If an offer for your manuscript smells funny, say because you will have to buy copies of your own books, or the agent’s offer still seems too good to be true, though you will be handling the printing costs, the perfect publishing packaging of your dreams may be an Author’s trap.
So, how does an anxious Writer, eager to get published, avoid the pitfalls and bad guys that lurk around every corner of the publishing business?
The answer is do your homework! Do some research on those editors, agents and publishing houses to whom you intend to submit your manuscript.
Here are two must see resources for Writers and Authors:
Writer Beware, go to their site here is a direct affiliate of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America site (SFWA) which has included members such as Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and Anne McAffery. Writer Beware exists to aid Writers and Authors in avoiding literary scams and unscrupulous editors, agent and publishing traps. They do not accept manuscripts, but offer advice on staying clear of fraud, and if you have been scammed, a place to begin the process of reporting it. Their site is well respected and the advice is sound.
Preditors and Editors, go to site here ,was recommended to me by Nishi Serrano, Author. The site has inside information about agent listings, editors and publishing houses, along with basic and advanced Writer and Author manuscript submission advice, query letter and synopsis guidance.
In Preditors and Editors Agents and Attorneys section there is an alphabetical list of possible sites for you to query with your manuscript. There are some that are listed as NOT Recommended, and others that have a High Recommend, according to feedback from aspiring Authors and Published Authors. Still other listings are marked as Highly Not Recommended for various reasons.
From what I hear the industry is trying to shut down Preditors and Editors, which says to me, go print it out just in case the information is gone one day! But I hope that will not be the case. Just out of curiosity, I checked a couple of NOT recommended agencies, and sometimes no address is posted, link won’t go to the posted addy, etc. Take a look for yourself!
Preditors and Editors alongside Writer Beware and SFWA are a Writers and Authors goldmine of protection and writing advice.
Thanks so much Nishi, for the Link!!