Take for example one particular publisher who just happened to ask to be linked to my LinkedIn account. I read his bio and it turned out he is "supposedly" a publisher in England, and for no charge you can upload your manuscript, your articles, your blogs, and he will convert them into all possible formats, just like Smashwords does. I repeat, there is no charge. Sounds good so far.
Then in order to publish your book you have to give him certain information to register. The usual drivel; user name, password, email . . . . . ah, yes. The obligatory terms and conditions check box must be checked before you can enter the site to continue on. He has also mentioned in his presentation that they make direct deposits to your bank account. Well, ladies and gents, don't go there, don't check the "I agree to the terms and conditions" box without reading the terms and conditions. There are none. I clicked on the terms and conditions line and it went nowhere. I looked at the bottom of the page, and there was another link to the terms and conditions. But, my learning flangernoggins, those terms and conditions went to the dreaded 404 page which stated, "The requested URL /termsAndConditions.php was not found on this server."
Being the ever so concerned possible customer of this company I thought I'd let them know the terms and conditions link was broken, so I clicked on the "contact" button. You guessed it. The same 404 page. And as a bonus the Help, Site Map, Testimonials, and FAQ page also have a 404 link.
Looking at the page showing the books they sell in English pounds, it became apparent that something more was amiss. All the books and magazines offered had a price of zero. Hmm! So I'm supposed to give this guy my bank account number so he can directly deposit all proceeds to my account, there are no proceeds. Even "50 Shades of Gray" is free.
By now I'm sure red flags are rocketing up all around you and you are getting the picture here. Do your due diligence before even thinking about uploading your book to a company you have never heard of. Check all links to make sure they work. And above all else, read word for word the terms and conditions before you hit that button.