Despite having two recent “marketing promotions” refuted by would-be partners, PublishAmerica is now offering its authors the opportunity to send a message to government officials about creating jobs. Earlier this week, a representative from J.K. Rowling said the author had nothing to do with a pitch by PA that said for $49 they would include a note from PA authors that a PA delegation would show to Rowling. A spokesperson for Rowling said the claim was “completely false” and that Rowling would take “appropriate action.” Another pitch said PA would take copies of authors’ works to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, but a fair spokesperson said there was no such arrangement.
In the most recent bizarre pitch, the self-publishing company said that for $29 it would send a message to government officials and the media saying that the company was helping to create jobs by signing up more authors. “We're going to tell president Obama and the leaders in the House and the Senate, and your local U.S. Representative, that because of you, and authors like you, new American jobs are created. And we'll send the exact same message, naming you, to your local TV station,” the pitch said.
PublishAmerica, which published more than 3,000 titles in 2010 according to preliminary production statistics from Bowker, has a long history of making dubious marketing promises to its authors