September 13th, 2011

I fancy a money-spinner too

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I received an email from an outfit called Creative Non Fiction, publicising them accepting submissions for an upcoming issue about true crime.

They say: “We want true stories of petty theft, identity theft, embezzlement or first-degree murder; of jaywalking, selling (or maybe buying) weed or assault; of crimes and punishments and unsolved mysteries. Think “The Devil in the White City” (Larson), “In Cold Blood” (Capote) and “Iphigenia in Forest Hills” (Malcolm); or “Half a Life” (Strauss), “Lucky” (Sebold) and “The Night of the Gun” (Carr). If it’s against the law and someone—maybe even you!—did it anyway, we want to know all about it.” And are offering $1,000 for the best entry.”

I was going to publish their email in full, until I read the bit about wanting $20 “reading fee” for each entry.

I think I’ve just hit on an idea for Gadget to fund his new computer.


BTW, Planet Police have sorted out their technical issues and it’s all working OK now – thank you PP!

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  1. Brother Random says:

    Looks like the popularity of police bloggers has increased enough for the scammers to take notice. If you could set up a meeting this could be the easiest round of arrests ever, and a Police Darwin Award (if there is such a thing) for them.

    September 14th, 2011 at 06:43

  2. guthrie says:

    The usual “pay us and we’ll print/ publish/ pretend to market your book”. There’s a lot of it in the USA, wannabee authors have to be careful, and a lot are scammed every year. One author coined a law that money should flow towards the author – if you find yourself with demands for money to read, edit, or any other function, you are dealing with scammers.
    Real publishers (And I know some published authors) don’t charge you, neither do real agents.

    September 14th, 2011 at 12:46

  3. Hogdayafternoon says:

    Isn’t gadget just doing what his employers do, getting the public to fund a new computer that is over budget, arrives late and doesn’t do what the salesman said it would?

    September 14th, 2011 at 13:20

  4. Oi says:

    I admire Gadgets affrontery.
    Not too many authors would have the brass ones to ask readers to pay for a new computer up front, in order he may write another book that no doubt will put a bit of brass in his pockets.
    Once he’s coining it, will he then offer to return the cash to those who provided it

    September 14th, 2011 at 22:20

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