With all the worthwhile information that is out there in spades regarding the shonky dealings of Publish America, why do people still fall for their schtick? For those of you who were unfortunate enough to become ensnared by them, what was it that made you think they were on the up and up, or that publishing with them was a good idea? Was it a particular marketing campaign, the information against them wasn't available at the time, they seemed genuine, *insert any other reason here*.

I already try to warn as many of my aspiring writer friends as possible about going the PA route. I just figured if former PA authors, or those trying to break free of PA, could have a thread where they could be honest and open about the mistakes they made, and why, it might help newbies to avoid the same sorts of pitfalls.