Hi All, I'm new here, but wanted to see if anyone else has had experience with Port Town Publishing. I have and it was NOT good. I'll try to be brief, BUT - I'm a writer. In August of 2004, the owner/editor of PTP accepted one of my books for publication. It's a small publisher, so no advance and the same percentage as from the big publisher. From the beginning, things slipped. I won't go into great detail until someone wants to email me, but basically the editing wasn't good, the publication date slipped by more than two months - I could live with all that. My main concern is the book itself. THe cover is crappy. After going back and forth, I settled on something I wasn't crazy about just to get the thing into publication. When I got my advance copies, I sat on the floor and wept. Not only were there errors in the text, but the books were cut crooked! Yes, I rejected them. The publisher did reprint, but decided on her own to change the color of the book because she "thought it looked better." It doesn't - it's Blah!
Now, finally, she has shipped books to everyone who pre-ordered in February. One of my good friends called me yesterday to tell me she only read 20 pages when the book started to fall apart! Needless to say - I got sick all over again. The book itself looks very amaturish - like someone produced it in her garage, which I'm beginning to realize is the case. I contacted Preditors & Editors because that's where I originally found PTP. The list owner suggested I post here to see if anyone else was having a problem with PTP. I'm sure P&E gets a lot of individuals who complain and they want to make sure it's not just a personality clash or sour grapes. I know in my case it's not because I've already been in contact with another PTP author and he's having the same problems. So, anyone? We need to ban together to stop bad publishers!
Sorry this is so long, but I don't know how to do short!