Publishing Your Book? Watch Out for These Scams!

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When you’re publishing a book, there are a lot of scams to watch out for. Unfortunately, there are many people who will try to take advantage of authors who don’t know any better. In this blog post, we’ll talk about some of the scams to watch out for when publishing your book. We’ll also discuss how to avoid them!

Vanity Publishers

One of the most common scams in the publishing world is the vanity press scam. This is when a company offers to publish your book, but they require you to pay them upfront, and usually a lot of money. These companies are not legitimate publishers, and they will often take your money without actually publishing your book. If it does get published, this company may then own the words that you wrote.  For that reason, it’s not particularly advised to pay a publisher to publish your book for you. If you’re approached by a vanity press, run the other way (or at the very least, do your research)!

Literary agents and editors

In addition to book publishing companies, it is also important to proceed with caution where literary agents and editors are concerned. Editors are recommended, as they are likely to find grammar mistakes that you may have missed. What you will want to do, however, is be cautious of who you do hire.  Never pay someone to read your book that you haven’t heard of before. Since you may not know many editors or any for that matter, the proper amount of research should be done. Look for editor reviews online or ask other published writers for recommendations.

In terms of literary agents, the same amount of research should be done. Did you know that many publishing companies avoid working with certain literary agents?  Those who do not properly screen their books or those that misrepresent their books, develop a bad name for themselves. The last thing that you want is your name and book attached to a literary agent with a bad reputation.

As for the scams that are associated with literary agents, it is important to be cautious with pay. A literary agent or agency that asks you to pay a fee upfront is a good sign of a scam. This fee is often called a reading fee. What you need to know though is that many literary agents take a percentage of the amount of money that you make when you sign a contract with a publisher. In a way, this can serve as a guarantee that you will be receiving quality results.

When publishing a book, it is important to be aware of the many scams that are out there. By knowing what to look for, you can avoid being taken advantage of and have a successful publishing experience.

What to do if you fall victim to a publishing scam

If you have already been scammed, there are a few things that you can do. First, try to get your money back. If the company or individual will not give you a refund, your next step is to file a report with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can also contact your state’s attorney general’s office and file a complaint. Lastly, you can warn other writers by writing a review of the experience on sites like Ripoff Report or Scambook. By taking these steps, you can help protect other writers from being scammed.

Have you ever been scammed while publishing your book? What tips do you have for avoiding scams?

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