It’s a big, bad world out there and there is always someone willing to screw you over if you allow them the chance. I just visited a blog where a warning has been posted about a guy named Tony Giangregorio. Apparently he’s got quite a reputation for taking other people’s work, giving it a nifty rewrite, then trying to pass it off as his own and he doesn’t only target inexperienced writers, he’s just as happy to rip off well known authors like Jonathan Maberry.
From what I can see the guy seems to consider the screwing over of authors to be an art form and a long list of sins can be can be found all over the internet just by Googling his name. If you want to know a bit more about this guy’s shady activities, and some of the small presses he is involved with, this is as good a place to start as any: http://stantlitore.com/2013/05/26/warning-for-writers-beware-tony-giangregorio-and-open-casket-press/