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TinaTrivett
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0 posted 09-10-2009 10:45 AM       View Profile for TinaTrivett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TinaTrivett

Sorry, deleted this thread. Was just trying to help out. See you around. thanks.

[This message has been edited by TinaTrivett (09-11-2009 07:20 PM).]

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1 posted 09-10-2009 12:56 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thanks for the input, Tina. I have successfully worked with PA, and have not experienced anything by which to complain about. However, everyone has a different experience.
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2 posted 09-10-2009 01:46 PM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Grinch

If you simply want to see your words in print and purchase a few copies of your book for family and friends there's nothing wrong with using a vanity publisher like PA. I wouldn't recommend PA though; there are better print on demand vanity publishers around that don't pretend to be a proper publishing house and almost all of them are less expensive than PA. Lulu seems to get good reviews in that regard.

If however you have aspirations of becoming a recognised author vanity publishing isn't the way to go. If you want to be a real published author you need to be published by a real publisher. The publishing industry sees vanity published authors as third class citizens behind previously published writers and even un-published writers and will often reject any submissions from an author who has previously gone down the vanity-publishing road.

If you can't find a real publisher who's interested in taking on your work it's probably a good sign that it isn't marketable. If you think they are wrong, and J K Rawling is evidence that they do get things wrong, then the next best thing is self-publishing - that route isn't for the faint-hearted though. You carry all the print costs normally picked up by a publisher and have to undertake all the marketing yourself too. The upside is that if your book takes off you'll be beating publishers, and their offers of a lucrative contract, off with a stick - if it fails however you'll be several thousand pounds poorer.

It's horses for courses. If you simply want the gratification of holding a book with your name on it go for vanity publishing. If you want to be a published writer it should be the last option you consider.

Just my opinion.

  
TinaTrivett
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3 posted 09-10-2009 02:20 PM       View Profile for TinaTrivett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TinaTrivett

Thanks sunshine. Glad to hear you had an agreeable experience with them.

Sadly, there are so many who don't.
Grinch
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4 posted 09-12-2009 07:54 AM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Grinch


Tina,

I'm curious.

Why have you decided to delete your original comment?

There certainly wasn't anything inherently wrong in pointing out the obvious faults and failings of PublishAmerica. In fact I'd go as far as to say that your observations and comments were extremely helpful to anyone considering vanity publishing and the pitfalls involved, especially where that company is concerned.

I haven't seen or read any negative feedback to your post so why the sudden change of heart?

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5 posted 09-12-2009 02:48 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Tina,

I read your post yesterday and was hoping to follow the link this morning. If it is not too much trouble, could you drop it in the mail to me.  Like Grinch, I am curious as to why you deleted this.  It seemed like a well-intentioned post to me.  I believe we should all keep our minds open to the positive and negative of situations.

Thank you for posting it in the first place for caring as you do.

xoxoxo
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6 posted 09-12-2009 03:48 PM       View Profile for Grinch   Email Grinch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Grinch

http://www.wizardessbooks.com/html/PA_stories.htm

 
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