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Avoiding Literary Agency & Poetry Contest Scams: A Writer's Resource

Updated on April 7, 2009

Writing Scams Are Big Business - Take The Time To Research Before You Send Off That Poem Or Manuscript

The first rule of publication is that money goes TO the writer FROM the publisher and never the other way around. Yet, writers and poets are scammed out of money every day by poetry contests and writing anthologies that appeal to their vanity and desperate desire to be in print. Do your research and don't waste your work, hopes, or money on publishing scams.

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm so glad you're calling attention to this. Poets are targeted by these in particular. It saddened me, as a librarian, to have someone bring in an elegantly-bound book with their poem featured on page 1. I knew they had paid almost $100 for that ego boost.

      Now with print-on-demand, they could self-publish a whole book of poems for $12, have it featured on an online store and have no out-of-pocket costs. I use blurb.com for the family memoirs that I've self-published.

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      anndouglas 10 years ago

      Would you consider adding this lens to the "Authors" group? You have a lot of valuable information here.

      - Ann

    • KCStargazer profile image

      KCStargazer 10 years ago

      Excellent info for anyone in the literary arts! Thanks for putting this together. A warm welcome to Squid Ink: Art of the Sea Pen Writers Group. It's great to have you there!