Self-Defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World
By Jenna Glatzer and Daniel Steven
Writer's Digest Book Club selection *
Veteran writer Jenna Glatzer teams up with publishing attorney Daniel Steven to expose the scams and unsavory deals writers are likely to encounter along
their path to publishing success. The Street-Smart Writer is an essential reference for all writers to getting published without getting swindled.
This book will 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.
What Are People Saying About
"This is a great book for
writers looking for no-nonsense, easy-to-understand information about how to
discern legitimate opportunities and services from those looking to take
advantage of inexperienced writers.
"Jenna Glatzer obviously
loves writing—and writers—and offers terrific advice for staying one step
ahead of the scammers."
--Kristin D. Godsey, Editor, Writer’s Digest magazine
"While the pen is mightier
than the sword, many writers lack a shield. The Street-Smart Writer is
--Dave Kuzminski, Editor, Preditors & Editors™
"Never get swindled again!
The unscrupulous prey on the dreams of writers, but with this book as your
guide, scammers will have to look for a new target. You'll learn to tell the
legit from the fishy when it comes to contracts, vanity presses, agents, writing
contests, and more."
--Linda Formichelli, co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally
Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success
"Street-Smart is a
very smart book indeed, full of the sort of wisdom that too-often costs young
writers time, money, and manuscripts. Jenna Glatzer acts as a lifeguard,
pointing out the riptides, undertows, and sharks that can turn a day at the
beach into more adventure than you'd care to have. Better than learning by
experience is learning by others' experience."
--James D. Macdonald, Author of The Apocalypse Door, Sysop of SFF.net
"Ms Glatzer's information on
publishing and bookselling, particularly paying to be published, is very
accurate and describes all the issues related to getting published vs. paying to
publish, cagey language on marketing and distribution used by companies to snare
unsuspecting writers. She also describes how the legitimate process works with
industry standards, marketing and distribution. She dispels the mystery of
the basic economics of bookselling and the process bookstores follow to stock
--Anita Zager, Northern Lights Books & Gifts, Duluth MN
never thought I'd find a book on avoiding scams and developing street smarts to
be heart-warming, thought-provoking and beautifully written. But this one
is. It's also informative, thorough, eye-opening and entertaining.
I'm giving a copy to every one of my clients."
--Jennifer Lawler, writing coach and author of Dojo Wisdom for Writers
authors get an A+ in the educational value they offer their readers. Not only do
they go to great depths to educate you, they provide the tools you need in order
to continue working smart. It is obvious
that Glatzer and Steven are watching out for your future... If you have ever
questioned a contract, felt uneasy about the rules of a contest, distrusted an
agent or wondered about the credibility of a publishing house, you must buy this
--Patricia Fry, President, SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers
here for the full review)
here to read an article about The Street-Smart
Writer in the magazine Independent Publisher.
Glatzer is an award-winning full-time writer who’s written hundreds of
articles for magazines and online publications such as Prevention, Woman’s
World, Woman’s Own, Physical, Women's Health &
Fitness, Salon.com, ePregnancy, and AOL.
She's also a contributing editor at Writer's Digest. She is the
editor-in-chief of AbsoluteWrite.com, a produced playwright, optioned
screenwriter, and author of hundreds of greeting cards. Her latest books include Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer (Nomad
2004) Fear is No Longer
My Reality (McGraw-Hill, 2004), and the
authorized biography Celine Dion: For Keeps (Andrews McMeel, 2005).
is also an instructor at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.
Daniel Steven is a publishing, media, and entertainment lawyer and the author of
Clinical Trials and Final Remedy. He is the chairman of the Contracts and Grievances Committee of the Mystery Writers of America, Inc. He
is a creative writing instructor, former editor and publishing executive. His novels have
more than 150,000 copies in print. He also co-wrote a television script and has published legal articles, prize-winning short fiction, and a reference book for health care providers. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area. For further information, see
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Publisher: Nomad Press
Release date: December, 2005
Size: 6 x 9, paper
Pages: 244, b&w
my publisher for review copies and/or interviews:
is available for interviews (radio, print, Internet, or TV) about the book,
issues affecting writers, working from home, anxiety disorders, and several
other topics. She's an enthusiastic and informative guest. Ask away!
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