WRITER BEWARE ®
Who we are, what we do, and why. Includes information on how to contact us.
Overview and Site Map
What you’ll find on the Writer Beware website, plus links to general resources about literary scams.
- Alerts for Writers
- Contests and Awards
- Independent Editors and Manuscript Assessment Services
- Literary Agents
- Recommended Reading
- Small Presses
- Vanity and Subsidy Publishers
- Vanity Anthologies
- Writers’ Services
Legal Recourse and Other Remedies
What do you do if you’ve been defrauded? We offer suggestions and resources for taking legal action, along with a variety of options for filing complaints.
Scams in Action
Detailed case studies of notable literary scams, including Edit Ink, Commonwealth Publications, Deering Literary Agency, Martha Ivery/Press-Tige Publishing, and more.
The Truth About Literary Agents’ Fees
What you need to know about fee-charging literary agents.
Writer Beware ® Blogs!
To complement the general advice and warnings on the Writer Beware website, Writer Beware’s blog provides up-to-the-minute information on specific scams and schemes–along with advice for writers, industry news, and a special focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world.
Find Us On Facebook
Visit our Facebook page for the latest publishing news, writing advice, and other items of interest to writers. Join the conversation!
Whom Not to Query
Writer Beware is actively seeking documentation.
We maintain an extensive archive of documentation on literary agents, independent editors, vanity publishers, self-publishing services, small presses, and others that engage in the questionable practices we warn about on this website. If you have letters, contracts, brochures or other material you think we would like to see, please help us build our database by sending them to:
PO Box 1216
Amherst MA 01004
or e-mail us.
Writer Beware ® is a registered service mark of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
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