Publish America

As some of you may know I’m a bit of a writer. I already have two WIPs (works in progress) that are complete and awaiting various editing phases. I also have a plethora of works in progress that are on going at the moment but I want to talk about Publish America (aka PA).

I’m part of a writing forum called AW (Absolute Writer) and the consensus there, despite PA’s claims, is that PA is a pay to play publisher – more accurately it’s a vanity publisher and a bad one. They’ve been sued several times by people who have been scammed by them from what I understand. If you look around, even the BBB in Maryland (where they operate) has many complaints about them.

Maryland BBB

To Quote the BBB:

Based on BBB files, this business has a BBB Rating of F on a scale from A+ to F.

Reasons for this rating include:
Failure to honor commitment to arbitrate or mediate disputes.
103 complaints filed against business
2 complaints filed against business that were not resolved.

And:

BBB processed a total of 103 complaints about this company in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period. Of the total of 103 complaints closed in 36 months, 63 were closed in the last year.

These complaints concerned :
7 regarding Billing or Collection Issues
49 regarding Contract Issues
10 regarding Customer Service Issues
13 regarding Delivery Issues
8 regarding Product Issues
2 regarding Refund or Exchange Issues
3 regarding Sales Practice Issues
11 regarding Service Issues

These complaints were closed as:
57 Resolved
2 Unresolved
44 Administratively Closed

Then the owner or supposed owner of PA (current) Miranda Prather has this in the Wiki files about her:

Miranda Prather is an American woman who gained national attention in July 1997 after police arrested her for faking a hate crime. A lesbian, Prather was a graduate assistant and president of the campus gay and lesbian support group at Eastern New Mexico University.

Is this seriously a company that any author wants to get involved with? They are worse than a vanity, pay to play publisher. They treat their “authors” like customers and their customers like crap. There is no level they don’t seem to stoop to in the way they treat people. It’s pretty amazingly disheartening to watch authors be treated to “Nonsense, stop the crap” when asking for simple feedback on a question in the PA forums and in email. They have consistently sold their authors their own books, degraded the level of quality compared to pricing of those books and have even claimed they put their books on the shelf in the past but never delivered.

They hold your book “ransom” for 7 years, rarely ever releasing it before hand at request of the author. I know it’s hard to get an agent, to get a publisher. It can be infuriatingly frustrating but I promise you this – PA isn’t looking for your work except to exploit it and you as an author. Please don’t get taken in by these alleged scam artists. It’s not worth the heartache or the headache. Value yourself, your work and the time and effort you’ve put into it. Rejections from real publishers and agents are not personal, they are just the journey to the ultimate goal – being legitimately published.

I want to add that ripoff report has 44 reports on Publish America in their ripoffs complaints database. That’s 3 pages so far – PA Ripoff Reports

Then there is the Atlantis Nights fiasco that had PA out themselves a few years ago. The official website is called Travis Tea : Atlantis Nights

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