Avoid all the literary con artists on the Internet like the plague!

The words on the picture below reminded me yet again about something that sooner or later all writers come across – so-called litarary experts…18032992_1179548492167908_3489112258262059821_n

Somerset was, and still is, perfectly correct. When it comes to writing, no one knows what the rules are. I have no doubt that today’s literary experts, will vehemently disagree with that.

Which begs the question, why should you listen to them? You shouldn’t!

If one of them latches on to you by offering their help, ignore them with a vengeance. Why? Because without exception they are talking through their backsides. How many of them are failed writers? About ninety-eight percent. The remaining two percent have become so-called editors whose only aim is to take your money. Either by editing your MS at so much per word or line of text, or by offering to publish your book, once more at a price, in their capacity as the owner of a Vanity Press.

In the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century, flim-flam merchants were easier to spot. People were always on their guard when it came to crooks and charlatans. Once the internet was born it opened up all sorts of money making opportunities for con-artists. Offering editing services was just one…

These days they tend to dazzle the unwary with their fancy internet sites promising to make you famous as a writer, but always at a cost. Some even claim to be professional editors, which is an out and out lie, because there is no such thing. As yet no universally recognised qualification has been devised within the academic world!!!

Don’t dismiss all small press publishers. not all of them are crooks.

Each of us old hands knows at least one good one, depending on the genre they specialize in. One who immediately springs to mind lives in South Africa. He goes by the name Joe Myndhardt. Joe is rapidly making a name for himself. He owns and runs Crystal Lake Publishing, specializing in publishing horror.

If ever there was ever an area where the words ‘buyer beware’ still applies, it very definitely is today’s literary world. If you enter with your eyes closed, I guarantee that you will be fleeced by the unscrupulous, and then some, believe you me…

Of course you are entirely free to ignore my advice. But don’t complain when you find you have been taken for a ride by yet another money grubbing fly by night.

Before you begin to write, take the time to talk to other writers. Those of us who have worked in the literary school of hard knocks for decades, are well worth your while listening to. Remember, we started out just like you as total innocents in what can only be described as the toughest market place there is. We’ve all made, and learned from, the same mistakes waiting in the wings to catch you out, long before you even thought about writing that book…


12 thoughts on “Avoid all the literary con artists on the Internet like the plague!

  1. Good … no … a GREAT post. In the course of promoting and marketing my books, I’ve written dozens of guest posts for book bloggers. In most of them I gave advice about the writing process be it marketing, editing, finding an agent, traditional vs indie, and, of course, writing. Then one day I woke up and thought to myself, “Who the hell are you to give advice to anyone?
    I know that is different than what you are warning us about … but still. Stuff I wrote about a few years ago embarrasses me when, on occasion, I run across the old posts.
    I think we should take all “experts” (myself included) with a grain of salt. Needless to say, I’m out of the “giving advice business.”

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  2. I’m pestered quite frequently by people telling me they can make me a bestselling author. I always check their own publishing credentials (!). Sometimes, they’ll provide testimonials from authors they’ve helped – I’ve yet to find one with more than a handful of reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. But new authors are desperate for their work to be read and it’s all too easy to be sucked in by the hype. I would recommend following the trail back beyond the self-help books they’ve written and flogged to unwitting autors out there. I usually find the unvarnished truth a sobering but invaluable experience… Thanks for drawing attention to this.

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