How to Spot–and Avoid–Predatory “Pay to Play” Publishing Contracts

Scammers flourish in places where art and business intersect, because too many artists (including writers) don’t learn to protect themselves and their rights. The best way to protect yourself as an author is to learn as much as possible about the publishing industry, including how to identify the warning signs of predatory publishing deals. Today, we’re kicking off a mini-series on scam avoidance with a look at predatory “pay to play” publishing contracts. Industry standard publishing contracts: — Do not require the author to pay for anything up front, including publishing costs. — Do not allow the publisher to deduct the costs of publication from

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