September 14th, 2009

Scam, scam, everywhere a scam

Wanting to get published is like wanting to lose weight. Plenty of people are willing to take your money and tell you they’ll help you.

Here’s an example about a guy the state of Florida has filed a lawsuit against: "Through a constantly changing spider web of defunct corporations in Florida, Nevada and Wyoming, as well as websites, and unregistered businesses, Fletcher has created a business which generates hundreds of thousands of dollars annually from prospective authors relying on the unfair and deceptive advertising," according to the lawsuit.

In an effort to scare off folks who publicize what he does, this guy is threatening to file lawsuits against his detractors. Yeah. Just the kind of guy you want to do business with.

Read more about this scam here.

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Living large in YA lit

In an Associated Press story feauring our very own bostonerin ‘s Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies looks at books featuring overweight characters.

The article begins: “In titles that include "Looks," "Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies" and "This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous," young people with meat on their bones are front and center in at least two dozen new books out since last year, rather than the usual ugly-duckling best friend or neighbor. Many of the stories conclude without significant weight loss, a huge breakthrough for some young fans.”

And then there’s this information about Erin’s book:

“There's eighth-grader Celeste Harris, happy living in oversized hoodies under her middle school's social radar until a meddling aunt enters her in the Miss HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge in Erin Dionne's "Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies."

"Since February, when the book came out, Dionne said she has received five or six letters a week from mostly girl readers who connected with Celeste.

“"Average-looking kids who don't have a weight problem can hide their issues behind a facade that is normal, whereas an overweight heroine is already dealing with other people's perception of her, whether that's the focus of a book or not," Dionne said. "It's something that the character has to deal with in some way."”

You can read more here.

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