Friday, June 28, 2013

Crackpot Sharron Angle didn't know how to write a book. AuthorHouse didn't know how to publish it.

Right-leaning Sharron Angle,
one third of the Silly Sorority
 which includes Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann

Tilted-to-the-right Teabagger Sharron wanted to write a book. She was a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly from 1999 to 2007. She lost the race for the U.S. Senate to Ralph Reid in 2010, despite endorsements from the Teabaggers, paranoid/nasty radio talker Mark Levin, the Club for Growth, Pat Boone and Phyllis Schlafly. 

Joe The Plumber endorsed her, too.

According to Wikipedia, "Angle was criticized during the campaign for largely avoiding answering questions from the press, both local and national. In September, the Las Vegas Review-Journal sued her for copyright infringement after she allegedly posted entire articles from the publication on her campaign website without permission. After the campaign ended, it was revealed that the campaign developed a code word to alert office workers if the media entered the campaign headquarters: "It's time to water the plants."

  • Angle believes that the U.S. Department of Education is unconstitutional and should be eliminated.
  • She said that the U.S. should withdraw from the United Nations, saying it is a bastion of liberal ideology.
  • She believes that global warming is "fraudulent science."
  • Angle supports the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
  • Angle opposes abortion, including in cases of rape or incest ('against God's plan')
  • Angle does not believe that the United States Constitution mandates the separation of church and state.
  • She voted against fluoridating drinking water.
  • Angle proposed a bill that would have required doctors to inform women seeking abortions about a controversial theory linking an increased risk of breast cancer with abortion. 
  • She sponsored a bill to remove the requirement that health insurers cover mammograms and colonoscopies. 
  • Angle said that the Social Security system should be "transitioned out".
  • Angle favors eliminating the complete Internal Revenue Service code and abolishing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
  • She favors widespread armament to defend the American population against the government and decried a shortage of bullets in gun stores. Congressman Jim Clyburn said that Sharron's endorsement of "Second Amendment remedies" in her losing campaign contributed to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
  • Crackpot Sharron even claimed that the 9/11 hijackers entered the United States through Canada.

Sharon may have been inspired by the financial success of her spiritual sister Sarah Palin. The moosemama's first book Going Rogue is ghost-written garbage (I own a copy) but still managed to become a New York Times #1 bestseller in its first week of release. Its publicity and sales were boosted by a very visible price war among booksellers when it first came out. Sarah's second book was a flop.

Sharron may have felt that her candidacy would be enhanced by publication of a memoir "about her life and values." (Where's my barf bag?)

It should be obvious that I think that Sharron Angle is a nut job, but I certainly believe she has the right to spew her wacky words at anyone who will listen to or read them.

However, it seems like no traditional publisher was willing to take a chance on Sharron and offer her a deal like Sarah got, (even Sarah's daughter's baby-daddy got a 'normal' book deal from Simon & Schuster).

So, Sharron decided to pay AuthorHouse to produce her book. AuthorHouse's publishing packages start at $599 and can cost up to $15,000.

Since Sharron's parents could not even spell "Sharon" correctly, I had little hope that their darling daughter would turn out a decent book.

My pessimism was justified.

The book has two introductions (by Mark Levin and Lee Cary, a writer for the American Thinker website). Normally, a book has one introduction, written by the author.
It's unusual for a book to have two introductions (and Sharron is certainly unusual).

However, the book's fatal flaw is that its foreword was written by Sharron, herself.

OK, Sharron is an ignoramus, and an inexperienced author, but someone at AuthorHouse should've known that the foreword is 
not supposed to be written by the author. It’s often written by someone who knows the author, or — even better — by someone famous.

In one of the introductions, Lee Cary says that the book was edited. Apparently Sharron's editor knows as little about books as do Sharron and her support staff at AuthorHouse. 
AuthorHouse boasts that it is "committed to providing the highest level of customer service in book publishing, AuthorHouse assigns each author a personal publishing consultant, who provides guidance throughout the self publishing process."

Sharron's consultant doesn't know enough about publishing.

Sharron's book, like others, shows that the Author Solutions people are incompetent, ignorant, uncaring or all three. The web has a great many complaints by authors about Author Solutions brands. Author Solutions is the target of a class action suit by authors. STAY AWAY.  


The Amazon sales rank for Sharron's book is in the toilet -- almost two million, and much worse than Baby Daddy Levi Johnston's book. Strangely, Sharron's paperback sells for $6.75 (producing a tiny royalty, if any, for her), but the Kindle edition is overpriced at $9.99.

AuthorHouse has a lot to learn about publishing.

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