Friday, August 19, 2011

Here's a compliment for Outskirts Press. Am I losing my mind?

I often write about inept and dishonest pay-to-publish company Outskirts Press. The company does so many things so badly that it is fun to write about. I even wrote a book about Outskirts, and will be updating it soon.

Outskirts publishes a blog called Self Publishing Advisor. Sometimes it provides useful information. Sometimes it merely hypes the company. Sometimes it publishes material that is so stupid that it stimulates me to post something here.

The Outskirts blog allegedly allows comments from readers, but not from me. I have become an official Persona Non-Grata because I ask embarrassing questions and question the accuracy of the Outskirts employees who write for the blog.

A recent post was about copyediting, from an Outskirts "professional copyeditor," Joan Rogers. Readers are told that Joan "has provided services as an Author Representative and Editor for Outskirts Press since 2008. She studied at Oberlin College Conservatory [which teaches MUSIC -- not writing or editing]. She also edits for several academic and scientific researchers at UC Berkeley and most recently -- a nationally-known journalist. She brings all that experience and knowledge, along with an unparalleled customer-service focus, to help self-publishing authors reach high-quality book publication more efficiently, professionally, and affordably."

I've previously assumed that no respectable or skilled editor would work for sleazy Outskirts Press. One Outskirts author-customer said the company's shitty editing is "like no editing at all."

Based on previous Outskirts output and Joan's apparently limited formal education in English or editing, I was prepared for the worst.

  • Joan wrote, "Authors who see my copyediting samples are often amazed that a small, randomly selected portion of text – a thousand words or fewer – will have dozens of style errors."

That's right. An Outskirts employee actually knew enough to write "fewer" instead of "less." I am impressed. I am impressed when anyone at Outskirts does something properly, and the occasion merits noting on this blog. 

HOWEVER, someone named Joan Rogers has posted reviews on for several books published by Outskirts Press. Is that a coincidence -- or corruption? 

How low will Outskirts go?

Stay tuned.


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