For Those of You Who Are Wondering Why Someone Might Want to Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

Here is an example of the sort of solicitation PublishAmerica authors receive daily (if not more often).

http://www.publishamerica.com/

Dear author:

For authors with multiple titles only!

The March Madness Multi-title option is here!

We're offering two of our most popular services for ALL of your books, for one low price!

Your own Literary Agent

+

Direct Book Distribution

combo package

for ALL of your books

That's right, ALL your books, one low price, two high exposure services!

**Go to www.publishamerica.net/MarchMadMulti

to activate this super combo deal for only $179.

Direct Book Distribution: Bookstores that use Direct Distribution receive a bookstore discount of up to 55 pct, which is more than 10 times than what they may get elsewhere. And the books they order to carry are returnable . This means that the bookstore can return unsold copies to PublishAmerica's direct distribution center.

Our March Madness Multi-title option will add ALL your books to our Direct Distribution system. Your local bookstore will love it. In fact, we'll get on the phone right away to negotiate the bookstore's first next order of of any one, or all, or your books! They will also keep their Ingram option. PublishAmerica books are non-returnable through Ingram.

PLUS

Your own Literary Agent for ALL your books:

We'll shop ALL of your books around the industry! Our literary agency department takes their job very seriously. Last year they submitted PublishAmerica books to publishers all over the nation and the world. We'll contact publishers and urge them to take a serious, close look at every one of your books for a possible transfer of publication rights. We'll let them know that should they be interested, we'll clear the path and transfer the rights to them smoothly!

The average agented book was introduced to 15 other publishers in 2012. The vast majority of these are U.S. publishers, some really big; twenty percent is foreign, including countries as far away as Germany, South Africa, Australia, India, and Spain.

** Go to www.publishamerica.net/MarchMadMulti to activate today! You will be contacted within 48 business hours by our Special Services Department so we can begin working for your ALL of your books in earnest!

Must choose a shipping option to activate. No use of coupons is allowed.

Include ALL of your books today!

Thank you,
--PublishAmerica Special Services Team

3 comments to For Those of You Who Are Wondering Why Someone Might Want to Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against PublishAmerica

  • dontpublishwithamerica

    I can’t understand why this company has not been ran off the map! I feel stupid every time I think about how I did not look them up better before sighing with them! I have been trying to get out of it since I got the crap job of a book they sent me! Same old story every author has dealt with from them so I wont go over that part. But after asking to get out over and over I got an email from them and let me tell you less then professional! Here is what they sent me! What I would like to do is get in on the lawsuit and take down this monster!

    Dear removing my name here:

    Please do not make up nonsense and send it to us. This will be the
    last time that we will refute false statements from you. If you have
    any complaint that is true, please let us know. Read carefully:

    >>I am writing because I see my novel is no longer on the website

    No, that is false. A simple search on your last name caused your book
    to pop right up:

    http://www.publishamerica.net/product17783.html

    >>have had none of the questions I have asked answer after
    >>going through the publishing steps of the book.

    No, that is false. As you know, you made exactly foUr inquiries.
    Three were made in 2009, and one in 2010. As you know, all were answered.

    >>I Don’t feel Publish America has my novels best interests at heart there
    >>for I would like you to stop selling my novel and being my publisher.

    Your request is denied, until you adequately answer the following
    question. What makes you think that?

    PublishAmerica Support
    http://publishamerica.com/support/

    Follow us on Twitter at @PublishAmerica!
    Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PublishAmerica We have
    17,500 Likes!

    >> >On Wed Jun 26 14:21:13 2013,
    >> >FirstName =
    >> >LastName =
    >> >Book_Title = Foolish
    >> >ShippingState =
    >> >submit_by =
    >> >PAAuthor = yes
    >> >Month = December
    >> >Year = 2009
    >> >inquiry_type = support@publishamerica.com|Order Status
    >> >Inquiry|order_inquiry.txt
    >> >Desc_Of_Problem = I don’t even see my novel on this site any more. I
    >> >have had none of the questions I have asked answer after going through
    >> >the publishing steps of the book.
    >> >I am writing because I see my novel is no longer on the website and I
    >> >Don’t feel Publish America has my novels best interests at heart there
    >> >for I would like you to stop selling my novel and being my publisher.
    >> >I know you only hold rights so long and I need to write in to end them
    >> >else they will just renew. There for I am writing in now to say I no
    >> >longer wish to work with Publish America I thank them for what they
    >> >have done but it is not enough for me. And I would like to hear back
    >> >from someone this time! If it is possible to end dealings with Publish
    >> >America sooner then that is what I would like to do.
    >> >
    >> >Thank you,
    >> >Author
    >> >Date 06-26-2013
    >==================================================
    >>From:
    >>To: PublishAmerica Acquisitions
    >>Subject: Contract issues
    >>Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:17:18 -0700
    >>
    >>
    >>I would like to end my contract with Publish America. I have heard
    >>nothing back from them since my book went to print, I do not feel
    >>they have my books best interest at heart and there for I don’t
    >>want them to have any dealings with my Novel Foolish. I know they
    >>said if I did not say I would not like them to renew my dealings
    >>with them I needed to put it into writing otherwise it would renew
    >>after set amount of time. So I am writing to say I no longer wish
    >>to work with Publish America. Also if I can end it sooner I would
    >>like to, I thank them for their time but I feel my novel would be
    >>better suited else where.
    >>
    >>Thank you Author

  • Typos in their own advertising… kinda says it all, doesn’t it? And coupons? They’re offering coupons to their writer-customers now? And offering them their own literary agent to find publication for them elsewhere? Where’s the rolling-on-the-floor-laughing smiley?

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Just…wow.

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