Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Take me to your leader:
Unprovable claims to fame
Lulu.com: "the global leader in self-publishing"
Xlibris: "the leading print-on-demand self-publishing services provider"
Infinity Publishing: "the leading innovative print on demand book publisher"
Dorrance Publishing: America's leading author services company since 1920
iUniverse: "the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing company"
AuthorHouse: "the leading provider of self publishing and book marketing services for authors around the globe"
Schiel & Denver Book Publishers: "North America's leading book publishing services company"
Outskirts Press: "the fastest-growing full-service publishing provider"
PublishAmerica: "We publish more new titles than any other traditional book publisher."
InstantPublisher: "Everyone's favorite Book Publishing Company"
Trafford: "by far the easiest, fastest and most dynamic publishing experience," led the independent publishing revolution, publishes more than two percent of all new titles released in North America, best suited for most authors' needs
Wordclay: "by far the easiest, fastest and most dynamic DIY self-publishing experience" (Gee, that sounds familiar.)
Arbor Books: "the world's premier, award-winning ghostwriting and self-publishing company"
Bloodstone Books: "the on-demand publisher at the forefront of self publishing"
And one realistic claim:
CreateSpace: "provides one of the easiest and most economical ways to self-publish and distribute your book on Amazon.com and thousands of other retail and wholesale outlets"
(left) Ad for The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 original, not the 2008 remake).
In the 1951 movie, friendly alien Klaatu (Michael Rennie) said to earthling Helen Benson (Patricia Neal): "There's no limit to what he can do. He could destroy the earth... If anything should happen to me you must go to Gort, you must say these words, 'Klaatu barada nikto.'"
(top) Cropped from cartoon distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.