How to check on the legitimacy of a book publisher?

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How to check on the legitimacy of a book publisher?

A book publisher wants to publish my book, at no cost to me, and will even pay a commission structure based on book sales. It claims to have been in business for over 10 years, but I have not heard of them. They seem legitimate, and I can’t find anything wrong with them. Have do i check for sure?

Asked on January 28, 2011 under General Practice, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

There is no simple or one-stop or certain way. The best ways to do:

1) Ask the state of incorporation (or where they are otherwise established): check with the state to see if there is such a business.

2) Do as many different "google" or web searches as possible, for different versions of the business name, for the names of any officers or owners, etc.

3) Contact the Better Business Bureau.

4) Ask for the names of books they've published. Do library, web, and "Amazon.com" searches to see if those books have been published.

5) Once you have book names (if any), try to contact the authors to ask their opinion of the company and the process.


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