Make sure you research any publisher in great detail before you work with them. Here are the best general rules for avoiding legal scams to get your money:
- Authors NEVER pay for publishing.
- They pay you.
- There are no "fees" in traditional publishing.
- A legit publisher will pay you an advance on royalties in exchange for the rights to the story.
- NEVER. PAY. A. DIME.
A vanity press will scam you to pay for all the expenses to print and distribute your book and you end up with a garage full of books. Sometime in the end to add insult to injury, they will also own the rights to your story.
Never sign a contract with a publisher without it being reviewed by your lawyer or agent. YOUR lawyer. They will even offer lawyer services for another fee.