Directory of places I found on the web that have lists of shady characters or companies
PLEASE always thoroughly research the publisher or contest you want to submit your work to! I hope this directory will help you, in some degree, with that endeavor.
***You will also find other things that have to do with scams specific to writers. Arm yourself with knowledge! Newest additions on top for returning authors***
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American Society of Journalists and Authors - Has a newsletter that gives info on all aspects of contracts, including possible scams. American Society of Journalists and Authors focuses on nonfiction writing.
Poetry Awards - Frequently Asked Questions
Several attorneys and individuals are currently looking for poets who have been defrauded or displeased with the service from the International Library of Poetry (poetry.com and poets.com).
http://www.sfwa.org/beware/contests.html - CONTESTS AND VANITY ANTHOLOGIES - Great article that talks about legitimate and fake contests and about vanity anthologies.
http://www.sfwa.org/beware/ - Writer Beware - Some writer alerts are listed here.
http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/pubwarn.htm - Preditors and Editors - A guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers. This page I've linked to gives some sites and warnings about them. It also has links to other interesting info.
http://www.nwu.org/ - National Writers Union - Writer Alerts. Current listed and an Archive.
http://www.sfwa.org/beware/general.html - Writer Alerts - A page offshoot to the above Writer Beware. More detailed.
http://www.yudkin.com/scams.htm - You Too Can Sniff Out Scams! - A good article on some signs to warn you if it might be a scam.
http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Crimes/Telemarketing/Inbound/MajorIn/publish... (You may have to cut and paste this link into your browser) - Publishing: Schemes, Scams, Frauds - Another informative article concerning fraudulent vanity press publishing of manuscripts and poetry.
http://www.fictionfactor.com/scam.html - Writer's Alerts and Warnings - Another site that will tell you info on those shady characters or "sharks" as they are referred to here!
GOOD INFO ON ALL TYPES OF FRAUD AND SCAMS:
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