I hear elsewhere that Wambtac Communications is mass-mailing people who write fanfic. (That by itself raises flags for me, honestly.)
(Google will turn them up; I don't want to give them a link.)
They appear to be a full-on operation: they give seminars to educate new writers, that (surprise!) find that
And they publish. No advances for either of their imprints; one claims to pay standard royalties, the other requires the author to put up 50% of costs.Some authors have wonderful books inside them, but simply cannot fulfill their literary dreams on their own. They need more than a competent editor or ghostwriter; they need a Professional Book Writer™. "Professional Book Writer", or PBW, is a trademarked designation which is only conferred upon those experienced and/or professional writers who have successfully completed our PBW Training program and internship.
In other words: they get your money for classes in how to write, get your money for fixing up your book, and get your money for publishing your book.
It's really amazing.