Publishing/Marketing/Fake Literary Agency Scam List

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Below is Writer Beware’s most up-to-date list of publishing, marketing, and fake literary agency scams based overseas–primarily in the Philippines, despite their US/Canadian/UK addresses and phone numbers.

These scams, many of which do business under multiple names, target self-published and small press writers via out-of-the-blue email and phone solicitations, but any writer can be a target. Services offered may include:

  • re-publishing packages (often at relatively reasonable prices, the aim being to hook you so you can be pressured to buy more expensive services or targeted for more serious fraud);
  • junk marketing (marketing that’s cheap to provide, sold at a huge markup, and ineffective for book promotion, such as press releases, email campaigns, book fair display, book trailers, paid radio and TV interviews, pay to play book reviews, and more);
  • “endorsement” to Hollywood via screenplay and treatment creation;
  • bookstore distribution…but you have to pay for the books upfront;
  • “representation” to traditional publishers, touted as free but requiring payment for some sort of adjunct good or service (editing, a PR campaign, a “cinematic video trailer”, legal representation, or something that’s entirely fake, such as “book licensing” or an “international book seal”).

Delivered services are often of substandard quality, and there’s unrelenting sales pressure to buy more. Alternatively, the scammer may simply take the money and run, or string the writer along indefinitely with excuses. Scammers that do business under multiple names may repeatedly target the same authors. Many scammers impersonate reputable literary agents, film producers, and traditional publishers with fake publishing or movie rights offers requiring author “investments” of thousands of dollars. Writers who ask too many questions, or balk at spending yet more money, may simply be ghosted.

The many posts I’ve written on this subject can be seen here.

For a more detailed discussion, including the scams’ surprising origin, why they operate primarily in the Philippines, and the reliable set of markers that identify them (the two most important: out-of-the-blue solicitation and poor written and spoken English), see this overview: From the Philippines, Not With Love: A Plague of Publishing, Marketing, and Fake Literary Agency Scams.

Please note that the list below includes only companies engaging in this particular type of scam. There are many other forms of fraud and questionable practice that you may encounter. This list represents just a fraction of Writer Beware’s database of fraudulent and otherwise questionable companies and individuals.

The list is also constantly growing. If you’ve been solicited by a company, and don’t find its name on the list, that does not mean it’s reputable. Plug the company’s name into the Search function here to see if I’ve written about it (click on the magnifying glass icon in our masthead). Or email me with the company’s name, a link if possible, and a description of the approach, and I’ll let you know what I think.

For more information, visit the Writer Beware website, where we provide information, cautions, and resources on literary agents, small publishers, self-publishing, vanity publishing, and much more. If you have questions or concerns–or if you’ve encountered one of the companies below–please email me.

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– 3+ Creative Media

A

– Access Media Group (aka Quill Space Media)
– Ace Media Creative Publication / Ace Media International / APM Media Production (aka Pearson Media Group)
– Acquisitions Team / Acquisitions Team of New York
– Adaptations Tide
– ADBook Press (aka Coffee Press)
– Adventure Time Narratives (aka Authors’ Fortune Press and Media)
– Adverters, The (aka Sherlock Press)
– Alliance Literary Firm, The (aka Bethel Media House NYC)
– Alpha Books Solutions
– Alpha Books United
– Amelia Publishing / Amelia Book Company (aka LitFire Publishing)
– AnalytIQ
– Ascribed LLC (defunct)
– Aspire Literary Agency (see Bridgebooks)
– Aspire Publishing Hub (see Bridgebooks)
– Atheneum Literary
– Atria Press (aka Trident Media Partners
– Author Aide
– Author Cabin
– Author Codex (aka Bookspine Press)
– Author Media Express (aka Book Art Press Solutions / Booktimes / Bookwhip / Carter Press / PRM Solutions / Pearson Media Groups / Stephenson and Queen / Window Press Club)
– Author Queries
– Author Reputation Press
– Author Shack
– Author University
– Author Uplifters press & Media (aka Universal Media Firm)
– AuthorAide
– AuthorCentrix (formerly BookBlastPro)
– AuthorLair
– AuthorUnit
– Authors Avenue Media Group
– Authors’ Breakthrough Solutions
– Authors’ Fortune Press and Media (aka Adventure Time Narratives)
– Authors Legacy
– Authors Note 360
– Authors Press (aka Westwood Books Publishing)
– Authors’ Tranquility Press

B

– Bantam Wings (see Get Started Books)
– Beacon Books Agency (aka Fact & Fiction Entertainment and Literary Agency)
– Bennett Media & Marketing
– Best Books Media (see Czilk DC)
– Best Writers Publishing House (see Silver Ink Literary Agency)
– Bethel Media House NYC (aka The Alliance Literary Firm)
– Beyond Movies (see Bridgebooks)
– Bilby Books (aka Christian Works Media Publishing / Proisle Publishing / Shrubs Publishing)
– Black Lacquer Press & Marketing
– Blue Ink Scribble
– Blueprint Press / Blueprint Internationale (see Bridgebooks)
– BooConn Marketing
– Book Agency Plus (aka BookTrail Agency / Media Literary Excellence)
– Book Art Press Solutions (aka Author Media Express / Booktimes / Bookwhip / Carter Press / PRM Solutions / Pearson Media Group / Stephenson and Queen / Window Press Club)
– Book Avenue Publishing (aka Nivra Press)
– Book Bureau USA
– Book Chambers, The (aka LitHub)
– Book Magnets (see Landaff Media)
– Book Masters, The
– Book Reads Publishing (defunct)- Book to Films (see Landaff Medai
– Book Vine Press
– Bookjet Publicity (aka Optage Publishing)
– Books Scribe
– Bookside Press (aka Inks and Bindings / The Maple Staple)
– BookSpine Press (aka Author Codex)
– Booktimes (aka Author Media Express / Book Art Press / Bookwhip / Carter Press / PRM Solutions / Pearson Media Groups / Stephenson and Queen / Window Press Club)
– BookTrail Agency (aka Book Agency Plus / Media Literary Excellence)
– BookVenture Publishing
– BookWhip (aka Author Media Express / Book Art Press Solutions / Booktimes / Carter Press / PRM Solutions / Pearson Media Groups / Stephenson and Queen / Window Press Club)
– Bookwise Global Advertising (dba Stellar Literary Press and Media)
– Box Office Media Creatives (aka Buzz Media Creatives)
– Braintree Interactive Media (aka Bright Lights Distribution)
– BrandingNemo
– BridgeBooks (aka Aspire Literary Agency / Aspire Publishing Hub / Beyond Movies / Blueprint Press / Fresh Pages Media and Advertising / PaperBytes Marketing Solutions / TechBooks Media / Quantum Discovery)
– Bright Lights Distribution (aka Braintree Interactive Media)
– Brilliant Books Literary (aka Great Writers Media / Golden Ink Media Services / Green Sage Agency / McNaughton Books / Pen Culture Solutions / P One Media Marketing Consultancy/ )
– Brullen Excel (aka Impact Media Press and Publishing / Vellumme Innovations
– Buzz Media Creatives (aka Box Office Media Creatives)

C

– Capstone Media Services (defunct)
– Carter Press (aka Bookwhip)
– Chapters Media & Advertising (aka Beyond Movies / Blueprint Press / Paper Bytes Marketing Solutions / Techbooks Media / Fresh Pages Media and Advertising / Quantum Discovery)
– China Publishing Group (see Landaff Media)
– Christian Works Media Publishing (see Bilby Books)
– Chrosan OPS (see Czilk DC)
– Clever Publication
– Coffee Press (aka ADBook Press)
– Conquer Press Publishing
– Courtside Media Press
– Creative Agency US
– Creative Titles Media (aka TrueMedia Creatives)
– Creative Media Marketing
– Crest Media Distribution
– Crown Books NYC (see Czilk DC)
– Czilk DC / Czilk Dream Catchers (formerly Chrosan OPS) (aka Crown Books NYC [formerly Best Books Media] / Elite Group Literary Agency / Gerlov Dream Catchers / Global Summit House / Marken Dream Catchers [aka Marken DC] / The Media Reviews / The Regency Publishers / The Universal Breakthrough / Writers Book Fair)

D

– DC Media Creative
– Diamond Media Press
– Direct Acquisitions Team
– Dream Books Distribution / Dream Books Media Professionals
– Dreamer’s Point

E

– Eagle Press Publishing House
– Easy Street Media
– EC Publishing
– eCom Rocket (see iConnect OPC)
– Editor’s Creative Media (see Silver Ink Literary Agency)
– Editor’s Press and Media (see Silver Ink Literary Agency)
– Elite Group Literary Agency (see Czilk DC)
– Ewings Publishing, The
– Experttell (see Innocentrix)

F

– Fact & Fiction Entertainment and Literary Agency (aka Beacon Books Agency)
– FilmHatch Media Productions
– Filmways Pictures Media / Filmways Pictures Agency
– Folio Avenue Publishing
– Fox Media Films (see Get Started Books)
– Fox Media Studios Agency (see Innocentrix)
– Fresh Pages Media and Advertising (see Bridgebooks)

G

– Ganpi Media
– Gerlov Dream Catchers (see Czilk DC)
– Get Started Books (formerly Legaia Books) (aka Bantam Wings / Fox Media Films / Paradigm Talents / Right Choice Multimedia / Warner Media Talents / West Literary Agency) (Legaia Books and West Literary Agency are defunct))
– Glasslink Solutions (aka Harper Media / Harper Partners LLC)
– Global Review Press (see Silver Ink Literary Agency)
– Global Summit House (see Czilk DC)
– Gold Touch Press
– Golden Ink Media Services (aka Brilliant Books Literary / Great Writers Media / Green Sage Agency / McNaughton Books / Pen Culture Solutions / P One Media Marketing Consultancy)
– Goldman Agency
– Good River Print and Media
– Gotham Books
– GoToPublish (aka Litfire Publishing)
– Great Writers Media (aka Brilliant Books Literary/ Golden Ink Media Services / Green Sage Agency / McNaughton Books / Pen Culture Solutions / P One Media Marketing Consultancy)
– Green Sage Agency (aka Brilliant Books Literary / Golden Ink Media Services / Great Writers Media / McNaughton Books / Pen Culture Solutions / P One Media Marketing Consultancy)
– Grovehouse Press (see Legal Bright Media Distribution Services)

H

– Hancock Press (aka Papertown Digital Solutions)
– Happy Media Consulting
– Harper Literary (see Get Started Books)
– Harper Media (aka Glasslink Solutions / Harper Partners LLC)
– Harper Partners LLC (aka Glasslink Solutions / Harper Media)
– Haynes Media Group
– Haystack Creatives (aka Rustik Haws)

I

– Icon Works Media
– iConnect OPC (aka Maple Leaf Publishing / eCom Rocket
– IdeoPage Press Solutions (aka The Writer Central)
– InfusedMedia LLC
– Identiqa Solutions (aka Lime Press LLC)
– Impact Media Press and Publishing (aka Vellumme Innovations / Brullen Excel)
– Ingress Advertising
– Ink Start Media
– Inks and Bindings (aka Bookside Press / The Maple Staple)
– Inkstone Literary Agency (see Innocentrix)
– Innocentrix (aka Fox Media Studios Agency / Silver Fox Media / Orions Media Agency / Expertell / Pioneer Media Productions / Pioneer Multimedia / Pioneer Productions / PageTurner Press and Media / The Metro Films / Inkstone Literary Agency / WritersValue)
– Inspirium Press and Media (aka Word Art Publishing)
– International Book Media
– Ivy Lit Press

J

– Jurnal Press

K

– Kilmer Press Solutions

L

– Landaff Media (aka Landaff Literary Media / Book Magnets / Book to Film / China Publishing Group)
– Leavitt Peak Press
– Legaia Books (see Get Started Books)
– Legal Bright Media Distribution Services (aka Grovehouse Press)
– Lettra Press (aka Pen House)
– Lime Press (aka Identiqa Solutions)
– LitFire Publishing (aka Amelia Publishing / Amelia Book Company / GoToPublish)
– LitHub (aka The Book Chambers)
– LitPrime Publishing / LitPrime Solutions (aka Primix Publishing)

M

– Mainspring Books
– Maple Leaf Publishing (see iConnect OPC)
– Maple Staple, The (aka Bookside Press / Inks and Bindings)
– Marken Dream Catchers / Marken DC (see Czilk DC)
– Mars Hill Ink (aka Marshill Ink)
– Marshall and Macmillan
– Martin and Bowman
– MatchStick Literary
– McNaughton Books (aka Brilliant Books Literary/ Golden Ink Media Services / Green Sage Agency / Pen Culture Solutions / P One Media Marketing Consultancy)
– Media Literary Excellence (see BookTrail Agency)
– Media Reviews, The (see Czilk DC)
– Meraki Media
– Metro Films, The (see Innocentrix)
– Mulberry Books, The

N

– Netsfilm & Media Press (defunct)
– New Age Literary Agency
– New Leaf Media (aka TransMedia Agency)
– New Reader Media
– Nivra Press (aka Book Avenue Publishing)

O

– Odyssey Media Press
– Okir Publishing (defunct) (still doing business as ADbook Press / Coffee Press)
– Optage Publishing (aka Bookjet Publicity)
– Orions Media Agency (see Innocentrix)
– Outstrip (defunct)

P

– P One Media Marketing Consultancy (aka Brilliant Books Literary / Golden Ink Media Services / Great Writers Media / Green Sage Agency / McNaughton Books / Pen Culture Solutions)
– PR Media Solutions LLC (aka Author Media Express / Book Art Press Solutions / Booktimes / Bookwhip / Carter Press / Pearson Media Groups / Stephenson and Queen / Window Press Club)
– Pacific Books
– PageClapp Media
– PageTurner, Press and Media (see Innocentrix)
– Paper Bytes Marketing Solutions (see Bridgebooks)
– PaperChase Solution
– Papertown Digital Solutions (aka Hancock Press)
– Paradigm Print
– Paradigm Talents (see Get Started Books)- Paramount Books Media
– Parchment Global Publishing (aka Word Dominion International)
– Pearson Media Group (aka Ace Media Creative Publication / Ace Media International / Bookwhip / Carter Press)
– Pearson’s Media and Consultancy
– Pen Culture Solutions (aka Brilliant Books Literary / Golden Ink Media Services / Great Writers Media / Green Sage Agency / McNaughton Books / Pen Culture Solutions / P One Media Marketing Consultancy)
– Pen House (aka Lettra Press)
– Picador Media Works
– Pioneer Media Productions / Pioneer Multimedia / Pioneer Productions (see Innocentrix)
– Pixar Film Agency
– Polaris Interstellar
– Press To Impress Publishing
– Primeway Media Services
– Primix Publishing (aka LitPrime Solutions)
– Proisle Publishing (see Bilby Books)
– Pubkits.com

Q

– Quads Media Firm (aka Tyler Literary)
– Quantum Discovery (see Bridgebooks)
– Quill Space Media (aka Access Media Group)

R

– Rainbow Experts
– Rare Books Media
– Readers Magnet
– Regency Publishers, The (see Czilk DC)
– Renaissance Publishing House
– Right Choice Multimedia (see Get Started Books)
– Royale House (defunct)
– Rushmore Press
– Rustik Haws (aka Haystack Creatives)

S

– Scriptor House (see Silver Ink Literary Agency)
– Sherlock Press (aka The Adverters)
– Shrubs Publishing (see Bilby Books)
– Silver Fox Media (see Innocentrix)
– Silver Ink Literary Agency (aka Best Writers Publishing House / Editor’s Press and Media / Editor’s Creative Media / Global Review Press / Scriptor House)
– SPARK Literary and Marketing
– Spine Media Creatives
– Spotlight Media Productions, The (responsible for fake emails from film director Alfonso Cuaron)
– Stampa / Stampa Global (formerly Capstone Media Services)
– Stellar Literary Press and Media (see Bookwise Global Advertising)
– Stephenson and Queen (aka Author Media Express / Book Art Press Solutions / Booktimes / Bookwhip / Carter Press / PRM Solutions / Pearson Media Groups / Window Press Club)
– StoneHenge Literary
– Stonewall Press (formerly Uirtus Solutions) (defunct)
– Storium Press
– Stratton Press
– Stream Channel TV
– Supreme Media Corp (aka Editor’s Press and Media and Editor’s Creative Media)

T

– Techbooks Media (see Bridgebooks)
– TelePub LLC
– Three Plus Creative Media (aka 3+ Creative Media)
– Tome Literary
– Toplink Publishing
– TransMedia Agency (aka New Leaf Media LLC)
– Trident Media Partners (aka Atria Press)
– True Media Creatives (aka Creative Titles Media)
– Truman Publishing
– Tyler Literary (aka Quads Media Firm)

U

– Universal Book Solutions
– Universal Breakthrough, The (see Czilk DC)
– Universal Media Firm (aka Author Uplifters Press & Media)
– Universal Pages, The (aka The Universal Breakthrough)
– URLink Print and Media

V

– VHawk Solutions
– Vellume Innovations (aka Impact Media Press and Publications / Brullen Excel)
– Vertical Liberty
– Vivlio Hill / Vivlio Hill Publishing / Vivlio Solutions / Vivlio Marketing Solutions

W

– Warner Media Talents (see Get Started Books)
– West Literary Agency (see Get Started Books)
– WestPoint Print and Media
– Westwood Books Publishing (formerly Greenberry Publishing) (aka Authors Press)
– Window Press Club (aka Author Media Express / Author Media Express / Book Art Press Solutions / Book times / Bookwhip / Carter Press / PRM Solutions / Pearson Media Groups / Stepenson and Queen)
– Word Art Publishing (aka Inspirium Press and Media)
– Word Dominion International (aka Parchment Global Publishing
– WordHouse
– WorkBook Press
– Writer Central, The (aka IdeoPage Press Solutions)
– Writers’ Apex
– Writers Book Advertising Services (aka Writers Book Publishing House / Writers Desks)
– Writers Book Fair (see Czilk DC)
– Writers Book Publishing House (aka Writers Desks / Writers Book Advertising Services)
– Writers’ Branding
– Writers Cabin
– Writers Desire Innovation Agency
– Writers Desks LLC (aka Writers Book Publishing House / Writers Book Advertising Services / Writers Republic)
– The Writers Gallery
– Writers Republic (aka Writers Desks / Writers Book Advertising Services / Writers Book Publishing House)
– Writersmade / Writers Made
– WritersValue (see Innocentrix)

Y

– YMO Editions
– Yallabooks
– YourOnlinePublicist (aka YOP)

Z

– Zeta Publishing