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April 5 question – Do you remember writing your first book? What were your thoughts about a career path on writing? Where are you now and how is it working out for you? If you’re at the start of the journey, what are your goals?
I absolutely remember almost every step I took in writing that first book–Sliding on the Edge. I knew nothing about writing a book except the English language and the fact that I loved reading. I had zero career goals because I’d already had a career, and this was my time to kick back and take it easy. HA!
Little did I think I’d still be writing or that I’d have ten books published. I was astonished when I had one, and I had no plans for a second, but when I went to New York to meet my publisher, their first question was “What’s your next book about?”
My response was, “I’ll have to get back to you on that.” I remember sitting down in my hotel room that night and writing the first ideas down for The Princess of Las Pulgas. That would be book two, and I was on my way down that very slippery slope we’re told to avoid.
Where am I now? Excellent question. I’m submitting my first speculative young adult book, getting ready to submit a middle grade fantasy, and starting book two in an adult series. That slope keeps getting steeper and more slippery by the day, but as long as it’s fun, I’ll stay the course. I love sliding into new territory!
But not into areas of danger. Read on and be aware!
Thanks to Tonja Drecker who alerted me to this potential disaster for writers!
This is what she sent to me:
Scams are nothing new, and as a writer, there are certain things, which set off the alarm signal. This last week, though, I ran across one, which caught me by surprise. I’ve since learned that it’s been around for several years and hits job boards as well as the usual social media outlets. I ran across it on Twitter, and while I didn’t fall victim to it, I was shocked at how much time the scammers put into it.
I received a DM from an account I’ve been following for several months, claiming that they needed some help with something and asked if I was willing and comfortable with writing clean kidlit stories. The account had around 3,500 followers (over 150 writers which I follow myself), did regular posts with book news and religious quotes, and didn’t seem off in any way. After a little back and forth, they claimed that they were contracted by a large company (a real company, who was not involved in the scam) to find remote writers for a project. It was a permanent position with a monthly salary of $4000. Wary but curious, I agreed to an interview on Skype, which was scheduled three days later.
The first alarm bells sounded when the gentleman, who was to interview me, insisted that it be done per chat…claiming the printed form was important to assist in the company’s decision. During the chat, the logo of the supposed contracting company was present. The interview was very normal and came with the usual questions but did get odd when it was my turn to ask for information. The gentleman’s answers were vague, and the conditions, while nothing over-the-top, sounded too good to be true. The interview lasted over 30 minutes, and at the end, he claimed I appeared to be what the company was looking for. A second interview was scheduled with the supposed hiring company’s manager for the next day.
This interview also came as a chat only. While starting out with the usual questions, the ‘you’re hired’ popped up fast. Claiming that they needed me to start as soon as possible, they requested personal information, supposedly to speed up the paperwork process. While I didn’t let it get this far, I’ve since learned that it would include everything from address, birth date, bank information, credit card, and even SSN.
Before reporting this to anyone, I did contact the real company, whose name was used by the scammers. They were extremely kind and helpful, and confirmed that the individuals did not work for them nor were they hiring writers at the time. The account has since been reported to Twitter, but that, obviously, won’t stop the scam.
The next WEP (Write It. Edit It. Publish It.) is coming!
Life is Beautiful Post April 19 to 21, 2023
WEP has a new look and a new admin! Here’s the lineup of the WEP crew, and what a great one it is.
(on leave of absence)
Don’t forget that the AtoZ is underway this month. I’ll be there for the letter M at
J. Lennie Dorner’s place.
Quote of the Month: Life is not what you expect: it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns.
Ilaiyaraaja, an Indian musician, composer, arranger, and conductor