At the ripe old age of 22 I submitted my first novel to a literary agent. They suggested I pay 250.00 for a full critique. Not knowing the rules, I submitted my 250.00. Of course they didn’t want to represent the book.
I learned later this was one thing you never do as a writer. However I will admit they gave a thorough evaluation of the manuscript.
After that I started subscribing to Writers Digest and buying books about writing. They all said do not pay for evaluations/critiques.
Being a part of a writing organization or group helps you avoid these scams. You learn from each other.
Have you ever been a victim of a writing scam?