Vanity publishers love to pose as "self-publishing companies." It's the scam du jour.
I just received a press release from the newest entry in the field, Esquire Publications. I assume it won't be long before the company is sued by Hearst Communications, the publisher of Esquire magazine, for trademark violation.
The new company announced itself to the world with a press release. Like its older inept competitor Outskirts Press, Esquire chose to use PR Log, a freebie news distribution service, instead of a paid-for service.
Since Esquire did not pay PR Log to make the announcement, PR Log has to make money somehow.
They make money by carrying ads FOR COMPETITORS of Esquire, including vanity publishers PublishAmerica, Outskirts Press, iUniverse and Dorrance.
The Esquire boss is Elva Elizabeth Thompson.
- Her website says she was: >>given the name "Precious Love" and at times, "Quiet Storm" for her well known "straight to the point" spoken word. Ms. Love has been writing since the tender age of 15, but made her first debut on the stage of her own former spoken word venue called Love Jones Poetry in 2003. Besides being a spoken word artist, she is also a published author of 5 non-fiction novels, currently working on a 6th. Books are available at A1books.com, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Borders. Precious Love is the Founder of nonprofit organization Precious Hearts Foundation, that aids men, women, and children victims of domestic abuse and resides in Georgia and along the waves of Florida in the summertime as a small business owner since 1997 as an Editor of her own editorial service, owner of Esquire Publications, and VP of Operations for GSH Publishing.<<
I don't know who did the research, but apparently that claim is not enough to bring in the big bucks. So, like Harlequin and Thomas Nelson, GSH has decided to get into vanity publishing.
Although she operates an editing service and has written several books, Elva is a terrible writer and editor.
- Elva's Esquire Publications website is filled with errors. Examples: "At Esquire Publications, our goal is to assist authors self publish their title(s) whether you are writing mystery, nonfiction, fiction, christian, childrens, poetry or any other genre, we can help you reach your goal." and "Esquire Publications believe..." and "Our team of professionals are..."
- Her GSH Publishing website is over-animated and has bad writing and non-functioning links. The company seems to specialize in black chick-lit. One featured author is George Sherman Hudson. His initials apparently provided the name for the company.
- Her Georgia Editing Service website says, "Elva "Precious Love" Thompson is the owner of Georgia Editing Service, LLC, a Florida-based editorial service for 12 years in counting, originally birthed in Atlanta, GA, as well as a published author of several non-fiction novels. She is a 20-year veteran of the writing era economy, started out with spoken word / poetry that later ventured into short stories and blossomed into biographies and autobiographies for herself, as well as others. [Time Out. I have to go puke. I'll be back after I mop up.]
- Her Precious Hearts Foundation website shows a copyright date of 2012. maybe Elva has a time machine.
- That site describes her as a "mid-Eastern Pennsylvania native and past victim and survivor of domestic abuse of 15 years duration is a divorced mother of 5 that range in the ages of 6-year-old twins to age 22." I'm sorry about the abuse, but what the hell is a "mid-Eastern Pennsylvania native?" Was she born in Allentown or Cairo? Elva claims "she holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and an Associates
Degree in Medical Editing." Maybe she bought the diplomas online.
- The press release has bad grammar.
The $999 package provides "complementary paperback copies of the book." Sorry, Elva, but if a writer has to pay $999, the books are NOT complementary.
The press release also says, “Poetry is growing in popularity as people use it often as an outlet to express their thoughts and feelings.” It seems to me that's why people wrote poetry 2500 years ago.