on Self Publishing Advice:
We’re sensible indie authors, we can often sniff a scam out. But scammers are getting smarter and it’s getting harder to tell a legitimate email from a scam. In today’s Alliance of Independent Authors Watchdog post, John Doppler explains how to tell the legitimate from the scam.
Your book has been on the market for a few months now, and maybe sales are starting to lag. Then one morning, you open your inbox, and a wondrous email springs forth with a fanfare of trumpets:
This is Joseph Monicker from Reputable Press Solutions, a traditional global publisher affiliated with Penguin Random House.
We are very interested in the book that you published and we would like to help you get a contract from one of the biggest traditional publishing companies…
Because you are a wise author, you immediately suspect a scam. But how can you know for sure? Are you passing up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?