Saturday, June 22, 2013

Is this the FINAL word on Brit Writers?

Some of you may remember when many of us were warning unwary writers about Brit Writers. As a result of people raising questions, Harry Bingham of the Writers' Workshop, Jane Smith of the blog, How Publishing Really Works and author Claire King were threatened with legal action - see here for Harry's response, here for Jane's (huge number of comments) and here for Claire's.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can see the whole sorry tale here. That's a link to a post on my blog in November 2011 but it includes links to all the other posts on the subject that were around at the time.

Anyway, this is the upshot. BWA has gone out of business, as we predicted. They'll no doubt try to shift the blame onto us and others who had the nerve to expect something in exchange for the hundreds of pounds they paid over to this bunch.

There's a huge lesson to be learnt here. There are sharks out there who are only too willing to take advantage of the dreams and vulnerability of people who are desperate to be published. Swim with care, peeps.