Richard White, A. C. Crispin, and Victoria Strauss provide crucial marketing and industry information for writers on their blog, http://accrispin.blogspot.com/. In their own words: “Writer Beware, a publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, shines a light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls.” Some of their alerts include a copyright scam from the US Copyright Registry (which claims to provide copyright registration of websites through both the Library of Congress and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office–for a sizable fee, of course) and the fine print on a call for submissions to an anthology where the submission fee is $100 per story. You’ll also learned a lot from the blog’s commenters. One post on PODs such as iUniverse elicited responses from folks in the POD industry as well as anecdotes from self-published authors.
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Helpful post. Thanks. I just bookmarked them under my favorites, so I can keep tabs. There are a few helpful websites out there too, but this blog format is nice.
I recently interviewed authors of the book “How Not To Write a Novel,” and they also had a few good tips about writing, publishing, agents, etc. You can find their interview on my Damian Daily blog (http://damiandaily.wordpress.com).
Lisa, thank you for your comments. I just read the author interview on your blog–very funny but they also offer great advice regarding publishing and agents. BTW, I’ve added you to my “Writing Resources” link list. You have a lot of useful and entertaining posts.
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