Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CreateSpace vs. PublishAmerica

This weekend I read a great summary of a CreateSpace experience on Terri Lynn Coop’s blog Readin, Rittin and Rhetoric.

Terri did a compare-and-constrast of the product, expediency, costs, profits and customer service provided by CreateSpace with those of author mill PublishAmerica, to show that there is an economical and author-friendly alternative to even a vanity press which doesn’t levy an upfront charge. I’m unlikely to ever use CreateSpace for my fiction, but it seems very workable for niche projects and I was pleased to find this article.

I’ll be sure to recommend this to any writers who are looking for a good self-publishing service or who have just escaped from a vanity press and may not be able to try commercial publishing. Especially since PublishAmerica’s latest special offer was to have a member of their “ghostwriting team” work on an author’s already-published book for $499 (the link will take you to the offer, which is a product in their online store).

Product Description
In the Ordering Instructions box, write the title of your book. You will be contacted by your ghostwriter shortly. Benefit from our low introductory price of $499 before it increases to $699.

No, I’m not sure how this is supposed to work either.


writtenwyrdd said...

Heck, for $499, I'd be the 'ghostwriter' (which I take to be 'editor') and I'd likely do a much better job!

Renee Miller said...

Yes, I love how PA's offers just keep getting better and better. I don't know, but I'd like to get in on this ghost writing thing. Seems to pay better...

Marian Perera said...

I haven't heard anything on either the PublishAmerica Message Board or Facebook about this offer, so hopefully it vanished without anyone being naive enough to take them up on it.

Not that I would mind an extra $500, of course...

Terri Coop said...

Hi Marian and thanks for the shout out!

I actually got a couple of emails saying I was too nice to PA in my post. I was hoping to reach some of the more sensitive PA refugees who thought we're all just jealous. As they say, "you can please some of the people . . ."

See ya around AW (unless we all get hired by PA as ghostwriters ::snerk::)