Sunday, August 23, 2009
I would like to take a moment to give a shout out to Writer Beware. It's goal is to provide "Warnings About Literary Fraud and the Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Target Writers". With the backing of Science Fiction Writers of America and more recently Mystery Writers of America they are able to provide a more assertive response to the true scammers who exploit and oppress writers in all genres.
As a result they need to make a very serious investment of time and money into defending themselves against frivolous and manipulative law suits. Most recently they successfully defended themselves against a particularly pernicious lawsuit by Robert Fletcher. Prominent watchdog sites often fight law suits over extended period during which they are not able to speak publicly about what is going on. This must be frustrating and very stressful, not to mention expensive.
It is very easy to blog from the sidelines like I do, but sites that collect documentation and make firm, high profile statements are at the leading edge of fighting the good fight--they really do hit the bad guys where it hurts and refuse to back down to bullying. I would encourage Writer Beware to have a mechanism for accepting donations from non-members. In the meantime While I would suggest supporting Writer Beware where you can, such as by linking to or "Stumbling" (or otherwise networking) their websites.
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