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Publishing Predators Are in the Swim: Authors Are the Bait … Don’t Get Lured … Don’t Get Hooked!

Publishing Predators Are in the Swim:  Authors Are the Bait … Don’t Get Lured … Don’t Get Hooked!

Several years ago, I wrote and published Sabotage: How to Deal with the Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace. It was all about the bad boys and girls who created what I referred to as the toxic workplace of bad behaviors—the problem, the cause, the effect and the solutions. Bad behavior that resulted in billions of dollars in reduced productivity, increased turnover, and patient safety. It was hugely successful …

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Author Alert: Don’t Become a Cash Cow!

Author Alert: Don’t Become a Cash Cow!

Starting down the publishing path takes money—don’t let anyone … anyone … tell you that it doesn’t. Sure, there are ways to create a book and publish it for minimal dollars. And, it usually looks like it. And there are multiple ways you can create a Cadillac version—yet do you need to?
The lease expensive way to get into the publishing game is via the eBook route or the minimalist version that IngramSpark or Create Space …

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Beware of Publishing Pitch Fests

Beware of Publishing Pitch Fests

 

Be careful of what is known as a “pitch fest.” Pitched to newbie authors as education, they are really designed to lure them in (and their credit cards) to buy, buy, buy and buy some more. What are they buying? Products, services, trainings—you name it.  Pitch fests are big business for the promoters. Authors want a quick fix to whatever ails them … or they are on the hunt to the “wonder cure” for quick …

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Five Red Flags for a “Self” or “Indie” Publisher and Author

Five Red Flags for a “Self” or “Indie” Publisher and Author

5. Determine Predator Status: Before committing to anything, BEFORE PAYING ONE DIME, go to Google, type the company or person’s name—after it, add “complaint”, “problem”, “scam”, “con”, “rip off”, “lawsuit” and see what others around the web are saying. You can usually tell if they have a good reputation or are out to suck you, your bank account and credit card dry.

Authors, Judgement and Publishing Predators

Authors, Judgement and Publishing Predators

Authors—the boiler room operations of Author House, Author Solutions, Xlibris, iUniverse, etc., have hundreds of people “hounding” naïve authors-to-be around the clock—it’s their “job”—they are author hounders, lurking in the shadows, ready to root into your creative juices, and yes, your personal vanity, to get your wallet and book.