Getting a book published is no easy task, however avoiding publishing scams makes it even harder!
Unfortunately some writers think that with some internet searching and the
number of publishers available, fame and
fortune are only a click away!
Every writer starting out will receive a large number of rejection letters from agents and publishers before they receive acceptance.
Nobody likes rejections, especially new writers and so they are the ones most at risk of falling victim to a scam because the scammers quickly accept their work.
Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Be on the alert for the most common of the publishing scams.
There are 3 main types of publishing scams:
One of the more recent scams is the:
There are many questionable companies offering to help authors get published, and unfortunately, many writers fall victim to their scams.
You should always check the credibility of a company before you consider contacting them or publishing with them.
The best two resources we are aware of is:
Beware of any publisher that discredits either of the two organisations above.
Remember the golden rule: legitimate publishers PAY YOU for the rights to publish your work. You should never need to pay anyone unless you are self publishing!
Read our page on publishing scams
advice that alerts you to the red flags to look for and the traps to avoid.