I would never have signed their contract. I believed them when they said on their website that they were a small press, not a Publish On Demand publisher.
In September of 2003 when our PA book was released. I honestly thought if I worked hard on the publicity - we hired a PR firm for three months - and personally invited bookstores to stock our book in the three cities where it took place, and got good reviews. It would work. I had no idea that there were corporate policies at the chains which effectively prohibited stocking PA or other POD books. I didn't know that newspapers, as a matter of course, don't review PA or POD books. We sent out over 60 copies for reviews. I couldn't even get our hometown newspaper to review our book. And the setting for our book was in our hometown.
Borders had agreed to a book signing. We ordered the books ourselves from PA to make sure they arrived in time. We sent a copy of our book to the Borders regional manager and she cancelled the book signing the day before it was to take place. Why? Because the book was published by PA and they didn't do signings for POD books.
No matter what I did, it made no difference.
I have had two books published by a major house. When my first book came out I went down to my local Barnes and Noble and there it was on the shelf. I did not have to do anything to get that book in a bookstore, the publisher did it. And the same with my second book. I expected and was led to believe by PublishAmerica that my book would be in bookstores.
I also have not received a royalty statement from PublishAmerica from this last royalty period and I have documentation that 85 copies were sold and paid for within the period. PA won't even acknowledge or respond to requests for an explanation.
As far as a witch hunt, no I'm not after PA authors. I wish every author success. And I'm not out to bring down Publish America. I, and a number of other PA authors, have simply told the media about our experiences with PA and how we felt we had been deceived. Hopefully as a result of stories slated to appear in the Washington Post and the Associated Press as well as the recent story in Publishers Weekly, PublishAmerica will see fit to:
Agree to reverse the rights to any author's book that the author
requests, no questions asked, no strings attached.
Make it clear on the Publish AMerica website what their true
business model is. They are a Publish On Demand Publisher
Agree to have an audit of royalties for any author who requests it.
Co-author of "The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Agents, Editors and Booksellers Behind Them,"