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The Newer Never-Ending PublishAmerica / America Star Books Thread

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Today's scam, for those who are keeping count, was a flat 45% discount off my book and free shipping. Now, mind you, noone else will see that discount if THEY wanted to buy my book. This is a discount for me, just for me. Presumably because I'm just so special.

By God, they love me. They really, really love me.
 

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Today's scam, for those who are keeping count, was a flat 45% discount off my book and free shipping. Now, mind you, noone else will see that discount if THEY wanted to buy my book. This is a discount for me, just for me. Presumably because I'm just so special.

By God, they love me. They really, really love me.

As long as your credit card clears.

ETA: Welcome! I'm not sure I've said hello and welcome yet. :welcome:
 

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Yep, its true, I got the very same e-mail today as well for the 45% discount and free shipping. Sorry Kenneth, I guess that means I'm special too. LOL!

Also, I don't know if I posted a while ago that PA had sent me an e-mail saying "Surprise!" we're sending you a free copy of your book to reward you for all the hard work you put in to it. That was almost two months ago.

Low and behold, guess what? My book actually showed up on Wednesday delivered by UPS. They actually kept their word on something. I was shocked! Wonders never cease. :Shrug:

Thought you guys might get a kick out of that. LOL!
 

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I actually never heard of them before stumbling across this thread. When I visited the website it looked like a scam to me.
 

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Does any Koolaid-free person on the face of the Earth believe that PublishAmerica is actually sending anything to Walmart, Oprah, or Afghanistan? Unverifiable lunacy meant to separate their poor writers from their money.

Wake up and smell the Stockholm Syndrome, PA victims.

I've wondered at this as well. There is no real way to verify that it went to any soldiers, Oprah, or Hollywood. Why would they spend the money on actually printing the free books and shipping them when they can keep the money and tell the authors they did it? Especially considering some of the facts, like many Hollywood people won't accept unsolicited manuscripts for legal reasons, Oprah specifically says she doesn't accept them, and as someone else already pointed out no books would reach the troops in time for Christmas anyway as they've missed the deadline.

My guess is the same as yours...with no way to verify (with the bookstore didn't they let the author choose the bookstore?) why would they do it at all? I actually wish there was some way to find out whether or not they were following through, because if they were lying about it, wouldn't that qualify as false advertisement or something?
 

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Must have been a slow week at PA. Only 5 titles in the Dec14-20 section. (And yet 2 of the covers are just basically colored backgrounds without major objects.)
 

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Was on Facebook today and I thought I'd take a look at PA's Wall... lots of *head/desk* moments there.

So far all the negative information I have read from as far back as 2003 makes no sense. The fact they are still in business is amazing with the negatives that are out there. I suspect some jealousy from other publishers not getting their big fat fees off the backs of the authors. So, either pay $8k and get 10 free books and some marketing or get your book published free, market yourself...the success of the book is not up to PA...it is up to the author...it is always up to the author untili they are a household name in authoring books.

I can't afford it either. I feel like I was the worst person to get a book published because I can't afford copies for book signings or anything.

All I am saying is if you want this bad enough, you can figure out a way to make it work. $700 is better than asking people for $7k other publishers wanted to publish the same book PA is publishing. Plus those same publishers also charged for the books, charged large amounts for shipping etc. I have researched this extensively and been to every publisher in the country & PA is offering the best deal still to get started.

Hi, I'm new to Publish America. Let me say that after months of trying and either not getting a response, many "you're not what we're looking for", and nearly getting taken in by a few scams, I can't believe I actually found a place where my dream might come true.

I took my book [title removed] to my local bookstore "Borders" and they refused it due to it being a "Pirint on Demand." My book is on the Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other websites, but it says "not available at this time, sign up to be notified when it becomes available. I just recently had PA ship books to Rainy Day Books and Barnes and Noble here in Kansas City, but I am afraid they might refuse them due to being "Print on Demand."
(This person apparently had her books shipped to Ellen Degeneres, Kevin Costner, Mariska Hargitay, and Oprah, too...)

I want to know how to get publish america to refund my money that I spent on pre-ordered books AND getting released out of my contract with them so I can send my book to a REAL publisher who doesn't try to sell MY book to ME, the author? I have e-mailed PA about my book order on many occasions but I've gotten no resp...onse, and when i did, it was an automated response. I'm sick and tired of this and I think my book is better than some POD or vanity press that only is interested in selling my own work to me. I wrote the book for goodness sake, why do I want to read my own book?

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Was on Facebook today and I thought I'd take a look at PA's Wall... lots of *head/desk* moments there.

If it helps at all, there are a few people trying to combat some of the misinformation. :) At least the guy who claimed PA was offering newbies the best deal in the industry seems to have clammed up for now.
 

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It's a new week which means it's time for a new PA deal:
Dear Author:

PublishAmerica will put your book in your local Starbucks!

Guess where your fellow PublishAmerica author <name removed> was signing books this past weekend? In his local Starbucks! For two hours he sat there signing copies of <title removed> in Wylie, Texas. No word on whether his latte was free :).

PublishAmerica will donate your book to Starbucks. As many copies as you determine. If you are a regular, you have seen books, and CDs, and the New York Times in your local Starbucks. Your book's next! Starbucks customers famously have money to spend. If not, they wouldn't fork over five bucks for a cup of coffee.

We're not waiting for Starbucks to order your book. We're donating it to them, as many copies as you choose. They may put up your book for sale any way they want, highlighting you as a local author.

Here's how we do it:

If you want to have books on hand, you may now order any number of books
you need, and PublishAmerica will match the order. We will donate the
exact same number of books to your local Starbucks store. We won't
even charge Starbucks for the shipping!
And you receive a 40 pct discount!

Example: you order 20 copies, we print 40. We ship your 20 copies to you, and the same day we ship an additional 20 books to your local Starbucks, for FREE.


Go to www.publishamerica.net, find your book, click on it, then add to cart, indicate quantity, and use this coupon: Starbucks40. Then click Recalculate and finish the transaction. Minimum volume is 12 copies.
Want fewer books? Then use this coupon: Starbucks30. No minimum volume requirement here. This will give you a discount of 30 pct, and we'll still donate as many books to Starbucks as you order for yourself.

In the Ordering Instructions field, be sure to indicate the address of your
local Starbucks store. We will ship your books there the same day
we ship your order to you. By using the coupon you are authorizing us to
match your order and donate the books. You may also request that we ship
the FREE books to you instead.
Want us to alert your local media? Write "Media Yes", and we'll contact you
for newspaper addresses so we can tell them your book is off to Starbucks.
Also let us know if you want us to inform The New York Times Review of Books!


U.S. Starbucks stores only. Full-color and hardcovers excluded. Offer expires this weekend on Sunday night.

Thank you,
PublishAmerica Author Support Team

You would think they would've thought of Starbucks before Oprah, Hollywood and Afghanistan.
 

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I'm waiting for them to suggest donating the free books to a funeral home so you can sign them (with help from surviving kin) before you're buried.
 

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This is so sad because there WILL be people who think it's a great idea.

None of them will be managing a Starbucks, though.

PA left out the bit about "clear this with the store first".

And how nice they're not charging Starbucks for the shipping. I suppose that will be part of the writer's promote-promote-promote mantra when he gets stuck for the bill.

So the writer sat there for two hours signing books.

Did he actually SELL any? Who keeps the book money? Starbucks?

I can see they'd be a better venue than a bookstore for PA titles since they have customers buying coffee and might make a fiver off the poor writer.

I can see that this is a great gimmick for PA writers to just buy their own copies and not try selling at 'Bucks.

There's always the trunk of the car in the parking lot.

Again--what the hell are they smoking at PA and where can I get some?

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These are really starting to sound like joke emails now.
I was going to say MadLibs. Take out the name of the studio/celebrity/chain store/coffee house and substitute another one. I've worked with email templates and they save valuable minutes, especially for an outfit like PA that doesn't want to pay their employees any more than they need to.
 

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Does any Koolaid-free person on the face of the Earth believe that PublishAmerica is actually sending anything to Walmart, Oprah, or Afghanistan?

Sure. I believe it. What I doubt is that Walmart, Oprah, or Afghanistan are going to do anything with the books when they get them. Oprah's constantly deluged with real books from real publicists. Walmart already has procedures for getting books into their stores, and PA isn't doing what that takes. Afghanistan? I have no idea, but I suspect that random boxes of crappy-looking books aren't going to be high on anyone's list of transport priorities.

I think most of those books will wind up being dumped or recycled. Same thing goes for books shipped to Starbucks. It's the busy holiday season. Why would they want to use up table space on book signings? And believe me, their retail display space is already spoken for.

PA is offering their authors the chance to buy a bunch of copies that will essentially be thrown away. PA doesn't care. They make their profit when the author buys the books. It doesn't matter to them what happens afterward.
 
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One other thing: it's the middle of December. If those books shipped today, they'd still get hopelessly stuck in the holiday mail jam.

Maybe PA's thought about that, and is timing these offers to give themselves an excuse for the cartons never showing up.