It's not a bad dream, these writers aren't really stupid or anything, there's just so freaking many of them. Tens of thousands of people who would sign a contract like this without blinking to actually be in print. The sort of people who pay for agents and "book doctors" who advertise in the backs of magazines, who shell out tons of money to go to seminars that promise them a chance to pitch their books. Ripe for the plucking by the scammers and the petty tyrants. And when that's the case, I don't know how much public shaming really works to solve the problem. A few people learn... but there's no shortage of others left.
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