Review by Patricia Fry
This book is only in the galley stage at present. I assume it will hit the stores sometime after the first of the year. Watch for it in a bookstore near you or order it from Nomad Press (http://www.nomadpress.net) because, if you are a freelance writer and/or author, this book belongs in your library.
You may recognize Jenna Glatzer’s name. She is the founder of AbsoluteWrite.com and the author of 15 books, including the authorized biography of Celine Dion. As a writer/author, you’ll be more familiar with her book, "Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer."
For this book, "The Street Smart Writer: Self Defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World", she teams up with attorney Daniel Steven. Together, they get right to the crux of your burning questions—how does a writer/author recognize and protect him/herself from the many scams that plague this industry?
How do you find a legitimate literary agent? What are the red flags to watch for when choosing a publishing company? Which sites, publicists, contests or editing services are credible, and which are bogus? This duo also responds to your confusion about publishing contracts and other agreements. They even publish author-friendly contracts for you to study.
Not only do these authors help you steer clear of scams and other negative and costly situations, but they instruct you in what to do should you get caught up with a shark. As Jenna points out, not all scammers you meet intend to harm you professionally. Some are just clueless about the business, but dangerous to your professional future. Glatzer and Steven tell you how to spot and avoid these folks. They also provide a good crash course in copyright—a useful chapter for all writers/authors.
I often judge a how-to/informational book by the tools that the author supplies. These authors get an A+ in the educational value they offer their readers. Not only do they go to great depths to educate you, they provide the tools you need in order to continue working smart.
It is obvious that Glatzer and Steven are watching out for your future. One way is by giving examples of how a publisher or editor might respond should you question clauses in a contract. They show you how to see your way through to the truth—and, in turn, protect yourself from a potential shark.
I love this book and highly recommend it. In fact, this book would partner well with my latest book, "The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book."
If you have ever questioned a contract, felt uneasy about the rules of a contest, distrusted an agent or wondered about the credibility of a publishing house, you must buy this book. Do yourself a favor and become street smart, for the publishing industry definitely has its sharks.
–Patricia Fry is a full-time freelance writer and the author of 25 books. Read her latest book, The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book, http://www.matilijapress.com/rightway.html.
Visit her writing/publishing blog often at http://www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog.