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    Is This Site Trustworthy?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Kirby Tails, Jul 3, 2008.

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    I don't know anything about them, but my McAfee site advisor gives it the green light, so nobody's reported any scams to them, at least not yet.
     
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    I don't know anything about them either, but until mammamaia gets to this thread (and she will!), I took a look at their site.

    The most important thing I was looking for was this (obviously I found it :)):
    That is very important.

    HOWEVER: I also found this webpage warning against the site.

    So until Maia shows up with her experience in this area, I would say to exercise extreme caution.
     
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    Is the site trustworthy or the literary agency?

    Preditors & Editors lists this agency as "Strongly Not Recommended".
    http://anotherealm.com/prededitors/pealw.htm

    Members of the Absolute Write recommend: "AVOID".
    http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=151221&postcount=2

    I would be very wary of dealing with this agency. Check around for yourself and see what you can find out, but those are two red flags, giving ample warning think hard, very hard, before committing your work to them.

    Would I allow them to represent my writing? Nope. No. No way. Not any day.

    Terry
     
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    "We do not charge reading fees or any other type of fee. We get paid when you get paid." From their opening web page. Sounds pretty legit until you start digging.


    These statements are buried in the FAQ section:

    "We receive very few 'ready-to-go' manuscripts. We believe we are unique in that we are willing to work with our authors along the way. Most manuscripts that we receive need some level of polishing before we can submit them to buyers. Some need very little polishing. Some need a lot. Over the years, we've learned that it is worth our time and effort to do what it takes to develop new talent. We've learned that incubating new talent makes good business sense."

    "We are bigger than a small agency and smaller than a large agency. We believe in hiring good people. Our company has a very strong background in editing as well."

    They charge no "reading fees" or "any other type of fee"....I wonder if they provide those editing services for free. I suspect all the manuscripts they receive "need some level of polishing", which of course, they will provide at a very reasonable cost. And, should you refuse their editing, then they always have the right to say that without the "polishing" your book needs, they just can't represent it to the "...larger and medium sized publishers and producers..." Nice gentle way to extort a few "editing" bucks...no editing charges, no representation.

    .....NaCl
     
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    Okay...confirmation. I was suspicious, but at least I got some backup for this. Thanks!
     
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    a major scamco, imo!!!

    thanks for doing my work for me, c, t, & n!... the time diff is a bytch... you all got to this before i was awake... it's just 9am here now...

    hugs, m
     
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    Geez. Google sucks.
     
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    not really. I used google to find the warnings about the site.
     
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    as do i!
     

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