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The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is warning local authors about an email campaign from self-publishing company EC Publishing, which offers to exhibit the recipients’ titles at the 2019 Miami International Book Fair.

The ASA said Australian authors are being emailed about the scam, which has been around since 2013.

The email claims ‘your book has been chosen to have a special spot for the upcoming Miami International Book Fair which will be happening this Nov. 17-24, 2019.’ According to the ASA, the email may quote the author’s exact book title and ISBN. Authors will be asked for money to exhibit a book and possibly provide collateral material, alongside an offer of re-publication of your book for a ‘significant sum’.

‘Our concern is that our members will take up this offer believing their book will be spotlighted at the Book Fair, and not realise they are actually being targeted for money,’ the ASA said.

The ASA will contact Miami Book Fair organisers to alert them to EC Publishing’s email campaign.

For more information, visit the ASA website here.

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