I got this email today:
Hello Lee! I just received a contract from PA today! I was wondering if I sent
you my query if maybe you knew of someone more reputable who would be interested
in my work?
People this dumb deserve PublishAmerica. And Dr. Laura. Here’s how I replied:
reputable, why would you bother submitting your book to them? Why would you care
if they sent you a contract or not? It’s junk mail. And why would you ask me to
find a publisher for you?
it’s up to you. Or your agent. I’m an author. My job is selling MY books.
the spines of the books on the shelf. Jot the down the name and address of the
publisher (which you can find on the copyright page). Look them up in the
Writers Market. Look at their web site. Do a Google search for articles and
discussions about them. C’mon, Alisha! Make an effort!
UPDATE: I have some doubts about whether the email was "real" or not, but I did get a reply from the author today:
Okay, okay! Sorry to have bothered you. Please keep in mind that this is the
first book I have ever written, and, obviously, I am not real knowledgeable on
getting it published. By the way, I did not submit my manuscript to Publish
America knowing that they were not reputable. I did, however, have the common
sense to do a search before signing the contract. Thank you for your time.