Advice

A little writing/publishing advice for the day:

If you’re thinking about publishing a book, make sure to Google the publisher you’re thinking of working with. If you see that they’ve got a lot of complaints, run the other way.
If you see that they’ve got a BBB rating of F, run.
If they’re written up in Editors and Predators, run.
If they’re posted on Writer, Beware, run.
If they’re on Absolute Write as a fraud, run.
If they’re on half a dozen blogs as a scam, run.

Do your homework, folks. Don’t be so eager to see your name in print that you fall for a scam. This is your name on the line, your reputation. Make sure it’s being handled by somebody competent. At least make sure the company’s LEGAL. Otherwise, you might find that you’re being ripped off, and you have to fight tooth and nail just to get back the work that was yours in the first place. Chances are, you won’t ever see the money you should have earned.

Don’t fall for a scam.

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5 thoughts on “Advice

  1. Or at least find one that can spell your name right on their freaking website. Just saying.

    I live in the heart of French Cajun country, so I know the name Boudreau when I see it. Too bad a certain publisher can’t spell a client’s name right.

  2. And, for the record, a WELT is a red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow.

    A whelp is a young upstart, or a puppy.


    An author might type out the wrong word by mistake on the fly, but there’s no excuse for the publisher to miss it.

    Books also aren’t double spaced between lines or paragraphs. Pick up any book from any shelf in any store and you’ll find this to be true. The only reason a publisher would include double spacing is to fill pages with empty space instead of prose.

    If these are the types of glaring errors your publisher’s making, it’s time to find a real one.

  3. Scabetha released another book and this time it looks like all the names are her alts. Jesus Christ she just doesn’t know when to stop does she?

    • One of them might be a real person. Sucks to be her, surrounded by fake names by one person who won’t pay her much (if anything) in royalties.
      Worse than that, to have her name associated with such a scam and fraud won’t do her career any favors. All a future publisher needs to see is that scam on an author’s resume to give them pause.

      The answer is no. She doesn’t know when to stop. She’s mentally ill. She has no sense of reality. So even though the BBB has given Phoenix Fire publishing a rating of F, even though there are scant few real authors that are foolish enough to sign with her, she’s not going to let that stop her. She’ll just keep making up names and cranking out shit books. All we can do is provide any real authors that get snagged in her web information about her and support them as they get away from her.

      Oh. And we can keep reporting her to the official powers that be. Like the IRS. They’re wise to her scheme already, and are breathing down her neck. The more information they get about her, the heavier the anvil will be when it drops.

      Since she obviously doesn’t have the brains to realize that her scam company is dead, maybe a little jail time for tax evasion will drive the point home.

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