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Writer Beware

…shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls. Also providing advice for writers, industry news, and commentary.

  • By Victoria Strauss
  • Roughly three posts per month
  • First post on

Posts per month

Data for this chart is available in the table below
Posts per month
Month starting Posts
Sep 2022 1
Oct 2022 3
Nov 2022 2
Dec 2022 4
Jan 2023 4
Feb 2023 4
Mar 2023 3
Apr 2023 3
May 2023 2
Jun 2023 4
Jul 2023 2
Aug 2023 2
Sep 2023 2
Oct 2023 3
Nov 2023 3
Dec 2023 3
Jan 2024 3
Feb 2024 4
Mar 2024 3
Apr 2024 1

Any gaps could be due to errors when fetching the blog’s feed.

Most recent posts

The Scam of “Book Licensing”
LICENSING: THE REALITY A few weeks ago, I wrote about the common scam of “book returns insurance”, in which scammers take something real (book returnability, a normal element of book publishing and selling) and spin …
On , by Victoria Strauss, 1,433 words
To CCB or Not to CCB: The Question is Still Out
It’s been more than a year since my last post about the now not-so-new Copyright Claims Board (CCB). Victoria covered the CCB when it first started hearing claims in June 2022, and her post gives …
On , by Michael Capobianco, 698 words
The Impersonation List
The most pernicious scams focused on English-speaking writers these days come from overseas: publishing/marketing/fake literary agency scams from the Philippines, and ghostwriting/editing/marketing scams from Pakistan and India. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of …
On , by Victoria Strauss, 1,945 words