Well, after many months of research and writing, Marian Perera has finished her her article on PublishAmerica. Instead of hitting you with the usual numbers and statistics, she tells the story of "Bob", a fictional author who learns the rotten truth about PA the way most PA authors learn - the hard way.
I've done quite a few posts on PublishAmerica, so it's no secret how I feel about them. And in this article, Ms Perera highlights all the reasons why PublishAmerica is to be avoided at all costs if you are seriously pursuing a writing career. You'll meet Bob, and follow him on his journey from starry-eyed acceptance to horrified realization as he learns what sort of "publisher" PA really is.
It's a journey that those of us who peruse the PAMB now and again have seen too often. A newbie bursts onto the scene, full of hope and excitement at being offered a contract on a manuscript that s/he has polished and perfected (sometimes for years). Maybe this manuscript has received nothing but rejections, perhaps the author has done no more research into publishers than doing a quick Google search and submitted to the first publisher that popped up.
Either way, the story is painfully familiar. Joy. Elation. Amazement. The ability to finally call oneself a "Published Author" (and yes, many do capitalize it - I don't know why).
But then, questions start to niggle at the Published Author. Why is my book priced so high? Why won't major chain bookstores stock my book? Why are my emails to PA Author Support going ignored? Why are they demanding an apology from me?
Yep - those are only a few of the niggles. You'll see what happens to Bob when he begins to wonder if all is as it should be. It's actually pretty heartbreaking to see what happens to Bob - especially when you realize that, while he is fictitious, there are real people out there going through the same thing because of Publish America.
So go check it out.