5 Reasons To Avoid PublishAmerica Written by Lisa Maliga
Ever since I first wrote about my publishing pitfalls with PublishAmerica, I’ve received a lot of correspondence from writers asking me if they too should avoid publishing with this notorious online POD company. So, in response to yet another letter from an unpublished author, I’ve been motivated to write about top five reasons why one shouldn’t hand over their manuscript to this Frederick, Maryland based online publisher.
Although a person can go to any search engine such as Yahoo or Google and type in term “PublishAmerica” or “Publish America” [using quotes gets more results], many authors refrain from doing this. This is a gigantic mistake on their part as they generally have squandered a manuscript that they’ve spent many months or years working on, and have eliminated their chances at getting published with a legitimate publisher.
PublishAmerica is a tiny online based publishing company run by a trio of unpublished authors, namely Dutch born and raised Willem Meiners who speaks and writes English as a second language, Larry Clopper, a computer programmer, and Miranda Prather, a poet. Unlike “traditional” mainstream publishers that they are constantly comparing themselves to, this executive staff is under delusion that they are changing publishing industry. Instead of admitting on their patriotic looking web site that they are a vanity POD [Print On Demand] publisher with a strict no-returns policy that exists solely to sell authors’ books back to author him or herself, this company pretends that they are radically altering publishing world.
Authors, if above hasn’t already dissuaded you from signing a PublishAmerica contract, please think about following points:
1.Your book will NOT be stocked in a chain or independent bookstore due to no-returns policy, high cover price, and short discount. 2.The Publish America team of editors consists of teenagers and young adults who run spelling/grammar checks on manuscripts, which doesn’t amount to much if you have ever used a standard word processing editing program. They also have a non-editing option you can choose which will allow your book to be released in a matter of weeks rather than months. Editing for story, length, characterization, and content doesn’t exist in PublishAmerica editing stable.
Raven BreathWritten by K.S. Fellow
By moon light, were did raven weep, were did it’s blood stained feathers fall. trail to dark haven, were no man has time to smile. It will indeed take a while for any breath to not frost, for any heart to beat warmly. Slowly reality weaves, like spider’s dewy doilies that drift and flow with heavy night air. Kindled in low winter lighting, so that no color is seen, reaching long curling figures of dark watery faces that live through pale care of winds' whip...that brings drips of starry tears, and shad of doubt cultivates many spiraling threads of fears. Reaping what is sewn is unveiling of a deceiver’s chortled words and gnarled strands of figures that nudge like fat leaches on back side ones neck. Mirth is only last echo of choked call, if your hands are stained with raven’s dripping liquid of breath.