I have nothing against publishers or anybody else making an honest profit, either. In fact, the publishing industry needs to be a profitable one, if writers want to be published and the public wants to read books.James D. Macdonald said:Let's make one thing clear: I'm not against publishers making money.
But I like to see people earn their profit, by providing a service that benefits other people.
PA makes its profits through deception. It claims to be a 'traditional' publisher, and not a vanity publisher. Yet it makes its money from selling books to its authors, and to the authors' friends and family - not to the public. Nobody but PA benefits.
Thanks to PA's deception, I ended up paying more than if I'd gone with a real vanity publisher. But the fact is, I didn't want a vanity publisher. I never would have wanted a vanity publisher. Having a dead book that friends and relatives bought at an embarrassingly high price was not my idea of being published.
I hate it and I cringe when I realise that my money, and the money of my friends and family, has gone to line the pockets of PA. Because all I gained from the exercise was the loss of my book for seven years, wasted money, more anger than I've felt for decades, and a load of frustration, shame, impotence, and disgust.
I hope that this thread will stop a few others from ever being duped by PA's lies.