Complaint Review: Publish America
Publish America American Star Books Publishing Hoax, Rip-Off Baltimore Maryland
Publish America, which is now known as American Star Books has published my work incorrectly (despite the claim at the front of the book claiming they did not change a word of what I submitted), then asked me to pay to have them fix it.
They have not helped me at all in the sales of my books, send misleading emails claiming to help with the promotions should I pay excessive amounts for their time to do so, and continually tell me that I cannot own my own work once the contract expires though it is my work and not theirs.
I have found many places online where my book has been made available via PDF, which is a contract breach. Publish America will do nothing about it. I find many book sellers that claim they have my books in stock, which means they are physically at their store, and I have not been paid royalties for those books.
Upon trying to contact Publish America, I got nothing but immature, non-professional all-caps emails telling me to basically go to hell and I am the immature individual who needs to "grow up" and let them do whatever they want. I have kept all email communication with the said company and anyone who reads it will understand that it is they not me who have behaved inexcusably.
Publish America continues as America Star Books, completely removing all contact information from their site, making it impossible to contact them except through a format link that provides only the ability to send communication without a guarantee it will get there, and if by some miracle it does, does not indicate you will have the ability to receive anything back.
Publish America is a scam which all writers must avoid. Most authors have used them because publishing companies are so hard to get into without an agent, and it is near to impossible to get an agent unless you are either rich or famous. I used Publish America because I essentially wanted my books on the shelf and out of the way. Still, having them listed as my publishing company does ruin any potential for a future career as a writer, as their name which has been reported all over the internet is associated with a rip-off company that does nothing but overcharge authors for books that can barely last one reading without falling apart.
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