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Monday, December 7, 2009

Outskirts Press keeps getting stupider


Vanity publisher Outskirts Press is a frequent subject of this blog's wrath and ridicule because the company does so many things so badly, and the Outskirts boss Brent Sampson is careless, ignorant and dishonest.

The latest Outskirts offense is a silly email blast sent to potential customers from Karl, Elizabeth and Chris in their Author Services department.

This is the first paragraph:

>>I hope you're having a good day so far. I'd like to tell you a little about our Marketing COACH. In fact, below you will find an example of the type of emailed marketing information and promotion advice that is included with our Diamond and Pearl books after publication. Consider it a taste to whet your appetite to publish with Outskirts Press. You can meet your author representative in your author's center by clicking on the GET YOUR AUTHOR REP button when you are ready at http://outskirtspres.com/authors.php<<

Unfortunately, that linked website is NOT for Outskirts Press, because the three geniuses omitted the final "s" in "outskirtspress." The error was not caught by the "dedicated group of publishing professionals" at Outskirts who also missed boss Brent's many errors -- including misnaming the author of Roget's Thesaurus and calling a preface a foreword.

Instead of taking readers to the Outskirts Press website, the erroneous link goes to a site operated by a "URL poacher" which makes money because of mistyped web addresses. The site carries advertising for Outskirts' COMPETITORS including Xlibris, CreateSpace and PublishAmerica. It also has links to "related searches" for dating, ringtones, mortgages and travel.

So, we have a carelessly crafted promotional email sent out by Outskirts Press, in an effort to impress people about Outskirts' promotional abilities, that delivers potential Outskirts customers to Outskirts competitors!

Also: the first word in the email is "I," but the email is signed by three people. This is the kind of silly incompetence I've come to expect from Outskirts. I hope no one would trust them to publish a book. On the other hand, I don't want the company to go out of business, because the Outskirts idiots give me so much to write about.

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1 comment:

  1. FINALLY! Someone who calls Outskirts Press out on the carpet. I have read Brent Sampson's books, and I feel that they are all a thinly veiled promo for his publishing company, which is shady at best.

    I had a very critical review of "Sell Your Book on Amazon" but I deleted it-- I'm afraid of "review retribution" which is common on Amazon when competing authors try to poach each other. I felt that my criticism was warranted, and I wrote the review long before I wrote the self-publishing book, but I figured it wasn't worth the risk.

    I'm linking to this post.

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