Los Angeles, CA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California

Q: Can a Book Publisher steal your book if you start to use them and then drop them when you find out they are phony?

I started using a company called Excel Book Writing. About a year ago I paid them $1000 upfront to help me get a book I started writing published. They offered little help for that year and then the production manager called me telling me that they needed $7,000 that very day as he was going to Australia to secure everything to get my book published all over the world. He continued pressuring me for the money for a week in texts and emails. There are more details but This is what happened in a nutshell. I filed a complaint with the BBB yesterday but still wonder can they steal my book.I would appreciate any help or advice you can give, thank you, Bob Muller

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you have concerns about a book publisher potentially misappropriating your work, it's essential to safeguard your rights by keeping records of your original work, communications, and agreements. Consulting an attorney can provide you with guidance on protecting your intellectual property and determining the best course of action in your specific situation.

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