here in the universe of bookpeople, there are many who love to write, and would love to be published. That's good, natural, admirable. We love that impulse. That's why we were so completely appalled to see this scam being publicized on myspace today.
Two chutzpah-packing "writer-consultants" have dreamed up something called the "Thank God I..." book series, and they're asking for 300 bucks to publish your personal stories of thankfulness..."Thank God I Got Raped' for example...(though don't try to write THAT story...they've already copyrighted the title!), or whatever "triumph over adversity" story emerges from your life experience: "Thank God I Lost My Finger in a Woodshop Accident," "Thank God I Got a Bad Perm." The people behind the "Thank God I" book series (it's gonna be 127 books they say...127!!) are concerned that your motives are pure:
"Please note that ALL STORY SUBMITTING AUTHORS will be required to participate in our three month thankfulness course to ensure that your story is coming from a place of thankfulness and presence in order for your story it to qualify for our series."
But...they also promise that you'll "have the opportunity to earn money for the lifetime of the book!" Up to one-percent of the profits, people!
We at Bookburger are hard at work on our submission, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" ("Well I got me a wife, I got me a fiddle, When the sun's comin up I got cakes on the griddle")...
Check out their pitch for a laugh, if you like...but don't you dare give them your credit card number!