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    note this site has many other sections with great info for writers and self publishers
    and you will need to go there to see the links in the text below

    Writer’s Alerts and Warnings

    There are some awfully big fish swimming around the publishing pond these days, and it can be hard for some of the smaller fish to find a way through – especially with so many predators in the waters!

    With this in mind, Tina, Ciara and Lee have become self appointed Shark Hunters.

    We will endeavor to keep you updated on any companies who appear to be taking advantage of newer, more vulnerable writers. We will be including publications who refuse to pay authors monies owed to them and publications attempting to lure new writers with unfair contractual obligations and agreements.
    The sites in question are contacted by us before publication to give them a chance to respond.

    Before sending any money to anyone for any form of service, always take some time to do a little homework first. Check Preditors & Editors to see if they have any information on the agency or company you wish to deal with. Failing this, at least ask the kind people on the “Ask Ann” topic of Speculations. If something looks a little “too good to be true”, then it usually is, so please be careful.

    I will end by reminding anyone who reads this that the golden rule among all writers should be this:

    Money flows TO the author. Never the other way around.

    Let’s go Hunting…

    Myths and Lies: Scam-Spotting
    by Lee Masterson
    These days so many new writers are lured into parting with their hard-earned cash by less-than-scrupulous, self-styled ‘gurus’ that it makes me wonder how these scam-artists sleep at night.

    Taking Money From Writers – the Easy Way
    Tina Morgan looks at the Robins Agency and some things you should look for before signing your manuscript over to anyone!

    Publish America
    To self-publish or to jump into the deep end with a “traditional” publisher? They are the questions of the day and boy! did we find some answers!

    Melanie Mills and the Banff Writers Conference
    Multiple aliases, more than one fake writers’ conference and charges pending in 3 different US states and Canada – Writer Beware!

    You Too Can Sniff Out Scams
    Learn how to spot a scam at 100 paces with this informative article from Marcia Yudkin

    Scam-Spotting – If It Looks Like a Scam, It Probably Is
    by Holly Lisle
    Holly Lisle takes an in-depth look at the “Write a Book in 14 Days” scam – and how the amazing relocating scam-site just keeps popping up under a new name!.

    Bawn Literary Agency
    Tina recounts her personal experience with a “literary agency” trying to extort all sorts of undeserved fees from new writers!

    (Copies of correspondence from Bawn Literary Agency threatening Fiction Factor with libel and defamation suits)

    New Writer’s Guild

    iPublish – Time Warner Contract Alert

    Winning With

    What a Write Off!
    by Kerry Ridgway
    Kerry looks at whether The International Library of Poetry really is a great literary accolade to add to a writer’s portfolio or whether it’s just another expensive scam.

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    This is good. Just remember that there are multiple sources for this.

    AbsoluteWrite’s forums have a whole subsection dedicated to writer feedback on agents, publishers, editors, pretty much anyone a writer may deal with in writing as a business. Some of you may know of my strong disagreements with them, but their status as a resource is not in question.

    The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) also maintains a blog and associated database of publishers, editors, and agents. It’s called Writer Beware. They don’t skimp on investigations, and since most agencies and publishers do not stick solely to science fiction or fantasy, it’s a worthy resource for all writers.

    Another such resource is called Preditors and Editors. They are, sadly, in between caretakers, so the information is down for the time being. But having seen their work in the past, I suggest keeping an eye on them going live again.

    Somewhat like the SFWA, if there is a group for your genre, you may find a similar resource in that group. Can’t hurt to ask within such groups as you find them.

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