How to Recognize a Publishing Scam and Avoid It

Unfortunately, there is an increasing number of scammers out there targeting authors with false claims and promises, and some even pretending to be someone they are not. So, how can you tell the difference between a scam and a legitimate opportunity for your book?

In this session, ALC President Keith Ogorek gives you sure-fire ways to immediately recognize a scammer by the claims and promises they make, the job titles they use, and whom they say they represent. In addition, he explains how the publishing industry and Hollywood companies actually work so you can tell if the person contacting you is offering a legitimate opportunity or just trying to scam you.

Here is the handout referenced in the session:
ALC-Publishing Scams Handout 2024.pdf

About the Presenter:

As the President of the Author Learning Center and an industry thought leader, Keith has helped drive a number of significant innovations in the self-publishing industry and is featured in the book, 'Innovation--How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World'. He has helped launch and operate supported self-publishing imprints for traditional publishers and Fuzeframe, which identifies and options self-published books for development in Hollywood. Keith has authored four books and is working on a fifth, and has written a number of helpful white papers including ‘The POEM Method of Book Marketing’, the '4 Paths to Publishing' and 'Three Phases of an Effective Book Marketing Campaign'. You will also find him speaking at leading industry events such as Singapore Writer’s Festival, The Havana Book Fair, GenreLA, and California Creative Writers Conference, just to name a few. In addition, he is a regular webinar presenter for The Author Learning Center.

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  • I blindly trusted Archway Publishing which forced me to sign up for this for one free month. I have been unsuccessful at finding any way to cancel. I have also learned that Archway is not a good company. They are overpriced and provide zero of the services they promise with that high price and I had to involve my lawyer, my credit card company, the State Attorney General, and BBB. I expected more from a publisher that claims to be a division of Simon and Schuster. The fact that I can not easily delete any of my intelectual property from this or close my account makes me think ALC is a scam as well. How funny you are here educating against publishing scams while you are complicit in one. 

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