More PublishAmerica Horror Stories
You can read a press release called "PublishAmerica -- An Author's Nightmare" here
. This was written by an author from the UK who found soon found himself disgusted and disappointed in his PA experience.
Also, be sure to read "Publish Anything: The Saga of a PublishAmerica Author" at www.articlecity.com/articles/writing/article_314.shtml
. I think the saddest part is her experience with the author who introduced her to PA. She had corresponded with this author for a couple of years, but when she didn't review that author's PA book on Amazon and B&N, the author stopped e-mailing her (except to try to get her to buy her next book). Also telling is the author's experience with e-publishers eNovel (once home of one of the worst contracts I have ever seen) and DiskUs. The parts about PA and editing (or the lack thereof) and about trying to get a PA book reviewed should serve as a warning to all aspiring writers who are tempted to try that route. BTW her novel got a great review from Piers Anthony.
Speaking of Piers Anthony
Piers Anthony has a page on Internet Publishing (available at www.hipiers.com/publishing.html
that lists oodles of e-zine and e-book and POD publishers. It lists everybody from royalty-based publishers to vanity presses, with everything in between. Entries include with both pluses and minuses, and some include warnings sent in from writers who were screwed. It's no Predators and Editors as Piers Anthony has no objection to fee-based publishing. But it's always nice to have another source of information, and he keeps track of things like how the publishers or the editors work with their writers.