be vigilant

3mssI have three manuscripts I’ve been putzin’ around with. One is a memoir at 29,000 words. The second is a How To handbook for creating autonomous teams at 25,000 words. The third is a How To handbook for people who want to write as an SME, a Subject Matter Expert.

Recent I went online searching for publishing companies for the memoir. I found a link that had a URL about helping me find the right publisher. So I clicked and clicked and jumped through the online hoops.

I received three emails and three telephone calls. All three were from companies looking to charge me to self-publish my memoir. Nothing wrong with that. It’s their business. But be careful when you click on these sites and expect a rep from Random House to ring your doorbell with a contract, an advance and the rights to a major motion picture.

Many of you probably already know this, so this is a reminder.

PS: If you can recommend a publisher of memoirs, please reply back. Thanks. 


About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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