Thursday, November 19, 2009

Predators & Editors

[For All Writers]
Unfortunately, the decline in economic conditions may increase a person's vulnerability to fraud and scams.  The writing and publishing industry is not immune to these growing practices.  Coupled with failing presses, and technological choices for publishing, the door for creative scam artists is wide open.  This has particularly increased in the area of self-publishing, vanity, epublishing and POD (print-on-demand) options.  Hidden fees, out of pocket expenses, weak contracts, copy right infringement, lack of royalty payments, questionable accounting reports and increasing complaints, chapter 7 filing and law suits are among some of the major issues.
Before submitting a manuscript to any publishing company for consideration, I highly recommend taking the time to check out the 2 links below.  These watchdog groups are here to protect authors and their work and provide a comprehensive list of 'umbrella' companies and name changes that some publishing houses are operating under to avoid detection or as a means to separate their name with 'red flagged' activity.
"Writers Beware" , part of Publisher's Weekly, is a site dedicated to providing updated warnings and cautions for writers about literary frauds, scams, deceptions, and pitfalls.
Categories include:
* Thumbs down agencies                      *Alerts for writers
* Scam case studies                               *Vanity anthologies
"Predators & Editors is a guide listing publishers and writing services for serious writers!  It is a huge listing of publishing presses, agents and scuttlebutt's in black hats.   If the company or person has a bad reputation, you'll probably find the dirt here.
* Agents & Attorneys                         * List of book publishers
* Warnings                                                 * Submissions


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