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Old 06-18-2010, 04:55 PM   #2801
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:02 PM   #2802
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The blog in post 2788 had one too. I went to go to the main page of his blog and the link in my left corner on my task bar had botd2 in the link, then flipped to the regular link. Could be the host sites or something their doing???
I think it is more likely that she installed an aftermarket widget or app from some website that advertises to the clueless all sort of "cool" stuff to make your website more "popular" and "appealing" and all it does is harvest info and try and infect anyone who stumbles into your blog.

However webs.com has got to pay the bills somehow and I guarantee that your info is sold to anyone who wants it when you set up a "free" website. Not real professional.

Now, I have to mea culpa. I am smarting right now because I fell for a scam. STAY AWAY from all the so-called "speed up your PC because viruses and other evil is gnawing away at your registry but we can fix it software." It is all a scam.

Getting the scam software off my computer took an effort and installing a program from the good guys (sort of a computer geek version of this board except they exposes software scams) before things were right again. So, I am on a software-scam tear right now.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:29 PM   #2803
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Sorry about your poem Katrina, but be comforted by the fact it was your teacher's fault for not doing her homework first on that one.
I think you'd find that most high school (and Jr. High) teachers would swear by "contests" like the International Library of Poetry. So far as they know, they're legit and winning is worth broadcasting.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:50 PM   #2804
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Don't worry, it's not a loss I dwell on. I think "poem" is a very generous term for the assortment of words I submitted to them. (I thought it was brilliant at the time, of course.) I wish I would've caught onto things before my parents bought the anthology, but it was a lesson well-learned, and it definitely taught me to research before sending. And on those days where I just feel like I've made no progress as a writer in the last (insert years since I was 12 here), the anthology makes for an amusing read.
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:24 PM   #2805
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Anyone seen this?

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/shu...ublish-america

There was a link on the PA FB wall.

I'm not sure if the facts are true that PA has been in Chapter 7 since '04. Huh?

Anyone? Bueller?

(JulieB--I could NOT resist, you had the Bueller thing first!)
Hey, don't blame me for that one! ;-)

As for the bankruptcy thing, wouldn't any filing be in public records?
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:05 PM   #2806
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Oh boy. New author got her release date and is planning a release party.

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So, the official release date is July 20, 2010!! PA is now in the process of putting together a press release for all of the local media in and around my area. Very exciting!

So, now the question remains. July 20th is a Tuesday. Everyone is asking about a release party (even though I've actually announced the date to anyone yet.) Being that in my mind, I envision a cocktail party, I am thinking that a Friday/Saturday evening/night would be ideal.

For those who've made it to this step... how long after your official release, did you plan your release party? I was thinking of giving it a few weeks, to generate some buzz first, and then allowing my guests to bring their copies, if they desired, to have them signed.

Thoughts, Ideas and suggestions are all welcomed!
Guests can bring their copies... yeah...

She got one response from an old timer:

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One piece of advice--have you're books in your hand before you schedule anything that requires you to have them. Less frustrating. Seriously. Enjoy the party though.
Does that sound like he's mentally cringing to anyone else?

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I have a feeling the fall is going to be very painful for that writer. I feel so bad for her.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:21 PM   #2808
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Sounds like he knows what's bound to happen, wants to save her some angst, but doesn't want to ruin her happy day. Seems pretty kind, really.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:55 PM   #2809
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I thought the post back to her was thoughtful as well, DreamWeaver.
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Hey, don't blame me for that one! ;-)

As for the bankruptcy thing, wouldn't any filing be in public records?
The only documents I'd been able to find on the PACER system were for the Lightning Source lawsuit, but that wasn't filed in Maryland. Let me dig around and see if I can find anything later when I get home.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:25 PM   #2811
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Oh dear... my heart it hurts when she sees what PA is she will not be so happy .. I just hope she dose not give up but dusts her self off and comes back stronger I hope she finds this site and we can give her cookies to help her pain
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Another suggestion to the author who wants to throw a cocktail party.

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I use the discount offers they give me to order books from them for use in events, sell and promotion. I get a few possible every year since my second book came out in 2008. That is what I would advice you do if you can't afford so many books at once. Just buy a few every year
That's... not going to help with the book launch party idea.

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with the discounts they offer, the mimimum you need to get to assure getting their deep discounts and the books will accumulate.
Why would you want your book to accumulate?
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Ben, just a reminder that there is a separate PACER system for bankruptcy court. I pulled it up and did a quick search. Publish America has not filed bankruptcy in Maryland.

I'm not sure what the petition poster is talking about. Unfortunately making statements like that hurts, not helps, the cause.

Plus, a business will generally not file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy because it can't discharge its debts. A business will usually file a Chapter 11 or a Chapter 13.

Think we need to reach out to the poster of the petition?
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Well, the guy with the blog that we linked to a couple of pages back - remember him? We couldn't get a bead on him? I think he's completely serious. I congratulated him on a successful experiment, but gently tried to tell him that his grammar is not really up to standard for writing commercially. I was really, really trying to help this guy, not pick on him. I tried to be gentle, though I knew it would sting.

He deleted my comments. So I guess his writing needs no help and people will buy his book despite wretched sentence structure. *shrug*

ETA: maybe he didn't, because i see them now. Or maybe he did and then put them back? Whoops.
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Another suggestion to the author who wants to throw a cocktail party.
That's... not going to help with the book launch party idea.

Why would you want your book to accumulate?
The advice gets worse. The PA enthusiast with the dozen or so websites weighs in:
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I haven't ever heard of anyone having a 'Release party', BUT, WHAT A GREAT iDEA! That certainly will get quite a few pwople lined up to buy your book. You know the date, don't hesitate. Charge forward. I think your dates for the party are perfect. If you can, go all out. have flyers and business cards ready to hand out. Make up a banner of your book, if possible, to hang up. Promote, promote, promote. Steer people to your web site (s). Ask that they pass the news of your release date on to their friends. Okay, you've got the 'Release Date' party planned. Now all you have to do is start with the 'coming out' party. That's when you get your authors books. Once you've got that, then you have something to show your party guests what they are buying. Let them thumb through the book (becareful, that they don't start reading it, that will spoil the surprise). Then there's the 'First Sales' party. The 'interview' party. The 'book signing' party and so on and so on. Soon you could have a network of potential buyers already lined up. Remember, never give up, never surrender.
This is so . . . just wrong. You can't successfully promote what isn't readily available. Or affordable. (Her 200-page book is $24.95.)

I find the idea of spoiling the surprise strangely ironic. Or maybe not so strange.

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The advice gets worse. The PA enthusiast with the dozen or so websites weighs in:

This is so . . . just wrong. You can't successfully promote what isn't readily available. Or affordable. (Her 200-page book is $24.95.)

I find the idea of spoiling the surprise strangely ironic. Or maybe not so strange.
Hush now! Don't you spoil someone's surprise when they open that book and see the grammar and spelling errors, coupled with a stock-cover, poor gluing and possibly lousy type-setting!

That's the kind of surprise I'd want after paying $24.95. Hell yes.
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Good grief. Is he actually serious about this?

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Don't forget the 'royalty check' party. And the 'tone letter' party.

Anyone who throws all these parties is going to be the laughing-stock of their friends, and out of pocket as well.
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Anyone who throws all these parties is going to be the laughing-stock of their friends, and out of pocket as well.
If they have any friends left after all that self-promotion. Ugh. That kind of self-centeredness boggles my mind.
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This shows how insular PA writers are from the rest of the writing community. I hear about release parties quite a bit. They may not be super common, but plenty of writers have them.
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Maybe it's me, but I see a book release party as a chance for friends and family to celebrate with me, not buy from me.

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Unless you're one of those few mega-authors that publishers plan a release event for, I'd think (hope) most people have the common sense to make any kind of "release party" a family/friend affair with balloons and a cake from the grocery store.

If you get published, then by all means celebrate the event, but don't put yourself in a hole doing it.
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Ben, just a reminder that there is a separate PACER system for bankruptcy court. I pulled it up and did a quick search. Publish America has not filed bankruptcy in Maryland.

I'm not sure what the petition poster is talking about. Unfortunately making statements like that hurts, not helps, the cause.

Plus, a business will generally not file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy because it can't discharge its debts. A business will usually file a Chapter 11 or a Chapter 13.

Think we need to reach out to the poster of the petition?
As much as the stooges troll the net looking for misinformation about their Precious, I'm thinking somebody might be headed for a bannination if they haven't been already.
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