Saturday, May 5, 2012

PublishAmerica's CEO calls critics drunks, junks and jerks

Letter from PublishAmerica's CEO

May 04, 2012

Good afternoon!

Imagine a town of 50,000. Would you know everyone? No. Are most people friendly and hard-working? Absolutely. If you'd do a serious search, would you find all sorts of gems, people who accomplish something very special and very precious? You bet. And would you also find a few drunks, junks, and jerks? No doubt.

Welcome to our world. With almost 50,000 authors under contract, PublishAmerica is such a town of 50,000.

More after this book review, The Perennial Wanderer by Steven D. Orr:
There's no need for trolling the aisles of the fiction section in your local bookstore or searching the countless lists of recommended fiction books online any longer. I've found your next undertaking. Steven Orr chronicles his adventures across the world in such countries as Panama, Vietnam, Columbia, and Sudan and takes the reader on exciting adventures that most novelists could not duplicate. Orr tosses readers in his backpack and takes them to places most people will never experience. His imagery and recollections are so thorough that they either force readers to call up their travel agents and book their next international vacations, or readers are satisfied with the feeling that they've already been there and turn the page, ready to embark on Orr's next escapade.

How could one not admire the author's ability to transport himself from one hectic, thrilling circumstance to another while fulfilling business obligations and organizing startups and mergers? For those of us old, we'll remember blips of history as Orr journeys us through them. For those of us young, we will see history alive for the first time in this hold-nothing-back memoir.The Perennial Wanderer is a memoir that has not met its match.

Find The Perennial Wanderer here:

Face it, if you judge us by what a Google search wants you to believe, we're bad news. That's where the drunks, junks and jerks have taken over. It's not very difficult to do. If you band together with anywhere between 10 and 50 others, you can destroy someone's Google reputation in a matter of a few months. If you're their target, there's nothing you can do against it. Unless you have millions to spend on lawsuits. We don't.
Like any other successful operation, PublishAmerica has its detractors. Success attracts envy. It's Newton's law of motion, applied to society: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. PublishAmerica's action is to create and enable. The opposite reaction is to destroy and disable. That's precisely what some have sought to do ever since we entered the landscape. And, ironically, the most vocal ones aren't even a PublishAmerica author, nor have they ever been one.
Of course, people don't judge anything or anyone by just a Google search. They're smarter than that. They either go by their own experience, or they go by reason, so they ignore the drunks, junks and jerks. That's what you do in any town. You gravitate to the better neighborhoods, the better stores, the better schools. And the better angels always win.

That's how PublishAmerica City has grown to a town of 50,000 who together have built a library with 60,000 books. Among them are many, many top quality people, the majority of them. Surprisingly, or maybe unsurprisingly, there are many lawyers in our town. Attorneys love to talk, but even more they love to write. During our convention in Orlando this week we introduced former federal prosecutor, currently criminal law professor, Leonard Birdsong.

Prof. Birdsong told the audience how he had been rejected by one publisher after the other, and finally he discovered PublishAmerica. He saw the Google nonsense, ignored it, noticed that we publish for absolutely free and that we don't demand changes to what our authors write. Birdsong is now a very well selling author of three books with us, and we're soon releasing number four.
I could share almost 50,000 such stories with you, and each one is equally inspiring. Good books, written by good people, in a town with only one street: Main Street.

It's the fastest growing town in America.

On the soapbox today: Robyn Wall, Tinker's Dam ( "Tinker's Dam, a poignant novel about the quest for identity and self-acceptance written by a psychotherapist. Who is Tinker, and why is Ted so drawn to him?"

Also open mic for Nicholas Morell, Two Envelopes, ( "Two Envelopes is a story about a few people who had no idea what impact their simple choices would have, and how those choices would affect others."

More open mic: Rubén Colón, Painted Eyes, ( "Painted Eyes takes the reader on an adventurous journey during a mystical time in an exotic location as one man looks for love."

I invite you to talk back to me. I don't guarantee a response, but I do guarantee that we listen. You can reach me by email at In the subject line write Attn. Willem.

Have a wonderful day!
--Willem Meiners
If you want to rent space on Willem's future Letters-from-the-CEO, go to Have your book reviewed for tens of thousands of people to see, or talk into the open mic!

You can read this letter also online here: All previous letters are here: www.publishamerica


  1. AnonymousMay 11, 2012

    I am a new author with Publish America and don't know what to expect at their Atlanta Convention. But here's the actual pitch from their email citing "Absolutely free", then requiring 29 dollars for the author and 39 dollars for the spouse.


    Dear Southeastern states author:

    Come to our authors convention in Atlanta on June 15, meet your book tour assistant, Jessica Goode, because

    you're going on a book tour!
    for absolutely free!

    If you register for our Atlanta authors convention today, Jessica will schedule an appointment with you in Atlanta to discuss your book tour!

    The Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Conference Center is a spectacular venue. The convention takes place in their ballroom, and we'll host a mass group book signing in their 14-story atrium – it's unlike anything you've done before!

    Registration fee is only $29!


    Really? What will my wife get out of this other than watching authors pitch their books? When did free become 29 plus 39 dollars? And 99 dollars for a 6x3 table? Isn't it in their best interest for you to sell the books they charge you to buy only from them? Now you have to pay them more to sell your books too?

    The only thing I expected to pay for was my transportation and lodging. Let's see, if I sold 100 books and made 4 dollars each, after paying travel and lodging fees - well there's over 400 dollars right there. And that's IF I sold 100 copies, which among 1000 other authors might be wishful thinking.

    I fail to see where the profit is for the author.

  2. AnonymousMay 11, 2012

    we are familiar with these con-ventions. Nobody but the staff and some of the felow duped authors show up at these gatherings. We have video footage of these book signings at malls after these gatherings and you can see that the general public is not interested in these authors. Even Meiners with a video camera and a microphone in his hand can't garner any attention from the public.

  3. AnonymousMay 11, 2012

    your husband's comments to PA are spot on. All the con-ventions are is a gathering of authors who are pitching their books to other authors who show up. It is in their best interest to sell books but they have no interest in selling books to the public.. only to your friends and family. There is no profit in selling to bookstores. These services and con-ventions are 100% pure profit for them.

  4. AnonymousMay 11, 2012

    Let's see, if I sold 100 books and made 4 dollars each, after paying travel and lodging fees - well there's over 400 dollars right there. And that's IF I sold 100 copies, which among 1000 other authors might be wishful thinking.

    That's just it. This person still thinks that they are going to sell 100 books at this convention and they won't sell a single copy. The only profit to be made will be made by PA who sells these authors on these gimmicks.

    IF I sold 100 copies, which among 1000 other authors

    My God- do these people really think that there will be 1000 authors showing up to these events? At most, I saw about 30. Of those 30, I guarantee that none of them sold a single copy to the public at these "conventions. "


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