Authors File Suit Against PublishAmerica
via Frederick News Post:
Three authors are suing PublishAmerica, a print-on-demand "publishing house" founded in 1999, claiming that the company makes more money shaking down its authors for fees than by selling books.
Here's more, from the Frederick News Post:
The plaintiffs claim the company misrepresents its services in its contracts with authors, which gives PublishAmerica the rights to their work for between seven and ten years. Fees that authors paid ranged from less than $30 to several hundred dollars.
They allege that the publisher, among other things, charges for services that traditional publishers perform at no cost to promote and sell books, misrepresents the company's ability to get writers' work on bookstore shelves or into the hands of larger publishers or celebrities, and publishes books with little or no editing and then charges the authors to have corrections made.
PublishAmerica shot back that the authors' claims "distort the facts, omit relevant information, and in some cases are just plain false."
Look, I'm not going to say that PublishAmerica is full of shit and a good example of the scams pervasive in the publishing industry, because that's libel.
But last year, PublishAmerica said that for a fee of $49, they'd bring your book to J.K. Rowling, to get her comments and criticism. Rowling's lawyers issued a cease-and-desist letter in response. The company also happens to have an F rating from the Better Business Bureau. So, there's that to consider.
Anyone have any experience with PublishAmerica?
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