There are plenty of websites that will tell you what to look for when trying to find a legitimate publishing company for your work. I’m simply going to tell you where and how to find them. It’s no secret that writers are getting scammed all of the time. Whether they’re poets or novelists, the wrong people are getting a hold of their creations and giving nothing but empty promises in return. In the paragraphs below, I’ve provided tips for avoiding publishing scams for poets and authors as well as links to legitimate publishing companies.
The resources are out there and in plain sight. Most authors are great readers and nine times out of ten, they either have a favorite book or author if not both. In every book you read, the publishing company is displayed somewhere on the book. Some publishers will display their name on the front cover of the book while others will print their name on the inside of the book. Either way, they are legitimate. Authors tend to write their books the way their preferred authors write. The stories may not be the same, but the writing styles usually are. That is why most publishers will say, “The best way to know what it is we’re looking for is simply to read the novels we’ve published.” Bottom line, the quickest way to discover a legitimate publisher, is to pick up a book and find the name of the publishing company on the cover or inside the book.
Another simple way to find a legitimate publishing company is to go to an online bookstore like BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com. Type in the title of the book, and then click on the link Amazon or Barnes and Noble provide. Doing this will provide more information about the book, the name of the publisher being one of the bits of information. If you don’t find the title of the book you’re looking for, you might want to consider typing the title of the book on Google.com and searching for the name of the publisher. Once you’ve found the name of the publisher, Google the name of the author and search for the name of his or her publisher. The name of the publisher should be the same for both. If all else fails, go to a public library in your area, call the phone number printed on your library card (this will save you the trouble of having to contact all the libraries in your area) or simply go online and see if they have the book you’re searching for.
I’m sure you’re well aware of this, but as a courtesy I’ll remind you anyway. Copyright your work. Even if you do come across a legitimate publisher, there are thieves who are banking on the fact that you won’t copyright your work, even though a legitimate publishing company published it. If there’s anything worse than someone stealing your work, it’s someone stealing your work, getting it copyrighted to their name, and then suing you for it. This is a sick world guys, please don’t set yourselves up for failure. If you don’t have the money to copyright your work, don’t publish it.