How does this proposal sound?
1) You give me $1,500.
2) You write a 1,200-word story and give it to me. It doesn't matter if you've ever written anything beyond a grocery list. I don't care. Just put 1,200 words into a Word document and send it to me. My "editing services" will handle the rest.
3) I put your story into a compilation and "publish" it. I send you copies to sell.
4) You gain instant credibility as an author. This will help you promote your business because, heck, all authors are credible.
I was recently solicited for a scam like this. I had not heard of this particular approach. They really drove home the part about "INSTANT CREDIBILITY." They also had a bunch of celebrities endorse it (if you could call them celebrities – these guys were C-list at best).
Just letting you know about that pile of dog crap before anyone steps in it.