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Writer Beware: True Crime In The World Of Self-Publishing | Writer’s Relief

True crime has come to the world of indie publishing—and we’re not talking about a book genre. We’re talking about accusations that thieves are using self-published books to launder money. According to this article Writer’s Relief found in Fortune:

Some authors on Amazon’s self-publishing print book service have had their identities stolen and then used to launder money, according to cybercrime reporter Brian Krebs. The crooks upload phony but expensive paperback titles to the stolen authors’ accounts via Amazon’s CreateSpace service and then “buy” dozens of books, transferring funds to legitimate bank accounts, he reports. Amazon typically pays authors 60% of a book’s list price on CreateSpace after deducting production and other charges.

Read more about money laundering and self-publishing here.

7 Contemporary Poets You Should Be Reading | Writer’s Relief

How are you celebrating National Poetry Month? At Writer’s Relief, we recommend immersing yourself in contemporary poetry—inspirational and innovative poetry that has been written in the last hundred years or so. Here are some of our favorite contemporary poets! Brenda Shaughnessy Brenda Shaughnessy currently teaches at Rutgers University Newark and has won several American poetry… Continue Reading

The Best Poetry Workshops and Festivals of 2018 | Writer’s Relief

April is National Poetry Month! While you celebrate by twisting exciting new lines of poetry out of ordinary words and by dreaming up your most inventive metaphors yet, you can also take part in new opportunities to share your poems with others or sharpen your skills. Each year there are countless workshops and festivals across… Continue Reading

This New Site Will Pair You With Short Stories You’ll Love! | Writer’s Relief

Outside of a college classroom, a relatively small portion of the population actively seeks out short stories to read—which means that writing short stories is rarely profitable. But Writer’s Relief found an exciting new website called Curious Fictions that’s hoping to change that. [Tanya] Breshears told me that she knows readers who care about fiction… Continue Reading

7 Reasons Librarians Should Be Your Favorite Superheroes | Writer’s Relief

Remember once upon a time when you would call your local library’s information hotline to find out how to spell “King Farouk”? Or trotted over in person to gather information on amphibians for a school report? At Writer’s Relief, we know you could always count on the trusty librarian to come to your rescue—locating the… Continue Reading

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