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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin Necropolis's Avatar
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    Smile National Publicist / The Garis Agency

    Hello everyone!! I've had an offer from The Garis Agency...they are publicists and wish to represent me. My question: are they real and safe..or is this another scam? I've heard Montel Williams mention R.J. Garis and his agency as his publicists many times...just want to make sure. Thanks in advance for any information.

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    Maggie

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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    Why are you interested in a publicist?

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    The late, the great XThe NavigatorX mdin's Avatar
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    Hi Maggie.

    Your books look really interesting, especially the middle one... Demon. It's the type of stuff I really like to read.

    A publicist won't be able to overcome the issues you're having getting your books out there. It has nothing to do with you or your book and has everything to do with the fact your publisher's business model is designed specifically to prevent you from selling books without having to buy them first yourself.

    Plus, as of last week PublishAmerica has decided to no longer publish authors from the UK. I would wait a bit and see what they end up deciding to do with their current UK authors before I did anything.

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    The late, the great XThe NavigatorX mdin's Avatar
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    Thumbs up

    Btw, I don't know anything about the publicist, but their website for anyone interested is

    http://www.nationalpublicist.com

    They do represent Chuck Norris, however, who happens to be the most perfect human ever created. So they must be good.
    Last edited by mdin; 03-31-2006 at 03:54 AM.

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    To James: I need exposure as an author. A publicist will supply that. I've done all I can on my own. Now it's time for someone else to take over.

    To XThe NavigatorX: Thanks so much for the compliments and for the replies. I am no longer with PublishAmerica as I got tired of all the empty promises....lol..so it doesn't matter if they'll represent me as publishers or not. In fact, I got so tired of all the "stuff" that I have begun my own publishing company...hey! it works for Viggo Mortensen...LOL. I've never been able to set up a book signing event with the likes of Barnes & Noble/Borders, etc. However, once I contacted them, introduced myself and my company, and informed them that I have a return policy, I was able to set up the elusive event of book signing without a problem. That was certainly a brilliant surprise. BTW...PublishAmerica were never my publicists...I've not had a publicist.

    As for Chuck Norris...I used to have such a thing for that man!! Then I found out he has a hairy chest, and that burst my pretty balloon...LOL!!!

    Cheers!

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    Hi Maggie,
    What do you hope to get out of hiring a publicist? It's very difficult to get self-published books in the media, regardless of who your publicist is. If that's the route you want to go, more power to you, but I hope you have realistic expectations.

    Good luck!

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    I would also imagine an undertaking like this would cost a lot of $$$$$$.

    Judging from their website and client list, I don't iimagine they come cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad
    Hi Maggie,
    What do you hope to get out of hiring a publicist? It's very difficult to get self-published books in the media, regardless of who your publicist is. If that's the route you want to go, more power to you, but I hope you have realistic expectations.

    Good luck!

    I'm not self-published Where did you get such an idea? The only self-published book I have is the first, and I'm not including it until I re-publish it. If you're referring to the books published by the horror that is called PublishAmerica, I'm no longer with them, I'm with someone else entirely.

    Toni1953: Yes, I would imagine so, luv This, however, is not a problem for me.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necropolis
    I'm not self-published Where did you get such an idea?
    We got it right here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Necropolis
    In fact, I got so tired of all the "stuff" that I have begun my own publishing company...hey! it works for Viggo Mortensen...LOL.

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    Right..that's what you meant. Clear now It's worked brilliantly for me, however. Ever since I've been able to set up book signings without a problem. It's helped a great deal! I've never sold so many books!

    Cheers!

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