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June 27, 2011, 11:25:39 AM
Darla
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Hi guys smile

I've just checked my private messages and I got an email from a guy called Argus, who apparently would like to discuss a publishing opportunity with me. As I don't believe in miracles wink I suspect this is some kind of a scam. I was just wondering if anybody got a similar message from him? Is this even worth answering? Thanks in advance to anyone who replies. big grin
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June 27, 2011, 11:32:27 AM
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I got the same thing this morning. It is most likely a scam. I would not answer it if I were you.

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June 27, 2011, 01:33:42 PM
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That's what I thought, thanks a lot Violet
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June 27, 2011, 01:37:26 PM
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June 27, 2011, 04:53:15 PM
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I got the same message and sent a reply asking what in particular piece had grabbed his interest and several other questions about the nature of the company. This was the reply:

"I really like your interest, and yes I am a publisher looking to connect. In short, DIP Publishing House is currently looking to fill a limited number of spaces for writers classified as underrepresented. This offer is for traditional publishing only. And also, your manuscript does not have to be all the way finished or ready, just so long as the concept is intact.

Our program was designed for writers seeking a serious publishing opportunity, while at the same time minimizing our risks. We feel that your writing possesses potential and is marketable, as these two things are requirements of our selection process. I cannot guarantee you publishing; however, I do feel that you might be a good fit for our 2011 & 12 publishing goals. If you are interested please let me know and I will provide you with some additional information. "

Make of it what you will. I didn't get alot of information back or the particular questions I asked answered but I'm going to pursue questioning though with caution in mind. If any money is asked for then I'll politely grab my coat and head for the nearest exit. I'm broke so any scammers won't be getting a drop out of me. But time is precious and it'd be a shame if that were the case. I think it would be a good idea for someone to publish the writings of selected pieces from WN, it would give everyone a goal to work towards.

Anyway, I'll let you guys know what kind of response I get back.
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June 27, 2011, 05:00:04 PM
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I honestly think it's a waste of time. It really seems like a poorly thought out scam to me. Their grammar and punctuation is a tad off. I mean the very first line is "I really like your interest." That seems odd to me. but maybe I'm imagining it. I'll do some research on this and let you guys know what I find.
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June 28, 2011, 06:32:43 PM
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I asked him for some details, and the answer that I got was almost the same as the one you got rancorngrove:

Darla,

-We are looking for a variety of material.

-In short, DIP Publishing House is currently looking to fill a limited number of spaces for writers less exposed, for a newly approved budget and program that will begin July 15th. We do not require that you manuscript be all the way complete.
 
Our program was designed for writers seeking a serious publishing opportunity, while at the same time minimizing our risks. We feel that your writing possesses potential and is marketable, as these two things are requirements of our selection process. I cannot guarantee you publishing; however, I do feel that you might be a good fit for our 2011 & 12 publishing goals.
 If you are interested please let me know and I will provide you with some additional information. Email me, please, as I check this account infrequently: argus @ dippub .com
 
Look forward to hearing back.

Looks like he is sending the same message to everybody rolls eyes
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June 28, 2011, 06:40:19 PM
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I tried to find something, anything about DIP publishing on the web. Unsuccessful. Every website I could find that mentioned them was erither their personal site or was a Facebook/Twitter/Myspace account that they created. Seems a lot like a scam to me. If they were reputable, other sites besides ones they created would mention them.
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July 07, 2011, 02:37:42 PM
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Eek, I got this too.

I thought this would be a scam, so I asked for more information and also did some backhround research and stuff.
My conclusion was that he wasn't a scam, just very much an amateur trying to start his own publishing house (hence, why he is looking at non published people.) I agreed to email him.

He hasn't gotten back, so whatever. Might have been a scam after all. But I haven't paid money or signed a contract or agreed to anything, so no harm no foul I guess. I always was sceptical. As if a publisher would contact me! Ah well. Like I said, no harm no foul.

I figured nothing bad would come of it. *shrug*
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July 09, 2011, 08:30:16 PM
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I got the same message as  well.
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July 12, 2011, 10:03:44 AM
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Sorry to get back really late on this. I got the exact same message you got Fictionist, I agree with the idea that it's not necessarily a scam but someone new to the publishing world. I received a previous email to that which in tone sounded scolding as I'd asked if the company was legitmate... I was told to do my research (maybe I'm reading into it too much but I would have surmised that a publishing company who contacted you interested in your writing would be more than happy to be helpful and informative about their companies details). The site itself doesn't mention this particular opportunity it only delves into the self-publishing side of things which sounds like money to me. Also the whole be prepared to do book signings, pr etc... seems abit premature given that the authors are unknown and dispersed among many countries.. I'm from Ireland and as far as I know there is no Dip Publishing presence over here. Ultimately, I would approach this with absolute caution for anyone that intends to tread down this path.

An interesting thought did occur to me though and I think others may have mentioned it before. I think it'd be a good idea for WN to self publish a book of writings chosen by the members of the site with contributed donations. For no other reason than it would be a great feeling for those that got to have their work published for the first time. Anyway those be my thoughts on the matter. Be well.
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July 14, 2011, 09:13:33 PM
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I received an e-mail from them, (the same e-mail posted earlier).  I took the time to call this man.  He was very polite and answered all my questions.  Their company is embarking on a project to publish several new writers.  He told me they are different from other publishing companies in that they are choosing to seek out new writers.  If you look on their website www.dippub.com you will see link to their P.O.W.E.R. Program which is what you have been e-mailed about will give you more information too.  Also you can look at a list of their published books here :http://www.dippub.com/#/bookstore/4549823675.  I searched for on of their books on Amazon.  I think that this is simply a new program being put in to action.  I do not think that it is a scam.
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July 16, 2011, 12:16:22 AM
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I also received the same email, and replied asking various questions.
I have the 15 page pdf outlining the P.o.w.e.r.  program and the list of publisher's and author's commitments.
In short it is partnership publishing, they do the marketing and own 50% rights to your work for the first year.
You have to find 10 "contacts" that will purchase your book(block) for $29.95 and they will receive a certificate stating their support and x amount goes toward the lil dippers program.
I haven't signed anything but researche DIP and Argus Milton, nothing untoward.
If anyone is interested in the pdf email me. Also research partnership publishing it is legit, but you could end up with 10 books for $300 worse case scenario. I'd love to look at publishing too, so if anyone has any ides etc let's bang our heads together.
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July 21, 2011, 10:15:32 PM
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Just got the same pdf Rapscallion,

In short I replied to them stating that I don't have the funds or the material to invest. It seems to me that the 300 dollars is only the start of it. If they asked you for more funds for some marketing campaign or whatnot, after sinking in your hard earned cash you'd feel obliged to pay the extra. Not saying this is the case but I tend to find that it doesn't hurt to be on the suspicious side of things. I could pay that kind of money over here to get a book of poems done and flog them around local bookstores, though I know I'd more than likely be stuck with a box full of books that nobody wants. That's essentially what it is. I used to play music in small venues around dublin years ago and the promoters would require that you sold a certain amount of tickets in order to play. If it was a busy weekend with alot of other venues, pubs, clubs etc. vying for attention it could be very difficult to get anyone in. In that scenario you had to pay from your own pocket to play. Which meant that if the other musicians playing that night were in the same boat as you that everyone was out of pocket except the promoter and that you played to an empty room. Nowadays bands do their own promotion and rent the venue out for the night, the bands work together instead of relying on opportunists that rip them off. These things need real backing or independent (or collaborative) hard work, the middle man route tends to serve the purpose of the middle man. There is a taste of that same opportunist on this offer which is why I am staying well clear of it.

Hope I'm wrong and that something amazing comes out of this, but that's just my take on it.
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July 23, 2011, 02:43:52 PM
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Well, here's what I know.

I was contacted by the same people, and sent the pdf outlining the P.O.W.E.R. program. (Mine states that the pre-block requirements are 10 books at $19.99)  I tend to think it's not a direct scam because of the fact that I checked out their site, the bookstore, and the books and authors published through them. The books are indeed listed everywhere as being published by them, and are available on sites such as barnes and noble, amazon, ebay, etc.

That being said, while I don't think it's a direct scam, I certainly cannot afford it, nor do I know many struggling authors who could, and I certainly wouldn't want to burden my friends or family to buy my books. (Especially since the material they are wanting me to submit for consideration is erotica lol. My mom loves me, but not that much.)

I think if they are so keen on publishing unheard of authors, then I'll just submit my stories to them through their traditional publishing route.
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July 27, 2011, 05:27:40 PM
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I was contacted by DIP on WorthyOfPublishing.com.  I'll give you some snippets of the conversation between me and DIP.

DIP:  "Hi, I've read some of your stuff and it's pretty good..."

ME:  "Thanks for the compliment. Was there something in particular that you liked?"

DIP: (responded to all my questions, except to answer the above question - which I ask to see if he's actually read it)

Eventually I get the details of the agreement, which requires you to find ten sponsors to buy signed copies of your book at $30 each.  I responded to let him know that I need the publisher to take all of the risk to prove they're actually going to try to market & sell my book.  I get a polite response.

A few days later I get the revised details, in which the price has dropped to $20 X 10.  I reply to say I'm going to email my friends and see if I can get 10 sponsors.

DIP asks me to send my novel for review, so I email it.  10 hours later I get this email: 

"I have reviewed your works. Very impressive, and interesting...I have yet to see such a concept thus far. I am confident in the marketing potential behind this book. It has potential to really do some amazing things on the market."  (No specifics about the content of the novel)

I'm curious as to whether anyone else has sent their novel for review?  Did anyone get a similar response?  I was very surprised that they managed to review my book within 10 hours of me submitting it.  Put it this way:  The time in Georgia (where DIP is located) was 6:42pm when I sent my novel.  I received a response at 4:05am (Georgia time).  Is it actually possible that they reviewed a 320 page book between 6:42pm and 4:05am?  Not entirely unheard of since I know someone that did read my book overnight, but seems HIGHLY unlikely.

I also received a contract to sign.  Besides the $20 X 10, there's one other part of the contract that bothers me:  "While this Agreement is in effect the Author shall not, without the prior written consent of the Publisher, write, edit, print, or publish any material that competes with
the Work."

My understanding of this is that I'll have to remove my currently self-published version of the book from the market.  My novel gets loads of hits on Google, but a DIP employee's book seems to be difficult to find.

Okay... I've written enough.  What do you think?  Anyone want to send them an old, badly written novel, and see how they respond?
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July 27, 2011, 11:42:04 PM
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I have also gotten an email rather similar to those mentioned. I am seeking out a publishing opportunity as a new writer. I received the 15 page description of the P.O.W.E.R program and I do not like the money requirements they have. I emailed Argus Milton back saying that I cannot meet those requirements and he suggested an alternate publishing opportunity. He said this:

-Firstly, the jobs are contingent upon where you live, what state are you in?
-We are working to get a budget for a Block Coordinator role that is needed in a few different states. This would also get your work published
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Best,
Argus



Since I am an unexposed writer and fairly new, I would like to know what other writers with more experience in publishing think. Is it a scam? Indeed, they have books in Barnes and Noble. I'm leaning towards the idea that they are a local business trying to expand. 

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July 28, 2011, 05:10:05 PM
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I just got off the phone with Argus from DIP.  He was polite and informative.  I googled him and found his site, which is quite impressive if legit.  I am suspicious b/c, like the rest of you, he said that he was looking for new authors (he and Sophia tracked me down on authonomy.com) to go into his POWER program.  I would have to buy 10 books for 20/ea. and then they would publicize the book per their 1st quarter budget.  If sales were as expected, then they would increase my budget.  Would love to believe this is on the up and up, but this business has jaded me.  Per Argus' instructions, I sent Jason Ford my synopsis and first chapter.  No harm there-I've sent that all over the U.S.  Will keep you all posted.  Didn't sign anything, but am lukewarm to the whole self-publishing idea.  I talked with a man from Crosswaybooks last week and he wanted 1200.  So 200 doesn't sound that bad if this is for real. 
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August 03, 2011, 05:51:49 PM
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Yes I got the same email. Was about to go with DIP publishing, but now I'm not so sure. Thanks for starting this thread! smile
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August 07, 2011, 01:53:53 AM
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Hi there!

I've received the same email too. I had submit 5 poems and the editor said they are going to publish it.  is dippub really a scam?
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