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Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:21 pm
by pls
Can you say, "desperate"? Looks as if Simon & Schuster is grasping at any straws they can before they go under:

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2012 ... f-writers/

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:42 pm
by Elibet1
Thanks for sharing this Paul. I made the decision long ago never to self-publish using any of these scam businesses. I'm shocked at Simon and Schuster joining forces with these sharks, but Penguin not so much. :mrgreen:

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:25 pm
by updog
I saw that yesterday and just shook my head. This is clearly vanity publishing, and the really sad thing is a lot of desperate people will fall for it.

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:16 pm
by shadowwalker
Aside from paying little attention to Gaughran or his opinions - what about Abbott Press? Or are you similarly disgusted with WD?

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:25 pm
by updog
Here's another link about this from Writer Beware, a source I definitely respect.

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:11 pm
by shadowwalker
Yeah, I'm definitely not going to say this is a good thing - I just found it ironic on this forum. It's not like S&S is unique in going this route, or even that it's a sign of 'desperation'. Just another method of bringing in revenue, which any savvy business will do. Smart writers will do their homework and not get suckered into this or any other questionable venture.

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:00 pm
by rosebud
Thanks for the insight folks. A former co-worker of mine went through Xlibris. I tried to warn him about it back then because I had a bad feeling about it. Now I know and understand the unscrupulous connections that are brewing with shady publishers and the formerly noteworthy ones. Glad you took the time to share this information.

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:14 am
by shadowwalker

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:26 am
by TerryRodgers

Re: Respectable publisher joins forces with scammer

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:29 am
by shadowwalker
Print books have been in existence for centuries. I doubt very much that ebooks will 'destroy' them, any more than the computer destroyed paper. And while Amazon may show their sales are 50%, I keep reminding myself that Amazon is not the only bookseller in the world. I know many people who buy ebooks and then purchase print copies of the ones they especially enjoy. So no, not buying into the demise idea at all.