Publishing Scams to Avoid

Publishing Scams to Avoid

Jan 25, 2023

As the founder of a small press, I have seen firsthand the many scams that exist in the publishing industry. One of the most common is the "vanity press" or "subsidy publisher," which promises to publish your work for a fee. They may even go so far as to say that they will help you market and promote your book, but in reality, they are just taking advantage of writers who are desperate to see their work in print.

The truth is, you should never have to pay a publisher to publish your work. Traditional publishers and literary agents make their money by selling your book to readers, not by charging you to publish it. If a publisher or agent asks for money upfront, it's a red flag that they may not be legitimate.

Another scam to look out for is the "self-publishing" company that claims to offer a full range of services, but in reality, they are just a middleman that takes a cut of your royalties. They may also charge exorbitant fees for editing, design, and marketing services that you could easily find elsewhere at a lower cost.

In addition, be wary of any publisher that guarantees a certain number of book sales or promises to get your book on bestseller lists. These claims are almost always false and are just a way for them to take your money.

The best way to avoid these scams is to do your research. Look for blacklisted presses here and look at the quality of the work a press puts out. Also, be sure to read the fine print and understand the terms of any agreement you enter into. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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