There’s a new twist in publishing lore that involves a group of science fiction authors and nonauthors and the infamous publishing house, Publish America (PA), and chronicled by Critters Workshop, the on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers. Now, Publish America promotes itself as a legitimate publisher in the manner of the traditional publishers and insists it is not a vanity press despite the widespread hue and cry that disputed the claim. Still the controversy about PA’s legitimacy continues. (See my January 22 post last month.)
Enter author James D. Macdonald and the "bad book" sting. With a clear intention to reveal the true nature of Publish America, this merry band of "bad writers" took aim and served PA with a mish mash of bad writing and faulty narrative that would have brought about a swift rejection by any other respectable publishing house. Not so at Publish America. The book, Atlanta Nights, garnered a contract. Click through and read all about it.
For more information on PA, check out the Baltimore Sun’s article "Publisher causing hubbub". As with most online newspapers, you’ll have to register (free) but will then be taken to the article.