- From Publish America is a scam (.com) - It takes some pissed off people to create a web site titled something like "I hate you".com
- True Stories from people who dealt with PublishAmerica.com
- From Here are the reasons we don't recommend PublishAmerica.com
"Here's an analysis of some of the reasons I don't recommend PA. Below, other writers will tell you more...
QUOTATIONS FROM PUBLISHAMERICA'S WEBSITE:
--"The majority of our books that are sold retail are sold in physical brick and mortar bookstores."
I dare you to walk into any brick and mortar store and find even one copy of one PublishAmerica book. Authors have gone crazy trying to get their books shelved, but they can't (unless they find a sympathetic local manager) because the books are unedited, print-on-demand, overpriced, and nonreturnable. None of this is explained on PublishAmerica's site, of course. Authors are repeatedly led to believe that their books will be "available in bookstores nationwide," that they'll be invited for book signings, etc. Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble has sent letters to PublishAmerica authors to say that they WILL NOT stock PublishAmerica books."
Someone else there, Patricia, said this:
"Press release, if sent at all, rejected by most major and small town newspapers."
Your book won't be on the shelves in any stores unless you go in person and beg. And not even that is guaranteed.
James D. Macdonald said:
"Here's why your local bookstores will be hesitant to stock your books:
- High cover prices
- Short discounts
- Non-returnable books
- Poor editing/poor production values
All of the above plus:
- No salesforce
- No catalog
- No trade advertising
- No major reviews"
Before you ever do or sign anything, look them up on Google, or elsewhere, read what other people say, check with the Better Business Bureau, Writer's Guild of America, East OR West.
Always remember, think, research, look around before you Leap.