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January 19, 2018

Solicitation Alert: Book-Art Press Solutions and Window Press Club

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware
NOTE: Book-Art Press and Window Press Club are aware of this post, and have made changes to their websites, so some of the links below may not work--however, all were fully verified by me at the time of writing.
I'm getting a lot of questions from authors who've been solicited by an Author Solutions-style author services company called Book-Art Press Solutions.

Book-Art Press's website dangles the carrot of free publishing ("Why spend thousands when you can publish your book for free?"), but this is less a yummy vegetable than a poison pill. BAP's publishing packages are really just a way to steer writers toward a smorgasbord of junk marketing services (book trailers, paid review packages, press releases), questionable editing services ("A thorough editing...is applied for the material to be professional written, yet retaining the author’s voice"), and add-on services of dubious value (illustrations, data entry, and more).

BAP's website is full of questionable grammar and syntax ("What the authors feel and assured of is the press club’s transparent journey and reliable sources of publishing channels in every step of the way"), which should be a major red flag all on its own. Also, there are no prices anywhere on the site; you have to call to get that info. This is nearly always a big clue that the fees are huge; plus, forcing people to get on the phone is a classic hard-sell sales tactic. It's a lot easier to hook victims if you can talk to them directly.

BAP's solicitations are even more egregiously dishonest than is typical for this type of service. Its "Executive Consultants" present it as a "literary agency" that has stumbled on the author's absolutely brilliant book and wants to "endorse" the author to traditional publishers. There's already substantial interest, but first, the author must re-publish in order to gain "credibility". From one of BAP's emails (read the whole thing here):
We are not a self-publishing company. We work as a literary agency that will endorse your book to be acquired by a traditional publishing company. We have inside contacts with major publishers and we know which of them are most likely to buy a particular material. So you won’t need to hire literary agents to promote your book to major publishers as we’ll do the endorsement for you.

We have done a preliminary endorsement to 50 traditional publishers and 6 out of the 50 have shown high interest in your book. However, they’re quite hesitant since your book is self-published and it has not been doing well when it comes to sales.

We have made a strategic plan for your book. Before we can endorse your book to traditional publishers, we will need to build your book’s credibility and your brand as an author. Because, as of now, you are still an unknown author. We can’t afford any flaws once we endorse your book.
To take advantage of this amazing deal, all authors have to do is agree to pay for "at least 500 copies of your book (priced at $6 per book -- $3,000 total) to be distributed to physical bookstores across the globe for circulation".

Here's the closer. BAP may be English-challenged, but it has an excellent grasp of author psychology:
With a self-publishing company, your book’s success depends on how much money you are capable of investing; which almost all self-published authors are unaware of how this delays the success of your book. Delaying your success is more practical for their business. Because, the longer your success is delayed, the more services they can sell to you. Your pocket will be exhausted until it becomes empty because that’s how they earn as a business and how sales agents get commission from-- the more services they are able to sell, the bigger commission they get. And eventually you get exhausted as well and so you get discouraged to move forward because you have invested so much effort, time and large amount of money and you haven’t seen any progress with your book yet. Which probably what you feel now. And that’s the worst thing that can happen to an author -- despair. Your book is too great to be left sitting online among millions of books available in Amazon. It’s like a grain in a bucket of sand. Almost impossible to be noticed. Our goal for your book is to make its success faster and that’s by directly endorsing your book to executives so you can land a contract with a traditional publisher.
It's all lies, of course. There will be no 500-copy  print run. No brick-and-mortar bookstores will be approached. No publishers will be pitched. Instead, once authors have ponied up the initial $3,000, BAP will do exactly what it pretends is not its business model: solicit writers to "invest" even more money in additional marketing services.

This heartbreaking video from an author who was scammed by Book-Art Press to the tune of over $7,000 provides a window into the disgraceful lies and sleazy tactics this company employs to rip off writers.


Given the amount of casual plagiarism I've found in investigating similar services (for instance, LitFire Publishing and Legaia Books), I always do a phrase search. That's how I discovered Window Press Club. Like BAP, it's an Author Solutions-style publishing/marketing service. But although it has a different name, and a different logo...well, see for yourself. Here's WPC's home page...

...and here's the exact same text on BAP's home page.


There's plenty of other stuff that's identical, from the About pages to the marketing product descriptions to the "free publishing" promise and the absence of prices.

So did BAP plagiarize WPC? WPC's domain registration precedes BAP's (though both were registered just last year), and at first that's what I thought. But...they have the same phone number (though this appears to be an oversight, since a different number appears on BAP's Contact page). They filed the same press release for the same book on the same day last November. There's also this: a pitch for WPC that was once on BAP's website. It's been de-linked, but is still Google-able. Oops.

So it's pretty clear what's going on. WPC and BAP are one operation, posing as different companies in order to maximize their customer base.

BAP and WPC's domain registrations are both anonymized, but WPC's wasn't always. Originally, it was registered to Paul Jorge Ponce from Cebu City, Philippines, where the Author Solutions call centers are located.

Always, always beware of phone or email solicitors promising gifts.

UPDATE 1/25/18: Book-Art Press/Window Press Club is one of a growing number of similar companies that appear to be Author Solutions imitators, staffed and, in many cases, started up by ex-Author Solutions call center employees in the Philippines.

These companies share a cluster of characteristics, including aggressive solicitation, re-publishing offers (often to authors who've used the various Author Solutions imprints), claims of skill and experience that don't check out (or can't be checked because they're so vague), websites and written materials full of English-language errors, and an emphasis on selling junk marketing services (which is where these outfits make the bulk of their profit).

For more information, see my followup blog posts:
Army of Clones: Author Solutions Spawns a Legion of Copycats
Army of Clones, Part 2: Twenty-One (More) Publishing and Marketing "Services" to Beware Of

A complete list of the more than 30 companies I've discovered to date has been added to the sidebar.

UPDATE 1/5/19: Book-Art Press has re-vamped its website, and the identical homepage content mentioned above has been removed (it's still present on Window Press Club's website). But it's still English-challenged ("Book Art Press unlocks your book’s real potentials by being steps away from the common trend, usual steps, and stale platforms"), and the pitch (claiming they can leverage traditional publishing contracts) remains the same. If anything, the lies have been expanded, with claims of "strong connections" with traditional publishing houses, and partnerships with "several film-makers, producers, and studio executives" (un-named, of course).

Here's one of BAP's latest offers. Note the pretense that BAP is investing its own substantial resources, supposedly far exceeding the author's "investment". This is a classic vanity publisher ploy.


UPDATE 6/21/19: From one of Book-Art's recent solicitation emails. Much of it is identical to the solicitation quoted above, but note that they're now pretending not just to have contacts with "Traditional Publishers", but to have been "built" by them to function as book scouts.


The cost has ballooned--it's now $5,000 for "1000 Book Copies", which they purport to match by investing $15,000-20,000 of their own.

UPDATE 10/18/19: Book-Art Press has re-vamped its website and upscaled its logo. It's now claiming to be "a bookstore-endorsement specialist agency headquartered in 30 Wall Street, New York City, NY." It's still offering all the same publishing and junk marketing services, though.

Window Press Club's website has vanished (could that have anything to do with its F rating at the BBB?)

84 comments :

bev. washington said...

I received an email from them, stating my information was received, through Google. About my looking to published a Book, I came close to sending them a manuscript, glad I decided to do background on their motive, if real or fake.

Thank you

William Bentrim said...

Good post. I had a three month period where I received an obvious boiler room call from a firm that wanted to take my books to a new level. I have 30 kids books that I have self published. They wanted to dramatically increase my income. After the first call when I tried to explain that volume and money aren't my motivation I gave up and blocked them. They had good spoofing software that kept getting past nomorobo. They finally gave up but I'm sure they were nefarious. They also make those of us who self publish and help others self publish look bad. I have helped several authors get their books published. I've found them illustrators and never added a dime to the illustrators fees. The most I have ever charged was $650 and that was because I ended up designing and producing the cover for her. Point I'm laboriously making is that you can easily self publish if you are computer fluent, if not there are people like me who can help and it won't cost an arm and a leg. You can be published and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune.

Anonymous said...

Oh my worst nightmare come true. I turned over the $3000 and have had great difficulty in reaching anyone since. They did show me the "proofs" of the re-published book and I approved. But that was it. When I got the call, the very next day they tried to pressure me into another huge expense to be in the writers convention or some such name. They wanted me to make a decision about another expense within one day or I'd miss the opportunity of a life time. I passed on that, but I'm really regretting the first money and I'll pursue getting it back. Arrggghhh!!!! There seems to be no end of people's creativity when it comes to scamming others. I hope their actions come home to haunt them.

Bookgal said...

Victoria I wanted to personally thank you for posting this. I just got pitched by them and wow, super flattering, they didn't even mention my book title. This kind of stuff makes me so mad, taking advantage of authors like this is just terrible. We're going to share this article with our tribe, because it's worth mentioning this over and over again - ask good questions, be aware that there are unscrupulous people out there, ready to take your money and run.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this review. I will delete their email asap!

Christie Bakeman said...

Thank you for your clear and concise blog. They have approached me and I decided to do some online research on them. I'm a self-published author, so of course I'd like the opportunity to increase my books exposure. Obviously this is not the way to do it. I appreciate you taking the time to post this.

Eunice Anderson said...

So glad to read all your comments as I was approached Thursday on my phone with the senior marking director(Shane Kane?)with Book Arts Craft(Press Solutions), saying my manuscript was highly recommended, discovered by a literary agent and they want to help me move it to a higher up publisher. And I was to specifically call back that day. I did but telephone receptionist said she was in a meeting, so never called back. I was immediately suspicious of this call and one thing really confounds me. She gave the title of my manuscript correctly so how did she get it. iUniverse? I quickly backed out of their group last year when I realized they were never going to publish my work. I called them yesterday and they declared they always send all manuscripts back (did I get my electronically story back?), so how else would Book Arts get my phone number and manuscript???

Victoria Strauss said...

Book Arts Press appears to be one of a number of similar companies started up by ex-Author Solutions call center employees in the Philippines. From what I've heard, these ex-employees take customer information with them, or retain connections with current employees who pass them information. That's one reason why so many of these outfits solicit authors with the various Author Solutions imprints.

Eunice Anderson said...

Thanks for you helpful reply. I even guessed a foreign accent in her voice so that was also suspicious. Besides the phone connection was poor so another hint at phoniness. So glad there is help out there like you. Thanks again.

Kristine Iskierka said...

So sad predators ie: scammers are making their living off our hard earned works of art. Thank you for your post -helped navigate in this world of sharks. I was cautious when I received the call also regarding my Childrens Book for republishing -I was hesistant, then different money figures being said- fast talking but seemed legit -"Olly the Terrified Toad" will remain right where he sits for now. -:)

Eunice Anderson said...

Thanks for your post. It still upsets me how this shark (Philippines?) got my manuscript from iUniverse? iUniverse assures me that they have full control over their manuscripts. But obviously they don't. The flattery that I have written a wonderful story almost got me. So for now it sits in my files waiting for ?

Chester Proctor said...

Like everyone else, I too want to say thanks so much for bringing this to light. I am glad I found this blog!

Lori said...

I received a call today, they sounded too good to be true, and guess what, they were. They had the same phone number but said they are Park Press /global publishing from New York. cost 3000.00, and they take care all editing, the advertising except through New York Times, which Id have to pay half if I wanted them. 8000.00 And that I had 6 Traditional Christian Publishers interested in my book. I asked what's in it for you? He said 10% commission from selling to Traditional publisher who would pay between 500,000- 1 million. But first they would publish my book and advertise it, and would take a year for full process before selling to publisher. So I asked him to email me all the information, he already knew my email. He said ok and he will call me Monday. I told him I would check it out and see if hes real, then pray about it with my pastors who hear very clearly from God. So he did not email and I doubt he will call back.
Thank God for Google I found this. Thank you all for sharing!

Stephen Sumner said...

I have to echo what many of the above posters have said/surmised. I too was solicited and I too had a look around and it's not a pretty picture. This was an excellent, enlightening, well-researched and informative blog. I thank you from the heart for taking the time and effort to make it public! Cheers! Stephen

Anonymous said...

I received 3 calls from a grandmotherly voiced woman regarding endorsement of my book by John Miller with Book-Art Press, yesterday. It was very intriguing as the title was written under my pen name and was under contract for publishing. (Before returning the call I contacted my people and posed numerous questions. Satisfied that something was Up and required further investigation, I hit call back, received an instant VM, left my number and name to call back.) John Miller called me. I wanted to know how he got a copy of my book and asked for a PDF to be sent to me the moment he identified himself. I made this same request 9 times during the conversation. He started out with Penguin and Random House and that their sources were my editor, or literary agent. Someone had sent my work and I was in the top 20 to secure a traditional contract this year. I would be selected for a partnership with his firm and secure a traditional contract with Penguin or Random House or Harper Collins. He had enough info to make me very concerned, that my current contract with my publisher had been breached. I let him talk and wrote down the punch terms. $8,000 for 800 books...100% royalty...10% by example of $30,000 for securing even the lowest priced contract of $300,000 from a traditional publisher. I said I'd have to go over my current contract with my attorney and wanted a copy in PDF of my book, before I made any commitments, and arranged for a return call on Monday afternoon, so I could finish my research and due diligence. (This would entail my confirmation that my transcript showed no contact information, only the publisher, the copyright ownership, and is written under my pen name. He did not have any of this.) He finally agreed to send the PDF, I confirmed my email address. Within a half hour he sends the copy of his sales talk sheet, the wording is identical and excerpted from those above. My reply email stated I was disappointed that he could not fulfill his word by intent or performance and since there was no PDF, there was no need to speak any further. Due diligence is your best friend and a scammers worst enemy. We were all gifted with the inside alarm, it is our choice to heed its alert. Our words are everything.

Eunice said...

Thanks for sharing. We all want our work published so we could be fooled with these fake people. We so need this site. And we need contributors like you. And me.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your explanations. I was approached by a "literary senior agent" for my book, went on their website, and when clicking on the contact us link, it goes nowhere, same thing for the menu, so their website is really amateur, but still I am happy to read your analysis, thanks for taking the time to do so.

Unknown said...

CAL said:
I have been called by this BAP and left such extended messages of all the wonderful things they could do for my book. I of course was very suspicious especially after I called back and a recorded voice just asked me to "leave my name and number and someone would get back to me." Right. So the person who left their name does not have an extension? I immediately looked them up on the web and found your very informative warning. Thanks for doing this. The heart is surely "desperately wicked and deceitful who can know it?"

Anonymous said...

I've been getting back-to-back calls from a Matt Brodie, executive consultant at Book Art Press Solutions LLC suggesting that my book is highly recommended... it's about to get acquired by traditional publishers and who knows if this is a half a million dollar contract...blah blah blah. I know miracles do happen but something just didn't sound right. Glad I read this post. Thank you Victoria, for making us aware.

Unknown said...

I wish I had received your warnings six months ago. I was naive and not experienced in the ways of the trade. I had three books published by Trafford Publishing and got tired of their harrassing me for for marketing money. The first of this year I got several calls from the likes of Book-Art Press. What sucked me in was my desire to promote my children's book that my husband liked so much. But I haggled money claiming I could not afford their cost. Despite my reservations, I signed an "Agreement" with them and handed over $1000 partial payment. It took me a couple weeks to electronically send my manuscript but two days after sending it, I head the bad news from a book club I had just joined that Book-Art was not to be trusted. I immediately emailed my contact at Book Art and said I had to opt out of the Agreement (as I had 60 days in that Agreement to do this) and my reasons were financial (which I had already claimed before) and for health reasons (I had just had some cancer removed). They were very "concerned" and "understanding" but still tried to hang on to me at perhaps a lesser cost. I talked to several people including the "supervisor". I was told that I could not get the full $1000 back because there were expenses, like editing the book. I told them that they had only two days to edit a book that didn't need editing and besides they had said in their speill that they only took their cut out of the money a traditional publisher would give me for the rights for my book. These calls went back and forth for two weeks (presumably so some child could edit my book so they could prove they did some work) and they sent me the edited version of my book. It was by far the worst editing I could ever have imagined and, unfortunately, I told them so. Finally I received an email saying they agreed to refund my money and I would get it by a certain date. That date came and went. They I got another call for another Book Art person who said she understood I was unhappy with the editing on my book and assured me she could do a better job. I reiterated that my reason for withdrawing from my Agreement was because of financial and health reasons. When I asked about the people I had originally dealt with, she said they had transferred or were no longer with the company. I have written upteen emails to the company, tried to call but had to leave a message, which I did numerous times and still no call-back, and even sent a registered letter. Still, I haven't given up. My book club leader has offered to see what he can do and there is always SENIORS AGAINST CRIME to check in with. This whole ordeal makes me angry, distrustful, suspicious, frustrated and resentful. And there is not much one can do as tomorrow all they have to do is change their name and go right back in business. Carol from Florida

Lori said...

Wow! So I’m so glad I did not do anything with Art book press who made things sound so grand. They said six traditional publisher were interested in my book and it could mean 500,000- one million dollars! Sounded wonderful but, after hearing the money not being refunded, I know for sure they are scammers.
Thank you for sharing! God bless and restore all that has been lost!

Victoria Strauss said...

Carol from Florida,

What a nightmare! I'm so sorry. Thanks for sharing your experience--I know it will help other writers. Please let me know what happens. You can email me directly at beware [at] sfwa.org.

Brian Taylor said...

Wow, so glad I checked them out on here, thanks for the posts. They approached me earlier in the year and I blanked them after many phone calls. I was at a pretty desperate place then with other stuff on my mind and nearly fell for it. This week a voicemail was left so similar to one of your other posters that Shane King, executive director, needed to speak to me as my book had been recommended by a Literary Agent for publishing by tradional route, blah blah, they were willing to invest, exciting opportunity etc. These people are soo unscrupulous. The trouble is I have another approach from a similar sounding name so it makes me suspicious, BookAdPress Inc. from the US but soon to be moving to the Philippines. Luckily I have my manager out in the Philippines, so I just refer them to her and deflect their traffic. Thanks again for the information.

Victoria Strauss said...

Brian Taylor,

I'm guessing that the similar sounding company is AdBook Press, which is associated with (and actually probably the same as) Okir Publishing. Both AdBook and Okir--like Book Art Press/Window Press Club--are Philippine-based Author Solutions copycats. These companies are a real plague, and they're multiplying like mushrooms.

Jackie said...

So grateful for google!

I have been receiving both phone calls and emails from a "key agent account manager" at Book Art Press. I originally asked "John Miller" to remove my name from call list.

Several days ago, while deleting lots of emails from all sorts of organizations, I came across one of his emails regarding his connection to a traditional publishing company, and my curiosity peaked. We set up an appointment for a phone call for today. I accepted his call at noon today. As a published author -- with both traditional and self-published books, I was quite intrigued with his offers, which became more enticing by the sentence.

I was speaking to him on our house phone, and as alarm bells went off in my head, I then picked up my cell phone, and then my ipad, and did a google search of the company.

Imagine my "surprise" to discover this website, filled with cautions about why NOT to get involved with this person and this company. Almost word for word, the script he read and/or recited to me was found among the many cautionary comments posted in the site.

I informed "John Miller" that I needed to speak with my husband about the initial investment from me and arranged to call him back later this evening. I then hung up and read more of the comments, and in greater depth.

Needless to say, "John Miller" and Book Art Press will NOT have my business.

THANKING everyone for your cautions.

Peace, Jackie

Anonymous said...

Wow!, Thanks to my thriftiness, I did not agree to anything. So I began a search and I stumbled upon this. Wow! Unbelievable how unscrupulous a thief can be. Yes, I have a manuscript with iUniverse.

Anonymous said...

I received a call today from Book Art Press, picked up the phone half-way through the message. I listened to the pitch and waited for the bottom line, which was the same as the above posts. Knowing it didn't make sense and was a scam, I informed him that it was not possible at this time to invest anything more in the book. I'm glad I found this site to confirm my suspicions. Thank you.

Jan Dougherty said...

I also received a call regarding my book that has been available since 2010. Did a search and found you blog. Thank you so very much. I'm sure I'm not the only author that appreciates this type of reporting.

Unknown said...

WARNING – B00K ART PRESS – WARNING
IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY SELF-PUBLISHED A BOOK AND ARE CONTACTED BY BOOK ART PRESS, PLEASE HEED THIS WARNING. THEY PURPORT TO OFFER A FREE SERVICE TO PLACE YOUR BOOK WITH ONE OF THE ESTABLISHED PUBLISHING HOUSES SUCH AS HARPERS, VINTAGE, NORTON, ETC. YOUR BOOK HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY THEM AS HAVING STRONG POTENTIAL. ALL THAT IS NEEDED IS SOME EDITING, REDESIGN AND PRINTING SO THAT IT CAN BE SOLD AT A COMPETITIVE PRICE. THEY WILL DO ALL THIS FREE OF CHARGE AND PLACE YOUR BOOK IN A NUMBER OF BOOKSTORES ACROSS THE USA, THEREBY DEMONSTRATING YOUR BOOK’S SALES POTENTIAL. ALL THAT THEY REQUIRE FROM YOU IS THE MONEY FOR PRINTING THE NECESSARY NUMBER OF COPIES; FOR EXAMPLE, AS IN MY CASE, 150 COPIES FOR A TOTAL COST OF $2,200.

DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOW THEM TO CHARGE YOUR VISA OTHER CREDIT CARD OR SIGN ANY CONTRACT THAT YOU ARE OFFERED. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MONEY AND RECEIVE NOTHING IN RETURN AS I DID.
Stephen S Clark

Dr.M bahaidar said...

I would like to appreciate your time and effort of your blog, I am an author too who self published 3 books, they approached me with similar concepts, likely I sense fear and didn't move on with the transaction they wanted $4,500 @ a production cost of $9 per book for 500 copies.

So thank you for being informative.

Village Writer said...

To Stephen S. Clark and others who have charged fees on Visa or other credit cards for Book Art Press.
Call your credit card company and file a fraud claim. My credit card company took on the case. I provided
documentation of all my contacts with Book Art Press including an email where I was promised return of my
investment by a certain date...didn't happen, of course. So far, the credit card company has credited my
account for the funds I thought I had lost...but I must still wait until their investigation is final for an ultimate
decision. So far so good. I can't believe Book Art Press is still doing business as usual under that name.
I would have expected them to have changed their name and continued plying their game.
C.Owen

Donna Prince said...

This week, I had a phone message (out of the blue - 3 years after publishing my book) from someone stating ...
"I'm interested in talking to you about your book " ....." the book has been recommended to us and we're inviting it to an international book festival and want to talk to you further about this."
I attempted to return the call several time with no success of it actually connecting.
Two days later, I got an email ...
"This is ...... from Okir Publishing Inc., your book is recommended by our in house book critics and we've seen a good potential on it, we have some few questions about your book and you as the author. Please respond to my email or call me at ....., we're looking forward to working with you."
It was after the email I decided to research the company and found this site.
Interesting read, one that has got me a little annoyed.
So happy sites like this exist to protect others from potential future issues.
Lucky I'm the type the question and search.
Thank you.

Eunice Anderson said...

Hi all, Anyone else getting this?


Interview of 10 minutes over the phone. Audience is between 150K to 200K per episode.

· Interview on iTunes Radio. Interview is between 10 to 15 minutes by phone.

*** Questions will be sent to you before the radio host calls

*** Fulfillment report is sent to you

*** Service cost: $600

I hope you would give it a good consideration.

Truly yours,

Daisy Greens

Victoria Strauss said...

Eunice, what company is this from? Would you please forward me the entire email? beware@sfwa.org . Thanks.

Eunice Anderson said...

Marketing Team

Sep 17, 2018, 12:42 PM (2 days ago)

to me


Dear Eunice,

Good day. I would like to discuss something about a platform that really helps an author like you. Podcasts can help expose or reach you to a greater audience possible, boosting book sales, increasing personal brand awareness and leading to more interviews. No one else can tell how your book feels and conveys its message to the target readers---except you.

PODCAST INTERVIEW
FACT: 44% of U.S. cellphone owners have ever listened to online radio in a car using a phone.

Podcast, Popular, Shows, Announcement

Radio Host:

David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. He has already performed more than 1,500 concerts and performances throughout the world and played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums, a member of the RECORDING ACADEMY - GRAMMYs. He starred in several commercials for Sotheby's & eBay, Bank of America, Don Julio Tequila, Khiel's, Volkswagen, BJ's, Pepsi, Mitsubishi Cars and more. In 2017, David Serero is honored in the prestigious WHO'S WHO America for "having demonstrated outstanding achievements in the Entertainment world and for having contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society."

Through his connection and impact, he can be instrumental to bring out the best of your book and your voice.

· Interview of 10 minutes over the phone. Audience is between 150K to 200K per episode.

· Interview on iTunes Radio. Interview is between 10 to 15 minutes by phone.



*** Questions will be sent to you before the radio host calls

*** Fulfillment report is sent to you

*** Service cost: $600

I hope you would give it a good consideration.



Truly yours,



Daisy Greens

-Marketing Advocate-

Radio and Podcast Division: Book Agency +

Victoria Strauss said...

Thanks, Eunice. This appears to be Book Agency Plus. Looking at its website, it has all the markers of one of the Philippine-based Author Solutions copycat scams (including multiple English-language errors--some of which are real howlers--and zero verifiable information about company and staff). Most of the website links for the "featured authors" don't work, and for those that do, all are published either by Author Solutions imprints or one of the copycat scams.

Avoid like the plague.

Jenny said...

I got off the phone with a BAP rep just now. Fortunately, the caller talked long enough (about 45min)to the point where I got suspicious and googled BAP online. Thanks to this article, I was able to tell him what I thought of his company and how the original author (my dad) would have rolled over in his grave to get swindled a second time after Trafford had a go. Thanks for this internet warning. Much obliged.

Unknown said...

Hi Victoria,

Firstly, I would like to say that you have saved my bacon twice within 1 x week.

I live in Australia and had my book represented at the Beijing International Book Fair in Aug2018. A month ago I was contacted by Book Venture (email only) and Westwood Books (phone call plus email) asking me to republish my book with them. I did email both back advising that I didn't want to proceed with them due to the possibility of scams. Book Venture sent me an email back with a sob story, however Westwood Books said "We are really a new company with experienced people working here like me. We cannot stop others from blogging, the world wide web is a free space for all to give their opinions. Now it is up to you if you feel comfortable working with us". If I was a credible business and someone was bad mouthing me, I would definitely investigate and stop the slander. Needless to say, I did not proceed with either of them.

To compound this, I have literally just been contacted by another group which is not listed on your website. They are called Book Vine Press. I couldn't find anything about them on your site. Whois.com shows that they only registered their domain this year on 11Jun2018. Their details are:
TIM RUBIO
Publishing I Book Marketing Specialist
Phone : 847-348-9277 / 888-808-2959 extension 6671
Fax : 847 250 1977
Email - trubio@bookvinepress.com
Address : 505 W. Lancaster Court, Inverness, IL 60010
Email : admin@bookvinepress.com

Can you please advise if they should also be listed as a scam?

Victoria Strauss said...

Unknown 10/24,

This is why I do what I do--so that writers like you can avoid scams like Westwood Books and Book Venture. Thanks for letting me know, and I'm glad you found my post. Would you be willing to forward me the responses you got from these two? My email addy is beware@sfwa.org

Yes, Book Vine Press is a scam like the others. I've found clues that tie it to Westwood Books.

Eunice Anderson said...

A Roda Clarkson (misp?) from Book Arts Press, left me a telephone message yesterday. They want to publish my book as it is highly recommended, quality control, good market value, they will endorse, etc etc,etc. Please call her back at 180-351-3529. Thank goodness I have shared this with you before so I am not caught up in a fraud. I can't believe how persistent they are? 10-26-18

Unknown said...

I also received the same request for a recommendation to a Traditional Publisher from Book Art Press.And When I raised concern on doing background check, their first and immediate reply was about Victoria Strauss and her envy for their success and how they are in the process of suing her.
This is how I googled her name and got this blog.
This is the name and contact detail of the person who called me.
Rain Gilberts

Executive Director

Rain.gilberts@bookartpress.us

1-800-351-3529

30 Wallstreet, 8th Flr.

New York City, NY 10005

Victoria Strauss said...

Unknown 11/08,

That's pretty funny. Did they mention me in an email communication? If so, would you please share it with me? beware [at] sfwa.org. All information shared with Writer Beware is held in confidence. (By the way, they aren't suing me.)

Eunice Anderson said...

Book Art Press has been leaving me a message almost every day for a week. Always the same recording they used when they first called a year ago and also recently. They want to publish my book as it is highly recommended, good market value, etc. I am to call a Roda Clarkson (misp) at 1-800-351-3529. What do they hope to gain by daily messages?

Anonymous said...

Hi, Just found this thread while I was "googling" the sender of a similar nonsense email. The sender of the email came up as Book Vine Press, but when I googled that name along with the name Tim Rubio, the Book Art Press as well as the Window Club were both coming up too. Ironically, this person (or people) clearly have no experience with online marketing because all the Automated Intelligence suggests the hoaxy businesses are tied together. Wish there were a better way for authors to unite against these creeps. Thanks for the post and all the comments. Obviously there is no easy way to get your book marketed unless you're a celebrity or have connections at the big press houses. It shouldn't be that way, because so many independent/indie authors have great work to offer. Best of luck everyone! Stay positive and keep your chin up!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the warning! I had already been scammed by Book-Magnets for a movie trailer (that was never made) and was pretty sure this was another scam--good to have my suspicions confirmed. When they call themselves Book-Art Solution without an 's' on the end in one part of their banner and then Solutions with an 's' in another, it sort of tips you off! You have to be wise as serpents these days!

Greer Jonas said...

Yeah, me too. He said things like "good question" a lot.. I kept asking.. so you are doing this for free? Yes he said, you have your book republished with us and we will reformat your book and then you have it printed by Ingram (I know that is a legitimate service) and you can charge a more reasonable price than you are with your publisher. I said, again.. WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU? He said, "good question" (lol) We will pitch the book, since we see it as being a very successful book (yeah right) to the big name publishers and when they buy it, you will get a big payoff and so will we. At
I kept shaking my head on the phone and said, please send me an email with all that you have to offer.. I never got one.. probably because they are being scrutinized by posts like these.
thank you!!! Greer

Victoria Strauss said...

Greer Jonas, if you do get an email, would you please share it with me? beware@sfwa.org . Thank you, and thanks for commenting!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the information on this site. I live in South Africa and have also just been phoned by Rain Gilbert.

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Gab Story said...

I've been approached by them more than once. I immediately tell them I am not spending money and they continue to talk about how they are "hiring a literary agent for me". (If they were available for hire I would have done it already). They assume because you've self published that you don't know anything about the industry and they don't have a script for someone who knows the industry.
The minute I told him I found this post with several dozen people who lost money with them, he said "Good Luck, have a great day"
LOL. Run, run far away

Unknown said...

Had a call tonight, the person introduced herself by her name, despite me asking who was calling. I had to repeat my question twice and then ask, Where from? What company?
Then she quickly mentioned BookArt Press, but rambled on and on about my book and how they work, referring to themselves as agents for several traditional publishing houses and went on to mention a few.
She said they had to make sure the book was polished before presenting it to the publishers. Asking me many questions and then telling me how much potential my book will have etc.
While she was talking I looked up the name of the company quickly as I just caught the name again the second time she mentioned it and luckily saw this post. I told her I wasn't interested as it was an overseas company and wanted my book republished in Australia.
She went on and on. So I abruptly stopped her in her tracks and said I'm not going with an overseas publisher, so you can stop right there and thanked her for her time and hung up.

Kendra Lawrence said...

BAP has been aggressively trying to contact me for a while now. I blocked their number, but they are still able to leave messages. After not hearing from them for a few months, I thought they had finally given up, but they're at it again, both calling and emailing me. They do not get the meaning, "I am not interested". Also, the email is full of grammatical errors.

Stacy Cruise said...

Watch this author complaint
https://youtu.be/5f4ltCy4K1Q

Anonymous said...

Had a call last night from Oliver Wolfe, Book Art Press Solutions. He gave me the speil that is common to all posts above. Said he could sell my book through traditional book sellers for a percentage of proceeds. I requested that he email all information. He knew my email address without asking for it. He had told me he had previous contact with Xlibris who published my book for a fee.
The New York address that he gives is a Virtual Office at 30 Wall St. I believe it is a front.
These two companies; Xlibris and BAPS seem to be working hand in glove.
Danger.

Alan P. Perth Australia.

Unknown said...

I am glad I am reading all this because I was just on the phone with a Manager from BAP about my book. I had him email me which he did with all the particular. I told him I would consider and let him know tomorrow.

Sallee said...

We all have something in common. I have just got off the phone, an hour conversation. Same as the previous comments on this page. Sad that there are people out there making a living out of people who have good intent and just want to share their books with those who love to read.

Hopefully one day our books will be picked up by someone who has good intent and not just greed.

Thanks for the warning. Will be staying away from these people.

Happy writing Sally (Australia)

Sallee said...

Hi sound all so familiar. Just had a call 1 hour later, I finally got off the phone.

They must be doing the rounds. Sad that people make money off people who just want to share their books. I am glad I found this page. Happy writing.... Sally T Perth Australia

Keisha Rose
Executive Publishing Consultant
Book-Art Press Solutions LLC




Anonymous said...

Hi I received a mail and 3 phone calls from Book Art Press for my childrens books in the last 2 days my books are self published and marketed by my publisher in Canada I in Africa once the money conversation came up I reviewed the full conversation which lasted 45 minutes I was told there would be no cost to me until 30 minutes into the call I mailed bookart press asking a number of questions yesterday 20/3/19 telling them I was retired and did not have access to instant funds as well as asking them a number of questions. I've not heard another word. How very sad that the world has changed so much that there's no thought to whom you can hurt in these terrible scams

Yankeedoodle30 said...

The name of the woman from Book Art Press that called me is: Patricia Glenwood. She was reading from a script and had a hard time answering my questions. She wanted $12,000 from me, up front to publish 2,000 copies of my MG novel and then she was going to mail them out to over 2,000 book outlets world wide merely to generate some word of mouth and reviews. She said that the publishing business model has changed and literary agents can no longer help writers get published. Then she mentioned I would have to pay for shipping and handling of my 2,000 books which would be about $7.00 each so that was another $14,000 and then there were some misc. costs but it would all be worth it cause they were going to re-edit my book, come up with a real cheesy cover, send me on a book tour (I'd pay for myself) and make me a 30 sec. trailer for my book. I told her this was all a scam but she said there are a lot of people who don't like their company so they are saying bad things about them. I asked her who had recommended my book for publishing and mis-representation, she said it was Sean Jenkins a free lance literary agent who had read my ms and wrote a review. I told her to send me a copy of the review. Never heard from her again. I have heard that this is nothing more than a book printing company who will print your 2,000 copies and then put them in a whse. for storage and they never get sent out to anyone or any companies. The other scam is that they take you money for 2,000 copies, only print out 35 complimentary copies for the author. Beware of this scam and never send them any money.

Yankeedoodle30 said...

Continued from previous comments. I caught the woman from Book Art Press (Patricia Glenwood) in a bunch of blatant lies.
Here was one of many questions I asked her: I ran an estimate from Lightning Source LLC for:
1,000 ea. copies: B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on White w/Matte Lam 150 pages
$ 2.60 ea.
Attached is the actual book printing estimate.

The estimate I received was $2.60 ea. but your estimate was $11.99ea. for a similar sized book and quantity. That's a difference of $9.40 per book or $9,400 for a 1,000 copies.
Is this amount ($9,400) what your company will use to create the cover artwork and market the book?
(Didn't answer)

Another question: Why won't you tell me how many books you have actually placed with a big time publisher: She said NO. because they have a non-disclosure agreement with the big time publishers.


Followup question: Why is a non-disclosure agreement required from your agency by the publisher if they pay you to recommend a writer's book to them for publishing consideration? Seems like the more marketing and advertising of any book is better for all parties involved. (No answer)

Question: What if I'm unhappy with the results of the in-house artwork for my book cover. What recourse do I have? My thinking is if I have 1,000 books printed and I sell very few through your efforts, then I will want to sell the remainder of the book through marketing of my own and so I want to be sure it has a cover that presents the story in the very best light. (no answer)

"Our agency will finance the Marketing Platform for the book."
This is a very vague statement. I would like to see an outline of the planned marketing platform for my book. (no answer)

I am assuming many of the following items will be included in this Marketing Platform:
editing services, illustrations, Podcast interviews, website press releases, agent commissions, YouTube ads,etc.

Yankeedoodle30 said...

Continued: She gave me a list of the 41 book sellers they would send 5 copies of my book to: Most were small coffee houses in the UK, US and Canada. I responded: I don't understand how sending 5 copies of my book to these 41 vendors (total of 200 copies) will catch the attention of a major publisher if the books in that area don't sell well? How many books would you have to sell to get the attention of a main stream book publisher. 500, 2,000, 5,000, to convince then to publish my book. (no answer)

I asked Patricia if she read the 1st ten pages of the ms I sent her. This is what she wrote back:
"The book was well-written, Well-developed characters, great plot and makes the readers get more curious as to what will happen next." A generic answer that describes almost any book ever written!!

All I can say is buyer beware and ask a ton of questions before sending these scammers any money.



On the 1st cold call, she said a literary agent read my published book ms, liked it, reviewed it and wants to send it to a major publisher. Took me several calls before she said his name was Sean Jenkins. He's a freelancer. I googled him and he doesn't exist but I played along.

When Mr. Jenkins gets back from Singapore,(at a book expo that didn't exist) I would like to talk to him. If he did read the entire MS, I want to read his critique. I also have several pertinent (*story content) questions for him that I would like to resolve before moving on. Also, my book has never been published, how did he get a hold of the ms?

She answered: First of all, I won’t be wasting my time contacting you. Everything I said is true. Sean has been a freelance literary agent for a while after he left the agency he worked with. Bad news is," Sean seems skeptical to work with you, so he terminated the endorsement of your book to our client." ha ha

I ended my contact with her by saying: "I really feel sorry for all those hundreds of innocent people who pay you thousands of dollars and actually believe you can get them a publishing deal for their "pride and joy" with a major publishing house." (no answer)

Victoria Strauss said...

Yankeedoodle30,

Your experience (killing them with questions) reminds me of the people who tried, back in the day, to write a poem bad enough to get the National Library of Poetry to reject it.

As you know but others may not, everything she told you was a lie. There's no literary agent. There are no publishers (the non-disclosure agreement thing is a hoot--no one does such a thing). There would never be any 2,000 copies of your book printed--and how convenient that it's impossible for you to ever verify one way or the other. Of course they didn't read your manuscript--they have no interest in it, only in your money. There isn't even any Patricia--the callers who work for these scams routinely use Western-sounding aliases to disguise the fact that they're overseas.

Unfortunately many writers fall for these lies. Thank you for posting.

Yankeedoodle30 said...

Continued:

• The following outline is what Patricia Glenwood of Book-Art-Press. E-mailed to me. • My comments are marked with a •

It was titled: Endorsement Outline for Harper Collins, Wiley and Penguin Random House


• Everything listed below is an additional cost beyond the printing costs for your book.

They will tell you that each one is essential to get the attention of a major New York Publishing House and if you don’t use these services, they can no longer support your individual publishing efforts.

1. America Tonight Show Radio Interview with Kate Delaney.
2. US Review of Books’ Recommendation
3. Book Events
4. Live Interviews
5. Cinematic Trailer/ Animated Book Trailer
6. Publicist

• This is what Book-Art-Press says they will deliver to the author at no charge, all part of their marketing of your book, although none of these efforts can be verified because these people and/or positions don’t exist.


Book-Art-Press Professional Involvement

1. Statistician – this person will primarily analyze platforms where Traditional Publishers should market the book. They are responsible with coming up with intellectual formulas to where we could prove your Traditional Publisher that such platform is effective or not.

• What is an intellectual formula?

2. Marketer – this person is responsible for media outlet and publicity. As of the moment, the publicity of your book is good! This is one good reason why you have been short-listed by 2 of our clients. However, it is not a strong foundation yet, and strengthening this may require a specific person to deal with a further effective strategy/s compelling our clients, that your book is hitting a world-wide market.

• As of the moment, the publicity of your book is good! This was a lie.


3. Researcher – this person is assigned for the demographics. Well, part of the presentation to Traditional Publishers is book sale. Therefore, demographics to places wherein, your book would sell is very essential.
• The syntax of this statement makes no sense.



4. Book Analyst – this person is tasked to let book buyers, movie producers, Traditional Publishers, book store owners and others how good your book is. In order for them to do such, they will be with my people/ team to be situated in different avenues scrutinizing each part of your book.

• The wording here was written by someone with limited writing skills



5. Book Distribution Analyst – this person is responsible for your book circulation. Open communication to book store owners and book events, schedules to book deliveries and how many materials is needed is their main focus.

• . . . and how many materials is (are) needed is their main focus.


Yankeedoodle30 said...

continued Part Two.

Book Distribution for Book-Art-Press

Re-launching of the book requires physical availability in bookstores and outlets. Below is the list of contacted and partnered bookstores in the US, Canada, Australia and UK.

• If you Google these stores, most of them are small book local stores and coffee houses. Book-Art-Press. will send 5 copies of your book to this comprehensive listing of 41 book stores

USA Bookstores

1. Barnes and Noble branches
• Barnes and Noble does not and will never sell self published books in any of their brick and mortar stores.

2. Chapters Indigo branches
3. John K. King Used & Rare Books
4. USA Bookstore
• University of South Alabama Official Bookstore
SELLS ONLY TEXTBOOKS

5. John K. King Used & Rare Books
• As soon as you walk into John K. King Bookstore, an employee will hand you a map. With a collection that spans four massive floors, you’ll certainly need it to find your way around—although you might want to get lost in the stacks.

6. Prairie Lights Books & Café
• Jim Harris likes to sit at the tallest table inside Prairie Lights bookstore's cafe.
He's tall, so it gives his legs some room. But it's also a sweet spot in the cafe — he can see everyone, and say hello to anyone, who comes into his café.

7. Half Price Book branches
8. Books-A-Million Branches
• Founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama, Books-A-Million, Inc. has grown to become the premier book retailing chain in the Southeastern United States.

9. Marcus Bookstore branches:
• Offering books by and about black people everywhere, since 1960

10. American Book Seller
• The American Booksellers Association (ABA) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1900 that promotes independent bookstores in the United States.

Canada Bookstores

1. The Bookshelf
• After opening The Bookshelf in 1973, owners Barb and Doug Minett added a café in 1980 to make it Canada’s first bookstore/café, and then seven years later added a cinema and bar.

2. The Odd Book
• Welcome to The Odd Book. Please search or browse our offering of uncommon volumes. Only a small portion of our inventory is catalogued here. So If you don't see what you're looking for drop in for a browse,

3. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
• Bookstores offering a selection of Comics, Fiction, Poetry, Art, Cooking, Kids, Magazines, Events, and Workshops

4. Whodunit
• WHODUNIT is Winnipeg's specialty mystery bookstore, offering a full range of crime fiction, with UK and Canadian authors prominently featured.

5. Mabel's Fables
6. Munro's Books
7. Café Books
8. Indigo Spirit
9. Chapters Branches
10. Librairie Chrétienne CLC Canada
11. Canadian School Book Exchange
12. McNally Robinson Booksellers
13. Mandala Books
14. Canadian Bible Society
15. Russell Books
16. Canadian Campus Bookstore
17. Audreys Books Ltd

Australia Bookstores

1. QBD Books Australia Fair Branches
2. The Botanical Bookshop
3. Dymocks Branches
4. Collins Booksellers Branches
5. Abbey's Bookshop Branches
6. Boffins Books
7. Boat Books Australia and more

UK Bookstores

1. Rory Book Store
2. Foyles branches
3. Waterstones
4. London – Hatchards Branches
5. Blackwell's Bookshop Branches
6. Daunt Books branches
7. National Theatre Bookshop branches

Victoria Strauss said...

Yankeedoodle30,

Would you please forward me the "outline," along with any other emails you've gotten from Book-Art? beware@sfwa.org . Thank you!

Dorothy said...

Got contacted today. Same promises as above. They also have two links in their email:


https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/author-victoria-strauss/internet/author-victoria-strauss-failure-to-produce-documentation-of-police-investigation-regardi-718916

https://www.austinmacauley.com/blog/truth-behind-lies-%E2%80%93-sfwa

Victoria Strauss said...

Dorothy, would you please send me that email? beware@sfwa.org . All information shared with Writer Beware is held in confidence.

The Ripoff Report was put up by an outfit called The Write Agenda, which conducted a vicious campaign of harassment against Writer Beware, SFWA, and me personally, for several years (you can read a bit about that here). The "report" includes an extensive series of rebuttals from several people (who are not me) exposing the falsehoods in the "report".

The second link is from Austin Macauley, a predatory vanity publisher that's very mad at me for this blog post and also because it's featured on Writer Beware's Thumbs Down Publishers List. It's not exactly an objective source of information.

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Same lady "Patricia Glenwood" contacted me last week. I allowed her to give me her hour long sales pitch and then at the very end when she said I would have to spend $3000-$8000 I knew for sure it was a scam
I told her I didn't have that kind of money. She said she would send me an email and would call me back next week. I hadn't heard from her since.

Anne Ireland said...

I heard two days ago from a man calling himself Michael Lewis. He had an accent, and probably was from the Philippines.

He claimed my self published memoir had been reviewed but could not say who reviewed it or send me the review.

He wanted $5,000 so he could publish 600 copies of my book and then propose it to truly major publishers, one of which is out of business, in case he is interested.

I published through Xlibris, whose call center is in the Philippines. Perhaps this is where he got my contact information.

Real literary agents read almost no submissions. 99% are rejected. If a manuscript is accepted, the advance pays the agent's commission.

I told him to leave me alone, and deleted his email. I will not take his calls.

It is very hard to get published, and this experiences is completely depressing.

Unknown said...

Dear Victoria, thank you so much for this. I am just about to do the same payment this morning (mine was even $3500) and I just was led to check again and I noticed the grammatical errors...

As I am writing they are calling to get the payment.

Gof bless you richly.
Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

To conduct any business nowadays, I have several recommendations. Check social media services, Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) boards, ComplaintsBoard.com, and Google searches for reviews and feedback about the merchant or company pitching their services at you. Should you decide to conduct business with that company, please use a credit card even if you have the money readily available in a bank account. Credit card charges can be disputed within a timeframe so that you are protected from merchants or companies which do not deliver as promised. This is especially true when you are unable to visit their official business offices locally. Always ask the business to send you a detailed invoice describing all products and services to be delivered, timeframes, names of contacts and their contact information (phone, email, mailing address), and all itemized charges. Be sure to document all your interactions online and phone conversations with dates and times. If they fail to deliver any part or all of the services, then you can supply the documented information in historical sequence of occurrence when filing a dispute of the credit card charges. Your financial institution will conduct the research and reverse the charges upon confirming the legitimacy of your claim. Please do not ever jump in blindly at those pitches without checking the soliciting company or merchant.

Dr. Kris said...

These people call me up to 4 times a day and have even tracked down my elderly parents' number and have harassed them! Is there something we can do to stop this?

Unknown said...

I was contacted by them 2day, had the wherewithal to check them out... found this blog,and can't wait til they call back.
A BIG THANKS!!!

Anonymous said...

I was also contacted by them today as well. Whoever it was called twice until I picked up my phone. I had asked if they were marketers, and I got the whole story of wanting to sell my book(s) to traditional publishers. I then asked how many people do they call with the same offer; and the man replied that they pick ten books a year to offer whatever the hell they were offering. I then told him that I don't market my books at all. This all seemed not on the "up and up", so I called them back just to get a beep. I left a nasty message after finding this blog and cursed at them. I am so tired of receiving these phone calls and bogus offers concerning my self-published books. Anyway, The man did call me back, and told me that I shouldn't be calling back, and that's why no one answered the phone. I asked him if this was an honest business practice which I said it wasn't. He also told me when he called back and left me a message that and I must be "high and on crack, and that my book was crap because it wasn't selling." I have never done drugs or even considered it. I don't even drink at all. My books are very good. I'm just not getting marketed the right way and I refuse to market with scammers like these people. Thank you so much for posting this blog.

sophie said...

Thanks tons - same here. I received a phone call today from the "executive director" from NY (with Filipino accent). He praised our book and said it was preselected by traditional publishing houses and needed to be reprinted. Nothing was clear in his long sentences (he was reading as, on my request, he sent an email which was word by word what he had said). Bad English and nothing clear. Thanks to your blog, the story stops here.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just read through this entire thread and I thank God for all of you, especially the blog author. THANK YOU!!! Same script. Same words of flattery ("you got a rating of 4.5 out of 5 by our literary agents...most people got 2 or 3"). Blah. Blah. Blah. She even asked me why I wrote my book and when I told her it was to help young people, she said, "That's great!" She proceeded to try to encourage me by sharing her own thoughts and that's when I knew she was a scammer. Really bad English and strong foreign accent. And her company wants to edit my book? You guys are wonderful! Keep it up!!!

MerriDee said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! My call was much the same. I was skeptical, and he didn't like that I wanted to research and discuss with my husband. Appreciate all the comments and especially the author of this article. I am proud of my book, but I don't think anyone is going to pay me $300,000 for a children's book about Christmas. The "agent" who called me was Ray Leonard. They wanted me to front $8,450 to print 1,000 copies of my book. Whew! Dodged that bullet!!

Liz Prato said...

My experience is slightly different from others' here, but equally galling. I got this phone call, both my books are already on traditional presses. They're small presses--not Big 5--but not vanity, hybrid, or self publishing. So, when she was telling me they could get the attention of publishers, I told her I have a publisher. She kept going, saying they could get movie producers interested. I told her I have someone who handles all subsidiary rights, and she kept going. I also told her that I'm an editor at a press (again, a small traditional press), and she KEPT GOING. It was unbelievable that she somehow thought her sales pitch was going to break through my actual reality at some point.

Eunice said...

Unbelievable. But believable with this group. They have left me alone now for a year so hope that continues.

Connie Bennett said...

This is really alarming! Horribly unprofessional! Downright unethical!!!

"Galling" is another great word to describe this poaching behavior. (Thanks, Liz Prato, for suggesting that word.)

My situation was wild.

1) First a rep tried to sell me book scouting services and didn't bother to ask me if I had an agent, which I do.

2) Then, the rep who called me flat out lied about someone having seen my upcoming book. They NEVER could have seen it, because I had to delay the pub date and I'm still writing and researching it, and my editor is hard at work on it, too.

3) Also horrifying and fascinating is that they apparently STOLE my information from my present hybrid publisher, Balboa Press, which is part of Hay House. I went with them, because my last book was with Hay House, and I may want to be with them again at some point.

4) What scared me the most was that they called me on my unlisted number.

5) They totally had the wrong pub dates, which makes sense since it has been pushed back a couple of times.

Interestingly, though, they did have the correct title, I blew my diet! Now what?

Anyhow, thanks to Writer Beware, I've learned more about them, and I've been able to send info about them to the people with whom I work at Balboa Press.

I'm just thankful that I was smart enough to be very suspicious of them!

This Writer Beware! blog is the best!!!!!

Thank you so much for helping me figure out how they got access to my private info.

Anonymous said...

I contacted them thru their web site, there was no suite number, just a floor number. They refused to give it to me, wanted my name...which I didn't give them. Then they asked why I wanted it. After explaining that all businesses have to have a suite or specific address, they kept the thread open for over ten minutes and didn't respond. A sure sign of a scam, their address is as fake as their "business".

Unknown said...

Hi, and thanks for the info on these scammer spammers.

I've been getting one to two calls a week from various 'book promoting' companies. Of course, every self-pubbed author dreams of getting picked up by a major publishing company but this isn't the way it happens.

How did they get my unpublished phone number....a little research on their part I suppose??? If they were legit they would be contacting you through your self-publishing company.

This caller had an oriental accent which was also a partial giveaway since the majority of these scammers are based in the far east and only have either a Delaware or Wyoming corporation with an associated PO Box. Their 800 prefix number could originate anywhere in the US.

Authors BEWARE !!!!


K. Edward Mallory

Unknown said...

Well,Well.Well.
Just got off the phone with an individual from Book Art Press. Its amazing how his spiel matched to the letter what has been described by so many. You'd think they'd change things a little. I want to thank all who have been kind enough to post their experiences so others may maneuver around these scavengers.

MLHE said...

They're still at it...Book-Art Press Solutions. Please ignore the email I sent, Ms. Strauss. Thank you. You've done enough to give information about these scammers.

 
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