I voiced my concerns back in September when I questioned Is Traditional Publishing the New Vanity Publishing?
Penguin has answered with a resounding "Yes!" Apparently they learned nothing from the Harlequin Horizons fiasco two years ago.
Book Country is their entry into the vanity publishing field. $549 to ONLY FORMAT your book plus 30% fucking per cent of each book sold?
People, do me and yourselves a favor--just say "NO!"
Remember Yog's Law--Money flows to the writer!
The ONLY exception is if You the Writer is also You the Publisher!!
If you don't know how to format, then learn. There's lot of free advice among the indie gurus. If you really feel the need to pay someone, go read the how-to books by David Gaughran, Scott Nicholson, Jon F. Merz, etc., and spend the effing $5 these guys charge. Hire J.A. Konrath's formatter who's a hell of a lot cheaper.
But for the love of Murphy, don't pay Penguin for life for something you can do yourself!
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