I have been asked by a book publisher to publish my book

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  1. the clean life profile image77
    the clean lifeposted 9 years ago

    I have been asked by a book publisher to publish my book

    I have received today a formal contract of the manuscript I sent to publisher 2 months age. The problem is that they want $3,995.00 refundable before they start to work on editing etc.  This is my first at this so can anyone help with me with this. They informed me that I only have 10 days to return and its a well know publisher so I have been told.

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image92
    Rochelle Frankposted 9 years ago

    They want money-- that's a red flag. A lot of money-- a bigger red flag.
    They are trying to rush you into a decision-- another one.
    A legit publisher offers a contract when they think they can make money from selling your book-- not from charging you.

    Research the company name and I'll bet you will find them on the 'questionable " list.

  3. MPG Narratives profile image61
    MPG Narrativesposted 9 years ago

    I agree, this sounds very questionable. Try and find out as much information as possible about this company and don't send any money, they are supposed to pay you.

  4. MickS profile image66
    MickSposted 9 years ago

    forget it, a real publisher pays you, not the other way around.  What you have here is a 'Vanity Publisher' the people who run these businesses play up on how good your book is, normally a 1st one, and say they can publish it, and then give you a bill for an up-front payment.   Drop them, I've heard tales of unfinished print runs, no marketing, most big shops and libraries won't touch VPs.  How many agents have you approached, or big publishing houses, the ones you find in The Writers' and Artists' Year Book, or, The Writer's Digest, they also, often, carry articles on VPs.  I've just looked at my index for the 2010 edition of Writers' and Artists'....it has 5 entries on vanity publishing, page 301 is the main article.

  5. Merlin Fraser profile image72
    Merlin Fraserposted 9 years ago

    Personaly I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole....

    There are some quite reputable publishers who are jumping on the Self Publishing band waggon as a way of minimising the risks to themselves.

    My advice is to say "Thanks ...but  No Thanks.!"   Save your money !

  6. DeAd Dolls Inc profile image59
    DeAd Dolls Incposted 9 years ago


    I work for a Book Distribution Company, and we work closely with all the Major Publishing Companies. I have over 10 years in the business, and not once have I ever heard of a Publishing company asking you to pay money.

    In the book world as "Mick" said "Publisher's Pay you". I've worked with over 100 Authors on getting there books published and pushed through the publishing companies and whole sale companies.

    I would not, in anyway go about talking or communicating any further with this place. They are in no way a "Real company". A Real Publisher will offer you money for your Manuscript and lay out the rights to your material how much you and the publisher will each be making and receiving.

    Always remember also to do your research and homework on companies before any type of decision as it may lay into you loosing all right's to your content.

    Hope it helps in your Decision TCL.

  7. Cheeky Girl profile image71
    Cheeky Girlposted 9 years ago

    This is coming up a heck of a lot! First they send you a letter saying they will publish you, then charge you for editing the work, then charge you again for typesetting, then ask you to pay for the designer to design the cover and it goes on and on. This is Vanity Publishing. Every writers course I ever attended warned about this scam, and the writing magazines warn against it. And yet I see the Vanity publishing ads in the writers press too. There's a legitimate firm in the UK that will edit a book and typeset it for under £1,000 sterling. Google the firm Matador or just go to this link for it directly.


    They are legit. They got great mentions from writing students I know and they are in the Writers & Artists Yearbook.

    The reason you are being "sold down the river" by that publisher is the "have only 10 days to return" crap. A Classic sales pressure ploy straight out of the Scam Manual. But the simple litmus test is just ask around for opinions about them. Who knows them? Who used them? And what happened when they did use them?

    Some scammers prey on writers who have publishing hopes, and they try to cash in on peoples dreams of getting their work into print. I wish you the best of luck getting published. (Lulu.com is a good decent place to start if you wanted to become self-published. They can print a 90 page book for less than £5 sterling, sell it on LULU for £10, keep £5. Not bad. Anyway, choosing is the fun part. (Also, do protect and copyright your work too.)

  8. Hi-Jinks profile image61
    Hi-Jinksposted 9 years ago

    It's a scam. First they ask for money, and secondary you have ten days to make a decision.
    Run Run Run
    Also your work may not be much good did you proof read your question 2 months age?

  9. Csjun89 profile image63
    Csjun89posted 9 years ago

    Sounds like a scam, you should stay far away!

  10. Ladybythelake55 profile image59
    Ladybythelake55posted 9 years ago

    I sure wouldn't pay that much money to have my book published. You have your own book published for less than around $500.00 and there will be no slicing and dicing as I call it . It will be as you wrote it. The way it was meant to be without any publicing companies demanding that you pay them for the work.

  11. Gilbert Smith profile image61
    Gilbert Smithposted 9 years ago

    They're scam artists, plain and goddamned simple.

    No reputable publisher would ever ask you for ANY money at all. It's just plain not how the publishing world works.

    Which publisher is it? I doubt a real well known publisher would be trying to pull this crap.

  12. angel115707 profile image60
    angel115707posted 9 years ago

    I really wouldn't I have been writing sense I was a teenager in my parents home, and came across those many times, they will publish it, but you pay for it, basically, and they over charge, and probably won't sell any through them.
      You know if you wan't to publish a book for less, I am considering Blurb.com...it's an online book publisher and you download templates called booksmart for free, edit the book yourself and the cost to order your books, is really nice, you can order, one, three, or over 100, it's not like traditional publishers that expect to print a minimum.  What I like about this option is there are many contests out there that want a real published book and/or chapbook that is already put together with copyright etc. You can then submit your published book rather than a manuscript to major publishers, etc.

  13. profile image56
    celticmelodyposted 9 years ago

    Ditto, what everyone else has said.   I would not take this deal.  Especially, without having an attorney (preferably one with good knowledge of the publishing industry) look it over.

    If you are interested in self publishing, lulu.com and createspace.com (createspace is an Amazon company) will do it for free. 

    Traditional publishers pay you through royalties.

  14. Lifeallstar1 profile image59
    Lifeallstar1posted 9 years ago

    Absolutely NOT!! Do not give them money. I know it's past the 10 days, since you posted this 2 weeks ago but I hope you did not give them money. I have sent manuscripts out to many publishing houses and have learned the in's and out's of how it works. That is never how it works!

    Please tell me the name of the place. Did you find them from a publishing house directory? From an agent? They have books with publishing houses listed and each one wants something different. So you know who to send to and who not to. It's a great source to have before sending a query letter with a few chapters or a cover letter with your full manuscript if it's short like a children's picture book.

    I would be extremely interested to know who would scam people like that. I want to see if their name is listed, as well. I doubt it but you never know if they squeaked in. Are you sure it wasn't an agency? I have seen both agencies and publishing houses that are scams but they usually mail you or you see an ad, which is not the norm ever!

    Please let me know the name of the place. I would greatly appreciate it and if you tell me the type of book it is, I can give you some online sources to help that are not scams at all. They are not publishing houses but they are the real deal as far as who people use. Plus I can tell you which book that is a must have from the bookstore but I need to know if it's for children or adults.

    If you did send to them, let us know what happened after you send the money. But give me the name. I'm dying to know. I will give you feedback on them.

    Thanks for asking about this and I hope you did not send it, from what I saw the first person said but I didn't read through the posts since I just hit "answer this question." I'm going to read through now and I'm sure that's what they told you and maybe you even responded with the name already. Sorry I didn't read through the comments first but I couldn't believe it and had to respond right away, although too late.

  15. Veianet profile image59
    Veianetposted 8 years ago

    congratulations! If they find your work good, maybe it is time for you to self publish...paying publisher ahead is a no-no...you haven't even earn a dime from your hard work. Hope you did not get scammed.

    Good luck to you!

  16. duffsmom profile image62
    duffsmomposted 8 years ago

    No. no. no--been there etc.  A reputable publisher will not require any money from you to publish your book.  These kinds of places, EATON in Florida is one, that preys on people who are hungry to have their work published.  I received the same deal once and did some research.  Don't do it.

  17. profile image50
    Dzon29posted 8 years ago

    Make sure you have all necessary information regarding the work position you're interested in. The initial part on the employment cover letter need to be the area where you will tell them related to your own credentials. You then need to prove to the organization that they'll solely benefit from you and advise them exactly what can you offer. A single important thing will be to deliver the original resume cover letter and sign it using a blue colored ink pen. Ask them to get an occupation interview and explain you will make contact with them regarding that issue.


  18. lovebuglena profile image85
    lovebuglenaposted 6 years ago

    A publisher should never ask you for money if they want to publish your book. If they ask for money stay away from them. It is either a scam or people trying to rip you off. They should be paying you to have your work published with them, for allowing them publish your work.


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