Writer Beware: Update on the problems with Ellora’s Cave.

I’ve posted an update over on the WriteYourAssOff.com blog about the ongoing troubles at Ellora’s Cave, including the fact that they’ve filed a lawsuit against blogger Dear Author. http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2014/09/writer-beware-more-on-troubles-at.html

Dear Newbie Writer: You suck…

. ..HOWEVER… http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2014/09/dear-newbie-writer-you-suck.html Also, I’ve made two additions today to the article about the problems at Ellora’s Cave.

Writer Beware: Problems at Ellora’s Cave

This is a read, but there’s some massive WTF’ery going on. http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2014/09/writer-beware-problems-at-elloras-cave.html tl;dr – I strongly recommend you do NOT submit to Ellora’s Cave. Period.

The one where I rant about a thieving small press.

I’m sick and tired of predatory small presses. They’re worse than trad-pub sometimes, because they make you think they’re your “friend” while they fuck you over. http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2014/07/would-you-stay-with-abuser.html

Writer Beware: Another Silver Publishing update.

Since the news broke that Silver Publishing has finally gone belly-up, there are a couple of updates to that. Theo Fenraven: Another Silver Rant and an Update AJ Llewellyn: Silver Publishing Owner on the Run RJ Scott: Silver Publisher Liquidation I actually saw at least part of the Facebook exchange between the accountant/flight attendant/perfume company … Read More

Writer Beware: How to research a publisher.

Silver Publishing’s epic and totally expected implosion this week is a reminder that it’s time for me to do my standard nagging PSA for newbie writers: DO. YOUR. FRAKKING. RESEARCH. BEFORE. YOU. SIGN. Where? … Read More

Writer Beware: See, I told you so. Silver Publishing kaput.

Whelp. I’m going to say it, and I don’t care if it makes me look like a fucking bitch. See, I told you so. (I’m pissed off friends of mine are getting screwed, so I’ll be a bitch if I want to be.) Starting waaaay back in August of 2012, when quite a few authors … Read More

What NOT to do to win readers…

Ah, yes, Internet+Idiot Writer=HuffPo article that has tanked a pen name well and truly. Lynn Shepherd probably wishes she’d taken her friend’s advice now. And here is my response.

Thou Shalt Nots for Facebook for authors.

Over at WriteYourAssOff.com I posted about the “thou shalt nots” for Facebook specifically for authors. Feel free to stop by, check the lists out, and add your own suggestions if you have some. http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2014/01/thou-shalt-nots-for-facebook.html

Can I use song lyrics in a book?

I thought I’d blogged about this before, but apparently I had not. Rectified. LOL http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2014/01/can-i-use-song-lyrics-in-book.html

A Bad Publishing Contract Deconstructed, Part 3 – The Uglier Facts

See other posts in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 We are going to finish deconstructing THIS contract. (If you haven’t read parts one and two, linked above, you’ll want to start there.) When last we left, my head was exploding. For those who need a quick reminder, this contract is publicly available on a … Read More

A Bad Publishing Contract Deconstructed, Part 2 – The Ugly Truth

See other posts in the series: Part 1 | Part 3 Okay, so we’re deconstructing THIS contract from a Maine university site. Apparently, several small start-up publishers have latched on to it and are using it as their “standard” contract for digital-first presses. Ugh. I’m using it as-is from the website. Some of the publishers made … Read More

A Bad Publishing Contract Deconstructed, Part 1

Other parts in the series: Part 2 | Part 3 This is a follow-up to my post the other day, the pop quiz about red flags in publishing contracts. Apparently, several new start-up publishers have stumbled upon this contract and have actually decided to use it for their own. Since it’s readily available on the … Read More

Pop Quiz: Contracts

Pop Quiz: Which of these are HUGE red flags in a publishing contract? a) Charging for editing. b) “Life of copyright” contract length terms. c) Asking for rights other than ebook and print formats. d) “Net” not clearly specified. e) Taking ownership of copyright for length of contract. f) Nebulous “editing” clauses that allow the … Read More