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    [Display site] Cantgetpublished.com

    hey gang,
    i was on another board and all of a sudden these guys started tooting their horn all over the place. i think they're a scam. what do you think? Dave and victoria, if you two could give your two cents, that would be great. here's the website and here's what caught my attention:

    http://www.cantget.com/index.html

    • New Authors - First 3 months = FREE *
    • 1 year subscription = 120 a year
    • 6 months subscription = 75 every 6 months
    • 3 months subscription = 45 every 3 monts
    • 1 month subscription = 20 every month
    If book is discovered and published we get 10% royalties




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    I sure can't think of any reason to use this 'service', let alone pay for it.
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    All you really have to ask yourself is which way does the money go?

    Remember Yog's Law--money flows toward the author.

    If they're making money off of subscription fees, what's going to motivate them to actually get a story sold? If there are no apparent limitations on who can sign up (as long as they can pay for it), how are they supposed to cull through and find what's actually publishable?

    Looks to me like they make their money selling hope to people, like most scammers do.
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    You don't have to be Dave or Victoria to evaluate thier business model. If this site makes money for authors, you will need to figure out where this money will come from and how much you are likely to get.

    Ebooks don't usually generate very big sales numbers even when they are put out by a reputable, selective epublisher. If I am reading Cantget's site correctly, however, it appears that they are putting unedited slush on the Web and charging people five pounds (about $9 US) per book to read it online. For that price, you can get a mass-market paperback by a known author, or even pick up a hardcover bestseller off the remainder table if you're lucky. What are the odds that consumers will prefer slush on a computer screen?

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    This is another one of those "display" sites that allow reader ratings, on the theory that good ratings will attract more readers. This didn't work in 1998 when the idea was first floated, and I don't think it will work any better now. And if you want to e- or POD-publish your work, there are better options.

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    Do display sites normally charge people money to read the books there, though? This seems like an even more useless twist on the idea of a display site... if making them more useless was even possible.

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    My first thought on these guys was scammers. i appreciate all the feedback.

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    Let me get this straight: the author pays to be listed on the site. If the book is discovered on the site and published, the company--which you've been paying to list your work on the site--then takes 10% of the royalties. And people have to pay to read what's on the site. Nice little setup they have there.
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    Hey, if anyone wants, you can give me $50.00 and I'll put your story up on my blog, where someone may very well read it and send you a wheelbarrow of money (of which I get half.) Sure. Sounds groovy.

    And I've got a special deal just for you on this really wonderful bridge I'm looking to sell, in Brooklyn.

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    This is just lame...

    Can you get your book in print?

    The answer is yes, but we would advise waiting to see what reaction you get before taking, what could be, a costly step.
    In otherwords, noreallycantgetpublished.

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    Some poor kid, somewhere, is going to fall for this, of course. That's the genuinely sad part.

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    Don't go near these guys!

    1. They have a good dozen textual errors on their front page alone, a couple of which are real flinchers.

    2. They're massively ignorant about publishing. I could tell that from a single sentence of theirs:
    Well now there is an alternative - CantGetPublished.com can get your masterpiece into the public domain - we can put your work on-line for everyone to read!
    Anyone who's had any exposure to the industry knows that "into the public domain" doesn't mean "out in public where people can see it"; it means "out of copyright." That's not an error a publishing person could make.

    3. And then there's this sentence:
    If you are "discovered" we take 10% of all future earnings.
    Do they indeed? Nice deal for them, considering they're doing squat for you.

    Run away. Stay away. These guys are bad news.
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    If you are "discovered" we take 10% of all future earnings.

    ...because all editors are so desperate for new material they'll pay to read slush *snicker*.

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    A year later, the only trace of CantGet.com is a polite "Site no longer active due to client retirement" on the designer's page.
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    I would just like to note my bogglement at the very title of the website, if it was meant to be a display site. Difficult enough to conceive of agents or editors browsing a display site in the first place, and yet more difficult to imagine them paying to do so (if I understand that correctly) but for any agent or editor in possession of their senses to choose to go to a site called 'Can't get published'?
    That's like a porn site called 'non-removable clothes'.
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