Report: #1410866

Complaint Review: Readers Magnet - New York New York

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  • Reported By: Brooks — Concord North Carolina United States
  • Readers Magnet 80 Broad Street, 5th & 6th Floors New York, New York United States

Readers Magnet Solicit for payment for self-publishing and promotion New York New York

*Consumer Comment: Readers Magnet tried to scam me

*General Comment: Confused

*General Comment: Not my experience

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Readers Magnet solicited me by phone for $1,501 on the basis that a literary agent was interested in publishing my book.  After half an hour on the phone, I determined that they wanted me to send them $531 dollars by credit card immediately, and then two more payments.  They promised to have a cover designer and a marketing person contact me over the next month.  They also promised to register me for a Book Fair in New York, claiming they had the connections.  

After looking at their website, and that of the Book Fair, I could make no affirmation that they had any such relationship with the Book Fair, or that the officials or talent agents at the book fair had any relationship with Reader's Magnet.  Further, there was no proof offered by them that a publisher's agent had ever expressed any interest in my book.  Frankly, Rich Mendez knew so little about my book, that I doubt he had anything other than the title on a list of self-published books.

I am warning authors about this scam.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Readers Magnet tried to scam me

AUTHOR: AuthorFromTexas - (United States)

POSTED: Thursday, January 11, 2018

A certain Kyle who is a senior consultant called me and said that my book is highly recommended by a literary agent, he said that if I register my book in New York Rights Fair, I will be traditionally published, and also because I am recommended by a literary scout he will give me a free publishing package, this got me excited but because I need to ask my wife first, I told him that I will call back tomorrow.

When I checked their website, I realized that the amount he quoted me which is $1499 is the total cost if I get a book fair and a publishing package from them. Making this free publishing package not to be free at all.

Never deal with this kind of company! Scammers!

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#2 General Comment


AUTHOR: Steven - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, January 09, 2018

I am a literary agent. I think this writer is confused. 

If I was interested in your book, I would contact you. And only you. I would have nothing to gain, by referring you to someone -- anyone -- else.

It is not a scam, to offer you a paid service. The responsibility is on you, to make your own adult decision as to whether you want to work with them. 

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#1 General Comment

Not my experience

AUTHOR: Minerva - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This company called me last Ocotber to be part of a trade show in Frankfurt, i had them sent me a proposal since I am at work. they called me again 3 days after and I did go with this trade fair. I thought to myself $500 is not bad. I gave them a chance and it was worth it, got few calls from different people who mwas on the show, I even had my cousin went there who is now living in germany and saw my book on that trade fair. The were responsive and easy to get a hold with. This might be subjective since we all have different experiences from readers magnet. 

Personally, i had a bad experience wth my publisher thats why i gave this company from Nw York and I was afraid that this was a scam but then again this company has proven me wrong. yes the do have a lot of wonderful things to say and so on and so on but, they did what they promised my moneys worth for that fair and still working with them though. I have been scammed several times but I guess when they called me and I was able to communicate with one of the authors who worked with them, i decided to maybe do it with them. Though this company is legit we still have to be careful on calls we get, try to check the website and phone numbers if those were really their contact number. But, so far so good for me with Readers Magnet.

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