I was so excited when I saw today that Austin Macauley offered me a co-publishing contract. But when we (my husband and I) looked in to it…we discovered that they are a Vanity Press–ripping their authors off by asking for large amounts of money up-front and taking their copyright. Can’t believe I almost fell for it again (similar thing happened when I submitted Medar to publishers–that time I got offered a contract with XLibris).
So tonight I uploaded my e-book and print-on-demand files to Amazon. Need 72hrs for them to get approved and then they will be available for pre-order.
I feel like I just had a near escape.
Published by Sharon Manssen
A fantasy fan since being read 'The Hobbit' by her father at the fireside at the age of six, she has been an avid bookworm her entire life. When the idea for her current trilogy popped into her head, there was never any doubt that it would be in the fantasy genre. Unfortunately, real life gets in the way, and writing has to fit around her full-time job at a global engineering consultancy and family life (husband and two young adult children). It took ten years to pen her first book, Medar, which was a finalist for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2015 and was published in 2017. Her second book, Tyrelia was nominated in the Young Adult Fiction category in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Her third book, Golden City, is due out in 2021.
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5 thoughts on “Austin Macauley are a scam”
so, did you find a good traditional publisher?/
No, I ended up self-publishing and am pretty happy with how it’s going.
I just received an email from them as well. I am glad I typed in Macauley Publishers and saw your feedback. I had another one from a “hybrid” company which are also scams. Thank you for putting that out there, I would have fallen for it as well.
YES, you are probably right. I too have been scammed by Austin Macauley.
How were you scammed by them?