When is a publisher not a publisher?

Another cautionary tale about wolves in publisher’s clothing.

“Education is when you read the fine print.
Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

Pete Seeger, folk musician.

I’ve learned from my mistakes.

  • I’ve learned that, if something looks a little bit too good to be true, then it most likely is too good to be true.
  • I’ve learned that contracts should always, always, always be checked out by a solicitor.
  • I’ve learned that contracts, no matter how clearly they’re written, can be interpreted differently by the parties involved.
  • I’ve learned that contracts can be completely ignored by some people, rendering them worthless.
  • I’ve learned that letting someone else publish your book via an internationally accessible self-publishing outlet, rather than doing it yourself, is not only stupid, but also a waste of time and money.

I’ve learned a lot in the last two years, and I’m very grateful to Night Publishing and their subsequent reincarnations for giving me…

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About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MPNBNS
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2 Responses to When is a publisher not a publisher?

  1. johannanield says:

    Thank you for reblogging. Your comment that this is “another” cautionary tale makes me very worried that this sort of behaviour is becoming common practice. I hope others will learn from my experience so that we can start turning the tide of this particular type of scam.

    • MishaBurnett says:

      Unfortunately, publishing scams are quite common. I do what I can to educate new authors on what to look for in a publisher and what signs should be red flags. As you observed, they tend to change names regularly, so any “companies to avoid” list is going to obsolete almost as soon as it’s published.

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