As a new writer/author/self-proclaimed entrepreneur we need to be careful of sharks scouting on our inexperience.
There are many people who have information on the web luring for us to fall into their scheme.
I remember that in high school my first year I was called fresh meat because I was the new kid fresh from middle school into the shark’s den. I wasn’t teased but I was naive and didn’t know any better.
Likewise, being new to the literary community I realized that there are sharks thriving on my inexperience for their own gain.
If you suspect something fishy and the hairs on the back of your neck stands up or you have to think about their credibility then do your research before engaging in any contract (verbal or nonverbal) to protect you.
Don’t spend your hard earn cash on scammers or people claiming to help you when in reality they’re helping themselves. Some people are here for the love of money and not for the love of writing or genuinely helping writers.
YouTube and Google have a ton of free information about anything you can think of regarding writing, editing, formatting, illustrating, publishing, and everything in between. If you can’t find it for free and it’s essential for you then research the top-rated brand for the item or services you need.
Don’t settle for the first thing you see or mediocrity.
I’m speaking from first-hand experience. I needed assistance with editing and contacted an editor which basically wanted to charge for things that could’ve been completed in less than 5 minutes. Also, YouTube had a tutorial on said editing and I was able to do it on my own. Needless to say, that researching will be your best friend.
I share my experiences so that I can educate other newbies like myself not get hooked with fake bait.