5 Reasons To Avoid PublishAmerica
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 So, in response to yet another letter from an unpublished author, I’ve been motivated to write about the top five reasons why one shouldn’t hand over their manuscript to this Frederick, Maryland based online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 the term “PublishAmerica” or “Publish America” [using the 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PublishAmerica is a tiny online based publishing company run by a trio of unpublished authors, namely Dutch born and raised Willem Meiners who speaks and writes English as a second language, Larry Clopper, a computer programmer, and Miranda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 the “traditional” mainstream publishers that they are constantly comparing themselves to, this executive staff is under the delusion that they are changing the 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 the authors’ books back to the author him or herself, this company pretends that they are radically altering the publishing world.
Authors, if the above hasn’t already dissuaded you from signing a PublishAmerica contract, please think about the following points:
1.Your book will NOT be stocked in a chain or independent bookstore due to the no-returns policy, high cover price, and short discount.
And finally, think about the time frame of that seven-year long contract which is what Publish America offers. In some states you could commit some pretty nasty felonies and get less prison time than that! Perhaps a more appropriate slogan would be: PublishAmerica, imprisoning authors one book at a time!
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