Monday, January 18, 2010

The Three Stooges of Publishing

(bottom, left) Outskirts Press founder  Brent Sampson wrote that Roget's Thesaurus was published by Peter Mark (actually, Peter Roget published it), confused a foreword with a preface, and misspelled "offset." Brent advises that "Errors in your writing cause readers to question your credibility."  He's right about that.  More  More  More  More 

(bottom, center) Lulu founder Bob Young told Publishers Weekly that "We publish a huge number of really bad books." If Bob knows they're really bad books, he shouldn't publish them. Bob also misspelled "misspell" and confused "less" and "fewer." A publisher should know better.  More  More 

(bottom, right) Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Michael Hyatt operates a blog that automatically blocks comments from people who have disagreed with him in the past, without any human being reading the comment. Nelson recently formed a "Christian" vanity press division, WestBow Press. Westbow lies about being a "self-publishing company" and lies about providing "free" books. What would Jesus do?  More   More



  1. Michael-- you are fearless. These bastards are going to serve you one day, I'm telling you. But you'd probably be tickled pink... more publicity for you!

  2. To Christy: Any publicity from a lawsuit would hurt them more than it hurts me. I just hope they spell my name properly and get the URLs right.

    Actually, I'd be much happier if the Stooges would become honest and competent so I'd have to find something else to write about.

    BTW...I have a major "event" planned for April Fools' Day.

    Also BTW...Is that a new pic of you? It looks great.

  3. hmm Michael, you are brave indeed, I must admit, much braver than I am, but still, they just might spell your name or blog wrong... you never know about that one.