Authors beware, watch out for this scam | Jean’s Writing on

Jean M Cogdell
Dec 15, 2017 · 3 min read

More scammers appear every day, like ants at an all they can eat picnic. These varmints call, text, email and show up on Facebook and Twitter.

Y’all need to watch out for this scam. A company preying on writers want to sell books and reach readers. Apparently, this particular scam has been around for a few years, but I heard about them until…

Today they tried to hook me.

Now let me tell you, getting through on my home phone is no easy feat. A few months ago we bought a landline phone with Smart Call Blocker. This phone screens out all robo calls unless I’ve added a number (like a docs office) to the directory.

So, anywho — when the phone rings I expect someone I know and have approved to be on the line.

But today when I picked up the phone a caller identified herself as a Book Scout for the publishing company Readers Magnet. They wanted to republish Tryouts for Ben, for a fee of course. I won’t bore you with her attempt at flattery. Might’ve worked if the connection and her English hadn’t been so horrible. LOL

At first, I tried to be polite and say “no thank you.” But she would not stop talking.

Finally, I said, “NO, I do not want to do business with you.” And hung up the phone before she could continue her spiel.

Let’s get real, Y’all. Publishers and agents do not need Literary Book Scouts or Talent Scouts. A legit company has more writers banging on their door than they can count. So, don’t fall for a “Scout” who calls or writes you. They are scammers.

And the scamming doesn’t stop there. If you Google scams, you’ll get websites that want to sell you a service or program to avoid scams. REALLY!

Good grief. Enough already.

Know more about this company before your phone rings. Read the links below.

Questions of the day…

Have you been called by a Readers Magnet, Literary Book Scout?

Do you know of another publishing scam we need to avoid?

Don’t get scammed by companies like Reader’s Magnet By author Christopher Schmitz

Complaint Review: READERS MAGNET

[Marketing] ReadersMagnet — Absolute Write

Originally published at on December 15, 2017.

Jean M Cogdell

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