As regards PublishAmerica, They say they don't want your money; they offer and inundate you with Bargains, and you never hear from them again.
They make a lot of money because no matter how much your book weighs; whatever bargain they offer you have to buy books to get it, i.e., Book Fairs, Catalog listings, Promises to promote, promote, promote.
Here's the catch: Even if your book of Poetry weighs 3,4, or 5 ounces; every book is shipped at a cost of $3.99 which you have to purchase; then pay for shipping. For example: Your overpriced book, weighs 5ounces. Your offered agents, talent scouts, introductions to traditional publishers, Hollywood movie making, etc., etc.
So you pay for your books: They demand a minimum order and then you are charged $3.99 for each book to be shipped. On their blog it states you can no where find better shipping rates. They are unprofessional, discourteous, promise to post you and your website, etc. [continued below]....
....., etc. and you never find a thing. Most of their most important links are always broken. They are so arrogant as to quote one of their Authors
They will offer to sell YOU Hard Covers to buy but they claim (as documented) that they do not publish hard covers. They are not available for sale or listed for sale. For example: my soft cover has an ISBN on the inside front cover for a Hard Cover. No such Hard Cover exists.
Here is an example of an Author amazed at their cover: Their art department is the only thing of value. Below is from their actual Home page. Why would anyone publish much less advertise such poor grammar. Go PublishAmerica.net and look at the quickly moving Author quotes on the top. I copied directly from their home page but it would not convert.
PublishAmerica Cover Design
i just reviewed the front cover and i gotta say i'm very impressed
I have 573 saved emails from PublishAmerica that come almost daily and often, which are resent if you don't reply. Available to any Journalist. At this time I will provide my name. Lastly on an Author's blog PA responded to complaints of their shipping charges "that you won't find a cheaper way to ship."
I also noticed an ad alongside the website Rip Off Reports that PA is advertising
Why Pay Them to Publish? www.publishamerica.net. We pay you $50 plus royalties!
Let PublishAmerica Show you how. Their slogan: We treat our authors the old fashioned way-we pay them.
Their overpriced books barely sell. I got paid $1.00 (and that is my royalty payment per book).
I got paid $1.00 (and that is my royalty payment per book). Whereas my books through Booksurge/Amazon/Createspace are $6.50 and paid immediately, once a month. Compare that to PA and twice a year. Please consider price v. cost.
CC: Washington Post, MD, Attorney General, and CEDR