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    AG Press, LLC (Cheryl Pillsbury)

    AG Press, a publisher offering "publishing packages" (for a fee of course) for authors.

    Run by Cheryl Pillsbury, who also styles herself a literary agent (no qualifications, no sales), and was involved in the infamous Lanaia Lee Of Atlantis plagiarism . Read all about it here.

    - Victoria

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    Man, the scammers are worse than cockroaches, aren't they?

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    My cat is going to start a vanity press gussied up to look like the real deal. Be warned... he charges by the word.

    My Website. Twitter.

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    He can call it Patty Paws Publishing, and offer three options: the Meow Mix Basic (formatting, printing, a choice of four cover templates, ISBN number, online listings)--a bargain at only $999.99; the Purr-fect Package (all of the above plus your very own clip art custom cover and a once-over by an "expert" copy editor)--a bit more pricey at $1,999.99; and the Big Tail Blowout (all of the above plus a "marketing" package, consisting of a spam email publicity campaign, fake reviews on Amazon, and fake postings on various social media sites)--top dollar at $3,999.99.

    He'll clean up.

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    How 'bout the Itty Bitty Pretty Kitty Package, where they just print the damn thing and slap it up on Amazon?

    Oh, wait! I already had that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    Meow Mix Basic
    lol

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    Unhappy

    He says he'd like to name it "Pounce Publishing" and for the small investment of $3999.00 for the clumping package, you too can be a published author.

    Rejected MSS will be used to line his litter box.

    Man, my cat is a hard ass....

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    AGENTED - AUGUST 24,2010 WOOT!!! AGENTED AGAIN February 2015! WOOT! WOOT!

    "POLTERGEEKS is absolutely everything you could possibly want in YA fantasy!" STARBURST MAGAZINE

    "Sean Cummings is a master of the dark fantastic. His writing brims with soul, guts, and a dark wit sharp enough to draw blood. Chris F. Holm, award winning author of The Collector Books

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    Ah, the clumping package. Forgot about that one.

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    Not to detract from kitty here, but if we could bottle the determination of these scammers we'd be pretty wealthy.
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    Here's a thought - couldn't we assemble a BOOK about the scamming scammers and how the scammers scam ill-informed and inexperienced writers?

    My Website. Twitter.

    AGENTED - AUGUST 24,2010 WOOT!!! AGENTED AGAIN February 2015! WOOT! WOOT!

    "POLTERGEEKS is absolutely everything you could possibly want in YA fantasy!" STARBURST MAGAZINE

    "Sean Cummings is a master of the dark fantastic. His writing brims with soul, guts, and a dark wit sharp enough to draw blood. Chris F. Holm, award winning author of The Collector Books

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    I'm always so impressed by the invention behind some of these people: such brilliant ideas. A shame they're so exploitative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saskatoonistan View Post
    Here's a thought - couldn't we assemble a BOOK about the scamming scammers and how the scammers scam ill-informed and inexperienced writers?
    I think that Victoria and Ann should put together a proposal and see if their agents can place it. I'd buy it. And I think one or two others from AW might, too.

    Go on, girls. You KNOW you want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saskatoonistan View Post
    Here's a thought - couldn't we assemble a BOOK about the scamming scammers and how the scammers scam ill-informed and inexperienced writers?
    Ann and I have thought about it, and we keep rejecting the idea for two reasons. First, the info is already out there via the Writer Beware website and blog. The idea of putting the info in a book feels repetitive. Second, the info is extremely dynamic--it changes on a regular basis. A book would be out of date even before it hit the shelves.

    We might consider it if a publisher came to us, but right now it's not something we're thinking of shopping.

    - Victoria

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    AG Press. Does that stand for Ach Gag?

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    We might consider it if a publisher came to us, but right now it's not something we're thinking of shopping.
    Pounce Publishing would like your book. My cat is intrigued and will give you a $1200 discount if you sign up before February 1st.

    My Website. Twitter.

    AGENTED - AUGUST 24,2010 WOOT!!! AGENTED AGAIN February 2015! WOOT! WOOT!

    "POLTERGEEKS is absolutely everything you could possibly want in YA fantasy!" STARBURST MAGAZINE

    "Sean Cummings is a master of the dark fantastic. His writing brims with soul, guts, and a dark wit sharp enough to draw blood. Chris F. Holm, award winning author of The Collector Books

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    Did y'all catch this in their news box?
    We are a proud sponsor of "The Write Stuff." The winner of the reality show will receive 10 virtual copies of his/her book on CD from AG Press, along with 50 4X6 cards (displaying the book's cover) to promote it. The show will be broadcast in June 2009 on the CW Channel (56), and we will be listed in the credits. Nationwide coverage will reach more than 15 million households. Visit the website below for full details.
    OMG, teh lulz.
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    Oh, snap. Another author reality show. Must...check...out...

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    OMG. Check this out. An author reality show. With auditions. It's too good--it's like they made it up just for me.



    - Victoria

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    A reality show.
    A show...

    o_O

    and people are taking this seriously?
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    Taking it seriously? No more than any of the rest of them.

    What I liked was this: "10 virtual copies of his/her book on CD from AG Press"

    hmmm

    ETA: Figure 50 cents a disc, no mention of cover art, but hey, we'll throw that in for about a 50 bucks (graphic artist's time). The writer provided all the content, so.... Prize cost about 55 bucks. woot!
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    The "Interview Photo" was taken at Wal-mart!

    I guess they're hoping to attract Walmartians.

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    FYI - Writer Beware has blogged about the "reality show"... http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2009/0...f-another.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack View Post
    I'm always so impressed by the invention behind some of these people: such brilliant ideas. A shame they're so exploitative.
    Yeah, it's a shame they can't use those ideas for more productive - and legitimate - purposes.

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    I think Pillsbury and L Lee have morphed into AG Press: http://www.agpress.8m.net/

    Pillsbury trolls for victims on Lee's yahoo group:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lanaia/message/1383

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