author scams

Authors Who Have Been Scammed by Publishers By Anonymous

The number of scammed victims is the best kept secret in self-publishing. In writing groups, large and small, fellow authors sit with dark secrets and, like the elderly woman down the street who hasn’t told anyone she sent all her savings to a fake online preacher, you won’t know who they are. Protecting their fear of being labeled gullible, and subjected to pitying glances, they help unscrupulous self-publishing companies to flourish…

Is This a Bookstore Scam? Maybe.

A bookstore emailed me to see if I wanted them to carry my POD book.
First, I had to send a copy to see if it was “appropriate.” Now they say it is, but they want me to send books to them. They do not want to order them from my publisher. Also, I have to sign a 50/50 contract, meaning I’ll lose money on each sale. I’ll even have to pay postage to ship the books. Wouldn’t I be stupid to do this?

Unsolicited Promotional Email Plan

I received a call from (a certain POD company) today asking me to participate in a promotional email plan for my book. The web address they sent me to look up specifics of the plan is (link removed).
What do you think?


Writing a book is difficult. Getting it published is even harder – especially when you want to work with a reputable publisher. After you FINALLY get it published, your next step is to acquire a readership. One way to do this is to submit your book to reviewers whose opinions will hopefully entice readers to […]