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    Quote Originally Posted by Katrina S. Forest View Post
    I'm not sure if this is funny, sad, or both, but upon glancing over the thread, I thought this was an actual offer that PA was sending out.
    Well, they did have a promotion some time ago where, if an author bought copies, PA would send them a rebate check for gasoline.

    There were some "PA gives you gas" comments here and the promotion sank out of sight like all the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merrihiatt View Post
    That's beyond bizarre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merrihiatt View Post
    I was perusing the PA online bookstore, trying to see if I could find the $49 rights return page (I did find the $99 rights return page by typing in reverting rights, but did not find the $49 page), and I found this page: http://www.publishamerica.net/product92922.html

    This was probably one of PA's "special offers" at one point, but it appears that you have to pay $19.95, as well as order copies of your book, to receive promotion of your soon-to-be released book at the bottom of PA's e-mails. They are targeting the author before they've even seen a copy of their book (most likely before they've even seen page proofs).
    Gee, that would be a great increase in sales if it wasn't to the author. Also, I hope the authors realize that not too many other PA authors are in good enough financial shape to afford to even buy a copy. They're still trying to get their own work sold. I hope someone points out that none of PA's ads go out to the reading public.
    When it comes to PA, the royalty check and the reality check arrive in the same envelope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrihiatt View Post
    I was perusing the PA online bookstore, trying to see if I could find the $49 rights return page (I did find the $99 rights return page by typing in reverting rights, but did not find the $49 page), and I found this page: http://www.publishamerica.net/product92922.html
    See my post #57 on the $99 Rights thread.
    It's gone from the PA store now.

    How PA treats its authors: Oh, stop the whining and contact support@publishamerica.com like everyone else.

    PA authors CAN fight back. File a complaint with your credit card company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillhoughly View Post
    I prefer calling them Granny-Beating-Donkey-Ball-Lickers, but typing "PA" takes less time than typing GBDBL.
    Those poor donkeys!

    In other news, I've done my good deed for the week. I met up with a new local writer and explained the PA trap. The Stooges aren't getting that particular writer in their clutches.
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    My bad in going off topic.

    Just wanted to express my joy at getting out of the slave shop I work in and having a new job. Perhaps I can work harder at slussing out PA and other scams now. (is it slusshing or shushing, or none of the above?)

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    Good to hear you like your new job.

    I think it's "sussing".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Swords View Post
    Good to hear you like your new job.

    I think it's "sussing".
    Thank you. My brain went totally dead. Have been up since verra early yesterday morn to take the physical for new job. I work 2nd shift at my current place. Close to being up for 24 hours and only got 4 hrs sleep before that.

    Not so bad for the young, but feeling it big time at 48. Woof

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anon76 View Post
    My bad in going off topic.
    Perhaps I can work harder at slussing out PA and other scams now. (is it slusshing or shushing, or none of the above?)

    QoS is right ... as usual. However, I do find it amusing that using the Urban Dictionary's definition of "sluss", slussing could be appropriate.
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    True to their word - the fantastic "duo" returned my letter for a cash offer to return my contracts.

    My offer is one of cash and no books, period. They have to do nothing but pen the letter relinquishing total and unadulterated rights to me and the place it in the mail.

    Of course - they had threatened to return all mail unread - and true to their word they did just that. I sent an envelope, minus return address, containing the offer. They searched their data base and found the city matching the postal stamp and then sent it back as "refused."

    I have now sent it right back to them - using a totally different address and now will see if it is opened and read.

    The time shall come - when someone mightier than us will judge each one of them and likely the outcome will not be to their liking. Pray for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sepisllib View Post
    True to their word - the fantastic "duo" returned my letter for a cash offer to return my contracts.

    My offer is one of cash and no books, period. They have to do nothing but pen the letter relinquishing total and unadulterated rights to me and the place it in the mail.

    Of course - they had threatened to return all mail unread - and true to their word they did just that. I sent an envelope, minus return address, containing the offer. They searched their data base and found the city matching the postal stamp and then sent it back as "refused."

    I have now sent it right back to them - using a totally different address and now will see if it is opened and read.

    The time shall come - when someone mightier than us will judge each one of them and likely the outcome will not be to their liking. Pray for them.

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    Hmm, your offer wasn't more than $99 was it?
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    Yes.

    $1 more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sepisllib View Post
    Yes.

    $1 more.

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    This offer
    still appears to be good. I believe it worked for Merri.
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    It did work for me, although I'm not happy with the wording of the letter. I think it will suffice, though. The total came to $102.95 when PA added $3.95 for a shipping charge (they sent the document with a return receipt request and signature required).
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    They added shipping charges on correspondence?

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    /facepalm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie Pacha View Post
    They added shipping charges on correspondence?
    No amount is too small to steal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie Pacha View Post
    They added shipping charges on correspondence?
    I shouldn't be surprised. I can't believe I'm still surprised!
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    If even 1/10 of their supposed population buys into it -say 4,000- we're looking at about $16,000.

    Squeeze that turnip; watch it bleed.

    How PA treats its authors: Oh, stop the whining and contact support@publishamerica.com like everyone else.

    PA authors CAN fight back. File a complaint with your credit card company.

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    I wonder as well if they are not trying to pare down the list a bit and reap some turnip squeezings.

    The standard B&T contract has a $35 fee to enter a book into the database and $10 per year to maintain it there unless it sells more than 10 copies during the year.

    Unless PA got some sort of dispensation, that's $1.4 million to get 40000 books into the database (not including the happy-damn-it authors with multiple titles).

    That also gives PA a $400,000 per year incentive to "nudge" each author into buying 10 copies of the book.

    So, they might have been willing to pare some of the (in their opinion) rotten fruit off the vine. Ya know, those pesky disgruntled jelose toady bug non-authors who are all whiney and complainy.

    PA gets $102.95, doesn't have to pay $35 to register the manuscript with B&T, and doesn't have to pay up to $70 to archive a non-seller for up to seven years.

    Hmmm . . . that equals $105.00

    102.95 . . . $105.00 . . . Coincidence? I think not.
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    I thought my mind was finished being boggled.
    Tell us what you think is the best part of your book, the passage that you are proudest of, the lines that you feel represent your talent as a writer the best. Let's include your own favorite words in The Best of PublishAmerica, a book that's already destined to become a PublishAmerica bestseller when we release it this Fall.
    So let me get this straight... I'm supposed to choose a passage from my book, based on my own opinion, which will mean absolutely nothing to those who have not read my book, to be placed in the midst of who knows how many other random passages of unrelated books, of which also have not been entirely read by others, so that it will be part of a book built entirely of muddled chaos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrider View Post
    I thought my mind was finished being boggled.
    So let me get this straight... I'm supposed to choose a passage from my book, based on my own opinion, which will mean absolutely nothing to those who have not read my book, to be placed in the midst of who knows how many other random passages of unrelated books, of which also have not been entirely read by others, so that it will be part of a book built entirely of muddled chaos?

    They're borrowing a page from the infamous poetry contests, where you submit a poem and voila you're accepted. Later on they put your poem in a book with other winners and you get to buy the book for $29.95.

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