It’s easy to think that everyone knows what P&E is. It’s easy to dismiss the possibility that a writer has NOT heard of Writers Beware.
I know that up until recently, I thought like that. But, at a certain point in our writing careers, I think we start to forget how “new” we felt in the beginning. Now, I have some rejections under my belt, I’ve written a fair amount of words, and I’m starting to feel comfortable in the publishing world.
To get to this point, though, I did a TON of research and I proceeded slowly and with caution because you can’t navigate this industry on intuition alone. In fact, there’s practically nothing intuitive about how it. Paper catalogs, response times that would never fly anywhere else, and clients often acting as the beggers and not the choosers.
So, to do my part, I am compiling a list of resources all in one place that will help readers avoid scams or more generally “bad ideas” when it comes to publishing. I will continue to add to this list for the duration of this blog. I know of several articles that I want to include that I need to track down. Particularly ones on how to recognize a good small press. Leave any links you think are useful in the comment section, too, please. It would be a huge help!
Preditors and Editors : Read it. Live by it.
From the Desk of Piers Anthony : A wonderful resource. The beloved fantasy writer compiles information about publishers without caring who he offends. And all out of the goodness of his heart.
Writers Beware: Vanity and Subsidy Publishers : Defines the terms, exposes pitfalls, and details warning signs
Absolute Write Bewares and Background Checks : I’m impressed with the people that volunteer their time to look out for other writers. Plus, it’s interactive, so you can ask questions, etc.
Verla Kay Blue Boards : If you write for children, the people on these boards are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. Ask them if you need answers.
Six Red Flags that Scream : “Rip Off!” : An article by Karen Bledsoe on what to look for
Status: Woke up around 8 this morning and it was pretty miserable, but I know that with time I’ll be back on track. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any writing done yesterday because the wee hours are when I write. So, I’m going to need to rearrange my schedule. I did get an email today from Ben about how the illustrations were coming and he seems to have a real vision for what will look good for the project.
Although I said I was going to pursue SCOUT as both a graphic novel and a traditional ms, I am devoting my full resources to making it a graphic novel because I’m so pleased with how it is turning out. Now that I’m gaining some momentum (I figured out a few key plot points), I hope to buckle down and get the script near complete by the July 18th due date of the 10-15 pages. That way, in the event of a request, I have at least that much to turn in.