This is my first post here. I hope someone can give me some information I need for a writer-friend. She has been approached by an "editor" named Roxane Christ to be included in her periodical which she will use for promoting new writers to agents/publishers. My friend has asked my opinion. I think it's a scam, but I would like someone else's input before I say that to her. I could be wrong. Following is my friend's email to me:
"The catch is, it costs. I'll give you the outline of the costs below. I
have no idea if this is just a money making scheme for her or if this is the
sort of thing one must do these days to get noticed/published?
The editing fee is included into the 'participation package', which
comprises the editing and publishing of your story. The minimum 'insertion
fee' is $50 US for a 2750 word story (or a 10 pages story). Anything over
ten pages, if selected for insertion, would incur a further $5.00 US per
page (a page containing 275 words).
If you wish for your story (within the publication) to be presented to an
agent or to a publisher, the submission fee vary according to the number of
agents and/or publishers to which the publication is presented. The average
number of agents and/or publishers that would be interested is 7 (up to 10).
For example, there are only a few publishers in the US which publish
children stories or short stories. Therefore, we select the best suited
publishers/agents for the type of story and write a submission dedicated to
Each submission fee covers the writing of the submission and the shipping of
Time-To-Read to these selected agents and/or publishers. The minimum fee is
$30 US per submission. Thus, if we have selected 5 suitable agents and/or
publishers for your story, we would call for a fee of $150 US.
Please Note: The 'minimum' fee is based on a straight forward submission,
which contains a brief biography of the author, and which answers all of the
questions the agents and/or publishers needs to make a selection. However,
if your story contains complex layout (i.e. photographs, graphics, complex
tables, etc...) or is destined to a particular readership (i.e. schools,
universities, etc...) the submission fee may be as high as $100 US per
Any comments will be welcome. I don't want my friend to make a costly
mistake, but neither do I want her to miss an opportunity if that's what
PS--If any of you belong to Publish-L, you'll realize this is a cross-post. I know a person's not supposed to do that, but I feel this is kind of a desperate situation.