When we heard Hurricane Bill was heading our way last week, and that we were supposed to get waves over 20 feet high, Ali (age 18) asked if she could drive to Bar Harbor with her boyfriend over the weekend to see them. I said, “The roads into Bar Harbor aren’t 20 feet high so you could get stuck there. No, you can’t go. In fact, you can’t go anywhere this weekend.” She didn’t argue, knowing that I was 18 once, too. There were plenty of times when I told my Mom I was going one place when, in fact, I was heading for the beach. (Sorry, Mom…)
Over the past few months, at WritersWeekly.com, I’ve been posting a missive about the common themes in entries submitted for the previous 24-Hour Short Story Contest. We’ve received lots of positive feedback so I’ll continue to do this for future contests.
The article is good as far as it goes.
But it presumes throughout that deadbeat publishers are out there, hoping against hope for a reversal of their fortunes.
It doesn’t report in full on serial scamming deadbeats who with malice aforethought hoodwink writers and advertisers.
Writers should be alert to the special warning signs attached to serial scammers.
One, for example, is a publisher with whom one has never worked before who nonetheless requests more than one article for a single issue of a publication.
What the scammer is trying to do is to accumulate content, to attract advertising dollars. Then, surprise surprise, the multiple articles don’t get published in the issue for which they were commissioned; lots of luck collecting the money you’re due from the serial scammer.
Unless one has worked with a publisher and consistently been paid on time, one should never accept multiple article assignments for a single issue of a publication without receiving at least one half of the fee upfront before work begins. If your existing work is of such conspicuous high quality that the publisher is sure they’ll want to publish two, three or four articles by you in a single issue, they should be willing to pay at least half up front.
All budding writers dream of the day they can proudly announce to the world they are now an ‘author.’ Well, after 20 years, I can finally say it. However, I wish someone had told me just how much work I was letting myself in for. Phew, is all I can say.
I have completed a business book. It was written using Word and I have converted it to pdf. The front and back covers are designed and saved as Word files along with the spine design. I have an ISBN and have assigned a number to the book. I am considering going to a standard printer, but would like to consider going with a POD publisher instead, or maybe also. Does this make sense?
I devoured every page of my favorite magazine–the one I dreamed of seeing my byline in. Since divorcing and entering a new, sizzling relationship, even the Dear Amy column intrigued me.
A reader asked, “How can I get my boyfriend to stop kissing me in public?”
The answer I read would change my writing career.
Absolute Write / absolutewrite.com / Absolute Classes / absoluteclasses.com / MacAllister Stone – Did the owner of this website retaliate against a writing instructor for reporting non-payment to WritersWeekly?
Max and I stopped at the pet store to get crickets for Max’s lizard, Cool, yesterday. When we left, Max said, “Look at the cute puppy, Mommy!”
I looked to my right and there was a small puppy resembling a tiny Beagle in the car next to us. He was scratching on the window. I said to Max, “Come on.” We both immediately got out of the truck.
Every once in awhile, I write an article with the sole purpose of having a place to send people later on, when a specific situation arises. This one’s for the deadbeats who try to silence their victims.
If you’ve ever threatened to expose a publisher for non-payment, you’ve probably heard this one.