Thursday, June 16, 2005

Those crazy Frenchmen (and women)

I wish I could take credit for finding this story--but I cannot. The incredible, prolific folks at Publisher's Lunch found a great article that will be of (humorous) interest to the folks with one foot in the POD world.

Here is the entry from PL:

French Vanity: In the US, people try to embarrass self-publishers by submitting garbage manuscripts. In France, newspaper Le Figaro did the opposite, submitting MADAME BOVARY to five vanity publishers. Many companies judged it good enough to be worth taking $3,000 to 5,000 from the "author" to print up some copies.

Read the article and laugh.

Apparently taking advantage of authors is pandemic.

And here's another little tasty treat, this time regarding why you can't get a book deal. Why is this worth reading? Because it's funny and accurate--but most of all because the author of this blog is a marketing professional for Vintage (which, for those of you who are not plugged in to the publishing scene, is an imprint of the Knopf Publishing Group, which is a division of Random House, which is a company within Bertelsmann, which owns 3/4 of the free world.)