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Locusta
08-26-2009, 12:44 PM
My husband was contacted by this company regarding publishing his graduate thesis. I'm aware that they are POD, but they claim to provide review, printing, and an ISBN free of charge plus a small royalty to the author (although the likelihood of that ever adding up to much is really slim). Has anyone else ever worked with them? We'd like to give it a good look over before agreeing to anything.

Here's the website: http://www.vdm-publishing.com

EDIT: Nevermind. After some additional research, we've decided this is a no go.

Cyia
08-26-2009, 02:21 PM
Be wary anytime the "publisher" initiates contact out of the blue.

CaoPaux
09-15-2009, 06:56 PM
FYI - Writer Beware has blogged about Dr. Muller and VDM: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2009/09/victoria-strauss-vdm-verlag-dr-mueller.html

Writer14
07-18-2011, 07:40 PM
I signed on to facebook today and saw they had MESSAGED ME. Here is the message I was sent:

"Dear Ms Montana,

I am writing on behalf of a brand new international publishing house, JustFiction! Edition.

In the course of a web-research I came across a reference of your manuscript To Ruin A Recovery and it has caught my attention.

We are a publisher recognized worldwide, whose aim it is to help talented but international yet unknown authors to publish their manuscripts supported by our experience of publishing and to make their writing available to a wider audience.

JustFiction! Edition would be especially interested in publishing your manuscript as an e-book and in the form of a printed book and all this at no cost to you, of course.

If you are interested in a co-operation I would be glad to send you an e-mail with further information in an attachment.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Evelyn Davis
Acquisition Editor

Just Fiction! Edition is a trademark of:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
Dudweiler Landstr. 99
66123 Saarbrücken, Germany

Phone: +49 681 3720-310
Fax: +49 681 3720-3109

Email: e.davis[at]justfiction-edition. com
www. justfiction-edition. com

Register court/number: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
Identification Number (Verkehrsnummer): 12917
Partner with unlimited liability/Persönlich haftende Gesellschafterin:
VDM Management GmbH
Register court/number: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 18918
Business Registration No.: C07072290
Managing directors/Geschäftsführer: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk"




I'm curious to how legitimate they are. If they might be a vanity press or just a scam. Also, it's worth noting that when I looked up more online, I was directed to a page on Inkpop.com where a few members were also messaged with similar things.

Comments? Opinions? Facts? :)

priceless1
07-18-2011, 08:01 PM
Legit publishers don't troll for authors. Might think about finding a publisher/agent who has a verifiable track record.

CaoPaux
07-18-2011, 08:07 PM
JustFiction! Edition: https://www.justfiction-edition.com/site/home/10

Lambert Academic Publishing: https://www.lap-publishing.com/

Leaving aside the fact you don't want to work with a publisher who spams writers for submissions, it looks like a bog-standard e/POD author mill with online "distribution" only.

Also, from their FAQ:


JFE pays a royalty fee of 10% of the publisher’s proceeds for a print book and e-book. What does this mean?

For many publishers, the authors of monographs are required to make (direct or indirect) payments to the publisher before the publishing process begins. Printing cost allowances, for example, or clauses that oblige the author to purchase a certain quantity of their own book(s) from the publisher are not uncommon. We have chosen to do things differently, and do not ‘pass the buck’ on to the authors (directly nor indirectly) for the costs of printing their work(s). Thanks to a streamlined workflow combined with other efficient practices, we are in a unique position to grant our authors an outstanding royalty fee. However, it is wise not to think that the publication of your monograph will make you rich, but having your own book is priceless.

Anne Lyle
07-18-2011, 08:10 PM
10% royalties for not much more than you could get from Lulu or CreateSpace? I don't think so!

priceless1
07-18-2011, 08:10 PM
And the mighty Cao strikes again.

Medievalist
07-18-2011, 08:20 PM
LAP is best avoided:

http://www.lisaspangenberg.com/it/2010/12/28/lap-lambert-academic-publishing-ag-co-kg-and-vdm-verlag-dr-mueller/

Writer14
07-18-2011, 08:56 PM
I didn't think it was legitimate either, but I also wanted to get verification from a source (Absolute Write Water Cooler) that I consider trusted. Thank you for such quick response. I'll forward this to everyone else who has questions.

victoriastrauss
07-19-2011, 12:14 AM
Another name for this outfit: VDM (Verlag Dr. Mueller). Author mill, notorious for soliciting students and academics.

- Victoria

CaoPaux
07-19-2011, 04:53 AM
Ha! I thought the site layout was familiar. Merged with VDM.

Another
11-01-2011, 01:25 AM
From the 60’s to 80’s, I once was a rock climber in Yosemite when the sport was thought crazy and done by few. I did many first ascents, wrote about them in old Sierra Club publications, the American Alpine Journal and several climbing magazines. I considered the writing a labor of love complementing my labor of love on granite walls. Reader audiences were a small but avid group of climbers. A few years ago, I created a non-commercial website telling some history of the early ascents and providing copies of several old magazine and journal articles with permission from the original publishers. I copyrighted the site. It’s been a fun way to stay in touch with new and old climbers and share tales and trends. Also a few years ago, I found a Wikipedia page on me as a climber upon which I weighed in and modified along with others who work on such pages at Wik.

A few days ago, I googled myself and found I as a rock climber was the subject of a book published by Lambert Surhone of VDM Publishing who, without contacting me, had simply copied big chunks of the Wikipedia information and my website, put the material between book covers and was selling it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites. I then ran into a NY Times article by Pagan Kennedy who, like me, was surprised to find he too was subject to a VDM book titled “Pagan Kennedy” priced at $50. He did some digging and found VDM “extrudes thousands of paperbacks every year using content available without costs on the Internet.” VDM puts a notice on the book saying the content comes from “high-quality content by Wikipedia articles.” After some effort, Mr. Kennedy did talk directly with VDM people and found they only sold 3,000 wikibooks last year, but Amazon claims Surhone has written or edited more than 100,000 titles, meaning you too soon could be the subject of a VDM publication if you are featured in wiki land. Perhaps most strange, as Kennedy looked over some of the books (not cheap, turns out), he found the mind of a machine at work in titles and errors not typical of human editors. His conclusion: VMD uses robots to compile its books.

Here’s the link to the NY Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/books/review/do-androids-dream-of-electric-authors.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=pagan%20kennedy&st=cse

I have yet to order the book on me. I wonder how the robots did transcribing my wiki and web page material. Perhaps I could get a complimentary copy if I could get through the robots at VDM to a person, who I would inform, “Might have been nice to be contacted for permission to do the book on me.” And, “O, by the way, my website asks not to duplicate anything without permission.” An attorney friend suggest I should send them a cease and desist order and probably have grounds for a suit, but I never had any intention of doing a book on me and my days on the walls, and if the robots took what already was in cyberspace and pretty accurately put it on paper, why should I care? Of course others may feel differently, especially those with presence in cyberspace who are considering memoirs at least in part for their own return on sales.

And then there’s the bigger question: will robots someday write wholly new books instead of just compile them from existing material?

Anyone been subject to an unauthorized book, robot made or not? Is what I’ve experienced a trend known to readers here? What implications do you see?

Drachen Jager
11-01-2011, 01:46 AM
It's just a dumb scam. Another good one is to buy rights to an out-of-date how-to manual, like 'how to buy a used car' that nobody wants for $100 or so. Buy twenty of them. Every day, you do up cover art, re-fit titles, and update several of those books and post them on Amazon as 'new titles'. Cycle through them all until you get back to the start. If each one sells 10 copies or so you're rolling in the cash pretty quickly.

This is basically the same thing. Recycle useless or easy to find information and call it a 'book'. I'm sure they do quite well for themselves.

Will computers ever write a book worth reading. No. Certainly not in our lifetimes. Just look at the IBM Jeopardy playing computer, Watson's outtakes. Even with a closely defined set of parameters that sucker made some really dumb answers. Answers too stupid for a human to even consider. So, even writing a book would be impossible, but coming up with novel and original ideas? Forget it.

Another
11-04-2011, 02:16 AM
I gather VDM is, as Victoria states, an “author mill,” meaning: no editing or proof reading, no marketing, high sales price for them, and minimal compensation to the author. Now with my experience, we might conclude they are something more than a mill. Contrary to the criticisms on the thread about VDM “soliciting authors” or “trolling” for them, I was never contacted by VDM for any sort of permission before material from my website and pages about me on Wikipedia simply were copied and slammed into a book. So now we’ve moved from sleazy and scummy to downright illegal use of copyright material, at least in the case of my website (I don’t know how Wikipedia handles such issues).


It’s worth noting here the author of the article at the NY times I referenced (Kennedy) was able to make contact with VDM and get a response. And, looks like the author of the article at the Medievalist post link (Lisa Spangenberg (http://www.lisaspangenberg.com/it/author/lisala/)) even got their work removed from the company catalog. I will ponder contacting VDM too. Perhaps I can learn something of their policy about contacting the subjects of their books, especially in light of potential copyright issues. Perhaps if they get enough heat and bad press, it will give them pause. Perhaps not. If I learn anything new, I’ll post here.

Overall, any readers of this thread now should see enough to avoid the place, and to monitor anything the reader/writer puts up in cyberspace to be used by the likes of VDM.

IceCreamEmpress
11-04-2011, 02:31 AM
I then ran into a NY Times article by Pagan Kennedy who, like me, was surprised to find he too was subject to a VDM book titled “Pagan Kennedy” priced at $50.

Pagan Kennedy is a woman.

But, yeah, these "content harvesting" pseudo-publishers are a real problem. The science-fiction superstar C. J. Cherryh just sent out a message to her fans about how it's affecting her. (http://madhatter.ca/2011/10/31/corporate-copyright-scofflaws-0011-hephaestus-books/)

(A different pseudo-publisher in Cherryh's case.)

Another
11-04-2011, 02:45 AM
Ice Cream,

Thanks for the correction and link.

"Content harvesting pseudo-publishers" sure captures the VDM I'm coming to know. Maybe we need a thread on them, or probably there are several already if I search around. Ideas for keywords?

Another
11-04-2011, 04:20 AM
And here is the key paragraph in link by Icecream, just to make the issue as explicit as possible:

"... this company called Hephaestus Books, which has harvested Wikipedia, and then published the Wikipedia articles as her book. Several of her books (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/cherryh?keyword=cherryh&store=book). Hephaestus Books has no rights to publish anything of hers, and they haven’t. What they are doing is scamming readers."

So looks like searching Cooler and Google for "harvesting Wikipedia" and "copyright pirates" and the like would be a start for those interested.

Chumplet
12-22-2011, 08:43 PM
I just received an email from these people today for my WIP, which isn't completed and only the first few chapters are posted in Book Country. I wonder how they managed to see it? Do they trawl through Book Country? I'll ask Colleen.

AphraB
12-22-2011, 08:58 PM
A co-worker published his book with this outfit. Breaks my heart. However, it might benefit him professionally so I just keep my mouth shut. :Shrug:

Colleen Lindsay
12-23-2011, 09:25 PM
"I just received an email from these people today for my WIP, which isn't completed and only the first few chapters are posted in Book Country. I wonder how they managed to see it? Do they trawl through Book Country? I'll ask Colleen."

Hi Sandra -

Thanks for letting me what's going on. I'm extremely concerned that this scam publisher has your email address, as it is not published on the site anywhere (you don't have it in your visible bio, correct?). If you can please forward the email they sent you, I would really appreciate it. In the meantime, I'll post a warning on the Book Country Discussion Forum as well. Send the email to my Gmail address as I am in Georgia for the holidays: colleen.lindsay@gmail.com.

I'm very sorry to hear about this!

If anyone else is also getting these emails, can you please let me know as soon as possible?

Thanks!

Colleen Lindsay
Book Country community mananger

Chumplet
12-23-2011, 11:14 PM
Okay, Colleen. I sent it.

CaoPaux
01-26-2012, 05:48 AM
Updating link: http://www.vdmpublishinggroup.com/

And Wikipedia has a lovely list of VDM's imprints, subsidiaries, and dbas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VDM_Publishing

triceretops
03-02-2012, 08:15 PM
Yeah, got spammed today from this outfit.

AussieBilly
03-08-2012, 09:00 AM
WoW! Where do these types come from? Yeah, they are anxiously awaiting for my manuscript. Doesn't that make the old heart beat faster? My question is the same as others on this thread; how did they get my email address? how did they know I was in the last stages of a WIP? Boy, the greedy procreate too fast to keep ahead......
Take care, people ... and keep writing!

eternalised
03-08-2012, 03:16 PM
I find it very troublesome that the JustFiction Edition! (https://www.justfiction-edition.com) website looks and feels very real. It's a professionally designed website, and they have a large list of distributors all around the world. Who, upon closer investigation, are no real distributors at all. They list Amazon, which is a retailer and Ingram and Baker & Taylor, who are wholesalers. They also list Lightning Source as a distributor, who is a printer. I don't know about the distributors in the other countries if they're real or not, but that says enough for me. Unfortunately, for people who are new to the publishing industry and have neither heard of either of those, it looks like JustFiction has a lot of distributors in place.

Then again, when looking at their covers (https://www.justfiction-edition.com), you can see that they definitely didn't bother to hire a cover artist. Their covers are so generic I wonder what program they even used to make them. Slap a picture of a dog, scene, whatever on it, and use the same title font everywhere. In some cases (https://www.justfiction-edition.com/catalog/details/store/gb/book/978-3-8454-4583-0/magic-within-the-waves-book-one), the background picture looks okay, but is then completely ruined by the blue and white background of the title. Hopefully their sloppy covers will put off some authors to submit their manuscript to them.

Also, their submission guidelines say that you have to submit a manuscript of at least 46 pages, and they'll get back to you within two weeks. Two weeks? That's a little fast. I wonder if they even read through all the submissions they get, or just send them an acceptance email.

The Grump
08-11-2012, 06:14 AM
Got an email from this German company that looks like it's getting on the e-publishing band-wagon. They say there's no charge to the writer and give the impression that they review manuscripts. ... Still...? Sounds like the same-old, same-old.

Their url is: https://www.justfiction-edition.com

Does anyone here know anything about them ... or better, have any experience with them.

Thanks for any info.

The Grump
08-25-2012, 10:19 PM
Has anyone had any experience with this German based outfit ... or heard anything about them. They are offering free worldwide publication with 3000 online stores, saying they make their money from "interest" [royalties?].

Heard about them via an email which referenced estory I have online. Url: www.justfiction-edition.com

thanks for any input.

Medievalist
08-26-2012, 12:31 AM
They are a mill, they do not edit, or typeset.

I'd avoid 'em. This was linked earlier, but it pays to repeat the link:

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2009/09/victoria-strauss-vdm-verlag-dr-mueller.html

Velcro
10-30-2012, 09:59 PM
I recently received an email from a representative for a company called Just Fiction! Edition www.justfiction-edition.com (http://www.justfiction-edition.com)

I've never heard of them and I do not recall sending them a manuscript so that raised some red flags. Anyone heard of these guys? Here's what this person wrote to me if that helps:



Some time ago I contacted you, offering you the possibility of making your work available as printed book and e-book at no cost for you. JustFiction! Edition books are distributed by global wholesalers worldwide.
Since I did not hear back from you, I am now wondering if you received my email. I would appreciate if you could confirm your interest in our publishing house and I will be glad to provide you with detailed information about our services.
I am looking forward to receiving a positive response from you.
Thank you!
Kind regards
Acquisition Editor
JustFiction! Edition is a trademark of:
AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG
Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8,
66121, Saarbrücken, Germany
www.justfiction-edition.com (http://www.justfiction-edition.com)
Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10356
Identification Number (Verkehrsnummer): 13955
Partner with unlimited liability: VDM Management GmbH
Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 18918
Managing directors: Thorsten Ohm (CEO), Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Esther von Krosigk

Undercover
10-30-2012, 11:00 PM
Well they won't edit your work so unless you're a really really good editor, you'll have to hire one, unless you want your book to look sloppy. (You in general, not you directly.)

hillaryjacques
10-30-2012, 11:17 PM
There's already a thread on this operation, here: <snipped>

Not a lot of information in it, but hopefully what you need. I'm sure a mod will be along shortly to merge.

aliceshortcake
10-31-2012, 02:22 AM
Well, my long post about JF!E seems to have vanished into thin air but most of the points I made have been covered by other people. One thing I came across in the 'News' section of the JF!E site made my blood boil:


Ben Markus’ books under Media’s spotlights


“A cancer ‘lifeline’ and two successful novels in one year”
“… Greta the novel was snapped up by a German publishing company and is now available and selling well at all major booksellers online…” (Bedford Today (http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/local/a-cancer-lifeline-and-two-successful-novels-in-one-year-1-4093793#resize-image) 27.07.12)

Our prominent author and musician, Ben Markus, has proven to be very successful with his two novels. Being increasingly sought by the media, he was recently one of Bernie Keith’s guests on BBC Radio Northampton (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00wfl9v#programme-broadcasts), he also participated in the Meridian FM (http://www.meridianfm.com/) radio show and was interviewed by Derby Radio (http://www.103theeye.co.uk/). Bedford Today (http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/mbtc-search-element-7-4533?slotSearch=true&siteId=2.3129&submitted=true&freeTextQuery=Ben%20Markus&action=search&y=0&x=0) also highlights Ben Markus’ strength and success in several articles.
His first novel “Greta”, based on a true wartime story, has captured Hollywood Producers’ interest. The film-script of the first scenes of “Greta” the movie is ready! We keep fingers crossed that the movie will soon be in theaters.
“New Jersey Exile”, the 2nd book of Ben Markus, is an autobiography featuring his career as a pro guitarist, a fireman, a father and, foremost, his fight against cancer.
The success of Ben Markus’ books contributed to his nomination for the Pride of Bedford & Luton award, which will take place on the 29th of November 2012 in the Bedford Corn Exchange.


Cancer will not stop Ben Markus’ literary ambitions

“… out of the blue I had an email from a German publisher who had read about the book on the internet … I sent them the manuscript and within seven days they said they liked it and wanted to publish it.” (http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/local/bedford)

Mr Markus' book Greta is unedited (as is obvious from Amazon's 'Look Inside' feature), has 154 pages and costs £12. Its Amazon ranking of 1,146,222 makes me doubtful of the claim that it's selling well online in general, and JF!E's e-book royalties are below average. I hope Mr Markus won't be too disappointed when his royalties are due in January.

As for the claim that Hollywood producers are interested in Greta, I'm afraid it sounds like something PA would dream up.

aliceshortcake
10-31-2012, 02:06 PM
The JF!E site does look professional enough to fool a newbie but on closer inspection it's very, very odd. The 'Rights' section tells us nothing at all about rights but merely warns against plagiarism, specifically the type of plagiarism associated with academic texts - obviously a carry-over from the 'let us publish your thesis!' arm of the scam:


Adopting large portions of text such as passages, figures, tables, etc. from other works is strictly prohibited for copyright reasons. This also applies to any text appendices.
https://www.justfiction-edition.com/site/rights/36

Potential authors hoping that the 'Commitment' page might tell them more about how JF!E intends to market their book will be disappointed:


Being an imprint of AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG, JustFiction! Edition is an associate member of the American Booksellers Association, the Booksellers Association in the UK and a member of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the German booksellers association and also a member of PEN Zentrum Deutschland.
We are thus involved in promoting the interests of our authors in the most important associations of the bookselling industry.
https://www.justfiction-edition.com/site/commitment/17

Well, that was enlightening.

Apparently JF!E does employ editors:


If you are ready to make your short story, novel or fiction work known worldwide, get in touch (https://www.justfiction-edition.com/contact/new) with our editorial team who will guide you through the whole publishing process!

After reviewing your work, we will inform you whether we would like to move ahead with publication and of any suggested corrections, should there be any.

And yet:


JustFiction! Edition offers talented, aspiring authors a chance to get published and perhaps start their journey to international recognition – for free. This unfortunately means that we have to keep our costs as low as possible, that is why we do not perform proofreading, as it would not be financeable – the author is responsible for the content-related and linguistic quality of the work.
https://www.justfiction-edition.com/site/service/30

Editing but no proofreading? That makes perfect sense!

JF!E's Catalogue makes for a heartbreaking read. It's abundantly clear that English isn't the first language of many writers (students in Africa and Asia are a prime target for Lambert Verlag). Does JF!E even bother to read submissions? Here are a few cover blurbs from the company's unedited, overpriced books:


A vampire lived through a life time of pain and loss, lives alone in the mystery castle. It's in the middle of the French Revolution, and he get's a run away.


Cancer is a symbolic story written in a very intriguing manner. Peace, a 22 year old boy, is missioned in a letter from her deceased mother to deliver a highly sensitive message...


How would you feel to know that you're a part of something bigger than what you have hopelessly imagined? An escape route out of all your mundane and repetitious daily events that you could never have guessed-in a million years-about its existence suddenly greets you in the most unexpected of manner?...You may start turning the pages now, my friends. And see if there is a place in here for you as well, heheheh!


...I logged in to my system and started scraping my thoughts. One thought to another, when I realised that why am I dilapidating my experiences of life that could guide someone, somewhere around the globe.

JF!E's 'editors' obviously weren't concentrating when these little errors slipped through the net. And can they really be asking the equivalent of $77.88/£48.33 for a 228-page novel?
https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/incognito/isbn/978-3-8454-4804-6

The fact that JF!E's stock image covers make everything look like a textbook doesn't really matter; after all, none of these doomed volumes will ever be seen in a bookshop and the only people likely to buy them are the authors' friends and relatives. Having said that, I have to wonder what the author of Like Father Like Son - "a story of Kimelil a great Nandi leader and a fearless warrior before the advent of the White man" - felt when he saw the cover of his book (https://www.justfiction-edition.com/catalog/details//store/gb/book/978-3-8454-4764-3/like-father-like-son).

The only way an author mill like JF!E can stay in business is by reeling in new victims and selling books back to the old ones, every one of whom is no doubt convinced that he or she is a Published Author just waiting to be discovered.

aliceshortcake
11-05-2012, 10:26 PM
One of the latest releases from the LAP Lambert academic author mill is - wait for it - Lease Financing; Hindrarnces to Adoption By Business Enterprisses. Yes, that's what it says on the actual book jacket. It has 72 pages and can be yours for the equivalent of £39/$62.

The LAP Lambert catalogue has 6518 pages of grossly overpriced, unedited books by students and academics who didn't do their homework about how real publishing works.

Weirdmage
11-06-2012, 03:03 AM
JF!E's Catalogue makes for a heartbreaking read. It's abundantly clear that English isn't the first language of many writers (students in Africa and Asia are a prime target for Lambert Verlag). Does JF!E even bother to read submissions? Here are a few cover blurbs from the company's unedited, overpriced books:

I'm a Norwegian, so I understand some of the challenges with translating, and I'm used to seeing it translations every day (-every English TV program is subtitled in Norwegian). It looks to me like all these examples are the results of using Google translate, or a similar program. I have used Google translate to go from Norwegian to English, when tweeting an interesting article to my English speaking followers, and you end up with something very similar to these examples.
You mention students in Asia ,and Africa, being the writers of many of JF!E's books, and it looks like the books are written in whatever they native language is, and have never seen a human translator. -Not something you'd want to see from a serious publisher.

Gravity
11-06-2012, 03:27 AM
All your books are belong to us.

aliceshortcake
11-06-2012, 12:50 PM
I'm a Norwegian, so I understand some of the challenges with translating, and I'm used to seeing it translations every day (-every English TV program is subtitled in Norwegian). It looks to me like all these examples are the results of using Google translate, or a similar program. I have used Google translate to go from Norwegian to English, when tweeting an interesting article to my English speaking followers, and you end up with something very similar to these examples.
You mention students in Asia ,and Africa, being the writers of many of JF!E's books, and it looks like the books are written in whatever they native language is, and have never seen a human translator. -Not something you'd want to see from a serious publisher.

I suppose it's possible, but don't forget that large parts of the Indian sub-continent and Africa were once part of the British Empire. Many people from these countries speak English with a competence ranging from perfect fluency to a few basic phrases. Most of the LAP Lambert books by Asian and African authors are written in good but not perfect English, a defect any editor could have sorted out. Of course, LAP Lambert doesn't provide editing.

JF!E is another matter - I get the impression that the examples I quoted in my earlier post are by ESL writers with a mistaken confidence in their ability to write in English.

Going back to LAP Lambert, there's an hilarious blog post here about the company's use of stock photos to portray members of their staff:
http://journalology.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/lambert-academic-publishing-or-how-not.html

aliceshortcake
11-23-2012, 01:03 PM
I recently sent JF!E the first 46 pages of an obscure 1940s novel with large chunks of text copied and pasted at random. Within four days they'd expressed an interest in publishing it and asked me for the rest of the ms! They also sent me their contract which I've passed on to Victoria Strauss.

CaoPaux
02-19-2013, 08:41 PM
Another VDM mill to watch out for (via Writer Beware Blogs!): Blessed Hope Publishing (http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/02/solicitation-alert-blessed-hope.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtLastWriterBewareBlogsAcCris pinAndVictoriaStraussRevealAll+%28Writer+Beware+Bl ogs%21%29).

maybegenius
11-07-2013, 08:03 PM
Haven't been able to find much about this anywhere, but received an email from them this morning about an offer from an "Acquition [sic] Editor" to "publish my blog in book form." Seems to be a German-based site/company. Offers free publication of your blog. Seems like a typical vanity press, but it doesn't look like they're asking for payment from what I can see. Not something I'll be utilizing because it seems shady (see aforementioned typo, and they didn't refer to me by name ["Dear Madam"] and mentioned no specifics about my blog, which tells me they're just fishing).

They are visible at bloggingbooks (dot) net or bloggingbooks (dot) de.

CaoPaux
11-11-2013, 08:57 PM
Adding live link: https://www.bloggingbooks.de/

aliceshortcake
11-11-2013, 10:45 PM
Aha... I thought the layout of that website looked familiar. Bloggingbooks is yet another offshoot of Lambert Academic Publishing/JustFiction! Edition. The company was notorious for publishing Wikipedia articles in book form, so I suppose it's only logical that they should attempt to publish blogs.

Perhaps one of the lovely mods would care to merge this thread with the existing one about these predators: <snipped>

Their list of 'distributors' is hilarious - it includes bookshops, online retailers and printers!

victoriastrauss
11-11-2013, 10:48 PM
Yeesh. Yet another tentacle of this company. I'm off to blog.

- Victoria

ETA: Here it is. (http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/11/solicitation-alert-bloggingbooks.html)

aliceshortcake
11-11-2013, 11:19 PM
My God, that was quick. I barely had time to ensure that my arms and legs were safely within the thread before Victoria waved her magic wand.

CrastersBabies
01-21-2014, 08:35 AM
Received two emails from them in the last month. Came to check the board and sure enough....

Here's my info so that it hopefully comes up on google or other search venues. Hope that is okay to share.


Some time ago I offered you the possibility of making your academic paper about ******* (Title of my thesis), original short fiction available as printed book. Since I did not hear back from you, I am now wondering if you received my first email.

I would appreciate if you could confirm your interest in our publishing house and I will be glad to provide you with detailed information about our services.

I am looking forward to receiving a positive response from you.

Best Regards,

Laura Dean
Acquisition Editor

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is a trademark of:
OmniScriptum GmbH & Co. KG

Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8,
66121, Saarbrücken, Germany

l.dean (at) lap-publishing. com / www. lap-publishing. com

Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10356
Identification Number (Verkehrsnummer): 13955
Partner with unlimited liability: VDM Management GmbH
Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 18918
Managing director: Thorsten Ohm (CEO)

PlannerDan
05-21-2014, 08:52 AM
Don't touch Just Fiction Edition! They will publish your book but it will look like crap with the terrible cover. I know, I did it. I wish there was some way I could withdraw it and publish it elsewhere. But, what is done is done.

They are very difficult to contact and are notorious for not giving useful information. They provide just enough of the truth to claim they are not a scam. But in my books they lead the pack. I regret I ever decided to 'give them a try.' If you are thinking about it...don't!

I have work that needs to be done to the book which was published a couple of years ago and it is almost impossible to get any useful assistance from them. And when you do, it comes with a price. Never, never again will I send my material to a publisher (traditional or self-publish) without checking with the "Water Cooler" first.

zmethos
09-11-2018, 09:09 PM
They're still at it (or JF!E is anyway). Got this email today:


I am D**** F******** of the editorial team of JustFiction Publishing, a publishing house specializing in publishing novels, fiction, poetry and short stories of all genres from new, aspiring and experienced authors.

I am contacting you with the view of a potential collaboration, where you will be able to publish and print your work in the form of a book and benefit from:

-free of charge publication
-worldwide sales of your book(s)
-simple and quick publishing process with swift responses to your questions
-eco-friendly, print-on-demand technology

We operate in a relaxed yet professional and efficient way and would be delighted if you want to work with us! If you could indicate your interest with a response it would be greatly appreciated!

Would you like to receive a detailed brochure about our services?

This was at the bottom:


Just Fiction! Edition
is in cooperation with:
MoreBooks! Marketing SRL
Balti, 4 Industriala street, Moldova, Europe

SarahJane
10-30-2018, 11:50 PM
Got an email from these sneaky sneaks today.


Dear Mrs. Sarah-Jane Lehoux,I am Ion Artin from JustFiction Edition. We are an international publishing company, specialized in publishing novels, fiction and short stories of all genres. In this context, would you be interested to publish one of your fiction writings? Our worldwide distribution network as well as the free publication services are great tools for sharing your creative works.What do you think? Would you agree to receive more information?I am looking forward to your reply.

Sincere regards,
Ion Artin
Acquisition Editor

I don't know how anyone could fall for this, but obviously they are fooling enough authors to keep their scam going. :rant:

SarahJane
11-07-2018, 03:21 AM
Got another one.


One week ago I sent you an email regarding the publication of your fiction works in book format. May I ask if you took your time to analyze our offer?

An eventual collaboration implies:
~ free of charge publication
~ worldwide distribution of your book through a wide network of international bookstores as Amazon, Morebooks, Hachette
~ 12% royalty commission
~ dedicated assistance throughout the entire publication process
~ copyright retention and possibility to republish the work
~ free e-copy of the book

For more details about our publishing house, feel free to access our website and Facebook page.Thank you!

zmethos
11-07-2018, 04:09 AM
Hachette is a publisher, not a bookstore. (They bought the little company I used to edit for.) Or are they trying to imply Hachette distributes their books?

SarahJane
11-07-2018, 07:34 PM
I don't really want to email them back and engage with them, but I went to their website, and this is what they list on their distributors page:


Your Book, Worldwide!We are cooperating with worldwide operating distributors Amazon and Lightning Source as well as with local distributors in already 40 countries as of yet. Our well developed distribution network guarantees a continuous and worldwide marketing of your book.
Please visit OmniScriptum website to find out more about our distributors

So if you go to OmniScriptum, click on distribution, and scroll down, there is a logo for Hachette Livre. If you click on this, it brings you to this website: https://www.hachette.com/en/homepage/

I have no idea if this is legit.

C Alberts
11-10-2018, 01:44 AM
Hachette is a publisher, not a bookstore. (They bought the little company I used to edit for.) Or are they trying to imply Hachette distributes their books?

In the U.S., Hachette does distribute several other mid-size publishers including Chronicle and Abrams, but as far as I can tell they do not distribute this publisher. I have no idea about other parts of the world but I spent a few minutes googling around and the only places I see Omniscriptum or any of their other names showing up in results with Hachette or Hachette Livre are their own sites and other places quoting them. I can't find anything on Hachette U.S. or Hachette Livre acknowledging their existence.

The fact that they repeatedly refer to Hachette as a store or a shop is a red flag.

Kristine
12-17-2018, 04:44 PM
Hello everyone,

my name is Kristine from OmniScriptum, the mother-company of several dozen imprints, also Editions Muse. One of our authors pointed out this comment section, and I feel I need to address the incorrect information posted here, particularly the untrue claim that Hachette Livre is not our distribution partner.

We have a contractual relationship for distribution of our French titles by Hachette Livre since 2015. Hachette is our distributor in France, Benilux countries, Canada and Northern Africa. In addition, Hachette not only distributes (sells) our titles, it is also one of our print partners via their printing agreement with Lightning Source France. Hachette does not list all its partners on their website, but they work as a distributor for 3rd party publishers. If you would cross check Dilicom (France’s main platform for electronic exchange of book metadata for sales, namely, the platform where thousands of booksellers in France get their book data from) with any of our French imprint names, you would see Hachette Livre listed as our distributor.

Therefore, please do not spread false information.

Thank you.

veinglory
12-18-2018, 08:44 PM
Thanks for providing this information, but it would have been politic to do so in a less condescending manner.

Filigree
12-20-2018, 09:25 AM
Hi, Kristine. Which stock photo person are you?

https://journalology.blogspot.com/2012/09/lambert-academic-publishing-or-how-not.html

Gravity
12-20-2018, 09:02 PM
:popcorn: