The Rentable Writer

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Okay, childrens, this is the last PA thing for a while

I promise this is the last PA post for a couple days, more things about writing later today (I should be in bed right now; I promised myself I'd go before 1 AM. It's now five of). But I was perusing the PA site when I found something funny, reminiscent of earlier posts where I laughed at typos. First, scroll to the very bottom of their page. Now, look at the small menu of text links (the first one is "How to Get Published." [Answer: Not with PA]). Anyway ... do you see what I see? Is it possible? Has the Great PublishAmerica ... written Childrens Book Publishers? I thought you would make that 'childrens' possessive, but since PA ain't doin' there's no way I am! Don't wanna look like an idiot. Now, if you travel to that Childrens Book Publishers page (which I've linked to), you'll find something even stupider: They frequently change how they're spelling it. Sometimes they have it right with children's, but in the very next sentence they're writing childrens. For any carefully observing wannabe-published author thinking about giving PA their business ... that right there should be enough for them to puke on a small piece of paper with the word "PublishAmerca" on it, burn the paper at 451 degrees, dispose of the ashes in water, and bury them at the earth's core, while screaming, "PUBLISHAMERICA'S FUCKED MANY A WRITER!!!!!!!"

Please note: If it were any other POD publisher, I'd probably let it slide. I'm only being harsh because it's PA. Have a great day.

Please note this too: I'm allowed to spell things wrong on my blog, because I'm not running a business. Still, I manage to check my writing a few times before I publish and correct anything if I find a mistake. I know PA doesn't. (I'm not being hypocritical either. For more information, see this Miss Snark post. In my eyes, her blog is the Bible Blog.)


  • Good catch. Whoever writes PA's ad copy (and Tone letters) isn't the brightest bulb in the pack. I loved it when they referred once to someone seeking legal "council." And who could ever forget the "editor" who told an author, "We all needs help sometimes."

    Only at PA...

    By Blogger Serena Joy, at June 11, 2006 7:59 AM  

  • I like this too:

    "We here at Publish America are expert children's book publishers."

    By Blogger The Rentable Writer, at June 11, 2006 8:07 PM  

  • Come on, you guys are talking about a company whose own book, "How To Upset a Goliath Book Biz" features a penis, dead center. Although, I do believe they've bumped that sub-title up a little since I first started commenting. No fig leaf graphics, I guess.

    On the "children's book publisher blurb," they also have "copyright" and "book," when they've used a plural pronoun.

    And could someone please tell them the differences between an em dash an en dash and a hyphen??

    Very sloppy site they have there.

    By Anonymous Just a surfer, at June 12, 2006 3:12 AM  

  • The difference between an em dash and an en dash are this:

    An en dash is shorter - that is one. It's used as a minus sign, a hyphen, and a few other things.

    An em dash is used to separate a thought — usually — within a sentence, and is about twice the size of a hyphen I'm obsessed with em dashes. I use them A LOT. Some writers use them—like this—with no spaces on the outside. But I use — them — like that, with spaces on all sides of the em dashes.

    By Blogger The Rentable Writer, at June 12, 2006 11:07 AM  

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