What kind of unsolicited publishing query is this?
July 17, 2007 6:18 AM Subscribe
Unsolicited query from a German publisher who wants to publish my (kinda crappy) Master's thesis? What the...?
posted by generichuman to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Huh. So I just received an unsolicited email from a German publishing company called VDM Verlag
to ask if I'm interested in publishing my Master's thesis, of all things.
It looks like they have a tendency to acquire theses from recent grad students and then try to publish them for about $50-$80 USD a pop.
See Amazon book listing, for an example.
The only online links to anything remotely to do with my thesis are on my name-plate site, and probably a reference from my University library. They would have had to search for my exact
thesis title in order to even find an excerpt. It's a one page excerpt that I've occasionally used a writing sample in the past - not even anything remotely academic.
Has anyone else received an unsolicited query like this? My ego is tempted to believe in it, but something seems rotten in the state of Denmark. (Or Germany in this case).