Aspiring writers learn how to avoid frauds and unsavory deals in this handbook for getting published. The editor of AbsoluteWrite.com and a seasoned publishing attorney share their expertise to help writers spot an honest agent or manager, determine the value of vanity publishing, and avoid getting conned out of hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars when signing a contract. Sections on writing contests teach writers how to determine which contests are useless; other sections offer tips on avoiding costly conferences and shady seminars. A special focus on copyright ensures that writers protect their work from schemers who want to use creativity without paying for it. Appendices include sample publishing, agent, and manager contracts.
Jenna Glatzer is the founder and editor in chief of "Absolute Write", (www.absolutewrite.com), a popular online magazine for writers. She has written for hundreds of publications, including "Prevention", "Salon", "Woman's Own", "Woman's World", and "Writer's Digest". She is also the author of "Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders", "Outwitting Writer's Block and Other Problems of the Pen", and "Words You Thought You Knew". She lives in New York City.