What’s the average advance for a first novel? How long does it take the typical first novel to sell? Do most first novelists sell their books on their own, or through an agent? Will publishers and agents consider first novelists who don’t have any short fiction publication credits?
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Here are several publishing-related items that caught Victoria Strauss’s eye over the past week.
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Because I don’t already have enough to do (ha!), I’ve just set up a Facebook page for Writer Beware. It’ll aggregate the content I’m posting around the Web–the blog posts here, my Twitterfeed, and info from various writers’ groups and discussion boards. Your comments, responses, and thoughts are […]
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Today: the second of two guest posts on content mills. In this article originally published at The WM Freelance Writers Connection, writer Angela Atkinson takes a more positive view of content mills, arguing that they can be a good way for new writers to sharpen skills and build […]
A content mill, if you aren’t familiar with the term, is a website that aggregates huge numbers of articles on a constantly-updated basis, written by freelancers who are paid by page views or ad clicks rather than wages or fees.
Today, Smashwords founder Mark Coker guest blogs about “private label rights” services, which make it possible for anyone to “author” their own ebooks or to populate blogs by putting together chunks of content from the service’s database. The result: scads of badly-formatted, poor-quality ebooks and blogs, which are often used by SEO scammers to confuse Google Search results.
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Today, by unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that tossed out a settlement reached in a landmark case involving electronic rights and copyright. In 1999, the National Writers’ Union filed suit against the New York Times and LexisNexis, among others, alleging copyright infringement […]
Is it irony or coincidence that, only a few days after blogging about vanity awards, I should be spammed by one?
Perhaps you have, too. It’s an outfit calling itself the 2010 Creative Spirit Awards.
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Here’s a story that, for sheer weight of irony, I wish like anything I’d been the one to break. But author and publisher Michael N. Marcus beat me to it, in a recent post on his Book Making blog. Everyone loves an award, right? Awards acknowledge excellence and […]
Writer Beware breaks down an email solicitatioin from Aspire Magazine to the nitty gritty.