Saturday, January 15, 2011

PubliSHAMErica: Your Book in Publishers Weekly

For those of you who missed my investigative report, I already covered the issue of book reviews. I write national columns which are read by approximately 20 million readers every month. I contacted PublishAmerica about reviewing their books and interviewing their authors. This was a big break for some of their authors. I noted that their books are not reviewed and I now know why. After wasting my time for over a week, sending me press releases written by their own authors, me taking the time to sift through them and choosing books of interest, PublishAmerica only wanted to SELL me review copies. I laughed and said no thanks. I highly doubt that anyone from Publishers Weekly asked to do reviews and I have left an inquiry with them to verify this story.



Dear author:

Publishers Weekly, the industry's number one magazine, wants to review PublishAmerica books. Let us know that you want Publishers Weekly to see your book.

While attending the American Library Association mid-winter expo in San Diego
earlier this week, a Publishers Weekly (PW) representative contacted us. She
asked PublishAmerica to submit books for their review. This we will certainly do!

Publishers Weekly is an influential magazine, read by everybody who is somebody in book publishing. Their weekly bestsellers list rivals the New York Times bestsellers list in terms of impact. Of the roughly half a million new books that were published last year, only 648 made it to PW's weekly top-15 charts. Many of those bestsellers had first received a review in Publishers Weekly.

Go to www.publishamerica.net/PWreview.html., and instruct us to submit your book to Publishers Weekly. In the Ordering Instructions box be sure to mention your name and the title of your book. If your book has not yet been released, add "Pre-release". No use of coupons allowed on this offer. You must choose a shipping option to activate.


Thank you,
--PublishAmerica Bookstore

PS: Also active, our spectacular HollEwood package: www.publishamerica.net/HollEwood.html. See our earlier message today.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If any authors pay PA money for any of these gimmick offers that promise much and deliver nothing then they most certainly deserve the loss of their money.

PA doesn't try to sell books they are selling snake-oil to their own authors.

Phil

Rev. Sinthyia said...

especially when there are so many websites out there that now warn potential authors... there is no excuse not to do your research before you sign.

DAWSR said...

Yep, they almost got me too. I was sent a contract from them after weeks them trying to disillusion me. They told me they would give me a $50.00 cash advance after I signed the contract. I did more research on their company and found that I could get up to $1000 so I asked them for 4900 and I would sign it. I have not heard back from them in any way shape fashion or form. They are scammers like everyone says! Stay away from Rubbish America! Sorry Emily good try though maybe your next prey! DWSR

DAWSR said...

Yep, they almost got me too. I was sent a contract from them after weeks them trying to disillusion me. They told me they would give me a $50 cash advance after I signed the contract. I did more research on their company and found that I could get up to $1000 so I asked them for $900 and I would sign it. I have not heard back from them in any way shape fashion or form. they are scammers like everyone says! Stay away from Rubbish America! DWSR