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« on: August 08, 2017, 23:06 »
Yup I got one of these scams in the mail geared towards illustrators and book illustrators.  They ask you to pay a fee in order to show case your work in a book. A legit company would only ask if its alright for a few of your high quality images to be featured in a book.
The company is called Crooks Press Publishing of all things.  ::)
Sample of email.
My name is Gloria Luca, I am the artist manager for Crooks Press Publishing. I recently discovered your work via  ​ which I think is fantastic!

I am reaching out to you as I wanted to invite you to be a part of our Drawn Volume.2 | Leaders In Contemporary Illustration book series. Crooks Creative's Drawn  V olume.2 will be an inspirational exploration into the work, lives and creative practices from established industry practitioners to some of the hottest emerging talents from today's illustration and design scene from around the globe.

You can learn more about Drawn Volume.2 here:
A few things to note about our books and services:

1. We distribute our books to hundreds of creative professional practices and businesses throughout the art and design industry in the hope of creating a commercial or mutually beneficial collaborative opportunity.

2. Our beautifully designed 200+ page books will be will also be available worldwide via online book retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble Powell's Books, BAM and more.

3. There is a fee to participate in the publication of $350.00 USD. This fee includes a copy of the printed and book shipped to you anywhere worldwide and a copy of the digital e-book. The fee also includes an artist profile page on our website that will be launched to coincide with the launch of the Drawn publication.

4. You are allocated one double page spread from the book and you can submit a maximum of 3 works to be published.

5. Drawn is scheduled to go to print in ​ February of 2018.

Just though I give any one in a similar situation a heads up.
Thanks.  :)


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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2017, 23:24 »
Not really a scam as you get what you pay for, and they tell you what you get and how much you have to pay up front... but still not the most enticing proposition. I guess it's like those small, glossy local magazines where 75% of the content is advertising, but this one is essentially just 100% advertising!

The book itself looks really nice from the outside... but I;d question the content on the inside if anyone can pay to have their stuff inside. So yeah, not quite a scam, but a clever idea to make some money on their part... but not something I'd go for. And the most likely buyers would just be your competition looking for inspiration, rather than somebody that might generate sales.

« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 00:20 »
Fairly common. When I worked in the creative industry, they have Communication Arts, another magazine that requires an 'entry fee' to get your work published in hopes from getting a call from creative agencies that subscribe to these magazines.

They're beautiful, featuring some incredibly work from different industries. And some artist do get work from these publications. They're scammy for sure, but that's how they work. Look at the bright side, at least it's not pyramid schemes like USANA, Herbalife or LuLaRoe.


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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 17:14 »
Thank you for your opinions.  :)

That article was pretty interesting. Thanks for sharing. But regarding the author who wrote that, I would have worded it better. Instead of referring those artists who get these emails "having pretty terrible artworks anyways" , I would have left that part out. It makes the person who wrote that article look pretty vain. Or refer that the artist that goes for that kind of stuff seem pretty vain.  Just seems unprofessional.  ???

Anyways I really don't need to waste my money or time on these things since I already have stuff in books, through other medias such as inflatable advertisements and on top of that people gave me money. Not the other way around. And That's how it should work.  ;) ;D


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