John Allen Jaynes wrote:
Then that's your opinion Johanna and you are intitled to it, Ok? Thank you for the concern, but PA is not as BAD as many people make them out to be.
They are not opinions, they are facts. The things I have listed are what every author is entitled to. Real publishers will provide all of those things, and sometimes more. Scammers like PA will churn out books fast and play on naive writers' desire to be published.
They offer to publish for FREE and a lot of publishers do not do that.
All real publishers do not only publish you for free, they pay you for it (not counting e-publsihers, who pay high royalties from the very first book sold). Any publisher that wants you to pay them is a vanity press and/or a scam.
Consider this: they may be publishing you for FREE (never mind the fact that you have to pay for your own copyright), but they don't have to pay a dime either. They use POD, which means that every book they print has already been paid for, with a nice profit-margin for them to pocket.
All you pay for is copyright, nothing more.
Real publishers will handle that for you, and pay for it. The reason PA has the writer pay for the copyright is because they do not intend to spend more than one dollar and two author’s copies on each writer.
And being your own publicist is not so bad.
Books depend on marketing to survive. Nation-wide, sometimes world-wide marketing. There's quite a difference between a skilled marketing department sending out catalogues, taking out adds, finding reviewers, arranging book signings and so on and little Miss New Writer buying 200 copied of her own book and begging her three local bookstores to stock them and give her a signing. All PA does is badger your friends and family to buy a couple of copies. Book-marketing is hectic, you have to strike while the iron is hot. It is not a one-man operation. You're going to end up stressed and distraught.
Now mind you, PA does have a marketing staff. Yet, they don’t market their books. Wonder what this staff is supposed to market? Oh, that’s right, their job is to see to the “Growth of the company”. In other word, it’s their job to cook up ways to make authors buy their own book (buy fifty copies of your book now and receive a 50% discount!!!), ways to acquire more first-time writers (want to be an Author? PublishAmerica can make YOUR dream come true! FOR FREE!) and, of course, they are to make sure that the authors are kept ignorant (like those lies about how other publishers won’t let you keep your copyright, for example).
depends on how mush effort you want to put into getting your work out there and to the public.
And let me guess, if you end up with a royalty check that states that you’ve sold 75 books in total, it'll be all your fault, right? You didn’t market enough, didn’t buy enough. You're not going to blame precious PA, the company that Gave Your Book the Chance it Deserves™
. I mean, they PUBLISHED you--they even threw in a "line by line" spell-check and gave you a crappy photoshopped cover vaguely relating to the plot of your book.
This is business. What you're doing is treating PA as a printer--they have no obligations, all they have to do is collect the cash while you work your butt off (eternally grateful to them for having offered you this wonderful opportunity). Well, what's to like about that?
And even if one's work is accepted by one of the big boys, there are no promises it will sell.
I guarantee you that any book "accepted by the big boys" will sell more than 75 copies. And the author will be given a proper advance and REAL marketing, as well. At least with a real publisher there's a good chance you'll sell a respectable amount and reach a lot of people. There's even a chance that you'll sell a hell of a lot of books and become a known author. With PA, you don't get that chance. Ever. I don't care how optimistic you are going in, I don't care how great you are at marketing, or how many of your aunts own stores where they'll sell a few copies of your book--PA will fight you every step of the way, because they don't want bestsellers. They can't handle big orders, they don't want your book to be known and therefore sought after by reviewers (who will want free review copies).
PA is doing something for people who otherwise may never see their work in print.
Yeah, they're bleeding them dry, which they would have been able to avoid if they kept their ms to themselves and worked on it until it became publishable.
Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I believe that writing is a real job, and if you can't write well enough to get published even by a small press, publishing it anyway is just going to come back to bite you. Aside from that, I think it's pretty sad that you're basically saying that PA publishes the dregs no one else wants (which is not true, I have seen plenty of decent PA books). You're proud to be "published" that way? It's just really depressing that you have such little faith in you abilities as a writer, and the quality of your book, that you'd gladly lay down and take it from a trashy scam-publisher just so you can see your book in print.
Sure, PA has a lot of faults; I will not argue there, but there are some good points also. Some just don't see it.
Yes, there's a good point: since so few people will buy your book, no one will now who you are, so you most likely won't have to change your name and appearance to avoid the stain of being PA-published if your next book is accepted by a real publisher.
I appreciate everyone's feedback, concerns and everything else, but some people LIKE PA. I happen to be one of them. :)
This is typical PA. They prey on the writers who are far too emotionally attached to every single word they put on paper—the kind who will forsake everything for the sake of seeing their name in print. Never mind you're not going to be available in brick and mortar stores, you're *starry-eyed* published
! Who cares if other writers will pity you, and your book won’t count as a real published book (meaning you might as well have flushed it down the loo), *righteous anger* they’re just jealous of your genius, which is exactly why your book wasn’t accepted by a real publisher—they just can’t handle grandeur! PA did this, they published your work, which you love, so they must love it, and that means they love YOU--they're [insert twittering of pretty little birds] like FAMILY! Loyalty above all else. You forsake your identity as an individual writer and merge into the blob that is PA.
I'm with James on this one: come back in a year, or whenever you get your royalty check, and tell us how much money you've made, and then how much you've spent.