Thursday, October 15, 2009

We need an 11th Commandment.
A "Christian Publisher" lies about self-publishing and free books

Folks, this has gone too far.

It seems like Jesus has made a deal with the devil.

I've come to expect sleazy vanity presses to falsely advertise that they are "self-publishing" companies.

But now, Thomas Nelson, "the world's leading Christian publisher" is doing it, too.

Nelson just announced a partnership with "the world's leading self-publishing company, Author Solutions, to launch WestBow Press--a Christian self-publishing imprint."

The 10 Commandments forbid theft, murder, adultery, idolatry and bearing false witness against a neighbor -- a specific form of lying. If there was a more general prohibition against lying, or against false advertising, Nelson would certainly be condemned to hell.

WestBow is NOT a self-publishing imprint and Author Solutions is NOT a self-publishing company!

There is no such thing as a self-publishing company.

No person or company can self-publish for you.

Only you can self-publish you.

WestBow will function like a typical vanity press with a bit of implied holiness. Its publishing packages cost from $999 to as much as $6,499.

Like other vanity presses, WestBow lies about providing from 20 to 100 "FREE" books with their publishing packages.

They're not free if author-customers have to pay thousands of dollars to get them!

Thomas Nelson needs to go back to the seminary and take a course in morality and ethics.

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  1. You tell it like it is. Thousands of dollars doesn't sound free to me.

  2. I wonder which company thought of the arrangement.

    Author Solutions has absorbed a lot of vanity presses. Maybe now it's trying to buy religious institutions, or to buy an implied blessing to make the company seem less sleazy.

    Is Nelson a victim of Author Solutions, or an eager and greedy co-conspirator?

    It seems like Nelson has become like the evangelical ministers who cheat on their wives, steal from their congregations, and don't pay income tax.