Writers aren't the only ones susceptible to the allure of false hopes, but there does seem to be ample opportunity to be taken advantage of when you are naive and inexperienced in the industry maze called publishing.
They name names when identifying shady publishers as well as literary agencies. They also identify resources for writers, the blogs of agents whom they respect and other blogs that may be of interest or value to writers, including their own.
In short, I recommend the blog to anyone serious about a writing career, from beginner to long timer.
Another feature of the blog is a Comments Policy which I thought insightful. I've always moderated comments or at least three of the reasons cited in their policies, and have even been accused of "censorship" because I do not just post everything people want to say. If you have a blog and need a good policy, this might be a good starting point.
Writer Beware ® actively monitors comments on this blog. If you make a comment, we will see it, even if it's on a post from 2005, when we first started blogging.
However, because we want to foster discussion and acknowledge alternative viewpoints, we have a very liberal comments policy, and don't do much moderating. Anyone is welcome to comment, including people who vehemently disagree with us. We delete comments ONLY in the following, extremely limited, circumstances:
- If they're personal insults, either of us or of other commenters.
- If they're libelous.
- If they're spam.
- If they're obvious self-promotion. If someone told you that leaving a link to your book in blog comments was a good marketing strategy, you probably shouldn't be taking their advice about other things, either.
- If they are diatribes from either of our two regular stalkers (you know who you are).
Because of the problem of comments spam, we have a delay set on comments on posts older than 30 days--so if you comment on an older post, it may take a day or two for your comment to appear.
Note that if you try to make two comments in a row, Blogger will likely interpret the second one as spam. We do check our spam folder regularly, though, so we will discover and release it.
Meantime.... To all my writer friends, write on!!!