: Questionable Terms of Use In HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium (VS – 12/11/14) Link
Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright (VS – 12/16/14) (The Toast ezine) Link
Evaluating Publishing Contracts: Six Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself (VS – 12/19/14) Link
Happy Holidays (VS – 12/23/14) Link
 
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January ‘15

2014 In Review: The Best of Writer Beware (VS – 1/6/15) Link
New Look for Writer Beware (VS – 1/21/15) Link
Two Red-Flag Sentences In Publishing Contracts (VS – 1/23/15) (Re: publisher’s discretion and guarantees) Link
Lost In Translation: In Which I Investigate A Translation Service, And They Are Not Amused (VS – 1/27/15) (Author Translation) Link

February ‘15

Who's Running Your Writers' Group? Why You Should Be Careful (VS – 2/2/15) (Vanity press shills, et al.) Link
SFWA Opens to Self-Published Authors; Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Makes Contract Changes (VS – 2/5/15) Link
Editing Clauses In Publishing Contracts: How To Protect Yourself (VS – 2/12/15) Link
New Life For Old Books (Mine!) (VS – 2/24/15) Link
Crescent Moon Press, Musa Publishing Close Their Doors (VS – 2/27/15) Link

March ‘15

Author Solutions Inc. Losing Market Share As Production Numbers Fall (VS – 3/1/15) Link
Update: Lawsuit Against Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 3/6/15) Link
Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them? (VS – 3/10/15) (WriterPitch) Link
Rights Grab: Omni Reboot (Updated) (VS – 3/23/15) Link
Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc. (VS – 3/26/15) Link
Bookbzz -- Buzzed Off? (VS – 3/31/15) Link

April ‘15

Naughty-No-No! E-Reading App Keeps Young Minds Pristine (MC – 4/1/15) (April Fool’s) Link
The Strange and Twisted Tale of Peter Senese, Serial Con Man (VS – 4/9/15) (Bookbeat) Link
Amazon Takes on Fake Review Services (VS – 4/13/15) Link
Warning: Raider Publishing International (VS – 4/16/15) (Adam Salviani) Link
Finding Authors: The Importance of Establishing an Online Licensing System for Copyrighted Works (MC – 4/23/15) Link

May ‘15

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June ‘15

Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them (VS – 6/9/15) (IPPYs, USA Best Book Awards, et al.) Link
Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure" (VS – 6/24/15) Link

July ‘15

Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied (VS – 7/3/15) Link
Amazon's "Personal Connection" Review Policies Are Nothing New (VS – 7/8/15) Link
Alert: Don Semora, "Professional Designer and Author" (VS – 7/10/15) Link
Pay-To-Play Alert: #Worldclass Magazine (VS – 7/15/15) Link
Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus (VS – 7/26/15) Link

August ‘15

Guest Post: Want To Become A Better Writer? Stop Writing. (VS – 8/6/15) (Author Barbara Baig) Link
Guest Post: Beware Social Media Snake Oil (VS – 8/20/15) (Marketr Chris Syme) Link
Author Solutions Class Action Lawsuit Settled (VS – 8/25/15) Link

September ‘15

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October ‘15

Guest Post: Imitation Is Much More Than Flattery (VS – 10/22/15) (Author Barbara Baig) Link

November ‘15

Why Writer Beware Doesn't Make Agent or Publisher Recommendations (VS – 11/13/15) Link
Signing Away Your Rights: Arbitration Clauses in Book Contracts (VS – 11/1815) Link

December ‘15

Neoverse Writing Competition Makes Its Rules More Author-Friendly (VS – 12/9/15) Link
Almond Press Redux: Revenge-Rating A Critic (VS – 12/18/15) Link
 
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January ‘16

Author Solutions Sold to Private Equity Firm (VS – 1/5/16) Link
Best of Writer Beware: 2015 In Review (VS – 1/8/16) Link
Freelance Mills, Cyberbullying, and Plagiarism, Oh My! (VS – 1/13/16) (IAPWE, Stephen Leather & ParaDon Books) Link
Profit Engine: The Author Solutions Markup (VS – 1/15/16) Link
The Fair Contract Initiative (VS – 1/29/16) (The Authors Guild) Link

February ‘16

Termination Fees in Publishing Contracts: Why They're Not Just Bad for Authors (VS – 2/12/16) Link
Solicitation Alert: RPI Publications, a.k.a. Raider Publishing International (VS – 2/16/16) (Adam Salviani) Link
Kickbacks, Opportunism, and Fake Awards, Oh My: Three Solicitation Alerts (VS – 2/19/16) (Bookfuel, Encircle Publications, Book Excellence Awards) Link

March ‘16

New Authors As Shark Bait: Steve Alten's A&M Publishing (VS – 3/2/16) Link
Publishers Weekly Features Vanity Publisher Morgan James ... Again (VS – 3/11/16) Link
How Do Freelance Editors Get Paid? (VS – 3/18/16) Link
PublishAmerica / America Star Books Lawsuit Against Writer Beware Settled (VS – 3/23/16) Link

April ‘16

Small Press Storm Warnings: Pegasus Books, Realmwalker Publishing Group, Spectral Press, Tickety Boo Press (VS – 4/22/16) Link
Spam, Spam, Spam Spam: Inkitt and the Grand Novel Contest (VS – 4/29/16) Link

May ‘16

Writer Beware Blog on Hiatus (Again) (VS – 5/9/16) Link

June ‘16

Back From Hiatus: Why I Went Away (VS – 6/3/16) Link
Booklife Prize in Fiction (VS – 6/9/16) Link
Tate Publishing & Enterprises Slapped With $1.7 Million Lawsuit (VS – 6/16/16) Link

July ‘16

Month9Books Scales Back Its List amid Allegations of Nonpayment (VS – 7/1/16) Link
"Cutting Lists Isn't New": Q&A with Month9books Founder Georgia McBride (VS – 7/8/16) Link
How Publishers Abuse Termination Fees: Sky Warrior Books (VS – 7/15/16) Link
WriteIndia Writing Contest: When a Contest Sponsor Changes the Rules (VS – 7/19/16) Link

August ‘16

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September ‘16

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October ‘16

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November ‘16

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December ‘16

Small Press Storm Warnings: Torquere Press, Caliburn Press, Month9books (VS – 12/1/16) Link
Trouble at Tate: Could It Be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher? (VS – 12/9/16) Link
Torquere Press is Closing (VS – 12/13/16) Link
Questions for Vanity Publisher Austin Macauley Yield Few Answers (VS – 12/21/16) Link
All Romance eBooks' Sudden Closing: Many Questions, Few Answers (VS – 12/30/16) Link
 
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January ‘17

The Continuing Decline of "Assisted-Self-Publishing" Giant Author Solutions (VS – 1/18/17) Link

February ‘17

Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group (VS – 2/16/17) Link

March ‘17

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April ‘17

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May ‘17

The Law Finally Catches Up With Tate Publishing & Enterprises (VS – 5/4/17) Link

June ‘17

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