Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

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Sad thing is, there will always be naive writers wanting to 'break into' the publishing world who'll fall for this, hook, line and sinker and not fully comprehend the ramifications of clause 13.

And that's why I feel obligated to stop and say something. Trust me, I had other plans for Friday night....

*goes off to do those plans*

Wow. They get 34 entries, and they can turn that entry fee right around and give it to the winner.

Will this spur a Practical Meerkat entry?

Sounds like a job for Atlanta Nights. Except for that $149 part.

Did you ping Writer Beware on this one? The "publisher"'s name is ringing a faint bell.


Though I probably wouldn't have gotten as far as clause 13; some of the wording was setting my nerves on edge, but I would have bailed by the time I got to the fee. I'm not going to pay that much for a guaranteed shot at publication from a name I recognize, much less a chance at possible publication from a name I haven't heard.

But still. Clause 13 is ... very twitch-inducing.

I kind of doubt that release clause is actually enforceable, but how many entrants could afford to take it court?

That soft squishy popping noise was the sound of my head exploding.

You know, for those of us running author-friendly small presses, with no scams, no dirty laundry, and the feeling that, in publishing, money is supposed to flow from the publisher towards the writer, this entire contest BS thing of theirs reeks to high heaven.

::Headdesk multiple times:: That has scam written all over it. No good.


I am sorry this happened to you. Thank you for sharing as a warning to other writers. Keep writing!

er, this "didn't happen to me." I saw the posting and investigated as a jaded member of the reality-based publishing community.

Thank you for sharing this. They would have lost me at the $149 entry fee, but the rights grab is scary. I hope they don't get anyone submitting.

Thank you for advertising this scam. People who pray on writers are disgusting!

I don't have a problem with the entry fees generating the prize money. I've seen this type of contest and figure "why not?"

But...you PAY them to enter--and they GET YOUR BOOK FOREVER?

Honestly, would ANYONE be that stupid?

Of course, there are those that just won't read the fine print. They will see 'contest and publish' and take the risk, totally non-suspecting.

This has got to be illegal. It just has to.

Did anyone else notice there is no contact info on their site? At least none that I could find.

No submission sguidelines
No "reply" buttons to their blogs.


This makes vanity publishing look almost legitimate. Scary thing is someone is going to fall for it without reading the fine print.

Someone is paying attention to this, because I checked the website, and both pages now specify entries up to 65,000. Hope you didn't have to pay First One for that change!

The con artists"publishers" behind this contest are now trying to defend themselves over on Absolute Write.

Did they change Rule 13? I tried to join just to comment-but it won't let me.

Apparently no one has a problem with giving up all rights to their work forever?

Apparently no one has a problem with giving up all rights to their work forever?

er... the reactions here and elsewhere would suggest that many people have a problem with that...

I love the whole "worldwide search bit", followed by "open to US residents only". While it's certainly not the most outrageous thing in there, it does give you an idea of the spirit of bullshit in which the whole thing was created.

You make a number of good points- but the one which amused me was how they're running a world-wide contest in the US.

Yup. They're doing a "worldwide viral search", but all applicants must be legal US residents. It seems they have a rather fuzzy understanding of the meaning of "worldwide".

Anyway, definitely a very dodgy deal. I hope they don't get too many people falling for it.

I suspect they would CYA as "a worldwide search for US citizens..."

It's pretty clear a lawyer with no understanding of publishing wrote this up for maximum protection for the client, and didn't consider the specific requirements of the industry. This is also why having your family lawyer look over a publishing contract rarely ends well...

Actually that's specifically because it's a contest, rather than a call for submissions. There are specifics rules/laws governing contests. One of the reasons why it's specifically void in Qu&eactue;bec and Puerto Rico is because, if it was opened to those two locations, they would be obligated by law to accept submissions in French and Spanish.

This is sad. This surely serves as a wake up call to other writers out there. Thank you for sharing this!

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