A company offering free proofreading and editing services (if they
book)contacted me through ICQ recently.
As you can imagine, I was a bit sceptical to say the least.
Nothing is free right? What's the catch?
But out of curiosity I visited their website, which incidentally is
d.com/related/ (seems best with Internet Explorer)
Their specifications are that you must have written your manuscript in
it needs to be a work of fiction and it has to be a bare minimum of
Still thinking that this was all a bit dubious, I looked into it a bit
They give you help and advice on line through email and ICQ;
I spoke someone calling himself Grant on ICQ # 34046081 (very helpful
He explained to me that the company was set up to help writers get
published,without the usual pitfalls.
He also told me that the reason for not charging the author was the
their management,they cover their editing and publishing costs by
having their royalty scheme on a sliding scale,instead of charging the
writer up front.
So it's not actually *FREE* they just don't charge you for it.
A bit more convinced, I decided to give it a go.
I had nothing to loose, right?
I thought that they would want me to submit my story to them, but that
how they operate.
I had to write a 500-word synopsis about my work accompanied by a
This is a test; I guess it's to see if you can string a sentence
On the strength of your submission they decide to either decline your
accept it to the next level.
The next level is what they call a viability inspection,this is to see
if your work is suitable or good enough to be published,if it is they
then proofread and edit your manuscript and sell the finished book
from their website.
I've now been converted from a sceptic, although they declined my
story on the
viability inspection,they did give me lots of great advice on how to
improve my story line and
So now I'm working like crazy to get my story good enough to submit to
The company is called Virtual Book World and the author's submission
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