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Writers Beware!
9/6/2003 10:27:40 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

What author doesn't want to be published? We all do ... but we writers, regardless of our experience, need to be aware that there are some publishers, literary agents and writing contests that are bad news.
When I was in college in the early '90s I saw an ad for International Library of Poetry (I believe they were with Watermark Press, and they still may be) in the classified section of a magazine. So I submit my poems. I continued to do this until I was stationed in Germany. That's when I started having problems with International Library of Poetry. I had orders several anthologies where my poetry was to be published and had even purchased a special bio in one. I never received either book even though I wrote them several times sending them proof that I'd ordered this merchandise. I'd also been invited to be an online judge for their annual convention and was supposed to receive a certificate -- I never saw that either. Then as I was looking around about writing contests on the Internet, I stumbled across There was a warning section with multiple complaints and advisements about what scams International Library of Poetry (ILP) aka and other free poetry contests are. (If you don't believe me you can check out yourself.) It was then and there that I stopped submitting poems to
Sad to say, ILP publishes whatever poem -- as long as it meets their requirements -- the writer submits to them. Personally I found that ILP's requirements constricted me as a writer; after I looked for other places elsewhere to publish my work I was able to expand my length, style, etc. in my poetry.
So now I warn every writer I can: Beware of If you chose to submit to them, know that they are shady.
Speaking of warnings, there is a literary agent who represents many writers at AD that I would highly recommend writers take caution and avoid. The company is based in Ohio. I know Parris Afton Bonds, who has 35 published books to her credit. I interviewed her and I still correspond with her. For those who don't know of her -- she is the co-founder of Romance Writers of America and SouthWest Writers. Parris and even AD writers like Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor (who has an excellent newsletter with information and tips for writers -- and you should sign up for it if you don't get it) will tell you a writer should NEVER pay an agent a reading, editing or any fees! A good reputable agent should work for you, not the other way around. Another bad news literary agent (new writers wanted) is based in San Angelo, Texas. I know they used to represent me, but I don't know what they are called now; there is a warning about them at
Writers, the best resources for writing can be found in Writers Market or Poets Market. Both books have information about publishers, literary agents, magazines, contests, etc. They can be downloaded or purchased online and in bookstores. They can also be checked out from the library. There are several Web sites like with good tips about writing resources. There is also Writer's Digest magazine. It has a Web site and can be purchased in book stores or received through a subscription.
Writers, please, remember the adage: Buyer beware, especially in our business. It's a very good idea to check out publishers or literary agents through the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB can be contacted by phone or on the Internet.

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