Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Publishamerica still screws authors after their contacts expire
Here is PA's response to authors who inquire about their rights when their contract expires. "Thank you for your inquiry. The contract for your book already expired on 2/1/13, and the book is now out of print. You own the unformatted text only, and you can do as you choose with that alone. PublishAmerica continues to own the ISBN number, the cover design, and the layout design of the text. Any use of any of these items would be a serious and very clear case of infringement. Therefore, you can use the same design only if we transfer the rights to you, or to your new publishing company. If you would like to use the cover or layout design, we would transfer the rights to your cover design and/or text layout, and provide you with high resolution pdf files of each. The cover design would cost $500, and/or the text layout would cost $250. Again, you own the unformatted text only, and you can do as you choose with that alone PublishAmerica Support"