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Thread: Custom Book Publications / Custom Literary Agency

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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    Custom Book Publications / Custom Literary Agency

    Advertising by spam. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

    http://custombookpublications.com/

    Publication of your book should be one of life's greatest moments ...
    We support and guide you through the publishing process... and beyond.
    We do it with professionalism and precision, on budget and on time.
    "On budget"? I'll bet my next royalty check against yours that these guys are running a vanity press.

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    Looks like an old-fashioned vanity press. May be a descendant or a spinoff of Hong Kong's printing industry.

    I'm mildly impressed by their copy and their site design, which are both very clean.
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    They used to be a straight-forward high quality printer. UCLA used them for glossy booklets sort of like the Pitkin books about British heritage sites.

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    The spam utterly turns me off.

    We don't reward spammers.

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    Sounds like a good printer who signed up with a scummy marketing company who promised to grow their business. I'm sure the marketer's pitch included spam and SEO tricks as valid promotions. A shame, too, because I'm always looking for high-quality printers.

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    I got this spam email today. How in the heck did they get my name?

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    Has dropped the "Literary Agency" aspect, at least. Children's imprint is Kindi Corner.
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    Recently, a friend mentioned he knew a writer who had received an offer for publication. I was curious about the publisher. Turns out it was Custom Book Publications. My friend mentioned the publisher was based in Hong Kong, possibly charged a few. So I dug a little.

    There's not much information. But I found this little gem:

    http://www.custombookpublications.com/ebook_faq.htm

    Slimy vanity publisher that mostly turns out e-books for fees, offers referrals for cover design, editing services, offering up to 25% royalty for the writer / victim. Custom Book Design passes itself off as legitimate publishing.

    I'm inexperienced in publishing (although I've been reading a LOT: Miss Snark, Learning to Write with UJ, exploring a lot of blogs and links) but am I right thinking this screams scam?

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    Not really a scam, unless you pay the money and don't get the service. But certainly a really bad idea.

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