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    Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc.

    I just saw this ad on Craigslist. Legit or not?--

    Get Signed To A Major Publishing House!

    Farrah Gray Publishing (FGP) Is Accepting Manuscripts (All Genres)
    Looking For The Next Hot Thing In Publishing!

    Submit Your Info: Author@fgpbooks.com
    (For A Chance To Receive A Publishing Deal!)

    Farrah Gray Publishing (FGP) is distributed by HCI Books, which published the world famous No. 1 New York Times, USA Today and Guinness Book of World Records best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Chicken Soup for the Soul sold more than 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages.


    Sounds a little fishy, but I looked them up, and they seem real enough. Help, I'm still very green towards this sort of stuff.

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    fgpbooks.com redirects to founder's site. Here's an info doc: http://www.drfarrahgray.com/FGPBOOKS.pdf

    Sounds like more his venture than HCI's (http://www.hcibooks.com/).
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    If they are legit, that's an icky way to say 'we're looking for submissions'. Total turn-off.
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    I'm not really sure why you would need Mr. Gray to submit to HCI. They take unagented submissions of book proposals.

    Here is the page at HCI for Gray.

    I just can't get past this:
    Gray's desirous to bring timeless, bold, and ambitiously contributive messages to an ever expanding audience-base of self-development seekers. Through various formats of self-help and self-development literature, Gray is passionate about providing true access points of transformation to those who desire true change in varying arenas of their lives.
    and this:

    With Dr. Farrah Gray Publishing and HCI Books working in tandem, an incalculable numbers of lives stand in the doorway of ever expanding transformation.
    Really, he offers no guidance as to what he will be publishing other than ambitiously contributive messages. Whatever that means.
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    Craigslist? Srsly? Ouch.

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    I just blogged about Farrah Gray Publishing at Writer Beware.

    The short version: two FGP authors say the publisher demanded $100,000 for marketing, and when they couldn't pay, withheld thousands of dollars in royalties and billed them for the balance.

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    Vic, I'm really confused about this. HCI is an established publisher, so why would they allow their imprint to be so shady? Don't they worry about the blowback?

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    Your guess is as good as mine, Lynn. I'm thinking maybe FGP operates semi-autonomously, and HCI didn't know? At any rate, I'm betting that Don Lemon and Flavor Flav didn't get billed for $100K.

    There's already been some blowblack on my blog: this morning I found two anonymous comments attacking Frost's and Hall's characters and alleging there are "other sides" to the story--but, of course, offering no documentation. I rarely delete comments, but I got rid of these because I don't like personal attacks.

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    Yep, I saw those two comments before you zapped them. It didn't take many brain cells to figure out who wrote them.

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    If Amazon is to be believed, hasn't published anything since '11. Has been involved in a variety of lawsuits, however, both as defendant and plaintiff.

    An example I found interesting: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURT...cv-02696-1.pdf (tl;dr - Author signs endorsement deal with hair-care product company. FGP sues company for copyright infringement for using her book in ads, etc. FGP loses because book is copyrighted to author.)
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