I received the strangest letter in the mail yesterday. The name Dorrance Publishing sounded familiar–not in a good way–but I couldn’t put my finger on it…until I opened the letter. They got my name from the Library of Congress and thought that I’d be more interested in a different route to publishing, which was why they contacted me. They gave a nice speech and all about me making a lot of money instead of others reaping the rewards. They wanted to help me get published and acted like they were doing me a favor. Yeah. Right. Then I came across the magic words about three paragraphs down: subsidy press.
In case anyone doesn’t know and gets one of these letters in the mail (and I could smack the Library of Congress for letting these people have any information about me), they are the worse subsidy press in the business. Just google the name and see for yourself. Any time you have to pay people like Dorrance Publishing to publish your books, run away. FAR away. They’re only in the business to make money for themselves. While the potential to sell a bunch of books is their reasoning behind why I should go with them, the truth is selling 100 marked-up-price books is considered lucky. On the average, you’ll sell about twenty-five either to yourself or your friends and family. Oh, and let’s not forget that they most likely get around 50% of your profits. Sound familiar? Think Harlequin Horizons or whatever they’re calling themselves these days.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against subsidy-press books as long as the writing is up to par. So far, only Dana Sanders Hill has caught my eye. Everyone else’s book has left me rolling my eyes and vowing never to read another one again unless I know the author.
As the saying goes, money flows to the author and not away from them. In this case, it’s flowing away from the subsidy press because they just wasted their $0.43 stamp on me. I ended up shredding the letter and using it as litter for the bottom of my mom’s bird cage. Gracie has already given it the attention it deserves. 😈
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