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.
- Contests and Awards
- Editors and Assessment Services
- Literary Agents
- Reading/Writing Apps and Platforms
- Small Presses
- Vanity/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
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®: The Blog
To complement the general advice and warnings on the Writer Beware® website, the Writer Beware® blog provides up-to-the-minute information and warnings about a wide variety of scams and schemes–along with advice for writers, publishing industry news and commentary, and a special focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world.
Connect With Us On Social Media
Visit our Facebook page for publishing news, writing advice, and other items of interest to writers. Join the conversation!
Follow Victoria on Twitter for scam alerts and the latest info on the writing biz.
Whom Not to Query
Our “Thumbs Down” Publisher List
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.
Contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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