Publish Anything: The Saga of a PublishAmerica Author

Written by Lisa Maliga

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I’d discovered through an upset PA author onrepparttar messageboards, which I read on occasion, that someone was complaining about PublishAmerica. Discoveringrepparttar 105804 Absolute Write Background Check area I spent several hours reading, atrepparttar 105805 time, more than 40 pages of complaints about PublishAmerica. Authors not receiving books in time for booksignings that they set up themselves. Bookstore owners/managers refusing to stock their shelves with unedited PublishAmerica titles. Writers unable to get their books reviewed.

Doing a search on LexisNexis,repparttar 105806 reputable online legal research system, for all PublishAmerica books receiving newspaper reviews, I saw that from July 2002 to June 2004, only 24 books had been reviewed nationally. Papers in Syracuse NY, Tulsa, OK, Fort Pierce, FL, Wilmington, NC and Lakeland, FL were represented. Only Salt Lake City’s ‘Deseret Morning News’,repparttar 105807 ‘Tulsa World’, ‘Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’ andrepparttar 105808 suburban paper,repparttar 105809 ‘Chicago Daily Herald’ were actually major newspapers. Evidently,repparttar 105810 ‘New York Times’ orrepparttar 105811 ‘Los Angeles Times’ were not reviewing anything by PublishAmerica’s authors. According torepparttar 105812 PublishAmerica site inrepparttar 105813 Facts and Figures section, “Fact #3: Again, unparalleled among all traditional book publishing companies, each day an average 15 times a PublishAmerica author appears inrepparttar 105814 news media, in newspapers, magazines, radio or TV.” Yet even mathematically challenged folks can determine that by usingrepparttar 105815 LexisNexis search statistics, we learn thatrepparttar 105816 average is a paltry once a month that a PublishAmerica book gets mentioned in a newspaper somewhere inrepparttar 105817 United States.

Editing – What’s That? Here’s a gem of a post onrepparttar 105818 PublishAmerica message board: “When it came out in book form a month ago, my friends mentionedrepparttar 105819 editing problems in it, so a friend of mine with a masters in education went through it for me. It had close to a thousand editing errors in a 182-page book. So, have some who actually knows what literary content should be in a book, go through your book for you before you sendrepparttar 105820 final draft back to PublishAmerica. Becauserepparttar 105821 final draft, IS!, howrepparttar 105822 book will be when it comes out.”

I discovered that throughrepparttar 105823 misspellings, grammatical errors, and general bad writing that just about anyone was publishable throughrepparttar 105824 ‘traditional’ publisher located in Frederick, Maryland. Such postings as: “I too am notrepparttar 105825 best editor LOL! I did get my finished books. And when I met with a lady that is huge inrepparttar 105826 marketing field, she told me that my book at it's length of 132 pages needs to have chapters.” A couple of PublishAmerica authors discussed editing. “I felt like you did when I found errors, but then I realized, hey people read it forrepparttar 105827 story, not looking for mistakes in typo land! LOL Now I just keep on a keepin on!”

Sales Figures Question: I’d really like to know how many copies I’ve sold. Answer: Buy all ofrepparttar 105828 books yourself and then count them. No matter how naďve PublishAmerica authors appeared, they will eventually come torepparttar 105829 realization that PublishAmerica isn’t really a traditional publisher, especially when those twice-yearly royalty checks arrived. Every few months or so PublishAmerica sent them an e-mail extolling their success, bragging about a big name author they’re negotiating with, or, more recently, doing a deal withrepparttar 105830 New York Times. On August 17th, an e-mail bearingrepparttar 105831 proud subject heading ‘Advertising Our Topsellers inrepparttar 105832 New York Times’ appeared in author’s online mailboxes.

PublishAmerica was well named in that they want to publish anyone in North America who has churned out a manuscript, regardless of quality. They claim to have anywhere from 9,000 to 12,000 “happy” authors and they want more and more of them as that obviously means more money forrepparttar 105833 greedy owners, namely Willem Meiner and Larry Clopper.

The PublishAmerica name and logo is seen as a joke to those inrepparttar 105834 media, bookstores and libraries. Books can’t be returned. All PublishAmerica titles lackrepparttar 105835 necessary CIP [Cataloging-in-Publication] data, which is necessary for libraries to order titles, and who wants to read unedited and overpriced tomes other thanrepparttar 105836 author’s cronies? Oh yeah, and while PublishAmerica claims that they’re a ‘traditional publisher’ why on earth do they have in their main page keywords listrepparttar 105837 term ‘self publishing’ three times? And in their site’s description, they brag: “PublishAmerica, Inc., a traditional publisher, accepting and publishing manuscripts and books at NO CHARGE torepparttar 105838 author. Royalties paid to writers, books sold in stores. Manuscript submissions by mail and online"

Inrepparttar 105839 beginning of September I received a royalty check. To my surprise, I was not only able to afford to buy a pair of laces for my skates, I shelled outrepparttar 105840 $12 it cost to sharpen my blades. Who knew that this company would provide extra income enabling me to continue participating in my recreational skating hobby? But it cost me more thanrepparttar 105841 $160 in author-bought books,repparttar 105842 $40 for galleys, which were probably plunged into a recycling bin,repparttar 105843 $87 color business cards, $20 press release -- andrepparttar 105844 countless hours building and rebuilding my website so people would happen across it and buy a book that was only available online--like any other eBook.

PublishAmerica allowsrepparttar 105845 myth of being a ‘traditional’ publisher, a term not used beforerepparttar 105846 advent ofrepparttar 105847 Internet, to fester. The lie is perpetrated in those HTML source codes that search engine spider robots deliver;repparttar 105848 future authors led torepparttar 105849 promised realm of publishing, an internet web of woven myths fanning across cyberspace. PublishAmerica resembles most other ePublishing companies promising tales of bestselling books and authors. PublishAmerica is just another scam, just another future dot gone.

If you are a PublishAmerica author, or know of one, who is unhappily published and will tell your story, please contact:

Attn.: Beth Silverman Office ofrepparttar 105850 Attorney General Consumer Protection Division 200 Saint Paul Place Baltimore, MD 21202

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Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

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Jump ahead torepparttar later 90's andrepparttar 105803 Internet is just coming into play as a business medium. I'm personally aware of several companies which made themselves appear much larger than they were. How? Primarily by putting up pictures of their "office" building on their company website. The pictures they put up however, weren't actually their offices. They were in an apartment, or basement in reality. Butrepparttar 105804 pictures showed gorgeous, upscale office buildings. They made themselves look much bigger and successful than they actually were.

And today we have thousands of one page websites which toutrepparttar 105805 accomplishments of their owners. These websites make many claims and sometimes those claims are hard to believe.

You see, there really are consultants in this world who make several thousands of dollars for seminar presentations. But those consultants usually have a corporate style, polished website. You can tell as soon as you get there that they've spared no expense in gettingrepparttar 105806 site professionally done. You'll find links onrepparttar 105807 site too -- links to corporate and/or consultant information, links to additional resources, links to recent and upcoming seminars. There are links to their books too of course, and sometimes these links lead to Amazon orrepparttar 105808 publisher's site. Ifrepparttar 105809 book is electronically published, you can even buy it right on site. The point is though: there is detailed information there, not just sales hype. In short, there is supporting evidence that they are who they say they are.

History shows us that people can be fooled into thinkingrepparttar 105810 world is coming to an end just from a radio show. History shows us that people will believe a book is wonderful even when they've never actually seen it themselves. History has shown us that what you think you see or hear is not actually what you've seen or heard.

So, when you land on one of those slick, one page sales hype Web sites. Before you spend your hard earned money, stop and think a bit. Isrepparttar 105811 person behindrepparttar 105812 site more likely tellingrepparttar 105813 whole truth -- or skewing it in a way that will make you believe what they want you to believe?

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