Monday, October 26, 2009

Revisiting Writers Beware

Back in mid-August, the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) decided to co-sponsor the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's (SFWA) Writers Beware website.

The Writers Beware website is among the first sites newbie writers are directed to visit by more seasoned writers. According to Publishers Weekly (PW), "SFWA launched Writer Beware in 1998, and its Web site is available to all writers, regardless of subject, style, genre, nationality or professional standing."

Since reading the news item in PW a couple of months ago about the support of MWA for Writers Beware, I had not visited the website until this weekend. I was delighted to see its look had been updated, making it easier to navigate among the features.

Take a few minutes to visit the site here.

Go here to read case studies of scams.

Go here to read the list of literary agents who have been given a thumbs down. The list was updated 8/13/09.

I was disappointed that the list of publishers had not similarly been updated.

My thumbs up to Victoria Strauss for the good work she has done and is doing.


Victoria Strauss said...

Thanks for taking a look at Writer Beware's renovated website, Maya.

For various reasons too complicated to go into here, our Thumbs Down Publishers List (unlike the Thumbs Down Agency List) appears on Writer Beware's blog rather than on the Writer Beware website. Because the blog format we use forces every post to have a date, the date you see is the date that the list was first posted--however, it has been updated since, and is fully current.

We hope that it'll soon join the Thumbs Down Agency List on the Writer Beware website.

Maya Reynolds said...

Victoria: Thanks for the info. I'm glad to hear the Publishers list has been updated.