Friday, November 25, 2005

The Poor Aftermath of Publishamerica

These poor people keep reviewing each other's latest vanity press book. POD novels are even more hopeless than travel essays. Here's the deal: if you send your manuscript to a real publisher and they accept it, then you get legitimate reviews down the line. That's not what this is. This, is a continual middle America circle jerk. It's completely sad. These companies like Zumaya and the like just aren't legitimate in the publishing world and everyone knows it but Kansas and Michigan apparently. The idea that you just go out and become a PA-style small press only without the deception factor, and only publish your friends and family is completely delusional. Self-deluded indeed. This is STILL not published or ready for primetime.


Blogger The Late Mitchell Warren said...

What about Mundania Press and similar publishers, who deal with authors directly without agents, but who are still receommended by P & E?

8:15 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

That's not a legitimate press anymore than Behler, Winterwolf and the rest the POD clones are. Not being a total crook doesn't negate a healthy 'stay away' for your career's sake. These aren't real publishing credits.

Have you seen who Dave Kuzminski publishes with? I mean he has no choice but legal doesn't mean should.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Yeah, check out the contract Mitchell. 15 percent on the NET. It's POD that's "returnable." Price based on length. There ae all PA style things with a 2 year contract and exclusive rights.


This is far from real publishing in my view.

9:02 AM  

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