A friend of mine, responding to my earlier post on vanity presses, says there’s a new con some companies are using to confuse aspiring authors into thinking they’re "reputable publishers" instead of self-publishing scams.
Many vanity publishers claim to charge no publisher’s fee to accept
the book. Instead what they do is require the author to pay an editor, from a list the publisher supplies, to get
the manuscript into shape. In reality, the editor is an employee of
the publisher and kicks back all the author’s money to the boss.
It’s just another way of taking advantage of an author’s desperation to be published. Remember — publishers pay you, not the other way around. Beware of any publisher who asks you for a check.