First there was the PublishAmerica scam, now comes another vanity press masquerading as a publisher. I got this email from a reader here:
Hi All, I was just ready to submit my novel (which took about 8
years to write) to PA. Boy, glad I did some reasearch first, Whew!
Any ideas/comments about www.american-book.com before I submit?
So I checked the site out. The company is called American Book Publishing. They proudly proclaim:
We don’t abide by today’s conventional book publishers’ wisdom. We don’t conduct
business as usual, at least not in book publishing.
They certainly don’t. In their author submission guidelines, they say:
We provide our authors all the professional services of editors, book designers, and book publicists to ensure their success.
In other words, you ARE A CUSTOMER.
We may issue publishing contracts with offers of financial advances to authors who have been published and have already established their popularity.
Conventional publishers don’t work that way. When they say "we may issue publishing contracts with offers of financial advances," it means that their standard practice is that they don’t. But they will kindly make an exception if they can trade on your good name. How thoughtful of them.
We may issue publishing contracts to professional writers who have become accomplished in their writing career and the contract may neither offer an advance or request a deposit.
A deposit??? This should be your big, fat tip-off that this is a vanity press eager to take advantage of your desperation to be published. But just in case you missed that subtle clue, they go on to say…
We may issue publishing contracts to talented writers who have not been published before or become accomplished in their writing career, and this contract may request a one-time deposit of $780 that is returned to the author the first quarter after the book has been formally released.
Publishers pay you, you don’t pay them. Don’t let your desperation to be published blind you into throwing your money away on a vanity press trying to pass itself off as something else. Open your eyes!
If you want to be self-published, at least go to a company like iUniverse that doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t.