Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Is the plot different than the subplot?





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Writers beware of ongoing publishing frauds

Writer Beware®: The Blog


Spooky Phishing Scam Targets Traditionally-Published Writers

Posted: 22 Dec 2020 10:49 AM PST

 
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®

The New York Times has published the story of a strange international phishing scam: unknown actors targeting traditionally-published writers, posing as their agents or editors to obtain copies of their unpublished manuscripts.
Earlier this month, the book industry website Publishers Marketplace announced that Little, Brown would be publishing “Re-Entry,” a novel by James Hannaham about a transgender woman paroled from a men’s prison. The book would be edited by Ben George.

Two days later, Mr. Hannaham got an email from Mr. George, asking him to send the latest draft of his manuscript. The email came to an address on Mr. Hannaham’s website that he rarely uses, so he opened up his usual account, attached the document, typed in Mr. George’s email address and a little note, and hit send.

“Then Ben called me,” Mr. Hannaham said, “to say, ‘That wasn’t me.’”

Mr. Hannaham was just one of countless targets in a mysterious international phishing scam that has been tricking writers, editors, agents and anyone in their orbit into sharing unpublished book manuscripts. It isn’t clear who the thief or thieves are, or even how they might profit from the scheme. High-profile authors like Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan have been targeted, along with celebrities like Ethan Hawke. But short story collections and works by little-known debut writers have been attacked as well, even though they would have no obvious value on the black market.
The phisher, or phishers, employ clever tactics like transposing letters in official-looking email addresses (like "penguinrandornhouse.com" instead of "penguinrandomhouse.com") and masking the addresses so they only show when the recipient hits "Reply". They know how publishing works and appear to have access to inside information, utilizing not just public sources like acquisition announcements in trade publications, but details that are harder to uncover: writers' email addresses, their relationships with agents and editors, delivery and deadline dates, even details of the manuscripts themselves. 

And they are ramping up their operations. According to the Times, the scam began appearing "at least" three years ago, but in the past year "the volume of these emails has exploded in the United States."

So what's the endgame? Publishing people are stumped. Manuscripts by high-profile authors have been targeted, but also less obviously commercial works: debut novels by unknowns, short story collections, experimental fiction. The manuscripts don't wind up on the black market, as far as anyone can tell, and don't seem to be published online. There have been no ransom demands or other attempts at monetization. 
One of the leading theories in the publishing world, which is rife with speculation over the thefts, is that they are the work of someone in the literary scouting community. Scouts arrange for the sale of book rights to international publishers as well as to film and television producers, and what their clients pay for is early access to information — so an unedited manuscript, for example, would have value to them.
I heard about the scam a couple of months ago, from an author who was targeted after their forthcoming book was announced on Publishers Marketplace. What they reported to me tracks with the information above, including the credible approach by the writer's own editor or agent (complete with authentic-looking email signature), a credible excuse for why they wanted the writer to send the manuscript again, and the altered sending address. The writer did send the ms., and didn't discover until they talked to their agent that they'd been tricked.

Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster have sent out warnings, as have agents, one of whom offers this helpful advice:
If you receive an email requesting sensitive information or items (manuscripts, contracts, etc.) to be sent via email, or to follow a link to sign a document, please consider the following steps:

1. Carefully inspect the sender’s email address. Ensure the person’s name is spelled correctly and, most importantly, that the company’s domain name (which is located after the @ symbol in an email address) is spelled correctly.

2. Call the supposed sender to verify that the items/information requested in the email are legitimate.

3. Do not reply to the email. Message headers can look real but have hidden text triggered when “reply” is hit. Instead, start a separate email chain with the sender asking if they did, in fact, request that item/information from you.

4. Carefully look at the email header, which contains detailed information about the email – where it came from, who it was sent to, date, time, subject, etc.
To be clear, there's no connection here with the crude agent and publisherimpersonation scams I've been writing about for the last year or so. This is a sophisticated scheme by a person or persons familiar with the publishing industry (including its lingo) who understands the ins and outs of acquisition and production and has access to inside information. There's also no obvious monetary angle--unlike the impersonation scams I've previously reported, where the whole point is to screw as many thousands of dollars out of unsuspecting writers as possible.

More reporting at Jezebel.


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Saturday, October 24, 2020

A free corse from author Jerry Jenkins!


Jerry Jenkins “offers a FREE course that will help you write a book and advertise on Amazon with his proven techniques. 

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Writer Beware®: The Blog: A New "Beware": Scammers Impersonating Reputable L...

Writer Beware®: The Blog: A New "Beware": Scammers Impersonating Reputable L...: Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® I've written about this new "beware" twice already (you can see those posts he...

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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Has the Biblical Moses Been Identified in Secular Egyptian Records?

Has the Biblical Moses Been Identified in Secular Egyptian Records?

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Fiction University: Guest Blogging Builds Platform and Sells Books: 5 ...

Fiction University: Guest Blogging Builds Platform and Sells Books: 5 ...: By Anne R. Allen, @annerallen Part of The Writer’s Life Series JH: Guest blogging is a fun and easy way to get your name out there wit...

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Fiction University: Getting the Word Out About Your Book Release

Fiction University: Getting the Word Out About Your Book Release: By Sherry Howard, @SherLHoward Part of The Writer's Life Series JH: Book releases have gone online for 2020, and getting the word...

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Fiction University: Choosing the Right Social Media Site for You and Y...

Fiction University: Choosing the Right Social Media Site for You and Y...: By Marcy Kennedy, @MarcyKennedy Part of the Indie Author Series When it comes to how to spread the word about your book, you’ll hear w...

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Fiction University: Story Rulez: Two Things Every Novel Needs to Do

Fiction University: Story Rulez: Two Things Every Novel Needs to Do: By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy There are a lot of rules in writing, but only two you really need to follow. I'm a big fan of the s...

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

How and why to get book reviews

Some only review prior to publication. Once a book is published, some trade publications will not review it.



How and why to get book reviews: Types of reviews and how to get them. How and why to get reviews. Three questions about book reviews

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

7 Ways Screenwriters Can Impress a Producer - ScreenCraft

7 Ways Screenwriters Can Impress a Producer - ScreenCraft: You have worked on your script daily, diligently practicing your craft. Hurray! You have interest from a producer, so you share your script. Time passes. Finally, the producer returns your...

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Fiction University: The Difference Between Painting a Scene vs Dramati...

Fiction University: The Difference Between Painting a Scene vs Dramati...: By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy A great scene is about more than just describing what's there--or what's going on. As writers, ...

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

San Francisco Writers Conference podcast.


Listen in as Ask Joey and Brooke Warner talk about the pros and cons of indie publishing on the SFWC Podcast today! https://buff.ly/2yl7EzS



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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Fiction University: Identifying a Loss of Momentum vs. Writer’s Block

This article gave me hope because for the last three days my brain has gone on strike!





Fiction University: Identifying a Loss of Momentum vs. Writer’s Block: By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Some days, we sit down to write and the words won’t come. Are we blocked? Maybe not. Even before the p...

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Joyce, good post for the times we are living in, I am also in the seventies, and when reading your article, I divided that seven is a lucky number.



What I want in life and what I have to do to create it?

I want to publish the books living inside of me and my computer.



In words of my horoscope today, ” April  1, 2020 - If you feel moody or emotionally stuck about your place in life, lean on your power of vision to paint a picture of where you’d like to be instead. Today starts with a sense of escapism, and you may find yourself longing for a change of scenery and a break from the daily grind. But possibility arrives later on, and you're especially open to insights about how to build the life you desire. Listen to your inner urges behind the mundane details today, because your subconscious is full of clues on how to achieve your most fulfilled life.”



Is it April fools day?





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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Inspired


T. S. Eliot once wrote, “good writers borrow, great writers steal.” In my youth to circumstances beyond my control, reading and daydreaming became my entertainment and best friends. 

Also, I lived in a culture filled with mystery and religion and thus developed in me a fascination for the supernatural, mysticism, prophecies, and damsels in distress that overcame their distress. And I especially sought out books about saints, creation, mythology, and history. 

So, I agree with Eliot to a point; since my series On Wings Of Immortals is inspired by favorite authors such as Auel, Mitchener, Castaneda, Rice, King, Kostova, and Coelho and of course Poe.

For more please go to Marta C Weeks

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Friday, March 06, 2020

Fiction University: What's My Motivation? Tips on Showing Character Mo...

Great tip! Sometimes, as in the first book of my series, the angel feels he is responsible for the virgin however it is she who went looking for him.

martacweeks.com





Fiction University: What's My Motivation? Tips on Showing Character Mo...: By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Knowing what motivates a character to act not only makes for a great read, it also makes it easier to pl...

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

What to do?

Even though it has good reviews I am batteling between removing The Sylph's Tale, the first book of On Wings Of Immortals - series, or just adding the revised-complete version.

Why? The Sylph's Tale was published incomplete. The publicist says they submitted the complete manuscript, but Amazon and D2D say they released the file received but are willing to give those who bought it a free revised-complete version upon publication.

I am extremely grateful to those who like it. Missing chapters are:

My Cross - Chapter III
HAYA - Chapter IV
My Brethren - Chapter VIII
Grant Me Death - Chapter IIX
Dragons of Eternity - X

What say you?

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Monday, February 24, 2020

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Fiction Series

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Fiction Series: Avoid inconsistencies when writing a series and keep your readers happy by reviewing these five common mistakes found in fiction series.

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Novel Writing: 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters | Writer's Digest

Novel Writing: 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters | Writer's Digest: BY BRENDA JANOWITZ You simply cannot write a good novel without knowing your characters inside and out. Here are the top 10 questions you need to be able to answer about each of your characters:

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Poem: Buckle

Buckle

Let us not buckle 
Under greed, vulgarity and pomposity
Oh God help us not believe 
You are on the side of rioters
Abusers, greed and self-servers
Help us stand strong 
And return our country
To the respect and glory 
That led our forefathers 
To leave homeland and ancestry
Cross the oceans
To build a nation 
Not for pomp and powdered classes
But for freedom and equality
Jesus, Moses, Mohamed and Buddha
Rise amongst our people
Give us strength and purpose
For the time has come
To end immorality, greed and vanity
Ruling and toppling our nation
From the top of Lady Liberty’s flame
Into mire and stench.

By @MartaCWeeks2/5/2020




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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

New poem: Greener


Greener

If your heart quivers
For someone other
Than whom your with
Tell it that the other side
Is only greener
Until the fence is climbed
Or the gate is broken
And then
The true colors
Of disappointed longing
Or new flavors embraced
Turn into longings
One being greener than the other
In its commitment
For life is more than colors
And the heart beats
Not just in red
But in the passing of time
When what you want now
Becomes what you
Want no more
The self loses it’s soul
Hunger becomes a vice
And in looking
You lose who you are
And become the prey
Or predator
Of whims and dreams
Of what could have been 
Unfulfilled with longings 
That become the new
Lost and not found.

@MartaCWeeks
2/4/2020


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We are back!

On Monday, we returned from our 15 days Panama Canal cruise and ten days of travel from Florida to Cincinnati, visiting my husband's siblings and their families. It was a grand vacation, but I long to return to Europe in particular to Lalin, Spain; that has a story I will tell soon.

During the cruise, while at sea, John edited and made significant contributions and suggestions on VIRGINS, book three of the series. He is not into holding back critiques to make me feel good and why I trust him. Also, an avid and very picky reader, so when he said, "you need to write a series about the men,"  I was surprised and more when he added, "I enjoyed reading it" and "look forward to book four."  That's ROLO, which I will give him in two weeks after he has knee surgery, and work gets done in our home that was scheduled for after we got back from our travels.

Also, reviews from other authors, the information I am reading, and online classes, have ushered in ideas on plot and story that I am excited to implement and write. Soooo, busy, busy busy!







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