Self publishing. Legit?
How to spot the self-publishing scams out there and learn what to look for.
There is an endless amount of info out there on how to make sure you don’t get ripped off by the scumbags (is ‘scumbag’ one word or two?) who claim they are King Shit.
They prey on the author who isn’t too sure of how to proceed once their book is done; the author who is uber excited their book is done and just wants to get published ASAP no matter what it takes; and can’t leave out the author who simply has limited knowledge of the industry as a whole and the mere thought of running a scam check wouldn’t enter their mind.
(If any of the above apply to you don’t freak out and call me names – in my opinion you just need to put the time in to the research and then research some more so you’re confident that you made the right decision.)
So, get your list of possible prospects and dig as much as you can. Of course if you have money to just throw away you can ignore everything I’ve said. However, if you aren’t literally rolling thru money (nice visual ‘eh?) you should take a look at these red flags.
It should be automatic to always, always Google the company name with the word ‘scam’ at the end. This is the quickest way to get a glimpse of what they’re about. Note: Just because there isn’t a list of sites saying they’re not a scam doesn’t mean they are on the up and up. That’s why you need to be a freak on research. Knowledge is power right? Hell yes.
If you truly care about your book, you owe it to yourself (and the 5 million long hours it took to write it) to sit your ass down and conduct a top of the line search. The more you learn the better you’ll be.
Unfortunately scams will always be around but if you do your research and learn as much as you can about the industry you should feel confident in your final decision.
You ever hear the saying ‘There’s a sucker born every minute’ (at least I think that’s how it goes!) Well you get the point. Don’t be that sucker.