A simple guide to avoiding publishing scams

Is it me or is the amount of scams preying on authors increasing. It kind of feels like the easier self publishing becomes the more people try to take advantage of the hard working dreamers among us. Even, the information about scams is confusing or even outdated, it can be difficult to tell if it’s just a scam or an actual opportunity.There are three basic things you can do as a professional writer and author to protect yourself from scams.The first is to understand how the publishing process works. If you know how people act and work in the publishing industry then someone not following the same practices will stick out to you like a red flag! The second is to do your research. These days anything can be faked so take a moment to do a google search or check credentials and associations. The third thing you can do as a professional writer and author to protect yourself from scams is to seek advice from trusted sources within the writing community.

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Introduction

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Understanding how the publishing process works

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Understanding the publishing process

There are many different components to the process of publishing but for this article we will focus on the process of getting published. This is one of the more popular scams out in the world today. For example, someone possibly on facebook contacts you out of the blue and offers to publish your book and make you millions or maybe just the next Nora Roberts.This type of scam is easy enough to avoid if you know and understand how professionals in the publishing industry work. So for the record publishing professionals such as agents, acquiring editors,and small publishers as rule do not go around soliciting business through cold calls and facebook groups. Not that manuscripts aren’t ever solicited, it’s just that usually, it’s manuscripts they already know will sell, think prince harry. The industry’s standard way of handling things is to put out a call for submission on their webpage, social media, or other official contacts. So if you meet someone on facebook claiming to be a publisher and they offer to publish your book for a small fee and make you millions, plus more famous than that Harry Potter author.It’s more than likely a scam. However, if you meet someone claiming to be a publisher and they only let you know that they are open to submissions, maybe do some research before calling them a scam. Which leads to the second basic thing to avoiding scams research.

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Do your Research

The second crucial step for professional writers and authors to safeguard themselves against scams is conducting thorough research about the individuals and companies seeking to engage with them. This involves scrutinizing their credentials, reputation, and track record within the publishing industry. A simple Google search can unearth valuable information about their past dealings and any red flags raised by previous clients. However, I want to put in a good word for beginners,and startup companies. Professional people and companies may not have reviews or pass clients to rate them. Instead checking for memberships in reputable writing associations or organizations can serve as a reliable indicator of their legitimacy. By investing the time and effort in this research, writers can make informed decisions and steer clear of potentially fraudulent or untrustworthy entities.

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Seek advise from trusted sources

As a professional writer and author, the third basic thing is crucial, which is asking for advice and  reaching out to trusted friends and colleagues in the writing community for knowledge on avoiding scams. They’re your best allies! It will help your writing career if you connect with established authors, join reputable writing forums or groups, and attend writing conferences or workshops. Engaging with experienced writers can provide you with valuable insights, recommendations, and warnings about potential scams. They can share their own experiences and help you navigate the often complex world of publishing, allowing you to make more informed decisions about your work. This network of support and knowledge can be a powerful tool in safeguarding yourself against scams.

Summary

In this blog post, we’ve outlined three fundamental measures for professional writers and authors to shield themselves from potential scams. Firstly, gaining a deep understanding of the publishing process will enable you to spot any irregularities or red flags. Secondly, conducting thorough research on individuals and companies will help you discern between genuine opportunities and potential pitfalls. Lastly, seeking advice from trusted sources within the writing community provides invaluable insights and safeguards against unscrupulous dealings. We encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below. Additionally, sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest updates, exclusive content, and freebies to further support your writing journey. Your feedback and engagement are greatly valued!

 

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