|Don't get your pocket picked by a vanity publisher|
1. Their email address is a free one like a yahoo or gmail account.
Reasoning - a legitimate company should own their domain name i.e. JMcNumpty@welovetopublishgreatbooks.com
2. There's no phone number or when you call, it rings out and nobody answers it.
Reasoning - reputable companies will always have a phone number you can call, so you can ask them questions. Those that don't aren't to be trusted.
3. They'll mention money. You giving them money. This may be for things like 'photocopying fees,' or 'administration fees.' They may also ask for a 'reading fee.'
Reasoning - Genuine publishers don't ask you for money. Vanity publishers do.
4. They'll say they welcome all submissions and there seems to be no restrictions on what they 'publish.'
Reasoning - Genuine publishers are very picky about what they publish. They have to be to invest their time and money in a particular book.