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A judge has dismissed the case of an author who launched a criminal libel suit against a journal editor who published a bad review of her book, and the author has been ordered to pay punitive damages to the defendant.


New language in the termination provision of the Harper’s boilerplate gives them the right to cancel a contract if “Author’s conduct evidences a lack of due regard for public conventions and morals, or if Author commits a crime or any other act that will tend to bring Author into serious contempt, and such behavior would materially damage the Work’s reputation or sales.”

The 2011 Indie Publishing Contest

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

I’ve been getting questions about a brand-new writers’ contest: the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest, sponsored by (among others) the San Francisco Writers Conference.
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New ‘Indie Pub…

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware You may have read a recent article in PW called “Self-Published Titles Topped 764,000 in 2009 as Traditional Output Dipped,” about the amazing growth in “non-traditional” (a.k.a. print-on-demand-produced) books. Or you may just have read about it, given how many tweets and blog mentions it received. If the […]

Quick Updates for 2010-01-23

@lizargall Let me know if you have any questions about the discussion panel. in reply to lizargall # Author Solutions CEO addresses RWA, MWA, SFWA in video. Wants to Discuss Choice and "Opportunity" # Mr. Weiss's statement would start stronger if he got our name right. SFWA = Science fiction and Fantasy Writers of […]

Blurred Distinctions: Vanity Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Of the many issues highlighted by the recent launch of pay-to-publish divisions by two major commercial publishers (Harlequin Enterprises’ DellArte Press–nee Harlequin Horizons–and Thomas Nelson’s West Bow Press), one of the most interesting, to me, is how blurred the distinction between self-publishing and vanity publishing has become.

SFWA on Harlequin Horizons

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware SFWA has joined RWA and MWA in issuing a statement about Harlequin Horizons. ————- In November, 2009, Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. announced the launch of a new imprint, Harlequin Horizons, for aspiring romance authors. Under normal circumstances, the addition of a new imprint by a major house would be […]