A friend from philosophy grad school days tells me about how he was contacted recently by a scam-publishing outfit, offering to publish a book they proposed. All he had to do is expand an essay he had published, or compile some of his work over the years.
He spent a good amount of time working hard on the idea, assembling and re-working essays he’d written, combining them into a cohesive whole. Until the fake publisher suggested a compilation, he had not thought of bringing together his essays into a book, so he was quite pleased with the book offer.
As he completed his compilation, his partner did some research into the publisher. She found that it was a scam directed at recent Ph.D.’s and long term, non-academic