The infamous vanity publisher PublishAmerica has joined Twitter! This delights me because while PublishAmerica can (and apparently does) delete all critical comments or difficult questions from its own message board, it doesn’t have the same power on Twitter; and while it can block people from following it there (and yes, it’s already blocked me: I twitter as HPRW) it can’t prevent the people it blocks from reading its tweets via a simple search.
If you twitter too and would like to help inform people of the truth about PublishAmerica, here are a few preformed tweets for you. All you have to do is copy-and-paste them into your tweet-box exactly as they are, and send them into the twitterverse. Here we go:
“Traditional” (commercial) publishers don’t ask their authors to buy their own books. #PublishAmerica does.
#PublishAmerica on Writer Beware’s “Two Thumbs down” list of publishers to avoid: http://bit.ly/2DUZ63 Please retweet!
#PublishAmerica should name bookstores which are buying its books + give titles too. Otherwise, PA is promoting PA and not its books. Right?
@PublishAmerica wrote, “203 new authors knocked on our door today”: how many PA authors have to buy their own books to make any sales?
@PublishAmerica, you claim to be “america’s number one book publisher”: what’s your authors’ average royalty payment? How many get $0.00?
@PublishAmerica, you claim to be “america’s number one book publisher”: how many copies do each of your titles sell, on average?
@PublishAmerica, you claim to be “america’s number one book publisher”: how many PA books have reached the New York Times Best Seller list?
@PublishAmerica: how many sales make a bestselling #PublishAmerica book? And how many of those copies does the author pay for?
Anyone considering submitting to #PublishAmerica read this first: http://bit.ly/LULLc Please retweet!
Anyone want to know more about #PublishAmerica? Read “Bewares and Background Checks” at the AbsoluteWrite.com forum.
Are your #PublishAmerica royalty statements wrong? Contact the Maryland Attorney General. Please retweet!
Atlanta Nights by Travis Tea: deliberately terrible, #PublishAmerica still offered to publish despite claims to select the best. Please RT!
Before signing with #PublishAmerica, go to book store and ask if they stock PA books. If not, ask why, and LISTEN CAREFULLY.
Check out AbsoluteWrite.com forum, “Bewares and Background Checks”. #PublishAmerica has its own section due to hundreds of complaints.
Check out how #PublishAmerica talks to its authors on the PA message board: http://bit.ly/1sMEwt
Considering submitting to #PublishAmerica? Google “Atlanta Nights” by Travis Tea, and “Crack of Death” by Sharla Tann. Please retweet!
Crack of Death by Sharla Tann: deliberately awful, and still #PublishAmerica offered to publish it. Please retweet!
Look here for accurate info about #PublishAmerica from professional writers and editors. http://bit.ly/1wRmoK
RT @HPRW How Publishing Really Works: PublishAmerica Twitters! http://bit.ly/ga2Qdb
RT @LJHatton: How #publishamerica treats authors who question PA’s service. http://tinyurl.com/o6z98m Professionals DO NOT act this way.
RT: @P_N_Elrod: How PublishAmerica deals with its writers: http://bit.ly/11niR4
RT: @P_N_Elrod: How PublishAmerica editors deal with the books: http://bit.ly/p3nm3
RT: @P_N_Elrod: With Publishamerica accepting SO MANY new writers each week, [they can't] possibly give each a proper edit.
This from a pro editor: RT: @skyladawn: At the risk of being blasted…if you’re a #PublishAmerica author, just don’t query me. Please.
Try to find a story of someone being successfully published by #PublishAmerica. Let me know if you find one.
Vanity publishers make most of their money from their authors, not from readers. Guess where #PublishAmerica makes most of its money from?
What #PublishAmerica authors have to do to get booksignings: http://bit.ly/f8GDf Please retweet!
What professional writers, editors and agents say about #PublishAmerica: http://bit.ly/YAa2A Please retweet!
Why does #PublishAmerica ignore its authors questions on PA messageboard and delete all those which show PA in a bad light?
I’m sure there are plenty more that you can think of, but make sure that you don’t get yourself into trouble: don’t make any libellous comments, or confront or upset any of the authors who have already signed up with PublishAmerica: it won’t help, and it could cause hurt and harm. Remember to include a #PublishAmerica hashtag in your tweets, and do copy them into the comments section below so that we can all use them if we want to.
Edited to add: I’ve added lots more more useful tweets to the list (with the permission of the original twitterers, obviously) so you now have more to choose from. PublishAmerica has now started to block people from following them, and has hidden its tweets from anyone but those following it; but all that does is stop its efforts to use Twitter to publicise its business, while “our” tweets will remain visible to all who search for PublishAmerica.