New Authors Beware of Scam Agents and Publishing Sharks

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Scam Agents and Publishing Sharks

Beware of the scam agents and sharks in self-publishing

Publishing a book today is easy with self-publishing services that are generally offered for free online, or if not free, they are very cheap.

This low-cost simplicity, however, has made it a goldmine for shady scam agents and scam publishers to deceive new authors who are trying to get their book published.

I received an unsolicited email today from a long time publishing scammer, which reminded me that the publishing seas are still infested with these untrustworthy sharks.

In general terms, these scammers prey on either an author’s dream of becoming published, or on the fact that an author may not know how to self-publish and has given up on traditional publishing, but still yearns.

Don’t fall into their expensive traps.

 

Don’t be fooled by scam agents. Here are some warning signals.

Unsolicited invitations to submit your manuscript

Reputable literary agents and publishers all have huge slush piles, so none would be asking to make them even higher. If you are asked to submit your manuscript by someone you don’t know, especially by unsolicited email, DO NOT reply.

It’s 99.9999% sure to be a scam.

If you are approached out of the blue by a publisher you don’t know who wants to publish your book, be careful. It is a telltale sign of self-publishing companies to avoid.

 

beware of publishing agents and publishersOffers to help you get published

Social media is full of helpful people, but there are also many who charge a lot of money for their helpfulness and may forget to tell you this upfront.

The term there are editors and predators is now a common expression in self-publishing circles.

Self-publishing is basically free, so DO NOT pay for what you can do, or can quickly learn to do yourself.

 

Marketeers and racketeers

Advertising and marketing a book is time-consuming and there are costs involved in paying for reputable services such as Facebook advertising, Google Adwords, paid blog posts or perhaps even an advertorial in a local newspaper.

These are all normal expenses, and they are relatively cheap and beneficial. Offers to market a book for a package price by someone you do not know, and guarantees success is a sure sign of a scam.

DO NOT pay for book marketing services packages. Arrange and pay advertisers for your book advertising directly with reputable and well-known advertising service providers.

 

I’m a publisher

While there are many legitimate publishers and small press, especially in niche markets, always check the reputation of a publisher before doing anything.

You can check a comprehensive list of publishers and service providers that have been vetted by ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors).

DO NOT enter into an agreement with a publisher without checking their background, history, reputation and ethics first.

 

Writer, reader, editor, copy editor, proofreader, publisher, cover designer, book marketer, self-publishing consultant

No one person can supply all these services. Beware of failed writers trying to make a buck on the side by offering services that they are not qualified to provide.

DO NOT pay for amateurs. If you have to pay for a service, pay for professional services offered by reputable providers.

 

avoid scam agents in self publishingMake informed choices

There are no easy ways to become successful in book publishing, so the best way to avoid scammers and the possibility of being ripped off is to understand from the outset that publishing a book will be a tough job.

For those authors and writers who are trying to publish for the first time, there are three established and safe avenues to getting a book published.

 

Traditional Publishing

This means approaching literary agents with the hope of being contracted and having your book published and then promoted by one of the large publishing houses.

This, of course, is the most difficult and time-consuming method and it will involve sending submissions to a number of agents and then waiting and hoping.

The rejection rate is so high these days that a new author will need a lot of luck. It is not impossible of course, but for new writers, it is not very easy at all.

 

Pros: No publishing costs to an author and an advance is often paid.

Cons: Difficult to get published and royalties can be quite low. An author also must sign away rights to a book.

 

Self-Publishing

As the name implies, self-publishing means that an author will have to do everything that is necessary to get a book published, and then to market it and hopefully sell enough copies online to get a return on the time invested in writing and self-publishing a book.

For those authors who are totally new to electronic self-publishing, it will be a learning curve to begin with and it is necessary to have a sound knowledge of basic word processing, computer and Internet skills.

These basic skills include uploading and downloading files, formatting Word documents styles, converting Word files to pdf and epub files, image resizing, as well as having a good understanding of file management.

Although self-publishing is generally free, there will be some costs in preparing a book for publication. These could include expenses for a book cover, editing and proofreading.

If you find self-publishing technology beyond your ability and need to use an assisted self-publishing service, always make sure you retain all rights to your book, and that all royalties are paid to you directly by the online retailer.

 

Pros: Quick to publish in e-book or paperback. Free or at least very cheap depending on preparation costs. Authors own all their book rights.

Cons: Some computer skills to learn. All facets of publishing, marketing and selling are the responsibility of the author.

 

What to expect to pay for reputable services:

Pre-made e-book cover. US$30-60

Custom made book cover. US$250-500

Proofreading and correction – basic. US$ 200-400 for approx 80,000 words.

Assisted self-publishing services. Preparation of manuscript files and publishing for you on Kindle Direct Publishing for ebook and paperback, and Smashwords or Draft2digital for ebook distribution. US$200-250.

 

More reading: How Much Does It Cost To Publish A Book Using Self-Publishing?

 

Vanity Publishing

Although vanity publishing has been frowned upon for a long time, there are still a few large vanity publishing houses around.

A few traditional publishers used the services of one vanity publisher as a means to offer this method of publishing to new authors, but thankfully, most have closed down these expensive pseudo-self-publishing sites.

Unfortunately, some vanity publishers have re-branded and re-named their services as self-publishing, which it definitely is not.

Never confuse self-publishing with vanity publishing.

No matter how well-known or established vanity publishing is, or if it goes by a new name, new authors need to be aware that it will be a very, very expensive way to publish a book.

Most of their websites make no mention of the prices they will charge, which should be a warning. You can read my take on Newman Springs Publishing as an example of what to look for when you are making a decision about a book publisher.

Vanity publishing means that the author pays for everything for a book to be published, which can often amount to thousands of dollars.

This cost does not normally include marketing a book other than that it will possibly be available on the vanity publisher’s website.

Vanity publishing is easy, but it is an awfully expensive way to fill your basement with 5,000 copies of a book, which you may or probably, may not ever sell.

The key warning signal that you are dealing with a vanity press is when you discover that you are being asked to pay a huge amount of money upfront to publish your book. This is when the word scam springs to mind very quickly.

 

More reading: Is This Publisher Legit? How You Can Make Your Decision

 

Vanity publishers are not interested in selling your book to readers. They only want to sell books to you, the author.

 

There have also been many complaints about the high-pressure business practices of certain vanity publishers.

Be careful, and search the Internet for customer feedback on any company you may consider before committing to a publishing contract and handing over your money.

Samita Sarkar wrote a very good article about how to spot publishing scams for the Huffington Post.

Her warning signals in the piece are very good advice. These four are classic for high-pressure selling vanity publishers.

“The publisher’s website contains little to no information to attract readers, and is almost entirely devoted to selling to authors.”

“The website contains slogans about helping authors, “tell their story” by “letting the experts guide them,” etc.”

“In exchange for your name, email, and phone number, you can download a free publishing guide.”

“Expect a call later on that same day, before even opening the guide.”

I can personally attest to this last point. I was once pestered with almost daily phone calls for over two months by one of the most well-known vanity publishers.

 

Pros: Trade publishing quality books with paid editing and cover design services.

Cons: Annoying high-pressure selling by some vanity publishers. Usually extremely expensive with no effective marketing support. 

 

Conclusion

As an author, if you receive an offer that is too good to be true, it surely will be. In publishing a book, there is only one way to succeed –the hard way, and no amount of money thrown at a publisher will make it any easier.

In my opinion, a new author has two sensible choices when it comes to getting a book published – either try to work with a literary agent and a reputable publishing house or self-publish and enjoy the learning curve and the journey.

Both are tough, but that’s the reality of book publishing today. There is no easy way.

 

Related reading: Reputable Publishing Companies That You Can Rely On

 

Helpful links for new authors

Publishing Services Rated By ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors)
List of Literary Agents UK & US
Kindle Direct Publishing
Smashwords
Draft2Digital
Lulu

 

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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

72 thoughts on “New Authors Beware of Scam Agents and Publishing Sharks

  • Eons ago when I first started my writing career, I, too, received a letter from an agent who wanted to represent me. Of course, there were minimal fees. I was about to jump on it when I realized, the only way she could have found me was via my website which was MY first amateur attempt at website design programming. The only information I could find for this person was a PO box and city. I decided to keep my cash and waited. Years later when I was the coordinator for a local writing conference, I received a letter from an agent who was willing to come – for free – to talk and mingle. I, to say the least, was quite ecstatic. I was about to offer her the spot when I decided to check her out. Hm? Same city and another PO box. My curiosity piqued, I dug a little closer. Over the years I had become quite a web sleuth. Come to find out she was quite the scam artist, including faking her own death and fleeing the country to avoid retribution. She was back and had almost nailed me. I, once again, withheld the monies, the organization’s this time, and moved forward with a more reputable agent. What I’m trying to share with many words, no only the newbie, but also a “been around the block at least once” author can be trapped by a scammer if the bait is really good. Always step back if it seems too good. It could be, but it might not be. My friends have been scammed, one by an publisher who absconded with all his money and the other, scammed by an agent who billed her $350 quarterly for services rendered. It wasn’t until she asked to see where the agent had been submitting did she get poor photocopies of obviously doctored rejects. She had decided to submit on her own, too, and didn’t want to duplicate efforts. That was after 3 quarters ($1050) of supposed rejections for a total of 4 reject forms. As you said – the waters are full of them. Swim cautiously.

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    • Some time last year a man with a funny accent who’s name I remember was Nelson Suares or Suarez from Pageturner, Press and Media? turned up offering dreams. I never believed the man but I still got his email which showed their address in CA. I might pay them a visit to see if I was wrong.

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  • Predators & Editors seems to have gone to sleep right now, due to lack of staff. Too bad.

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  • You missed one major opportunity for authors — small, independent publishers. They offer the same services as the major New York publishers in that there are no upfront costs for authors nor is there a requirement to buy X amount of copies of your own book. They often pay higher royalties than bugger presses but there are no advances and distribution can range from good to almost no existent. But you also don’t need an agent to get your foot in the door.

    The biggest rule to follow in looking for a legitimate publisher is, if they ask for money upfront for anything, no matter what they call it, they’re not legit. Check out publishers of your favorite trade paperback novels. Those are often small press. Also find a recent copy of Literary Marketplace LMP — often carried by libraries. They list publishers and agents and what they’re seeking. Then check out the websites listed for more information.

    Yes, you have to spend some time researching what’s best for you, but it took you months to write the book, shouldn’t you be willing to put some time into finding the best home for it?

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  • I was contacted by New Reader Magazine. Their address is 100 Church St NY,NY.
    They said their research team found my book on line and offered to turn it into a screenplay and submit it to producers _for a price of course.
    They claimed they had done the same for, Dances with Wolves,Twelve Years a Slave ,No Country for Old Men and many others.
    Their approach was very professional with email and follow up phone call
    Just thought you would like to know.

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    • Hi. Did you find out anything in your research of them, or have you had any direct dealings with them? They also contacted me. I cannot seem to find any negative information about them. …. Thanks .. C

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      • Who are “them”? I can’t answer your question without a bit more precision.

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    • New Reader Magazine/Media also just contacted me, 10.4.18. They have an impressive web site, especially regarding book to film. Email and snail mail contract. Also polished delivery, but I noticed the email was chock a block with grammar and spelling errors. I didn’t get the Dances with Wolves bit.

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      • New Reader Magazine contacted me as well. I am a Paralegal and I am a little leery.

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    • I was just contacted by New Reader Magazine as well and offered a “Partnership”. Does anyone have any idea at all if this group is just another scam????

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      • I had never come across New Reader Magazine before you comment. But looking at their site, and the media & partnership page, in particular, tells me it wants to make money, like any business. So I suppose it is up to you to discern what NRM means by a partnership. But as with all unsolicited “opportunities” that you are offered online, tread very carefully.

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      • I was contacted as well by NRM. Did anyone follow through with their contract? Does anyone know more about them? If they are scammers or legit?
        Thank you

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        • I self published with Xilibris as a new author and was bitterly disappointed as they failed to deliver on any of their promises and living in SOUTH AFRICA, I cannot do anything about it. Their editing was non existant and they published my novel wirh new chapters starting halfway down the pages. I had given them them a corrected draft weeks before printing yet they still printe the original manuscript. They are TOTALLY unreliable and unscrupulous and
          owe me royalties as well. That was in September 2010. Suddenly within this last year since 31 May 2018 I have received different phone calls from 3 different companies, each one offering to republish. The first two, Capstone Media Services and Book Adventure asking for a fee. The last company phoned on the 1st March 2019, they are asking for 19%-20% of the royalities after republushing. The company URlink Print and Media.
          Are these THREE companies, Capstone Media services,, Book Adventure and URlink Print and Media reputable companies and can any of these THREE companies be trusted. Thank you for your assistance.

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    • I was contacted by New Reader Media to rent out some bookshelves to promote some books. Yet, the lack of information I’m finding is concerning, not to mention the spelling errors and lack of spacing in some of the sentences of the contract. I’m hesitate to send back a signed contract. Has anyone successfully worked with this company?

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    • I was lulled in by AuthorHouse and fell victim to their scams. Please all stay away from this company! I have lodged a complaint with the BBB of central Indiana and attempted to dispute some of the charges via VISA. I lost a considerable amount of money and prior to severing my association with them realized just under $40.00 in royalties. The company retains a A+ Better Business Bureau rating. How that remains possible is astounding and frustrating to me!

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  • I was about to sign on with a Company, I was talking to 2 different agency, but did not really trust neither,
    due to my gut feeling, I was right. One agent continues to call and email me when I had told them prior. I would contact them after I had made my mind up. But the 2 agent was very patient, I asked that they send me a copy of a contract, the contract had scam written all over it. They wanted me to pay so much upfront and then access to my credit or debit card.

    I had forwarded them my manuscript along with images attached to my manuscript, one agent asked that I send the images separately. I knew just by that they were going to try and steal my images for their own purpose. It’s best to beware of any agent. Even if they advertise on TV

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    • I received another email from one of the agents, I had contact with in my journey on finding a good Publisher, I could not believe he would try to connect with me again. Well, he did. I deleted his email as SPAM

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  • I sent my manuscript to a publisher and they said they wanted to charge me a $595 for publishing the book,and $299 for 10 months after. I pay the publishing fee,That’s a red flag for me,I’m asking for them to return my manuscript.

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    • Hey – Was this Page Publishing? Just wanted to ask because I got the same thing and it was Page Publishing.

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  • Made me laugh that there were two ads for this very thing after the first paragraph of your blog post put in by Google Ads, it looks like. ;)

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  • I’m working on my first book of poetry and I’m learning a lot in the process of looking into where publish it. I 99.9% sure I’m going the self publishing route now. I just want to go over a few things with one consult again, but I’m pretty sure in the end I will be telling them thanks for everything, but this isn’t the right direction for me. I want to make the right choice for myself especially since I don’t have a lot of money right now to put into publishing and I also don’t mind waiting to publish when I can afford my own site, etc.

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  • Great article on navigating the sometimes shark-filled waters of self-publishing. Keep up the great work.
    Thanks
    Cary

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  • Author Pro somehow found out that I had self published a book and offered to sponsor it for a price. They also kept calling me but that set up red flags! Something may not be right and they asked for too much! Always check out someone like that before making any decisions! A lady who published her book on escaping an abusive relationship set up a website stating that she was scammed! There was also a report on line that they take you money then you don’t hear from them again!

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  • I self-published a book in 2013. I have not done any marketing in at least 2+ years. For some reason, during the past 6 months, I’ve had a half a dozen unsolicited phone calls from companies that want to republish my book. They each had an ambiguous reasons how my book was picked, but each claimed that someone did read it and passed it on to the sales rep. They all said how great my book was and that it could even be made into a movie. After doing some research on the internet I realize that each of these companies, in my opinion, are nothing more then a republishing scam. One company was pressuring me to pay them without even a contract because their fair was coming up soon. It started at $2,500 and ended up offering a fee of $1000. Each company offered various services that I could buy, and they probably would republish my book and place it at a book fair or send it to a movie agent. However, the cost that they wanted to charge for their services was outrageous. I could do it all myself at little or no cost. It’s a shame that so many companies are now preying on individuals who dream of having a best-selling book.

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  • I was contacted by Harper Media and stupidly paid them $1299. They gave me a website and follow up within 30 days of impressive numbers. They were supposed to follow up with two more months of media release and didn’t. They took down my website and never answered any emails or calls. Now blocking both. I contacted the BBB. Very disappointed. Now New Readers Magazine is calling. Frustrating who to trust.

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  • I have received this call about taking a little course for $9.00 per month then if they like my stuff that they would publish and something about editing etc. 30 day free trial. I was really excited at first then suddenly my feet got cold and old saying come thru my mind. If it sounds real good it more likely RUN the other way! I really appreciate the help from other writers about who to stay away from. I think this company name was Ievers. Spelling I’m not sure of or where they are from.
    Thank you

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  • There’s a lady with thick accent that kept calling me since last month. She says she’s from a company Book77 Publishing. I checked their website and got nothing but shady promises and “testimonials” without any proof who these authors are. Gut feels says they are scam. I immediately asked to not be called ever again. They were offering $1,000+ of useless marketing services.

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  • New Reader has called and emailed me saying that they are interested in sponsorship or partnership with me with a book I am currently writing? They are aware of the subject and content of my book.
    Has anyone ever had them make an offer like this to you? Thanks.

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    • I’ve had many offers like this. My advice is to listen, be wary and be very, very careful.

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    • I was just offered a partnership with them, too, but on the advice of my lawyer I think I’m going to pass. They started out by saying my share of the partnership would be $4000, yet the contract asks for $4600. They supposedly put up the rest to equal $8000, and if I’m not satisfied with the results at the end of my 6 month contract I will get all my money back, and get to keep everything they created for marketing purposes for my own use.

      I checked out their website, looks professional, and I admit that their approach was very professional. I had concerns over the 3 author’s testimonials on their home page though. One had no Amazon author page. One had no author pic or bio on Amazon. The other had neither. When I asked, stating that didn’t they think having an Amazon author page was important with regards to marketing I was told that some authors don’t want to be discovered or famous. So, then, why would they sign up with a marketing company? Sounded fishy to me.

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  • For your interest…… Received this today and was elated as my focus is attempting to get past the gatekeepers and try and get a pitch with a film production company. However this was unsolicited and of course, will tread very carefully treating, the contact with suspicion and interrogate them to find the pitfalls. The first warning is they have NOT tried to contact me today or in the past, and am fairly sure my phone number has not been publicised. I don’t fancy a long distance chat at my expense which could be loaded with `blather` ….so my contact will be by paper trailing via emails. Will keep you posted. ??

    Michael,
    This is Christian Smith from New Reader International. Your book has been partially reviewed by our 3rd party research team based on location , genre, and category, and we would love to work with you on this one since your book is one of the 5 projects we’re considering as an option to be forwarded to our film partners for a movie adaptation. We want to hear your thoughts about how you want the storyline to flow. I tried contacting you but I couldn’t reach your number . What is your best phone number ? Please phone me back as soon as you receive this. Be blessed.

    Truly yours,

    Christian Smith
    Senior Business Development Associate
    100 Church Street
    Suite 800
    New York NY, 10007

    http://www.newreadermagazine.com
    [email protected]
    1(800) 734-7871 ext 105
    1-323-421-3800

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    • I received an identical email to yours and honestly don’t know what to make of it.

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    • They also contacted me and I have to say they were very professional and convincing. I contacted my lawyer and sent him the contract. He advised not to sign with them. They want $4600 up front for my share of the partnership, they cover the other half. If I’m not satisfied with the results of the campaign at the end of 6 months I get a full refund. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

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  • Archway Publishers from Simon & Shuster contacted me. But I read in the intetnet that they too are scascammed… Has anyone been contacted by Archway?
    Thanks so much…

    Alize H.

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  • Have had some communication with both Newman Springs Publishing from NJ and Pace Publishing concerning my first novel. I like the soup-to-nuts turnkey format but I’m wary. Any feedback would be appreciated

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  • I have been contacted by at least a half a dozen different publishers wanting to republish the novel I published in 2013. Each of them have said that my book was chosen because it contained all the elements of a successful novel. Personally, I believe that these publishing companies are preying on the egos of previous published writers. I’m sure they will fulfill all the services that they promise, but at a price. However, they cannot promise that your book will be any more successful that it was previously. In my opinion, these are simply vanity publishers, reaching out to writers who have previously published a book, trying to make money.

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  • Anybody know about Bookwhip They called me seemed like a scam?

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    • They are legitimate. I was able to republish my book with them and it was amazing.

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  • I wrote a children’s book but felt my 1st attempt at publishing was a scam. Wanted me to buy a package for alot of money. Can someone help me with what 1st step i should take to get my book published? I really would like to make this book a reality.

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  • I’m in contact with Newman springs and have their contract in front of me should I sign?

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  • Authors Beware of New Reader Scam
    On December 20, 2018, “Kevin Wilson” from New Reader called me asking for $4,000 in exchange for promotion of my book, Zero Waste in the Last Best Place, in five prominent bookstores, including The Strand in New York, Elliot Bay in Seattle, Powell’s in Portland, and City Lights in San Francisco. Kevin told me that his editor had read my book, liked it very much and wanted to include it in an exclusive promotion that New Reader was going to be running on DIY books for the first quarter of 2019, that they already had three authors selected, that they were seeking two more, and I was one of these two lucky individuals. To be included in this elite group, I had to make a decision by December 22nd. I was skeptical, as I had already wasted $10,000 on a lackluster promotion effort by Danielle Grobmeier and Rian Rosado of Lavidge. After consulting with my attorney, and several other Montana authors and media professionals, they suggested I call these book stores, and get testimonials from other New Reader clients. I did. None of the book stores had ever heard of New Reader or had ever done any business with them. Kevin sent me the phone number of Manuel in Florida who told me that New Reader was currently turning his trilogy into a movie. Manuel also mentioned a few movies that New Reader had been involved in, but was conspicuously unspecific regarding the details. Kevin told me that it was very important that I make a decision before the end of the year as they would not likely run a DIY feature for another couple years. I countered the offer on December 22nd at 5pm, one hour before he closed his shop for the day, telling Kevin that I would put the $4,000 in an escrow account that we would draw down from as New Reader met its promotion and sales goals of 200 – 300 sales per month. At this point he went dark. I’m writing this on the second-to-last full business day of 2018. Kevin Wilson and New Reader are engaged in criminal behavior.

    Kevin’s initial message is below:

    Dear Bradley Edward Layton,

    This is Kevin Wilson from New Reader International – Media, Magazine and Digital Film company.

    Our chief editor has read your book and recommended to have it featured on the next issue of our magazine. It’s also one out of five projects that we’re considering to be forwarded to our film partners for a movie adaptation. We would love to discuss with you our interest in investing for this book. We will willing to invest half of the total cost of this campaign and looking to creating a partnership with you.

    With this campaign, we are targeting to land a film contract. You will be getting seventy percent of the money stipulated in the film contract. Your commitment and satisfaction is very important to us. If you are not satisfied with the result after six months of our work. We will be able to reinstate your investment – MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.

    I tried contacting you but I couldn’t reach your number. You can reach me at xxxxxxxx

    Please ring me back as soon as you receive this.

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Wilson
    Senior Business Development Associate

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    • I edited your comment during moderation to remove personal contact details, Bradley.

      But I have to say that while it might be a scam, there is no proof of criminality. However, it always pays to be very wary of unsolicited offers.

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    • Mr. Layton, I too just yesterday, received a request from NRM (Kevin Wilson). However mine wasn’t as lengthy, but basically read the same. He said my book was submitted to them by his list of avid editors from NY and they were loooking to feature my book ON the June issue of their magazine. They spoke of investing $$ in my book etc etc. I checked out the latest issues of the magazine, and didn’t care for what I saw. So, I didn’t return his call. Not interested. He also told me that he tried to reach me by phone, but couldn’t get ahold of me. Well…I checked my phone for either of his phone numbers listed, and guess what…NOT THERE.

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  • NRM contacted me with the offer of promotion, three bookstores of my choice, a website, etc. for $4100. I would get 50% of the profits from sales after the cost of book production, or about $3 per book. I already get this from my publisher, VirtualBookworm, whom I highly recommend as an ethical, affordable, and reliable self-publisher. VRM is offering to promote my book, which it “selected” from many others. So I looked at two similar books that they have also selected and featured in their magazine, and from what I can see their promotion has done nothing for book sales. One book has only two Amazon reviews since it was featured in New Reader Magazine, and the other book has absolutely NO reviews, and the excerpt I read was so full of grammatical errors that I found it unpleasant to read. Neither book had a gripping appeal to be read. I was not impressed and I don’t plan to give them $4100. Please let me know if anyone out there has had success with NRM and recommends them.

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  • what about Holy Fire Publishers??

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  • Covenant Books, Inc., 11661 Hwy 707, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 has emailed me a formal offer to publish my children’s book, “Brownie and Me”. They want me to sign a contract and pay $395 down and $295 a month for 10 months. It sounds like a good deal to me, but my daughter told me it sounds like a scam.

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  • My name is Manuel Pelaez and I also received an email from New Reader Magazine, Kelly Smith is the senior associate handling everything, my trilogy action novel books are being made into a film adaptation and it’s at the final stages for bidding, this cost me $6,600 dollars and my other project a children’s book is being made into a fully animated motion picture, so far this has cost me $7,000 dollars, this project is part of other investors costing $149,000 dollars, my part is $35,000 dollars, I want to be crystal clear that if I don’t receive any financial gains on anything, plus receive official documentations are given to me, I will not give out anymore money period, so far I’ve been featured on spotlight in NewReaderMedia, and waiting to be featured on NewReaderMagazine as a contributor, I hope that New Reader Magazine is the real deal, soon I’ll find out.

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    • Hi, I was contacted by New Reader Magazine aswell! And are they legit?

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      • They are legit, as far as I know, but you have to ask yourself whether you want to lay out $4,000 for a website and a very small ad in an on-line magazine. They may or may not succeed in placing your book in bookstores (many bookstores refuse), and anyway Amazon.com is where you really need the book placed. Also, NRM doesn’t guarantee any sales. They say you’ll get your money back, but they might no longer be in business when you go looking for the money and you may need to hire a lawyer to try to get the money. It’s not worth it, in my opinion. A website is easy to do yourself or you can hire it out for about $500. The ad looks useless to me. I think they may be legit but their price is way to high and what they’re offering is too little.

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  • Ok, Thankyou very much! And yes what you are saying is true. Yet, they offered a partnership to promote the book to get a film contract….., but what if they are not in business during the 6-9 months business partnership…

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    • The film contract they find might require more money from you. They don’t say that it won’t. I just think you can do better for less money.

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  • I would look at this just like you were going to hire a contractor to do a job on your house. Just like asking for references, I would ask what other movies they have produced. If they do provide you with a name, get more than one, Then ask to get in touch with the author’s and asked them about their experience and if they had to pay more than what you have already been told; were they satisfied, etc.. If the company gives you some BS line like, “that information is confidential”, then that to me is a big red flag. If they are legit, then they would want you to talk to their other clients. Good luck.

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    • Hi, please does anyone know is Tredition publishing house is real? They’re based in Germany.

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  • I too was contacted by New Reader Magazine but didn’t have the money they wanted. If they are legit, ask for a link of something the have produced. If you get something please share it with us.

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  • I recently was contacted by the New Readers Media about my recently published book. They sent me their agreement which to me was totally one sided. For example, they say “money back guarantee”, however, according to the agreement, they may cancel, or, change the terms of the agreement at any time with or without cause. Yet, if they cancel or change the agreement & I do not agree with the changes, they keep major portion of my payment & return to me the balance. This is very alarming to me because “cancellation or modification clause” supersedes the guarantee. I asked NRM, if they actually guarantee sale of screen play option, why don’t they pay the entire amount & then deduct it from the sale proceeds to which they did not have a convincing answer.
    They said total cost of publicity & full feature screen play is $20,000. They pay 50% of it & I pay the balance. In return they get 30% of the option price offered by the film production company.
    I read the reviews & it appears that nobody can say with assurance whether New Readers Media actually brings an offer for the screen play. Additionally, it seems that once you sign the agreement, they may keep asking for more money.
    I like to know if anybody actually received offer for the screen play and made money with NRM.
    Thanks.

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  • I currently have two projects with New Reader Magazine, the first one this June 2019 it will be one year, hopefully when they finish the book trailer the movie agent lands a film contract. The second one will take seven months for the animators to finish, the bottom line is landing film contracts period. No one is in this business to waste time, I personally will tell everyone what the results are, New Reader Magazine forms a partnership for the absolute reason to make money, if not that company will go out of business. I don’t mine investing money as long as it produces results, we all shall see soon what the end results are which that is key.

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  • Is New Reader Magazine in business to promote books and get film contracts for them or are they in business to make money off authors by presenting what looks like a fantastic deal then asking for more money?

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  • Certainly, they are in business to make money by presenting authors what looks like a favorable deal. Whether they will ask for more money is unknown. All an author can do is evaluate the deal and ask, “Can I realistically expect to make back my investment plus a profit, based on what they are promising to do for me?” My own answer to that question was, “No way.”

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  • This entire situation with New Reader Magazine can only go two ways: either do exactly what they promise they can do, meaning landing film contracts, nothing else because promoting books is a waste of time. The other is failing to do what they promise and being exposed for everyone to know, which will cause them to go bankrupt and start up FBI investigations everywhere, it won’t end well for them. They ask me for more money with a animated children’s book that is very special, my other project they didn’t ask for more money, please, keep in mind that investing in something that is a billion dollar Industry is a no brainer, the financial benefits are remarkable, that said, only with legitimate and respectable companies that have credibility. To end this, New Reader Magazine has to prove themselves and have successful stories to show everyone they are the real deal, I will tell everyone my results as soon as they finish.

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  • I too have been contacted by New Reader, with talk of a screen play and a film deal.
    They sound very convincing but has anyone experienced a successful contract with them?

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  • It was interesting to read what all the authors had to say about New Readers. I too got the same information but my quoted price was $17,500 to promote my book. They pay $10,000, I pay $7,500. This is a 50 page young readers book. The deal included what was covered by other people it would be in 3 bookstores of my choice and all the internet promo. Looks like the price is more expensive for little books! Oh, they also were going to be printing it themselves only in hard copy. It was also $24,ooo to get a screenplay written to be sent to the powers that be, to make it into a film. I would pay $14,000 of that. I understand another person did some research and contacted these libraries and there is no banner and magic shelf in their libraries. The guy I talked to seemed nervous at times, some of my basic questions he could not answer. He would have to go to management. The contract was full of typos, misspelled words. You know what they say, “Just say no!” THE END

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  • All I can say is DO NOT USE FIVERR!! Every single “freelancer” I contacted, probably 10-12, were all,
    a) in Nigeria, which should have sent off bells, b) submitted totally unprofessional work that they obviously did not know how to do, and c) will try very hard to convince you to up the price, prophesize. to you about Jesus, and d) try to get you to send them money for something: trip to USA, bills, overhead to continue to be a freelancer, some medical issue, and the list goes on. Asking then where they were REALLY located, all admitted Nigeria.

    I am sure there are honest Nigerians doing this work, I just never found any. I deleted the app.

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  • I have been contacted by Newman Springs and when I tried to contact them by Email it was rejected. I tried two different Email addresses to the same person and both were rejected. I think I will keep walking. Any feed back about Xliberis Publishing in Indiana?

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  • I had my book, my life experience as a Canadian Aboriginal published by Xlibris in 2011 and they did an excellent job of editing I, doing the cover and left everything up to me for my written approval. I’m a Canadian Aboriginal, formerly called Indians and if my book was published in Canada the story would have been distorted to the point that there would have been very little, if any truth to the story! Then I spent phenomenal money advertising and promoting my book and copies went very fast at book fairs when I was autographing them and giving them away.

    Unfortunately that’s as far as it went! I got next to nothing in royalties and in 2016 Xlibris asked me for $15,500.00 for a publicist and I would have ABSOLUTELY no way of knowing if the were just going to take my money and say they got a publicist then just give me a little bit of money! Then in 2017 asked me for $1,500.00 to try and get Indigo, Canada’s largest book store chain to market my book. An author shouldn’t have to pay a publishing company to try and market their book in a large book store chain, the publisher should be doing that to increase sales. There used to be a website titled pissedconsumer.com/xlibris/rt-f,html with many complaints about Xlibris.

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  • I have just started to work with Xliberis and so far I am starting to get worried that they are just looking for $$$$ . It seems that all or part of conversations that I have had with anyone there sound like “Indians” the kind from India. When it comes to money they always show a number and the a 50 % discount. They talk about getting my work on Amazon etc. I have committed to pay them $2,000.00 for publishing nd MARKETING. Then yesterday they hit me up for another $200.00I am staring to feel like I am being led on. I am a SENIOR Citizen who like to write stories that are on the sexy, exotic side. They told me that they would be able to publish as long as the characters were of age of consent. Should I continue with XLiberis or cut my losses and run for the hills??

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  • In October, 2018, I was approached by Brian Mandoza who was with Carter Press. I had a children’s book and decided to publish it with them. I paid a deposit on October 26, 2018. Soon after, the company changed to BookVine. Soon after that, the phone number and email to Brian no longer worked. In December, I received contact from someone else and was told this man no longer worked there and now the company was Bookwhip. I sent an email and cancelled the contract and they gave me my money back in full. Today is April 4, 2019 and they are still advertising my book on their website, plus it’s at Amazon.com, Books-A-Million.com and many others. I know there have been sales on the book but I have not received any royalties over these past few months. I have called them and the manager has yet to return my call. DON’T USE THESE PEOPLE for your publisher!!!

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  • Anyone know of an HONEST and RELIABLE Publishing house that is not out to take advantage of new and dumb authors who don’t know when they are being skinned alive? Xliberis sold me a package that they told me would include placement on Amazon Barnes and Noble etc. Yesterday they sold me another item for “Books a million” for $200 more. I am getting concerned that they are ripping me off.

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    • Xlibris will probably keep asking you for more money so don’t give them anymore! Tell them that if they want more money you’ll have to see at least enough royalties to cover you costs so far, otherwise they’ll keep asking for more money!

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  • Xlibris îs part of Author Solutions and has been flagged on AlLi’s list of publishers to avoid for a very long time. Author Solutions has a long history of problems and legal issues.

    https://selfpublishingadvice.org/allis-self-publishing-service-directory/self-publishing-service-reviews/#listing-X

    Read here about how to decide if a publisher is reliable.
    https://justpublishingadvice.com/the-best-publishing-companies-that-you-can-rely-upon/

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  • I have two projects ongoing with New Reader Magazine and I will give the results once available, and this will shut up everyone that has any doubts, I stopped dealing with book publishing companies especially XLibris, because that’s a scam, they charge you a fortune for marketing and the royalties are a joke, at least in the Hollywood industry there’s way more money, everyone be patient that I will give the results soon, thank you Manny Pelaez.

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