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Should publishers ask for money before hand?

Should any kind of publisher ask for money from you before publishing your work?I've been on the internet and have find that a lot of these places ask for money.I'm just tryin' to get a short story out there and HOPEFULLY, some how, make some small amount of change out of it...If I'm lucky!But its so damn hard.Especially for short stories.You can't find anyone out there.Or real places out there.


Best Answer - Chosen by Asker: Legitimate publishers NEVER ask for money. Any publisher that asks for money is a vanity press or subsidy press. Money flows toward the writer...not away.

If you are looking for legitimate markets for your book, do it the old fashion way and get a copy of Writer's Digest or The Writer. Both magazines include monthly listings of legitimate markets.