Friday, August 11, 2006

In the "That's Gotta Hurt" Department . . .

Poor AuthorHouse.

If you haven't seen this article in Publishers Weekly about AuthorHouse being ordered to pay a quarter million in damages from a defamation lawsuit, you should.

It's rather funny.

At first, you may think, "They are getting what they deserve." Well, you don't know the half of it. Check out this excerpt from the article:

In his 14-page decision, Judge Jeff Goering asserted that AuthorHouse “acted towards the plaintiffs with wanton conduct,” in publishing Paperback Poison, despite the fact that Gary Brock, the book’s author, had informed AuthorHouse during contract negotiations that iUniverse had rejected the manuscript on the grounds of possible libelous content.

I mean, if the author surrendered the knowledge that iUniverse rejected it based on the content, why are they surprised at the outcome of the trial?

And perhaps more importantly, why didn't this happen to PublishAmerica instead? An unjust world, it is.


And check out this publicity for 2005 POD-dy pick TORPEDO by Jeff Edwards. Here is a guy who knows how to make his book stand out. Great idea.