Listen up, people. Please. Anyone can self-publish. You look up iUniverse or Lulu, submit your work and a check for a certain amount of money, they print your book. Then you buy your books to sell. Or you can direct people to Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com Your books will not be in any brick-and-mortar book store. But you’d know that when you sign up and pay.
Then there’s Publish America. This place claims to be a traditional publisher. They’re not. First, they take anyone who’s willing to give them their manuscript. This was proven with Atlanta Nights by Travis Tea, a manuscript written tongue-in-cheek by various writers. PA took it, claiming they were giving Travis Tea the “chance it deserved.” The writers pulled the manuscript, and wrote about it. For those who are unaware, many of Publish America’s “authors” find mistakes throughout their books, mistakes not there in the first place. (Or the writing is so bad, the “author” has not a clue.) They use stock images on the covers. Then charge far more for each book than a true commercial publisher would. Their authors are encouraged to buy their own books to sell, and the books cannot be found in any brick-and-mortar store (though PA claims you can).
The reason why I’m blogging about this today–an article in our local newspaper lauded four people for being authors. They were interviewed about their writing know-how. Three of them were self-published, the fourth was published by PublishAnything. The article never mentioned that they were self-published. As a writer who knows how hard it is to be published by a legit commercial publisher–even by a small publisher–I wish this had been mentioned. A true publisher will never have you buy your own books to sell. Period.
Rant over. 🙂