Two years ago, Nelson went into business with pay-to-publish behemoth Author Solutions Inc. (ASI). ASI has absorbed several former competitors including Xlibris and iUniverse and calls itself the "world leader in indie book publishing." (NOTE: if you have a book published by ASI, you are not involved in indie publishing.)
Nelson and ASI spawned WestBow Press to extract money from wannabee authors who are not good enough to be get a traditional royalty-paying book deal from Nelson. Its first book stunk. It was overpriced and under-edited.
WestBow functions like a typical self-publishing company (the type of business that used to be called a "vanity publisher," "subsidy publisher" or even "author mill") with a bit of implied holiness. Its publishing packages cost from $999 to as much as $6,499. Like most of its less-holy competitors, WestBow lies about providing from 20 to 100 "FREE" books with its publishing packages. They're not free if author customers have to pay thousands of dollars to get them! Liar-in-chief of Nelson is paranoid hypocrite Michael Hyatt. He seems to have a Jim Jones-like domination of his sycophantic disciples who frequently defend him in comments on this blog.
Hyatt said, “One of the reasons we created WestBow Press was that we wanted another way to find the new voices. [Of course, the main reason is to extract money from writers.] Publishers aren’t omniscient. We miss numerous opportunities every year. Finding the next bestseller is like searching for a needle in a haystack." The holy alliance with ASI is said to "provide a 'farm-team' opportunity for the countless authors whose manuscripts are not initially acquired by Thomas Nelson."
A few days ago, Westbow announced that parent Nelson has "acquired" Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston. The book "will be the first WestBow trade title acquired and distributed by the Thomas Nelson Trade Division."
Strangely, the Nelson website says that "Thomas Nelson's recently picked up their first WestBow Press title, Three Cups, which will be released soon." A press release about that deal was distributed last March.
Westbow said, "The acquisition of [Call of a Coward] and its resulting trade distribution marks a seminal moment for WestBow Press."
- Exactly how many seminal moments were there?
- Maybe Westbow finds it difficult to keep track of where it has been spreading its semen.
- Did it lose its virginity twice?
Two presidents are excited:
- “We’re excited for Marcia . . . .” said Mark Schoenwald, Thomas Nelson president and CEO.
- "We're very excited for Marcia . . . . " said Kevin Weiss, ASI president and CEO.
- If Marcia's book was good enough to be published by Nelson after she paid to have it published by WestBow, how come no one at Nelson was smart enough to offer a contract before she paid to publish?
- If this is the first (or second) book chosen by Nelson in two years, WestBow must have published a lot of crap.
- Why should it take a year to RE-publish a book?