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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Website Profile: Writer Beware

With so many aspiring writers around the world, unless they are well-informed on the publishing industry, it can be easy to fall into many scams. One example is our interview on the Authors on Show website with an author, concerning their experience with Publish America.

Fortunately, there are informative sites such as Preditors and Editors, as well as today's profile site, Writer Beware, both excellent resources which help prevent writers from falling into scam pitfalls.

Writer Beware is an affiliation of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, described as, "the public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Committee on Writing Scams. Like many genre-focused writers’ groups, SFWA and MWA are concerned not just with issues that affect professional authors, but with the problems and pitfalls that face aspiring writers. Writer Beware, founded in 1998, reflects that concern."

Staffed solely with volunteers, Writer Beware keeps updated directories on literary schemes, scams, and pitfalls, in addition to the most current information how how writers can protect themselves.

If something sounds too good to be true, chances are it usually is. Always check out an offer before making any kind of commitment. Even if something isn't listed on Writers Beware or even Preditors and Editors, it's still worth further investigation. Legitimate companies won't mind you looking further; in fact, most may encourage it.  A little time checking out a publisher or agent may save writers a lot of money in the future.

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