My Favorite Website

30 Aug

This is the first post of a rolling blog tour on the topic of Favorite Websites for Authors.  To read previous blog tours, check out Bad Boys Bad Boys, Janet Evanovich and a Few Sour Plums, and Red Herrings, among others.  At the bottom of this post you’ll find the remaining participants in today’s tour, and a link to the next article in the series.

You’ve been treated shabbily by your publisher or agent, are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. Who you gonna call? (or in this case, visit on the web?)

Preditors and Editors –   http://pred-ed.com/

They’ve got your back.

Not only is the publishing industry a quagmire of rocky roads, swamps and forks, it’s also undergoing a revolutionary change at the moment, so what you thought you already knew about the industry is changing by the minute.

Add to that the many scam artists out there, waiting in the shadows to rip off a newbie author, and you begin to see why a website like Pred-Ed is a godsend.

Founded and edited by David Kuzminski, a published writer in the fields of both non-fiction and fiction, Preditors and Editors was created as a way of reaching out to other writers with information and words of encouragement. Officially, the website is a ‘guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers since 1997,’ and its mission is to “provide writers with information and contacts for the purpose of seeking publication of their work.” The term ‘writer’ also includes artists, composers, and game designers, who often face the same challenges when seeking publication.

Kuzminski believes strongly in the Internet as the media of choice for future publishing.

The website effectively rates literary agents and agencies, publishers, bookstores, literary attorneys, magazines, workshops … virtually any entity that has to do with writing. They claim they are ‘very interested’ in learning about anyone who treats writers shabbily. What’s not to love about people who do that?

Are you curious about what they do to a person who treats a writer shabbily? Do they stab them in the heart? Throw them in front of a train? Poison their coffee?

Oops, I’ve been writing mysteries too long. Forgive the dramatics. They don’t do any of that, even though deep down in your soul you know you want them to.

Instead, they list the scam artists and problem people/companies on their website, under ‘Strongly Not Recommended.’ They use the power of the internet to distribute information on mean people and cheats, so Joe and Jane Writer/Consumer are forewarned and forearmed.

An example of an agent or publisher that would be ‘not recommended’ is one who charges a fee upfront. If you don’t already know that this constitutes a huge red flag, then you need to bookmark this website.

On the flip side, they also rate agencies, publishers, etc as ‘highly recommended’ — those that have good, solid, reputations within the industry.

The website is actively managed on a weekly basis, so it’s up-to-date. I personally detest websites that sit on the web like dusty brick-a-brack, only updated once a year or longer. I mean, what’s the point?

So before you sign on the dotted line or send your precious manuscript into cyberspace, do yourself a favor and visit Preditors and Editors first. You’ll be very glad you did.

How about you? What are your favorite websites, and why?

To learn about  favorite websites of other mystery authors, check out the next stops on the blog tour:

Ryder Islington –http://ryderislington.wordpress.com/

KT Wagner – http://northernlightsgothic.com/blog

The next tour takes place on Friday, September 2nd, on the topic of Sub-genres of Mysteries

11 Responses to “My Favorite Website”

  1. Kathleen Kaska August 31, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I used Predators and Editors, too. Before I contact any publisher, I check them out on this site. I’ve even bookmarked it so it is at my fingertips.

  2. nancyelizabethlauzon August 31, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Yeah, I find it indispensible for getting insider knowledge on the industry. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. KT Wagner August 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    I’d heard of this site, but I hadn’t looked it up. It’s in my bookmarks now – ready for the day I need it. Thanks Nancy! KT

    • Selena Robins Musings September 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

      Great information for writers entering the publishing world, Nancy. Good job. Another site that offers a lot of good information is Absolute Writer Cooler.

      • nancyelizabethlauzon September 6, 2011 at 8:03 am #

        You’re right, they’re great. Also very informative about warnings and potential scam artists. Thanks for your comment, Selena!

  4. Pamela August 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Preditors and Editors is run by a defamer who was found guilty by a jury and owes $250,000 for writing bold faced lies about people. Anyone who likes the weirdo should read the blog: http://www.pamelareads.blog.com and then scroll down and read the links from other people who know the jerk along with the court case files. You really should learn to get both sides of the story, because publishers aren’t demons and authors aren’t angels. That’s a very unhealthy attitude and quite unprofessional.

    • nancyelizabethlauzon August 18, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Hey Pamela, thanks for stopping by. But I have to disagree with your comments. I never said publishers are demons. In fact, most of the publishers listed on Pred & Ed are recommended based on their good track records. My opinion relates to the Pred & Ed website for the way it helps uninformed authors navigate the industry. It’s not about the man who runs it – whom you called a ‘defamer’, a ‘liar’ and a ‘jerk’. Pretty strong — and perhaps unprofessional — adjectives, and one could argue you may have an unhealthy attitude yourself because you sound angry, but hey, you’re entitled to your opinion, so no worries.

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