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victoriastrauss
01-21-2009, 09:17 PM
AG Press (http://www.agpress.8m.net/index.html), a publisher offering "publishing packages" (for a fee of course) for authors.

Run by Cheryl Pillsbury, who also styles herself a literary agent (no qualifications, no sales), and was involved in the infamous Lanaia Lee Of Atlantis plagiarism . Read all about it here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80354).

- Victoria

Khazarkhum
01-22-2009, 01:42 PM
Man, the scammers are worse than cockroaches, aren't they?

Saskatoonistan
01-22-2009, 03:15 PM
My cat is going to start a vanity press gussied up to look like the real deal. Be warned... he charges by the word.

victoriastrauss
01-22-2009, 10:18 PM
He can call it Patty Paws Publishing, and offer three options: the Meow Mix Basic (formatting, printing, a choice of four cover templates, ISBN number, online listings)--a bargain at only $999.99; the Purr-fect Package (all of the above plus your very own clip art custom cover and a once-over by an "expert" copy editor)--a bit more pricey at $1,999.99; and the Big Tail Blowout (all of the above plus a "marketing" package, consisting of a spam email publicity campaign, fake reviews on Amazon, and fake postings on various social media sites)--top dollar at $3,999.99.

He'll clean up.

- Victoria

triceretops
01-22-2009, 10:24 PM
How 'bout the Itty Bitty Pretty Kitty Package, where they just print the damn thing and slap it up on Amazon?

Oh, wait! I already had that one!

Tri:D

SirBiatch
01-22-2009, 10:58 PM
Meow Mix Basic

lol

necia phoenix
01-23-2009, 08:58 PM
:roll:

:D

Saskatoonistan
01-23-2009, 09:01 PM
He says he'd like to name it "Pounce Publishing" and for the small investment of $3999.00 for the clumping package, you too can be a published author.

Rejected MSS will be used to line his litter box.

Man, my cat is a hard ass....

victoriastrauss
01-23-2009, 10:43 PM
Ah, the clumping package. Forgot about that one.

- Victoria

M.R.J. Le Blanc
01-23-2009, 11:33 PM
Not to detract from kitty here, but if we could bottle the determination of these scammers we'd be pretty wealthy.

Saskatoonistan
01-23-2009, 11:52 PM
Here's a thought - couldn't we assemble a BOOK about the scamming scammers and how the scammers scam ill-informed and inexperienced writers?

Old Hack
01-23-2009, 11:57 PM
I'm always so impressed by the invention behind some of these people: such brilliant ideas. A shame they're so exploitative.

Old Hack
01-24-2009, 12:01 AM
Here's a thought - couldn't we assemble a BOOK about the scamming scammers and how the scammers scam ill-informed and inexperienced writers?

I think that Victoria and Ann should put together a proposal and see if their agents can place it. I'd buy it. And I think one or two others from AW might, too.

Go on, girls. You KNOW you want to.

victoriastrauss
01-24-2009, 12:42 AM
Here's a thought - couldn't we assemble a BOOK about the scamming scammers and how the scammers scam ill-informed and inexperienced writers?

Ann and I have thought about it, and we keep rejecting the idea for two reasons. First, the info is already out there via the Writer Beware website and blog. The idea of putting the info in a book feels repetitive. Second, the info is extremely dynamic--it changes on a regular basis. A book would be out of date even before it hit the shelves.

We might consider it if a publisher came to us, but right now it's not something we're thinking of shopping.

- Victoria

Donna Pudick
01-24-2009, 12:54 AM
AG Press. Does that stand for Ach Gag?

Saskatoonistan
01-24-2009, 01:02 AM
We might consider it if a publisher came to us, but right now it's not something we're thinking of shopping.

Pounce Publishing would like your book. My cat is intrigued and will give you a $1200 discount if you sign up before February 1st.

CaoPaux
01-26-2009, 10:28 PM
Did y'all catch this in their news box?

We are a proud sponsor of "The Write Stuff." The winner of the reality show will receive 10 virtual copies of his/her book on CD from AG Press, along with 50 4X6 cards (displaying the book's cover) to promote it. The show will be broadcast in June 2009 on the CW Channel (56), and we will be listed in the credits. Nationwide coverage will reach more than 15 million households. Visit the website below for full details. OMG, teh lulz.

victoriastrauss
01-26-2009, 11:07 PM
Oh, snap. Another author reality show. Must...check...out...

- Victoria

victoriastrauss
01-26-2009, 11:11 PM
OMG. Check this out (http://www.thewritestufftv.webs.com/). An author reality show. With auditions. It's too good--it's like they made it up just for me.

:roll:

- Victoria

necia phoenix
01-27-2009, 12:06 AM
A reality show.
A show...

o_O

and people are taking this seriously? :roll: :e2smack:

Williebee
01-27-2009, 12:11 AM
Taking it seriously? No more than any of the rest of them.

What I liked was this: "10 virtual copies of his/her book on CD from AG Press"

hmmm

ETA: Figure 50 cents a disc, no mention of cover art, but hey, we'll throw that in for about a 50 bucks (graphic artist's time). The writer provided all the content, so.... Prize cost about 55 bucks. woot!

Khazarkhum
01-27-2009, 12:59 PM
The "Interview Photo" was taken at Wal-mart!

I guess they're hoping to attract Walmartians.

CaoPaux
04-27-2009, 11:04 PM
FYI - Writer Beware has blogged about the "reality show"... http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2009/04/victoria-strauss-write-stuff-another.html

JerseyGirl1962
04-29-2009, 08:38 PM
I'm always so impressed by the invention behind some of these people: such brilliant ideas. A shame they're so exploitative.

Yeah, it's a shame they can't use those ideas for more productive - and legitimate - purposes.

~Nancy Beck

Unimportant
01-28-2010, 09:40 AM
I think Pillsbury and L Lee have morphed into AG Press: http://www.agpress.8m.net/

Pillsbury trolls for victims on Lee's yahoo group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lanaia/message/1383

Marian Perera
01-28-2010, 06:36 PM
Interesting. Aidana WillowRaven (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88569&highlight=willowraven) is listed as their art director.

IceCreamEmpress
01-28-2010, 10:33 PM
Interesting. Aidana WillowRaven (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88569&highlight=willowraven) is listed as their art director.

OMG! This is like something from a comic book.

IceCreamEmpress
01-28-2010, 11:27 PM
OMG. Check this out (http://www.thewritestufftv.webs.com/). An author reality show. With auditions. It's too good--it's like they made it up just for me.


Victoria, it's not just a reality show--it's a social movement!

Welcome to the future of the literary revolution where we strive to win against Illiteracy in 2010!


Alas, things don't look so good for Team Literacy at the moment...

AidanaWillowRaven
01-29-2010, 04:06 AM
Interesting. Aidana WillowRaven (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88569&highlight=willowraven) is listed as their art director.

As a matter of fact, I am the AD for four houses at the moment. Two traditional and two self-publishing.

I work where I am paid ... lol.

I just started with them a couple months ago. The art department was/is in desperate need of some reorganization.

CaoPaux
12-21-2011, 06:55 AM
OMG! This is like something from a comic book.As it happens, they now have a Comic Book Department: http://www.agpress.8m.net/whats_new.html

aliceshortcake
12-21-2011, 06:58 PM
Ah, yes...even if Cheryl 'Wiccan Curse' Pillsbuy's name doesn't make you run away screaming, the English language abuse on AG's site probably will.


AG Press is a POD publisher.
In 2005, after having her books published by other POD publishers who did little or no marketing, editing, and promoting, Cheryl and Grover Pillsbury started AG Press. We knew that there were author's that could not get their books published by the well known publishers. They could go to POD publishers however, having been that route we want to spare them that nightmare. AG Press is a small company operating out of an apartment, we have no employees however, we do have a qualified team of subcontractor's who edit and illustrate for us. All books are handcrafted and printed on 24 lb white paper (not the traditional publisher paper); we then bind, and attach the covers into the finished product.



If you have a story to tell and wish to share it with an audience of imaginations...

Lanaia Lee; author of several books has won the, 'Author of Virtual Park' award for her book, 'Prey of the Scavenger.' It's a great honor to receive and to know our alient has been awarded with this for her book.


PROFITS FROM RELEASES:
In 2008; we released a total of 13 books with an income $5000 to $8000.


In 2009; in process of 8 new books with new ones entering daily. The possible for the year, $12,000.00


In 2010; we already have 25 books in the works; returning authors and fresh stories will be joining our family


In 2011, we have published 20 books so far and more coming; another very exciting year.

The staff of AG Press have combined their talents to create a poetry book. Together, our poets and illustrators have created an image to enhance their words.

Audio books have arrived. W.B. Ward (www.wbward.com (http://www.wbward.com/)) has offered his services to create Audio Books for our authors. Contact him at his website, make sure you tell him you an AG Press author and begin creating your book in a voice that will melt ice.
Joining our team for Audio is Mr. Victor Roscetti, a dear friend of mine; he does sveral voice and he can create a CD of choice.


Oh, and according to her Google profile Lisa Gaughen is 'Cheif Editor' at AG Press LLC.

At least Cheryl doesn't describe herself as an editor. It seems reasonable to assume that she wrote the Amazon description of her own book 'Peleport II':



Toutant tells another adventure from Sebillian Island about the water made the dragons ill and Davis returns with his to save the dragons and most of all, a new prince is born.
http://www.amazon.com/Peleport-II-Cheryl-Pillsbury/dp/1450770967:Shrug:

I'm intrigued by this snippet of information on AG's 'Our Team Members' page:


Dan Mansur of Pearson & Pearson
Attorney at Law; oversees production and handles copyrights for clients

What does handling copyrights for clients involve?

amergina
12-21-2011, 07:44 PM
The grammar, it burns us, preciousssssssss!

aliceshortcake
12-21-2011, 09:38 PM
Earlier this year Lanaia Lee's Prey of the Scavenger was mentioned on a rather odd blog called Authors at the Virtual Park:


EVERY 1st OF THE MONTH, FIVE AUTHORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WILL GATHER. Books, Previews, Trailers, Websites, Interviews. WIN Books, Bookmarks, eBooks, Totes, Mugs, Keychains, CD's, Tee-Shirts, Bumper Stickers, Stamps, Gift Cards, VBT packages. HOW? Follow Ami's blogs or Facebook: Ami's Book Page, or Blogfrog or Networked Blogs and your entered! Comment under your favorite authors for better chances! Authors email me to join: touch-of-grace@hotmail.com
http://authorsatthevirtualpark.blogspot.com/)

I can see no mention of the book winning an award, although it did get a rave review from Oro Shengo, 'Radio Network Owner, Producer and Broadcaster':


I can tell you that Ms Lee's work is on the same level as Steven King, Clive Barker and Dean R Koontz...

aliceshortcake
05-14-2013, 01:16 AM
Not content with butchering the English language in book form, Cheryl Pillsbury of AG Publishing has unleashed a magazine...The Dark Realm:


The magazine is now legal to begins its journey to those who live in the underworld, the gothic world. This magazine has dark poetry, suspense tales, articles of interests, places that must be seen, plus a whole lot more. Join in.

Place your order through the link to our bookstore.

Issue 1 $5.00----------------Subscription $15.00 for one year

Poetry, Tall Tales, Coven Circle, Movies, Books, Wicca/Pagan section, Artwork, etc......

Many writers have submitted their articles, poems, stories, places of interest the magazine has doubled in size much to see, read and learn, soon to comics and much more.

But the price is the same $5.00 per issue $15.00 for one year.
http://www.agpress.8m.net/about_4.html

The literary content of the mag is pretty much what you'd expect from AG, including the unique verse stylings of Lanaia Lee and short stories by Pillsbury herself. In the third issue, available for free in pdf format, Pilsbury informs us that:


The underworld has always my haven since I was a small child.
Hollywood and others have made it evil, dark and terrifying. Although it can be but not always.

About Cheryl T. Pillsbury; Author & Founder of AG Press
Founder of AG Press, I have seen, witnessed and experienced many horrible publishers with hidden fees, not doing the work and prices beyond reach. I was angry and frustrated, so I took a year to research and develop AG Press, LLC to help those with the same dreams and I. Author of 25 books so far and more coming in the future.
http://www.agpress.8m.net/images/dark_realm_3.pdf

The magazine - a surreal mixture of horror, semi-porn, Hallowe'en recipes, illustrations from children's books and a tribute to actor Taylor Kitsch - has to be read to be believed. One of the articles is about the X-Men character Magneto. On the first page of Dark Realm, right next to the address of Pearson and Pearson, Attorney[sic] at Law(?!), Pilsbury says:


Marvel Entertainment owns the mutant characters
please respect their copy-right laws

(Marvel has its own copyright laws? Who knew?)

It would be interesting to know if Pillsbury's concern for respecting copyright extends to to the artwork used in Dark Realm. Most of the illustrations are either unsigned or by artists not mentioned in the list of contributors to the magazine, the only exception being those by Daniela Frongia. Some of the pictures are horribly pixilated and one gives me the impression that the artist's name has been deliberately obscured. Another sports a honking great Shutterstock logo!

Rather oddly, one of the articles - I Quit by Keith Rommel - tells the story of how his novel The Cursed Man was accepted for publication by another dubious outfit with its own thread on AbsoluteWrite, Sunbury Press: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217706.

The whole thing is wonderfully bizarre.

Edited to add:
OMG, don't miss the link to Victory International Promotions! Pillsbury can't speak too highly of them:


Marketing Internationally

Well, this is THE place to go marketing; as publishers we have limited places and things we can do, but VIP can go way beyond that and make your book or whatever fly to the stars.

www.victoryinternationalpromotions.com
Hunter K.; author and founder

Hunter K. author of, 'Rusted Souls,' an excellent book, a fellow Texan has the unique talent to market. Ride over to his website and see all that he can do; packages to email and advertise, posting on Facebooks, twitter and anywhere you want them.

I, Cheryl Pillsbury author and founder of AG Press, I have joined him and we work together side by side but mostly I use his services and it was the best decision I had ever made, my books are seriously being noticed and I have added new authors to my list, he's amazing.
http://www.agpress.8m.net/custom3.html

Hunter K's grasp of spelling and grammar is on a par with Pillsbury's - I particularly enjoyed the photo of his client Sherry Ransom with 'Opera'. We can also listen to an excerpt from the now legendary Of Atlantis read by one Viktor Aurelius, who apparently has 'A voice that Victor Price would Envy'.

You really, really could not make this stuff up.

aliceshortcake
05-21-2013, 01:46 PM
You'd think that Cheryl Pillsbury would have learned something from her involvement with the Lanaia Lee/Of Atlantis fiasco, particularly where copyright-related matters are concerned. Wait - what am I saying? Of course she hasn't learned anything! This is Cheryl Pillsbury we're talking about!

A couple of days ago I e-mailed Pillsbury to ask if she'd obtained permission to use the approximately two dozen paintings and photographs she used to pad out The Dark Realm. Her reply couldn't have been more succinct:


I got those from a free website.

This 'free website' obviously wasn't fussy about the quality of the material it published - some of the images are so pixillated and compressed it was impossible to trace their origin. If only Pillsbury had used the magic of Google Image Search or TinEye she could easily have found most of the the originals on DeviantART and elsewhere and asked the artists for permission to use their work:

Spring Petals by Natascha Roosli:
http://kyena.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24

Spring Spirit by Stephanie Pui-Mun:
http://puimun.deviantart.com/art/Spring-Spirit-208491363

Butterfly Notebook by SkyBlueLunaSea:
http://www.deviantart.com/morelikethis/337610759

Path Through the Woods by Matthew Nixon:
http://needanewname.deviantart.com/gallery/

Moondance by Chael Gunnell:
http://chael.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=%2F&offset=96

Mystic Mushroom by RachaelRose:
http://www.deviantart.com/morelikethis/164522337

Feast of Fools font by Nate Piekos – probably taken from here:
http://macmerc.com/blambot-serves-up-a-feast-of-flesh-the-free-font-for-october/

Photo of a waterfall by Pedro Terrinha:
http://smashingpicture.com/photographer-pedro-terrinha/
Mr Terrinha’s response to the theft of his work:
“Thank you very much for letting me know ! It's quite sad this type of abuse, specially when it's so easy to send a private message on deviantart ! ”

The Witches Cats by ArwensGrace:
http://arwensgrace.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=192

Dark Dress by Carsten Junger:
http://pixelmixtur.deviantart.com/gallery/

Nymph by Paul Hector Theofanous:
http://paulhectort.deviantart.com/art/Nymph-314098652

The Magician at Dawn by Alex Greenshpun:
http://alexgphoto.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24

Fruit Dragon by Augusto Kapronczai:
http://augustok.deviantart.com/gallery/

An internet trawl also provided Pillsbury with the material she needed for Hallowe'en recipes:

Slime Soup (photographer unknown) – probably from http://www.expatica.com/es/lifestyle_leisure/blogs_photos/halloween-hapjes-45481_9861.html but it first appeared in Nigella Lawson's Feast

Brain Cupcakes by Eric Staudenmaier – probably from http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/photo/Brain-Cupcakes-232941

Green Gobble ‘ems (photographer unknown):
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/green-gobble-ems-garlic-bread-chunks-recipe/index.html

Ghoulish Glazed Meatballs – a Mr Food recipe reproduced word for word complete with a copyrighted photo:
http://www.mrfood.com/Beef/Ghoulish-Glazed-Meatballs#

Ghoul Aid by “Aunt Paula”:
http://www.food.com/recipe/ghoul-aid-71378

Owl Eyes – a recipe by LoriInIndiana with a photo by GourmetStamper, reproduced word for word from:
http://www.food.com/recipe/owls-eyes-80661

Pillsbury can't plead ignorance of copyright law here. From the 'Carla Michelle Olson - Photography' page on the AG Press website (my bolding):


I am supplying my photos to your potential authors for their book covers or photography to be used in their books for payment through my website which is processed by Pay Pal.
Please refer them to the Order Page before completing their book if they are interested in one or more of my photos. No copies of photos or usage of photos with no payment is permitted as they are copywritten and I do own the rights to the photos...
You also stated, my name would be mentioned in the books that are completed if the authors use the photography...

I am happy to be your supplier of gorgeous photography which the authors are aware that I am running a business and they would need to pay for the photos for their usage.
http://www.agpress.8m.net/contact_2.html

Does Pillsbury think that the artists and photographers she ripped off would be any more likely than Ms Olson to give away their work for no payment or credit? She isn't just reproducing images on a website, she's using them in a magazine for which she charges $5 a copy.

Even more incredibly, Pearson and Pearson, the law firm whose name and address appears on the first page of The Dark Realm, are


Intellectual Property, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Attorneys
http://www.pearson-pearson.com/index.html

But wait...there's more!

I also asked Pillsbury if she'd obtained permission from Marvel Entertainment to use stills from various X-Men films. After all, she did warn readers that:


Marvel Entertainment owns the mutant characters
please respect their copy-right laws

Her single-sentence reply knocked me for six:


Marvel I have a contract for this and to write Gambit books for free for the kids.

WHAT? Marvel Entertainment, which is probably second only to Disney for the zeal with which it protects its characters, allowed the barely-literate owner of a vanity press to write books 'for the kids' featuring Gambit of the X-Men? Even 'for free'? I found this claim incredible in every sense of the word and brought it to Marvel's attention.

I don't want to fall foul of AW's 'respect your fellow writer' rule, but let's have a look at some of the Amazon blurbs that Pillsbury, as the owner of AG Press, provided for her own books.


Arthyn by Cheryl Pillsbury
Arthyn, son of the Gods sent to preserve the earth from his evil brother; good seed vs. bad seed, a dark witch trying to conquer, will Arthyn succeed and still maintain his purity. A professor, a man who lved him through pictures now has the man hoiw will he handle this?

About the Author
Cheryl, author of several books, famous for her vampires now brings her mystical, magickal series from the Gods and Goddesses, their powers and stories which are endless, start collecting them, you not put them down.

Kathryn by Cheryl Pillsbury
Thrilling romance between the chosen female and a noble vampire which they find love not destruction will their love survive or fall to the slayer?

About the Author
Cheryl Pillsbury'; author of several books brings the third book in her vampiure series with a twist; romance between a human woman and male vampire, will they truly love or fall to the horros of nature?

Nathan: The Chosen by Cheryl Pillsbury

About the Author
Cheryl Pillsbury 51, author of several books brings you her first book in her vampires series. I have a huge passion for vampires, Anne Rice is one I greatly admire. I loive writing stories, placing the reader there and they experience the story for themselves.

(Anne Rice is a vampire. Remember, you read it here first!)

And the mind boggles at a publisher so desperate for reviews they thought this damning-with-faint-praise gem, of Pillsbury's own Amie and the Purple Butterfly, was worth featuring:


The book is full of colorful pictures that are both eye-catching and imaginative. With that said, I must confess that this reader found the book to be lacking in something. When I read the first page and flipped to the next, I had to go back and check to see if a page was missing.. The story did not flow smoothly from one section of passage to the next. The writer s incorrect use of punctuation in several parts of the story made it undesirable for a more seasoned reader with knowledge of such things, but a younger reader would find it quite enjoyable. The pictures alone are enough to capture a young reader s interest and keep it throughout the story. My opinion... Although not exactly perfectly written, Amie and the Purple Butterfly is a cute story of love and friendship filled with colorful artwork and a few vibrantly descriptive passages. In a five star rating system, I would give it a tentative three. –Aretha
http://www.amazon.com/Amie-Purple-Butterfly-ebook/dp/product-description/B002VBWEGO

Can't you just imagine someone from Marvel reading this and thinking "Yep, this is just the person we need to write books about Gambit!"

Incidentally, at first I was puzzled by the choice of Gambit as a central character in a series of children's books. Then I remembered that in the Wolverine:Origins film Gambit was played by Taylor Kitsch, an
actor on whom Pillsbury - if the palpitating poetic and pictorial tributes to him in The Dark Realm are anything to go by - seems to have an industrial-strength crush. It sounds like a weird form of fanfic by proxy, and given that Pillsbury wrote Forever Knight fanfic it probably is.

AG's prices seem to have gone down since the company was launched:


FLAT RATE PACKAGE: $300.00
6 FREE COPIES 12 FREE BOOKMARKS
The pack age includes your Design layout, ISBN, bar code, proof copy, marketing and VIP announcing your book plus a radio spot, preview and review of the book.

All packages include VIP (Victory International Promotions) they will assist you in promoting, marketing your book. If you wish to continue with them, there will be a charge for their services. Check out there prices and deals.

************************************************** ************************

Illustrations: $30 for Black & White $50 for Color 25 for 2x2
Covers: $400 Front $600Wrap
************************************************** ****************************
Editing: $0.010 per word, flate rate
************************************************** ****************************

Logo: $300 Website: $300

$50 fee for editing changes after formatted

$30 proof-reading
$45.00 reviews
http://www.agpress.8m.net/about.html

The Submissions page suggests that AG also accepts books on merit:


Create a story
If you have a story to tell and wish to share it with an audience of imaginations...

Allow 2 weeks for a reply. We will send you an e-mail with further instructions, if we decide to accept the manuscript.
http://www.agpress.8m.net/about_1.html

However, I suspect that AG makes its money by selling dubious "marketing tools":


Transcription: $2.00 per page

Poetry: $25 per poem and words to pages

Author Copies: 40% discount, plus tax and shipping

250 Business Cards: $29.95 (plus tax and shipping)

20 piece Letterhead Set: $39.95 (plus tax and shipping)

Logo Design: $200 (One-third deposit required, plus tax and shipping)

Video Clip $100 plus cost of pictures (plus tax and delivery)

Flyers: $0.05 blk/wht-- $0.10 per flyer

50 4x6 Cards w/cover $25.99 (plus tax and shipping)

Website Design $300.00 (one third down required)

Bookmarks: $75.00 for 100

Promo Package $69.95 (50 Business Cards, 25 4X6 Promo Cards, 20 Bookmarks, 6 copies of

book)
http://www.agpress.8m.net/about_2.html

I get the impression that Pillsbury doesn't know what an advance is:


Author Advances:

The author receives 40% of royalties and AG Press receives 60%. The author receives 40% off the book price when purchasing copies of their own books, plus 6.25% tax and shipping, pending the author's request.
http://www.agpress.8m.net/about_1.html

So, publishing with AG Press could still be a pricey proposition if you want anyone other than your family and friends to know that your book exists. But that's OK because:


We hand-craft our books, the machines we have are computers and printers. We have people that come in and actually fold the pages to the book, clip them and place sticks along the spine. The paper is eco-friendly and it comes from Staples, also the cover stock and laminating sheets...

Each book is someone’s dream, vision, and each one should be treated as such. It may take four to six weeks to finish a simple stack of books but know you are receiving and sharing a product that was made by hand with pride, tender care and love for sharing a story.

Finally, according to the AG Press newsletter one of their forthcoming books is by a fifteen year old. I wonder how much she - or her parents - paid for the privilege of being a published author?

Marian Perera
05-21-2013, 03:55 PM
The editorial reviews for the Purple Butterfly book feature quotes from "Grover", "Charlene", "Shirley", "Aretha" and "Charlene". Yes, her one-liner was repeated.

I checked out another book using the Look Inside feature, and it's a complete mess. This isn't something that can be salvaged with good copyediting alone.


It's hard to conceive, a female doing such a hideous crime, that is why we thought it was a make.


Duncan than went over to his shoulder bag and pulled out two tea leaves to make hot tea for he and Angus to relax and sleep.

Stacia Kane
05-21-2013, 07:04 PM
WHAT? Marvel Entertainment, which is probably second only to Disney for the zeal with which it protects its characters, allowed the barely-literate owner of a vanity press to write books 'for the kids' featuring Gambit of the X-Men? Even 'for free'? I found this claim incredible in every sense of the word and brought it to Marvel's attention.



As of last year(?), Marvel IS Disney. :)

aliceshortcake
05-21-2013, 09:44 PM
As of last year(?), Marvel IS Disney.

Bugger. I was vaguely aware of this but the blind rage caused by copyright theft must have temporarily affected my memory!

QoS, 'Grover' is Cheryl's husband. He very generously provided glowing reviews for several AG Press books.

And poor old Angus and Duncan must be in desperate straits if they're drinking tea made from two tea leaves...

UPDATE: Pillsbury is also the VP/Publisher/Staff Writer of Poetic Monthly:
http://www.poetstage.com/pmissue/Issue81.pdf

The magazine is associated with the website of PublishAmerica poet Martin D White (Pillsbury’s poem Happy Birthday Mr Taylor Kitsch is apparently one of April’s Top 20 Winners).

One of AGP’s many ads in the magazine invites readers to pay $5 for


A new booklet specially written for the authors of the world. A detailed outline guide to help you market, advertise and become a success on selling your book.

Yes, your publisher will market and advertise, but let’s face it, you are the best tool to sell it, you wrote it.http://www.poetstage.com/pmissue/Issue81.

Please, please tell me this isn’t the the Jerry Adams book on successful marketing (itself plagiarized by Roval) referred to by Uncle Jim in posts 365 and 495 of this epic thread:
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/009448.html

But wait...what’s this? On page 40 of Poetic Monthly there’s a Preview from AG Press. Alongside a photo of the scrumptious Mr Taylor Kitsch as Gambit is the legend:


Gambit 5: Simon Says
By: Cheryl Pillsbury
A series created by Cheryl Pillsbury; Gambit created by Marvel Entertainment; respect all copyright laws.
...free except for $3 shipping charge.
http://www.poetstage.com/pmissue/Issue81.pdf

So the “books” Pillsbury referred to in her e-mail are in fact Gambit fanfic stories. I’m so disappointed.

CaoPaux
02-03-2017, 12:05 AM
As of 4/16, site disabled "due to billing issues". Going by Amazon, last book pubbed April as well. Bookstore still up at: http://agpressbookstore.yolasite.com/