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Legit Publishing Companies

Hi all!

This morning, I received an email from Austin Macauley Publishing to sign a Publishing Agreement. Initially, I was optimistic and delighted by the content of the message, but I have since undertaken some independent research into offers such as AM and found it very disheartening with what I read.
The offer itself wasn't considered as the norm. Therefore, I had to decline the offer because apparently Publishing Companies that are legit don't ask for money up front.
I would really appreciate it if I knew which Publishing companies are legit, the ones that do not ask for money up front.

Thank you!

Asked by: Jessica Edwards

  1. Paul McDermott on February 8, 2018

    Messrs AM seem to have been busy this week, I also got a letter inviting me to forward full MS (they've had my Synopsis & Sample c. 14 days ...)
    Thank you Susan Russell for the link you posted. Some excellent advice there.
    Pretty sure I'll be looking elsewhere for publiction

  2. Lorraine Swoboda on January 29, 2018

    They will make such an offer sound irresistible - 'Look, I've got an offer from a publisher!' - but they exist first, last and foremost to make money. If you pay upfront, they have no incentive at all to do anything for you. They will not plug your work anywhere that anyone will see it (that would imply an advertising budget which they won't have for an unknown) and you are unlikely to make back what you pay them. These people have been on 'beware' lists for years for a good reason.

    Go through W&A and select several publishers that sound likely, check out their websites, and then google like mad.

    If you write a particular genre, see if there's a Facebook group you could join, where authors may recommend their own publishers (and then google as before).

    Go to Amazon, and find other authors in your genre, and see who publishes them.

    Good luck!

  3. Susan Russell on January 27, 2018

    Actually, I came across some helpful advice today, so am posting the link here Maybe that will help

  4. Susan Russell on January 27, 2018

    I think the only way to check is to google whatever publisher you are interested in & look up reviews etc. I suspect there are lists somewhere, if anyone else can put up links in answer to this?

  5. Marlon Viloria on January 27, 2018

    Hi Jessica,

    There is a similar post here by Stephanie Markham (EDITOR PAID AND SERVICES NOT RENDERED. The post should give you a clear hint about paying money upfront.

    The advice given is also sound and should be heeded, in my opinion. Good luck.


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