Ann Crispin here, with warm good wishes to everyone. I wish everyone a terrific New Year. May your ideal agent say “yes,” and may every publisher pay you promptly!
Writer Beware just learned some excellent news. Yet another scammer has bitten the dust, and this is reason for much holiday cheer. Many kudos to Bonnie Kaye and her fellow authors for bringing about the official investigation into Airleaf that has caused this rip-off company to SHUT DOWN as of December 19, 2007. Way to go, Bonnie!
The world is now a little safer for authors thanks to Airleaf’s demise.
What a nice Christmas present for the writing world!
Have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone.
-Ann C. Crispin
Chair, Writer Beware
Ann C. Crispin, co-founder of Writer Beware® and Chair of the SFWA® Committee on Writing Scams, became active in SFWA® in 1983. She served as Eastern Regional Director for almost ten years, and as Vice-President for two more. With her husband, two-time SFWA® President Michael Capobianco, she was a 2004 recipient of the SFWA® Service Award.
Her more than twenty novels include the best-selling Han Solo Trilogy; New York Times best-selling Star Trek novels Yesterday’s Son, Time for Yesterday, and Sarek; the original series Starbridge; and her final novel, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom. Her many freelance credits include articles in Writer’s Digest and the SFWA® Bulletin.
Ann passed away in 2013, but her tireless work with Writer Beware® stands as an enduring legacy.
Hi, I am very glad to hear about AIRLEAF, they have contacted me over and over about sending them my mss.
But I was very skeptic and thanked them for their interest.
But I was not interested in self publishing anyway, especially with Children’s stories.
Just having Writers Beware on our side makes it so much easier to stay safe.
If at any time one feels unsure of an agent or publisher, please go by your instinct.
Happy New Year and thanks for all your hard work for writers!!
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I’ve both added this blog to my Blogrolling list, and added a sidebar feed to it on my blog at WordPress.
Though I’m not a writer, a good friend of mine is a member of SFWA. I find sites such as your to be of great interest.
Keep up the good work!
Great news! All your hard work pays off!
Merry Christmas and thanks for a great year of blogs!
Thank you so much for your kind words. You can be sure that our battle against Airleaf and its owner Carl Lau is not ending, but rather just beginning. With nearly 300 authors who are now part of our group of Airleaf Victims, we will pursue justice against predatory publishing.
Please let your readers know that any Airleaf Victim can join our pro-active group in this endeavor.
The support of Writer Beware has been a major boost to us and our cause.