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WritersWeekly has Blacklisted Another Publication That Charges Reading Fees

Hi, Angela, In light of your article about literary magazines charging reading fees, I'd like to mention that the "New Ohio Review," which is featured in this week's Paying Markets, charges a $3 reading fee: http://www.ohio.edu/nor/submit.htm "As of January 24, 2014, New Ohio Review will require a $3 reading fee for online submissions. This regrettable charge has become necessary due partly to rising printing costs and, more significantly, to the recent inundation of online submissions overwhelming our small staff, whose editors continue to consider every submission with care and respect. We are happy to waive online submission charges for our subscribers; and paper submissions are not subject to any fee. Thank you for your loyalty and understanding in these cyber-trying times." Robin FROM THE PUBLISHER Thanks so much, Robin! We have blacklisted them as well. Angela …

WritersWeekly Has Blacklisted Gulf Coast: A Journal Of Literature And Fine Arts

Angela, Let me first say, I am not an editor. I know a lot of people are against the idea of Lit. Journals charging reading fees. I get it. However the reason so many print journals and magazines need to charge a small fee is because so few people actually buy journals or subscribe to them. (I have been guilty of this myself.) Everyone wants to see their work in print, but many people don't financially support those very same journals. I know Gulf Coast comes out of a big university, but we still need to actually buy the journals and support our fellow artists. Blacklisting is a bit harsh. $2.00 is a modest fee and Gulf Coast is a top journal that most of us would love to be in. Marguerite THE PUBLISHER RESPONDS: If a publication can only exist charging money to those who are working for the publication (writers are, on a contract level), they are not self-sufficient, and should not be in business. In my opinion, what they're doing is really nothing more than hosting a contest. Writers pay money for an opportunity to be published and a few lucky souls win, get published, and get some money back. The rest are out of luck. This is a horrible way to do business. In addition, when they completed our form to be featured on WritersWeekly, they didn't mention a reading fee at all. Again, in my opinion, that was just plain wrong. The blacklisting was well-deserved. …

BookLocker Has Been the Best!!

They are professional, attentive and simply superb to deal with. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful the staff are at BookLocker. A special shout out to Angela whose patience and guidance have been exemplary!! Publishing a book is no easy feat but the professionals at BookLocker made the journey so easy and stress free that we endorse them without hesitation. Thank you BookLocker and please know that your attention to detail is very much appreciated by me and the four Doctors of the Caribbean! Chuck Furey, Editor In the Jungle of Medicine: Journeys Through Caribbean Medical School http://booklocker.com/books/7383.html

WritersWeekly Has Blacklisted Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

I'm sure others might've mentioned it but it's ironic ">that you advise not to pay a 'reading fee' - and lo and behold, the first market in your recent newsletter (Gulf Coast) - no mention in the (long) guidelines but click to the webpage - and they charge a $2 reading fee. Christine FROM THE PUBLISHER: Thank you, Christine! Below is a copy of the email we just sent to Gulf Coast:

This email is to inform you that you have been blacklisted by WritersWeekly.com for charging writers a reading fee.

If you can't support your publication with dollars other than those coming from writers' pockets, you should not be in business. Don't expect writers to contribute to your hobby.

More Warm Fuzzies!

I sure appreciate all your excellent help with publishing my book! You are so kind, considerate, quick and thorough! Gratefully, Elizabeth Smith Twin Strokes

Should You Pay To Have Someone Give Feedback On Your Manuscript?

I used four BETA readers for my new novel, choosing two writers and two book club members. All are voracious readers and know me, and they don't pull punches. From all of them I got different, but equally insightful comments. I paid them with thanks in person and sent Thank You notes after the revise expressing my gratitude for the individual's unique contribution. Each also will be mentioned in the Acknowledgements. I am wary of paying BETA readers, and would not use one unless recommended by a trusted writer friend. Sarah Bates http://www.sarahbatesauthor.com TWITTER: @Bateswriter


As always, I LOVE reading WritersWeekly each week! Thank you for being such a strong voice and source of support for writers. This week's Masonism was so cute -- and VERY true! Dawn …

Thank You, Patti!

I love WritersWeekly. I really appreciate the consistency and accuracy. Patti …

Your Response To The Playwright Was Enlightening…

Your response to the would-be playwright was financially enlightening, but don't discourage too much. Anyone who has a real passion for the theatre, the power of observation, research ability and talent to write convincing dialogue should try their hand at writing for the stage... …

Disgusted By Lack Of Concern Over Plagiarism

Hi Angela, I'm still disgusted by the apparent lack of concern expressed by the public over the plagiarizing of someone else's creative efforts. Perhaps the scariest part of the whole scandal is the quote I read today that was attributed to Ubuweb founder Kenneth Goldsmith: "It's not plagiarism in the digital age - it's [re-purposing]... Our notion of genius - a romantic - isolated figure - is (bleeping) outdated. An updated notion of genius would have to center around one's mastery of information." He added: "Should God sue me if I paint a river?" If Goldsmith really said this, I would avoid using the Goldsmith website. He is an alleged poet, which is why I find it hard to fathom that he could make a comment like the one above. I have to wonder how he would feed if I "re-purpose" some of his work to wipe my behind. Being a writer is hard enough without some famous actor stealing another's work, but when you have the founder of a website alleged to be dedicated to education appearing to say that it's open season on the creative works of artists of every ilk for re-purposing, someone has to draw a line. JW Editor's Note: Profanity in the quote above was bleeped out by WritersWeekly.


Thanks for WritersWeekly.com - it's still the best, most-informative ezine for writers! Michael …

I Had The Only Professional Looking (Self-Published) Book

Dear Angela, Yesterday, I participated in an authors event at our local central library in Merrillville, Indiana. Perhaps 20 authors were there. All, it appears, were self-published. I had the only professional looking books and the only hard backs, which impressed most of the visitors. I need your business cards to pass out! Honestly, I am not kidding. The author across from my table had her book printed by PublishAmerica. What a horror story! (She told me) just the mailing fee for 100 paperback books (not so good color work on cover) cost her $400. Mailing is $4 per book! No bulk mailing charge. She is locked into a 7-year contract and was stunned when I told her that I get a check from BookLocker.com each month. In a year, she has never received a royalty check. Again, I am so pleased with your wonderful service. Leaving for Miami in two days to get my gold medal for Destiny Denied. One of the important judging points was the look of the book and the printing of the cover, which is due to your fine work. Gratefully, Rosemary Gard DESTINY'S DOWRY Set against the background of the beautiful Croatian countryside and its simple villages, DESTINY'S DOWRY is the story of a baby taken immediately after birth to a place she did not belong. DESTINY DENIED Stefan Vladeslav's father announces his illegitimate son Ivan as an heir and Stefan's mother is obsessed with the family's monetary inheritance. WINNER! GOLD MEDAL - Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Cultural Fiction EDITOR'S NOTE: You can read more about Publish America's ridiculous per-book shipping fees HERE. …

Get More Book Sales with 90 Days of Promoting Your Book Online!

Dear Angela, Linda and I have been reading 90 Days of Promoting Your Book OnLine. We have found this book to be very helpful and we both wish to thank you for making this book available. Thank you very much. Professor/Dr. Brian Rothbart Linda Penzabene ==== Very Happy with BookLocker! Angela, Everyone who has read the book has been really impressed with the appearance of the book, especially the quality of the print and the cover. You should be very proud of your work. Jessica Clews Ettie Brogan http://booklocker.com/books/7111.html

13 Signs You Shouldn’t Include That Risky Content In Your Book

Hi Ang: As always, your advice this week regarding "13 Signs You Shouldn't Include That Risky Content In Your Book" is excellent. I can give you two personal examples of situations where distance didn't mean a thing in cases of plagiarizing someone else's work. One was intentional and one was an innocent mistake (although I should have been more diligent in finding out if a copyright still existed). Thankfully, they both had happy endings but they could have caused a lot of financial grief. Strangely enough, they both involved published material from England. In the first case, I was just an innocent bystander. I was Editor of a weekly newspaper and my Publisher sold a lot of the advertising and was also the chief layout artist (did I mention it was a very SMALL weekly?) Anyway, his highest-paying advertiser owned a fancy subdivision that included a riding stable. He wanted to feature the stable in his full page ad that week and, as artwork, the Publisher photocopied a cartoon featuring a cute little English girl decked out in full riding habit and riding a Shetland pony. It was from a book of English cartoons someone had given his daughter as a Christmas gift. As I recall, the character - from a long-running English cartoon strip - was called Penelope. When I pointed out that the drawing was probably subject to copyright and shouldn't be included in the ad, the Publisher snorted and said: "This book comes all the way from England. The artist doesn't have access to our paper. He'll never see it." Wrong! Within a week, we got a "cease and desist" letter from the artist's solicitor in England. Obviously one of our readers was familiar with the cartoon and had sent the ad to the artist or to the publishing firm that produced the book. That was the first and last time the cartoon was used and, fortunately, we never heard another word about it. In my book Some Sunny Day, the title comes from the World War Two song We'll Meet Again. My Dad used to sing the song at family gatherings and, since the book was about life after his return from overseas following the war, I thought it would be appropriate to include the first verse in the book. Naively, I figured that so much time had passed since the song had been written, it was probably in the public domain and I was free to use it. I must have had a horseshoe in my back pocket at the time because, by an almost unbelievable coincidence, an English friend of mine bought several copies of the book and sent them to friends and relatives in England as gifts. Shortly thereafter, she got a note from one of her nieces pointing out that her husband, C. Ross Parker, owned the rights to the song, which his father, Ross Parker, had written. I wrote Mr. Parker a letter of apology and he sent back a nice note giving me permission, after the fact, to use the verse. Needless to say, a line indicating this permission was inserted in the next and subsequent editions of the book. Keep those words of advice coming, Ang. You're providing an invaluable service. Bear hugs, Tom Douglas Author, Editor, Freelance Writer Recipient - Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation 2012 http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/department/mincom/bio/1061 http://www.tomdouglas.typepad.com

My BookLocker Books are Beautiful!

Two weeks ago, I showed at the Schoolhouse Art Fair, where I had a table with both of my books. The books sold well and a few self published authors mentioned how beautiful my books were! Having only worked with you, I didn't know what they were referring to. Of the five I had lengthy conversations with, each had complaints: slanted printing, blurred printing and one even had a blurred jacket cover. Wow! Am I happy I am with BookLocker. Rosemary Gard Destiny's Dowry Destiny Denied

Shame on Teachers Who Discourage Young Writers!

I had an experience similar to John Cali's. In high school, I completed a written work for a statewide writing competition. As part of the submission process, a teacher from my school read it. He shook his head and said he had no idea what it meant and that I should consider not submitting it. He felt that it would embarrass our school if I submitted it. He also told me I would never amount to anything in life. (Way to build up a student!) I did not listen to him, and submitted it anyway. The judges at the competition were so impressed with my writing that they asked me to quote part of it to them to verify I had not plagiarized it. My teacher was thunderstruck to hear my name announced the first prize winner. This little victory solidified my resolve to write as my career. I met the discouraging teacher years later. He seemed amazed that I doing well and was writing full-time. Success is the sweetest revenge. Deborah Jeanne Sergeant http://www.skilledquill.net

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