I received an inquiry today that I’m not sure what to do with. I’d like any feedback, suggestions, and/or advice you might have as to whether you think it’s real or a scam, and if the former, what to do next. Does anyone have any contacts at any of the publishers mentioned, or of any literary agents and/or related attorneys? ( I left off the name, company name, and contact info out of respect for privacy of the other party. If it’s a scam it is better researched and provides a lot more specific info than most.)
The message read:
“I am pleased to inform you that one of our clients has interest and would like to consider to publish into Indonesia edition as follows:
Honest, Honey, That’s How It Happened: Humorous and Heartwarming Stories and Insight Into Marriage; by Russ Towne
• Publisher: Russ Towne (November 7, 2016)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0692804234
• ISBN-13: 978-0692804230
Please let us know if the Indonesia translation rights for this title is available or not. If the rights are available, please kindly send us the reading material for further review.By any chance, if you don’t control the right of the above title, could you please let us know who the copyright holder is.
We are a sub-agent of few publishers such as Hodder & Stoughton, Allen & Unwin, Penguin Group, Thomas Nelson, Career press, Crown Publishing, Perseus Books, Kensington, Random House, Shambhala Publication and etc.
And agencies such as William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Inkwel Management, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, HarperCollins, Anderson Literary Management, David Black, Diana Finch, Jean V. Naggar, The Axelrod agency, Writers House and etc.
We have sold more than 2700 titles for Fiction, Non Fiction and Children titles.
You can see some of titles that we have represent.
Fiction : Penguin USA (The Fault in Our Stars), Writers House ( Nora Robert and J.D Robb’s Work : Bed Of Roses, Vision In White, Savour The Moment, Reunion In Death, Seduction In Death, Imitation In Death, etc.) Harpercollins Publisher (USA) Johanna Lindsey’s Work : Say You Love Me, All I Need is You, The magic Of You, etc). The Axelrod (Julia Quinn’s Title). William Morris endeavor Entertainment ( Lisa Kleypas’s Titles etc).
Non Fiction : Chicken Shop Titles, The Crown (Nick Vujicic Titles), Perseus Books (Brain Rules by John Medina, 29 Gifts by Cami Walker, etc), NewMarket Press (The new Totally Awesome Money book for Kids, What’s Happening to My Body, Chasing Miracles Ready, Set, Grow ! and etc), Levine Greenberg ( China’s Megatrend by John & Doris Naisbitt, etc), Thomas Nelson ( John C Maxwell’s Work : The winning Attitude, Life @ Work, Failing Forward, etc).
Children : Random House Australia ( The Floods Series by Colin Thompson, etc), Scholastic Canada (Robert Munsch’s titles, etc).
Looking forward to hearing from you and thank you for your kind cooperation in advance.
Thank you in advance for any information you may be able to provide. If it’s a legitimate opportunity I’d like to get back to her soon. (I’d planned to begin looking for literary agents after the first of the year anyway.)