Not paranoia, proof! It's proof positive that people are taking notice of PA at venues such as BEA!
"Ann Crispin checking out the PublishAmerica booth! Your books are getting NOTICED!"
"Buy 15 copies of your book and we'll donate an equal number to Writer Beware!"
And speaking of buying copies of your own books, a newbie seems pleased about this offer:
Seriously, there is no hope for people like this.Did you get the announcement yesterday? You buy 5 copies with the correct coupon and PA will allow amazon.com to print your book so that it will always be in stock! It's great that if I buy more of my books then they can be sure that Amazon will always have our books ready to sell.
Hope she doesn't try to use that photo as a book cover without a press release.
And I can't help but wonder how she would have reacted had you taken her picture.
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When it comes to PA, the royalty check and the reality check arrive in the same envelope.
Remember to be kind to writers who step in PA. They really don't know how bad it smells.
The difference between PA and WLA? None. Both have the stench of dead and dying books emanating from their doorways.
"This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)
"Opera singers have resonance where their brains ought to be." Anna Russell
Hee-hee, I'd have shot her the peace sign and flashed a big smile. If in a real *mood* I might have walked over and acted like we were the best friends EVER!She took out her cellphone and took my picture as I stood there quietly.
"Gosh, it's so good to see you in person, I've heard so much about you on Absolute Write! Has PA got any books on the NYT bestseller list yet? Aw, too bad, but I'm sure you'll get lucky some day. Did Willie ever buy that yacht he was looking at? How are Larry's hemorrhoids? Better, I hope! Oh--did you ever get your diploma after that plea bargain thing? Oops--LOOK at the time! I've got a meeting with my publisher--they have that really BIG display over there in that crowd. I'll be back tomorrow--we'll do lunch! Buh-bye!!"
I would, of course, be in running shoes and have an escape route.
But then I'm evul that way and you're not.
Be careful, she might:
- Mount your pic on a dart board
- Or a (Hollywood myth style) voodoo doll
- Send fake cops to your place to intimidate you
- Complain to the police that you're having plastic surgery so you can look like her and trying to frame her for a hate crime
- Buy 10 copies of your PA books and we will ship 10 to author A.C. Crispin!
OTOH, those would be useful this winter, should you have a wood-burning fireplace.
Wow, there was a scathing response to the newbie who thought it was "great" that she could get her book listed on Amazon if she bought some copies.
Hope that author finds his way here.Um...no, it's NOT great. Most publishers place their authors' work on Amazon without charging them. My book hasn't been on Amazon for four months and I have been waiting for this to be corrected. NOW, after ALL this time, they tell us we have to BUY five copies of our books to get them listed again? Seriously? This doesn't tick you off? That email was insulting and just plain wrong. I have no intentions of buying my own books, especially when one of them costs twenty-five bucks. I've done my share of posting stupid things on this board, spouting praise for PA like a brainwashed robot. No more. I've finally woke up. I'll get banned for this and that's just fine and freakin' dandy, because I'm done with PA. OUT of here. Good luck to you all.
I love seeing posts like that, especially after business hours or on weekends when the office is closed and Infocenter is slow on the draw.
How PA treats its authors: Oh, stop the whining and contact email@example.com like everyone else.
PA authors CAN fight back. File a complaint with your credit card company.
Have a question? Who can you trust? Absolute Write, Writer Beware and Preditors & Editors
Oo, I'll get sugar. All writers need sugar, right?
Seriously, though, one of the best things about that post was the "I'll get banned for this" line. Maybe others who get the chance to read it before it vanishes will start to realize, "Hey, PA is actually banning people who post legit complaints."
I do wonder how long it takes being a regular on that board to notice how reasonable questions like, "Why are you always pressuring me to buy my own book?" just vanish.
"So we must daily keep things wound: that is, we must pray when prayer seems dry as dust; we must write when we are physically tired, when our hearts are heavy" -Madeleine L'Engle
"An honest answer is like a warm hug." - Proverbs 24:26 (The Message)
My Every Day Fiction stories
*nature channel announcer voice*
And here we have it, the birth of the Awakening Jealous Taody Bug. See it open its wings for the first time as it prepares to fly away. Take note, nature lovers, the cry of the AJTB is rarely heard; you have to be quick and pay attention.
It's always heartening to see someone announce that the emperor has no clothes, right on the emperor's own message board .
Hope that one continues writing and finds the way to safe harbor, whether here or somewhere else that helps show authors the way toward successful commercial publication.
ETA: Still there. Timing is everything!
Why doesn't George R. R. Martin use Twitter? He already killed off all 140 characters.
It takes some serious guts to admit something like that in public - or to yourself, even. I love seeing that.I've done my share of posting stupid things on this board, spouting praise for PA like a brainwashed robot. No more. I've finally woke up.
From the thread about Karen S. Gibbs being on 300+ book titles as co-author:
Needless to say, Sharon Harper isn't the author who posted this.This sparked my curiousity so I had to check out my books on this site. My first one,---------, shows up correctly but my second one, ----------, says it is by Sharon Harper??? What?? Can't say that makes me happy and I really don't understand. Hope someone can enlighten me.
Another disgruntled newbie's first post:I preordered books and was to get 5 hard cover free. i was charged for them but have yet to reciev them. I have tried calling and sending emails, but publish America has not answered me. Anyone know how to contact them? I have a book signing coming up and need the books!
I have a question about this quote:
Wouldn't that put them in violation with their other printer (I can't recall who it is now...B&T?)? Or is it possible this author misunderstood?You buy 5 copies with the correct coupon and PA will allow amazon.com to print your book so that it will always be in stock!
More problems, more questions
The next royalty statement is going to be painful. Assuming there is one.Has anyone else's book gone back on amazon or barnes and noble? Mine still hasn't this is soooooooo frustrating! I have lost a lot of sales because of this.
And infocenter locked this one without a reply:I was told that my book would be avbailable through Amazon.com and other stores on-line. But everytime I check, it is not found. Can someone help me? I have posted on a website that would enable people to order through amazon, but my book isn't listed there! - Link
I don't know what's sadder, the author bending over backwards to be polite or the author living "paycheck to paycheck" but trying to buy his own books.Dear PA:
I understand that you want to help us as authors by providing special offers for us on the weekends. However, I am one of those people who live paycheck to paycheck and I only get paid on the 15th and 30th of month. Could you try to have some of these specials at these times of the month? I would love to order some copies of my book(s) at discounted prices, but the offer is over before I get paid. This is just a suggestion, but it would help me immensely and perhaps others as well.
Thank you for your consideration.
Dear PA Lurkers,
Real writers DO get paid for their work, providing you place your book with a real publisher, not PA.
I got notice today from my agent that a check for one of my older title's royalties is on the way--low three figures--which is a lot better than that poor bloke's .87.
The week before I got another low 3-figure check from an old title. It was nice.
My publishers pay ME. I don't pay them. That's not how it's ever supposed to work, but PA is literally BANKING that you won't figure that out until they've squeezed you dry.
So...how much money has PA made off you this year?
Are you angry with them yet?
You damned-well should be.