Some publishers don't want the truth to be published. I do.
On this blog, I've previously criticized Michael Hyatt, boss of "Christian" publisher Thomas Nelson and its pay-to-publish subsidiary Westbow Press, for being a hypocrite. He criticized blogs which "don’t allow comments," but his own blog has an automated enemies list which blocks comments -- even benign or neutral comments -- from people like me who have disagreed with him in the past. (I criticized him for advertising "free" books which are not really free.)
Now I am amused (and proud) to announce that I am officially a persona non grata at another blog.
Outskirts Press, an often inept and dishonest pay-to-publish company, publishes a blog named Self Publishing Advisor. This blog contains content provided by various Outskirts employees, particularly Wendy Stetina, Kelly Schuknecht and Elise Connors. It replaces a blog that was usually written by Outskirts's Karl Schroeder.
Although I've often criticized both Outskirts and Karl, he was a gentleman, and permitted me to add to the discussions he started. Karl may have left Outskirts. His Linkedin page says he is an "Independent Online Media Professional" and is looking for a job.
Wendy Stetina works as the Outskirts "Director of Author Services," and apparently acts as blog gatekeeper. Monday's topic was "Am I Self-Publishing If I Use a Self-Publishing Company?" Not surprisingly, Wendy said, "yes."
With words carefully chosen to avoid antagonizing Wendy or her boss, I simply pointed out that some writers, including me, prefer INDEPENDENT self publishing, where we have more control, do more work, and may make more money than if we bought a publishing package.
- Wendy, or one of her teammates, rejected my comment.
- Another blog, written by Outskirts boss Brent Sampson, doesn't permit comments from anyone.
- Outskirts also publishes a blog called Self Publishing News. It's really puffery for Outskirts, not news, but does allow comments.
Just to head off the soreheads who will complain about this blog being "moderated," I want to point out that I never reject a comment because it disagrees with me, or even if it insults me. (Actually, I think most of the insults are pretty funny). I reject comments solely if they are spam, libelous, or promote violence.
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