From Indie Reader:
Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were silly enough to sign with one.
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Then BAM! Authors began selling hundreds of thousands of books, The New York Times started including bestselling indie titles next to those by James Patterson, and hucksters started coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches, realizing there was money to be made off self-pubbed authors, especially those with ebooks in tow.
And so greed set in. Let us count the ways.
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2. The so-called website “expert” who gets hired by an author to build and run their site. So far, so good. Until the writer transfers their service to said “expert”, only to find out that the person they hired is taking a night class in WordPress and charges hundreds of dollars to fix something that she never could.
Realizing this, the “expert” gives the author 48 hours to move their entire site somewhere else. Oh, and no refunds.
3. The person who hangs out in author groups looking for those not smart enough to grab the domain name of their dreams…you know, the one they’ve been using to brand themselves and their books. When the author does decide to start their website, low and behold, someone bought their domain name and guess what? The author now has to pay that person before he can use the domain name that matches his branding.
Link to the rest at Indie Reader and thanks to Mira for the tip.