Today, I’m supposed to be writing a genealogy column, sizing up a cover for a self-published author and helping two other authors self-publish their books, but I can’t continue with these tasks until I write this post.
I seldom – almost never – sign out of my WordPress account, so I have no idea what the site looks like to visitors. Imagine my surprise when I signed out today to update the site for an organisation I perform secretary duties for and found THIS!
Less than a week ago, I read the Writer Beware’s post Publishers Weekly Includes Two Vanity Publishers In Its List Of Fast-Growing Independent Presses, which clearly stated, Austin MacAuley Publishing’s “business model is largely built on author fees”.
In other words, authors pay big bucks to see their book in print. Usually – almost always – these are at seriously inflated prices. These companies often create other problems for authors, too, so they should be avoided.
Please, read the article by Writer Beware and become informed about the devils on the doorstep of publishing, waiting for new writers to make a deal and sign a horrible contract. They might serenade you with a fiddle, but be they in Georgia or Newfoundland, their goal is to make money off of authors, not make money for authors.
Avoid them at all cost.
Although WordPress offers ad-free upgrades to a site, I am not currently financially capable of paying this fee. I already pay WordPress to have domain names for three sites, and the added $48 a year per site is just too much right now. But it is a future goal.
Still, I wrote to WordPress and told them about my disappointment with their ad choices. Here is what I wrote.
I know ads generate income for WordPress, but I am angry an ad for a company that abuses authors is posted to my site. I help authors avoid these scam companies and it infuriates me that Austin MacAuley Publishing Ltd. is promoted on my site.
I intend to write a strongly worded post denouncing this ad and that I do not support them. I will also have a permanent note about their unscrupulous practices posted to my site.
You can read more about Austin Macauley Publishing at Writer Beware: https://accrispin.blogspot.ca/2018/04/publishers-weekly-includes-two-vanity.html
I demand you do not post this ad to my site again.
Thank you. Diane
Whether they will ban the ad from my site or not, I don’t know. However, this blog post will tell visitors today about my NOT endorsing these ads. I’ll also post something in the margin to tell readers in the future after this post gets bumped down.
Are you like me and never sign out of your WordPress account, so you never see the ads visitors to your site see? If you see ads you disagree with, what do you do?
…and now it’s back to my genealogy column and sizing up the cover for PASSING IT ON before PASSING ON by H. L. Foster, M.Ed., which will be released in a few days. Then onto other work.