I think this is probably a really important topic for a lot of us here.
The road to being published can be a long, hard one, and there are a lot of companies out there who prey on the unwary hopeful writers.
I've got two links today to start us off, but I thought this deserved a separate topic because it's such a huge issue, and there are bound to be other articles that we can link to when they come up.
Here's two to start off:
Writing scams and how to avoid them
a blog post from a bestselling author who got had by scams when she was starting out: Jeaniene Frost