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Extortion in small portions

Without eXcuse

A publisher’s due for exam.
It’s time to shed light on his scam.
You ask, “Does he dare?”
He’s full of hot air.
Look out, or he’ll go on the lam.

The trouble began with a pop.
But soon, fellow writers talked shop.
His ship sprang a leak,
Inciting our pique,
And caused the best wordsmiths to stop.

We’re guessing his fortune’s reversed.
Perhaps he cannot be coerced.
But writers disdain
And experts retain,
Expecting to be reimbursed.

c2014 by Linda Ann Nickerson

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  1. *snaps, claps, throws confetti* Well said!

  2. You tell 'em! So many scams out's great we have each other to warn about such things.



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