There are a LOT of scammers in publishing, and even more in the "book marketing" biz. Verify, verify, verify. Don't trust but verify--verify first, THEN trust but verify again.

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And whatever you do, never ever forget Yog's Law. Money flows TOWARDS the writer, not away.

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(Paying reputable professionals for verifiable services like editing, cover art, etc. is one thing. Paying a vanity press or a predatory agent is like setting your money on fire.)

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(And please note that "predatory agent" does not mean "any literary agent", kthxbai.)

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Anyway, just remember:

VERIFY FIRST. Then trust, BUT VERIFY AGAIN.

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