Competition time:…

Courtesy of Crystal Lake Publishing, who release a new anthology on Monday which contains one of my short stories:

Competition time: to win print and eBook copies of future releases like Fear the Reaper, Children of the Grave or The Outsiders, follow the link to the website and subscribe to the newsletter.

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Warning of piracy in France

Warning to any and all writers who’ve had a story published in France.
The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) has launched a doubtful venture reminiscent of the one Google tried to launch a few years ago. They’ve decided that if a book published in the 20th century is out of print, they have a right to publish it as an ebook and reap the profits (a pittance is due to the original publisher, and, oh, yeah, to the author, too). Despite the protests of French writers, the thing has been launched this week, with the creation of a website featuring a database of approx. 60,000 books liable to get the pirate ebook treatment (State approved, that is) unless the author or legal representative files a formal complaint.
Yeah, you say, but this is only for French writers, right?
They’ve done such a botched job listing the books they feel they can steal that they’ve included anthologies edited by French editors but featuring British and American writers.
A case in point: “De sang et d’encre“, edited by Léa Silhol and published by Naturellement in 1999 (the publisher has gone bankrupt since). With stories by Neil Gaiman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Lawrence Schimel, Brian Stableford, Brian Lumley, Charles de Lint, S. P. Somtow, Brian Hodge, Nancy Kilpatrick, Nancy Holder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Freda Warrington, Bob Weinberg.
Writers, check out the site and contact your agent to put a stop to this act of piracy.
You have six months to act.

More info here (French):

~Courtesy of Scott M. Goriscak

Sold: Mayday Hills buyers want ideas | The Border Mail

Another ‘haunted’ and historical landmark under the hammer.


Mayday Hills Asylum

“BEECHWORTH’S historic Mayday Hills site has been sold by La Trobe University to Border developers for $1.5 million.

Wooragee’s Geoff and Tess Lucas and Beechworth’s George and Sue Fendyk were yesterday announced as the new owners of the 106.5-hectare site after a drawn-out sale process.

Mr Lucas, a manufacturer of portable saw mills, said they had no set plan to rejuvenate the former Mayday Hills asylum.

Instead they would ask the community for “great ideas” for its future at a meeting at The Pines at the old La Trobe campus at 7pm on Wednesday, March 20.

The couples will seek other investors to help develop the site with Mr Lucas suggesting a hotel as a possibility.”

Read more via Sold: Mayday Hills buyers want ideas | The Border Mail.

Anne R. Allen’s Blog: Beware the Seven Deadly Writing Scams

Courtesy of Anne R. Allen’s blog:

“Seven Deadly Scams by Lila Moore

These days, writers face a range of scams from mildly annoying to lethal. Deadly scams are ones which can destroy your bank account, your credibility, or your ability to profit from your work. Not all of these scams are perpetrated solely by malicious outsiders: some of these scams only work because the authors themselves are complicit and some of these scams are perpetrated by the authors themselves.Here are the Seven Deadly Scams– and how to avoid them.”

Read more via Anne R. Allens Blog: Beware the Seven Deadly Writing Scams.

Writers Victoria welcomes the release of new cultural policy · Writers Victoria

A great outcome for creative types…

“Writers Victoria welcomes the release of Creative Australia, the new National Cultural Policy launched by Arts Minister Simon Crean yesterday afternoon.Here’s a quick summary of what the National Cultural Policy will mean for Victorian writers.’

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89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life | Author Media

“Fresh out of ideas on how to help your writing take off? You’re in luck.

We’ve compiled a list of 89 book marketing ideas that will change your life, build your brand, and sell your book. There’s something for everyone on the list.

Best of all, the list is free. Completely free.

Sound intriguing? Read on.”

via 89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life | Author Media.

More Authors Hiring Firms to Buy Up Their Own ‘Bestsellers’ – PRNewser

“For authors and publishers alike, the very ability to claim “bestseller” status can significantly increase sales in addition to related speaking and consulting fees (especially relevant if you write about business). Unfortunately, it seems that more authors are now responding to the PR and financial challenges of writing for a living by simply buying their way onto bestseller lists.

Here’s how it works: The Wall Street Journal outs a marketing firm called ResultSource which buys thousands of copies of books in bulk before their publication dates to create a false “sales bounce” and then returns them to the seller. (All for a significant fee, of course.)”

Read more at: More Authors Hiring Firms to Buy Up Their Own ‘Bestsellers’ – PRNewser.