Do NOT Do This!
For those of you interested in publishing your work, Penguin has ever so helpfully started a scam operation to assist you in transferring your wealth to them. To wit, courtesy of Passive Guy:
In a sign that major book publishers are now recognizing the potential of the digital self-publishing industry, Penguin Group (USA) on Wednesday is launching a service to help writers publish their own books.
For a fee of between $99 and $549, plus a cut of any sales revenue, Penguin’s subsidiary Book Country will offer an array of tools—ranging from professional e-book conversion to a cover creator—to help a writer make their work available through digital book outlets and print-on-demand services.
The self-publishing venture could help Penguin discover new writers while creating an additional revenue stream.
You can do all of this for yourself, for a hell of a lot less than $549. Save your money; this “additional revenue stream” is nothing more than a mainstream publishing house trying very hard to liberate cash from the ignorant.
Adding salt to the wound, Konrath opens fire on this with his fiery bon mot entitled Book Country Fail.
And please excuse the late-day edit to add David Gaughran’s even more pointed rejoinder: Penguin Launches Rip-Off Publishing “Service” Targeting Inexperienced Writers. One might think that with so much on the line, given the emergence of the self-publishing dynamo, that traditional publishers might try to save themselves in a more writer-friendly way…but no, first step: start scalping everyone in sight.
Fight the power!