One last time, one more warning to avoid getting caught

And hopefully, we can avoid all the weird crooks in cyberspace.

I’m adding one more, and fingers crossed the last warning about fraudsters. Of course, someone, somewhere will find a new angle to try and part us from our hard earned money. And often the target is a writer. Sigh.

It’s a nasty business that requires us to stay vigilant against people who wish to make a buck by crushing our dreams. Don’t let them succeed. scammer and your money

Writers everywhere, this one included, are setting New Year’s resolutions to publish a book in 2019. However, there are people out there who wish to impede your success. Yes, you heard right. Scammers are rehashing, reworking and launching new attacks with old tricks. Stay alert. There are fraudsters who prey on your desire to publish.

Don’t become another statistic.

A grateful shout out goes to for an important article filled with information about scams.

Remember…

  • Amazon does not allow paid reviews. Anyone offering this service is a fraud.
  • Offers to publish for a fee – don’t! It’s a scam.
  • Guarantees to make your book a bestseller, for a fee of course. Alert, run away!
  • Regarding unsolicited email, DMs, and cold-calls from strangers, watch for tale-tale signs such as bad grammar, thick accent, and weird names. Delete or hang up!
  • Advertising is expensive, no way around that, so don’t be fooled when offered massive ads to rocket your book to outer space for a small fee.
  • Watch out for bogus literary agents. They are a dime a dozen.

These are just a few bits of info I gleaned from Anne. Click on the link below to her post and read a lot more about these nefarious crooks. Writer beware!

New Writing Scams to Look Out for in 2019 By 

Safety covered, now time to get on with writing

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Is Amazon’s new policy meant to be a fake-out for buyers?

The Independent Book Publishers Association thinks it will hurt writers and publishers. And I think it will confuse buyers.

The Texas Association of Authors keeps us pretty well-informed in the professional world of writers and publishers. Thank the good Lord!

So for all my friends out there who aren’t in Texas, or aren’t members of the IBPA, I wanted to pass on the information. It appears that Amazon will be giving priority to third-party sellers! Yep, you heard that right.

Click this link to read the whole story and tell me what you think.

Amazon “Buy Button” Policy Change.

How do you think this will change the face of self-publishing?

Do you think buyers will notice before or after they hit “buy?”

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