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Predators and Editors

Updated on April 6, 2010

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Predators and Editors is a must have site for all new writers out there who are ready to submit to publishers and agents. I use this site myself and it has saved me so far from some nasty pitfalls. Predators and Editors is a site guide to publishing and publishers. If you want to know if the publishing company, or agent you want to submit your manuscript to is legit or on the up and up then Predators and Editors will tell you if they are or not. They do not limit just there as you can even check out Attorneys, Screen writing publishers, and Gaming publishers. If you do not see the agency on their list you can easily even contact them to help you look into them more. It is actually common knowledge if you are a serious writer to know that no agency or agent should charge you a fee to read your manuscript. Predators and Editors warns if the agent or agency charges a reading fee, and even the agent.agencies success rate. It is still up to the person digression if they still want to contact the said agent/agency.

Writing and Publishing Hand In Hand Yet Separate

In being a writer/ author not only do you need to know how to write, but also need to know about the publishing business as well. I really did not think I had to know about the publishing business. I quickly learned and realized I needed to educate myself more on publishing side of things, or I was never going to never make it and get taken for all I am worth. While writing and publishing go hand in hand these two are actually separate entities. Once you have gotten past the writing and completed your manuscript you step into a whole another world when you decided to publish. Sadly schemers are everywhere whether you self publish or go the traditional publishing route. Scamming publishing companies or Literary agents can be crafty and if you walk into the publishing business a novice you can easily fall prey mistaking a self publisher for a traditional publisher. There are many types of self publishing and the two that can often get mixed up with being traditional publishers are Vanity presses and Subsidiary Publishing.

 Vanity Presses and Subsidiary Publishers

If not informed in the publishing business you might totally disregard these types of publishing, I know I did at first. The reason these two types fit into self publishing category is you pay to have your book published, but they sometimes have a dazzling front that makes you think they are traditional publishers. Here they are more in-depth

Vanity Presses- They are publishing companies that publish a book at the author’s expense. The term vanity comes from that these companies appealing to the writer’s vanity to be published. They get their profit from the author’s payment not the sales of the book like traditional publishers. Their prices can be costly and even enforce a binding contract that you may or may not regret later. For example say a publishing company will read your manuscript no charge, Next you then get a reply they like your book and offer you a book contract. Of course you think this is great! When you are hit with the sucker punch that you have to get your own editor, pay for a copy of your own book along with any other books you may want to give or sell. Another thing also have to be your own PR agent in promoting your book. If you know nothing of self promoting you are kind of left out in the cold.

Subsidiary publishers- They are pretty much the same as vanity press as they take money from the author to publish their book. The difference is they do offer small editing and promotional services of course all for a high fee that is incorporated in the whole subsidiary price. They also known take a percentage of rights over the book as well. In an example is Dorrance Publishing. They flat out say they are a Subsidiary publishing company. A novice writer looking for a publishing company might not know though what Subsidiary publishing is really. The same scenario happens with them. They charge no fee to read the manuscript, but then you are hit with, yes we would like your book and here is how much it will cost to publish your book and we have a lovely low payment plan. Dorrance is not all bad though as they now have a plan where if you lose your income at anytime you have no obligation to them and can walk away. Quite vague, but that the way they work.

Final Note

They say knowledge is power and I believe this saying is true. If you really want to be a writer and get published you cannot take any shortcuts. Do not only study writing, or English or grammar. If you want to be published learn about the business side of writing too which is publishing. It can save you time and money and lead to possible success!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great information and hub. I didn't know about the publishers so thanks for the information.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you Pamela my first comment! I wanted to inform and hoped people could take something away from this hub so your words mean a lot thank you!

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      coffeesnob 7 years ago

      Wow! this is really useful information thanks

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Coffee love the new pic! Thank you so much, for I really tried to write something that could be of use to other writers out there.

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Another very informative hub and the points are so helpful as well, but the shark must be very scary! Well done. Enjoy.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Sorry for the scary Shark. Its to represent the pedators out there in the publishing biz. I am happy though you found it informative.

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      tweetter 7 years ago

      Informative hub@@ Thanx for this nice article

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      The first time I heard the tittle, it makes me impressed. I get new information from you. That's wonderful idea. Thanks for showing me about this. Good work, Janny!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      the shark is pretty good, maight i link the hub on my blog?

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Tweetter- Thank you very much. I happy I was able to convey correctly and be informative. Hope it helps.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Prasetio yes! I am so happy your found the title impressive I was hoping that it sounded catchy and it would make you go hmm let me check this out. Thank you much I happy you enjoyed it.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Rebecca- Yes you may I am honored once again. I do love the shark image too, thought it fit with the theme of the hub. Thank you!

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Great information here.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you daisyjae.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Good information. I've used the vanity press Lulu, which is a print on demand publisher and, while it is fairly expensive to do, if I want a single copy of something I can get one. I've used this for my own art books, and I've been considering it as a venue for written work.

      There is indeed a lot of shark-infested waters in the publishing world, and it is sad to think how much a writer has to be aware of to navigate them safely. Wouldn't it be nice if writers could just write????

      Nah... it'll never happen.

      Thanks for your article, Janny. It had some suberb info.

      Mike

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you Mike. Yes I have tested Lulu out breifly then cancelled it though. Wow this hub started out with a score of 49 and now it's 72. WOW!!!

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      smart hub thought thanks

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you thevoice for stopping by and reading. Happy you enjoyed.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Hi thanks for telling us all about this. So many people get caught not knowing the risks involved. Oh you got the right pic for this one too. very scarey. thanks for sharing this with us.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Hello Eileen you are welcome. I like to support and help my fellow writers if I can. Thank you so much for commenting. Score 1 again for the shark picture!

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      salt 7 years ago from australia

      Thankyou. Wonderful advise.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you salt.

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Janny...

      Powerful hub here...Hehehe! I doubt sharks, and by sharks you know who, would enjoy this hub! But it's great! They had it coming!

      Thumbs up!

      Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

      Al

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Mystique thank you so much!!! I can not believe this hub started out with score of 49 and now look at it. I knew this hub had more value than that. Im a still bit of new writer but I have learned a lot and want to share and help others who have the passion for writing like I do. Thank you again so much.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent information that is timely and needful. Thanks!

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you James much kind of you.

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I love this information. I know so well it can help me make a choice what really would I like to write. Thanks my friend JannyC

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Welcome Teresa! Thank you for coming by.

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      cliffbloggers-before cliff 6 years ago

      Hey i read this and my friend and I are writing a book ourselves...itsc called cliff. we'd like you to check it out and see if you think we have any future in writing. we think that you would be a big help with our writing. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE ONLY THIRTEEN. But NEway you can check it out...our blog name is Before Cliff, so if you look that up we should be the first one up...we have posted chapter three on there now so it may be confusing but we can repost chapters one and two if you want us to..thx...luv Allison and Rachel.

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      JannyC 6 years ago

      Keep writing on Allison and Rachel! Thanks for checking out my writing advice.Shall try and check out your blog.

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Nice post,Thanks

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      JannyC 6 years ago

      Thank you!

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