So occasionally, I'll look on Craigslist in the 'Writing' section. I know, I know, Craigslist is one of the worst places to find any kind of job, especially writing jobs. In bigger cities like New York and LA, you can find a gem or two, but it's usually rare to find anything worth applying for.
I came across a job posting that stated they were looking for authors for eBooks. My 'THIS IS A SCAM' alert went off in my mind, but there was no harm in at least finding out the criteria.
I clicked on the link in the posting and it sent me to one of those free survey sites where they had a few questions that needed answered. The questions seemed legit. Name, what type of book you're interested in writing, why you want to write for us, etc. I figured they were using the free survey site just because it was an easy submission tool for them.
A few hours later, about 8PM CST, I got a reply back through email which did not label me by name, but simply said, "Hello" and then had a form letter underneath it.
The first part sounded good. They were all stoked and excited to bring me aboard and said a bunch of jazz words to get ME excited as well!
And then they said this:
The first step is for you to order your Book Submission Kit. This kit has everything you'll need to submit your book for publication including: formatting guidelines, royalty payment info (print and digital sales), distribution info, cover design info, manuscript support, and instructions for uploading book files. To order your Book Submission Kit, Click here: http://circleyellowpages.com/
booksubmissionkit (Note: A $35 processing fee applies for Book Submission Kit)
Oh gee, is that all? I just have to PAY YOU before I get royalties?
I read on and it said:
Once you complete the instructions specified in Book Submission Kit, your book will be available for sale at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and several other leading bookstores typically within 2 - 4 weeks. You will start earning royalty payments immediately after your book goes on sale.
So basically, I'd need to pay $35 for some submission kit and then submit under their name. But...I could just not pay for the submission kit, write my own eBooks under my own name and self-publish myself...for free. Obviously I haven't jumped on the opportunity to pay them money to publish my book.
Anyway, the point is, it's a complete scam. No true company will EVER ask you to pay a red cent for your writing or submission. THEY pay YOU.
So please be aware of CYP Publishing and Circle Yellow Pages.