No Truth to PublishAmerica’s J.K. Rowling Claim

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Aug 16, 2011

Posted by John Admin

J.K. Rowling’s spokesman has denied claims made by the publishing company, PublishAmerica, which promised to bring attention to their client’s books in a meeting with Ms. Rowling.

According to the AP, PublishAmerica asked writers to submit 50-100 word notes about their work and pay $49 so that a delegation would meet with her in Edinburgh and present their books.

Rowling spokesman Mark Hutchinson said Tuesday that the claim was “completely false” and promised “appropriate action.” PublishAmerica, based in Frederick, Md., has long been cited by industry watchdogs for allegedly deceiving authors.





30 Responses to No Truth to PublishAmerica’s J.K. Rowling Claim

Avatar Imageahaque521 says: woooow... first comment!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Why would they even claim that?!Avatar Imagepurplehogwarts says: that's terribleAvatar ImageAlexandraMayWood says: What is the point of claiming something like that? Honestly. Avatar ImageMaestra2 says: Sleazy people everywhere!Avatar Imagedantobias says: From their standpoint it probably isn't a lie; they intend on "presenting" submissions to JKR, even if that requires stalking her and ambushing her with them any chance they get to corner her. Whether she actually reads any of them is JKR's own business; even if she tosses them straight in the trash the publishing company has fulfilled their end of it.Avatar ImageHarry89 says: Horrible... Avatar ImageJoRowlingRocks says: Someone should surely be getting jail time for this.Avatar ImageVane-Ale says: It seems like everybody wants to take advantage of Ms. Rowling's well earned fame... Some don't even care that they might be acting against the law and infringing some rights... haven't they never heard about intellectual property rights? Avatar ImageHogwartsForever says: Man, there sure are some sick *cough* out there...Avatar ImageDVM2B says: This is horrible. I hope that not many people fell for this, but they probably did. I'm glad that JKR tries to put a stop to scammers where it concerns her fans.Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: That's horrible! I hope the people who fell for it get their money back and that PublishAmerica gets into a lot of trouble! Poor Jo, this is probably the last thing she needs right now.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I'm annoyed with people who do this! D;Avatar ImageJay042 says: Publish America is a notorious reverse vanity press that presents itself as a serious publisher, when it in fact does absolutely nothing a legitimate publisher would do. All of their revenue comes not from book sales to the public, but from the authors they have signed under contract. They charge fees for everything, from "editing" the submitted manuscript (i.e. having some office drone run the work through a spell checker) to this nonsense of making presentations to famous authors. JK Rowling is not even the first this has happened to, Stephen King, Nora Roberts and several other big name writers have had their names hijacked by this company. Avatar ImageJay042 says: Publish America is a notorious reverse vanity press that presents itself as a serious publisher, when it in fact does absolutely nothing a legitimate publisher would do. All of their revenue comes not from book sales to the public, but from the authors they have signed under contract. They charge fees for everything, from "editing" the submitted manuscript (i.e. having some office drone run the work through a spell checker) to this nonsense of making presentations to famous authors. JK Rowling is not even the first this has happened to, Stephen King, Nora Roberts and several other big name writers have had their names hijacked by this company. Avatar ImageJay042 says: Publish America is a notorious reverse vanity press that presents itself as a serious publisher, when it in fact does absolutely nothing a legitimate publisher would do. All of their revenue comes not from book sales to the public, but from the authors they have signed under contract. They charge fees for everything, from "editing" the submitted manuscript (i.e. having some office drone run the work through a spell checker) to this nonsense of making presentations to famous authors. JK Rowling is not even the first this has happened to, Stephen King, Nora Roberts and several other big name writers have had their names hijacked by this company. Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I hate scammers. Its horrible for authors to think they're going to hear what a famous author thinks of their work and to find out its a scam!Avatar Imagecamila_black08 says: Tsk,tsk...these people have nothing to do.Avatar Imagecamila_black08 says: They're a bunch of idiotsAvatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: What is wrong with people!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Why would they even claim that?!Avatar ImageLivi22 says: That isn't fair, what gives them the right to abuse JKR's succcess and to hoodwink other authors who probably believed that they were having an amazing oppurtunity.Avatar ImageAnaconda Beastie says: Thaaaaats sooooo unnice from them!!Avatar ImageDaveKuzminski says: That PA has committed this action more than once goes to show a pattern of behavior that cannot be ascribed to not knowing better.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Scam, scam, scam...Avatar Imageglow_freak says: How low can you go? I mean come on!Avatar ImageGvantsa says: Wow how lameAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: HorribleAvatar Imagetrip_le_threat says: How weird. Why do people do things like this?Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Thats awful!

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