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BendOver Services for unsuspecting artists: how to spot a con man before sending your money

We all believe in Santa Claus, one way or another. We all have, as artists, writers, a yearning for validation, recognition, sale, fame, peer appreciation. Where there is a demand, there also is a supply. And supply if flowing faster than oil out of a BP sealed well. The scams all revolve around a simple, clear, logical idea, which is wrong.

Here is that idea. "The deep reason why, my beloved author, you haven't been published yet, is because you're a victim of established publishers, who are too busy catering to famous people, to even acknowledge you. It's a conspiracy. And we, at BendOver Services (aka. B.S.) are here to redress this intolerable violation of your right to publish anything that comes out of your keyboard. We will take any manuscript, even yours, and, after the paypal receipt will have been validated, we will accompany you on the yellow brick road to publishing. And while we return your manuscript for endless editing, charging for each return, a vacuum cleaner hooked directly to your bank account, will suck out your hard earned cash and safely bring it to us. When we feel that we have given you enough of the pain that we know you mistake for that rewarding actual  fruitful work, we'll publish your book, at your expenses. We will design a special cover for you, that will uniquely identify you as a POD writer by its subtle substandard quality, for which we will charge you more than anybody else, and we will print your book on our best second grade paper. To show you how right we were about your merit, we will give you our own "Editorial Award", which is our way to thank you. We, at BendOver Services, worship true unpublished authors like you. To have your talent, we would give anything. Except money. "

The only thing to understand about publishing on demand, is to ask the simple question: what demand?? People ask for what they know and trust. That's where marketing and being screened by a publisher come in. Without these, there will be no demand. Only unsold books, poorer writers, and scams.

Thank you for reading. Peace.

thierry

 

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Thanks for this BS!

Theirry, right on the mark. I couldn't have said it better in any other way. Fortunately, my debut novel has an extraordinary cover and the paper is not substandard, but the testament of my fortitude is the marketing left solely to me. And that's the part that the con man was ready to identify and take my money for nothing.

I love your style and I thank you for helping me tell my story. We writers need each other to help explain the situation we face and for which we need support....from none other than you and the rest of the gang of smart people who are not sales personnel; just talented folks in of story telling!

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Thanks for this BS!

Theirry, right on the mark. I couldn't have said it better in any other way. Fortunately, my debut novel has an extraordinary cover and the paper is not substandard, but the testament of my fortitude is the marketing left solely to me. And that's the part that the con man was ready to identify and take my money for nothing.

I love your style and I thank you for helping me tell my story. We writers need each other to help explain the situation we face and for which we need support....from none other than you and the rest of the gang of smart people who are not sales personnel; just talented folks in of story telling!

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Thanks for this BS!

Theirry, right on the mark. I couldn't have said it better in any other way. Fortunately, my debut novel has an extraordinary cover and the paper is not substandard, but the testament of my fortitude is the marketing left solely to me. And that's the part that the con man was ready to identify and take my money for nothing.

I love your style and I thank you for helping me tell my story. We writers need each other to help explain the situation we face and for which we need support....from none other than you and the rest of the gang of smart people who are not sales personnel; just talented folks in of story telling!

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Thanks for this BS!

Theirry, right on the mark. I couldn't have said it better in any other way. Fortunately, my debut novel has an extraordinary cover and the paper is not substandard, but the testament of my fortitude is the marketing left solely to me. And that's the part that the con man was ready to identify and take my money for nothing.

I love your style and I thank you for helping me tell my story. We writers need each other to help explain the situation we face and for which we need support....from none other than you and the rest of the gang of smart people who are not sales personnel; just talented folks in the market of story telling!

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Thanks for this BS!

Theirry, right on the mark. I couldn't have said it better in any other way. Fortunately, my debut novel has an extraordinary cover and the paper is not substandard, but the testament of my fortitude is the marketing left solely to me. And that's the part that the con man was ready to identify and take my money for nothing. I love your style and I thank you for helping me tell my story. We writers need each other to help explain the situation we face and for which we need support....from none other than you and the rest of the gang of smart people who are not sales personnel; just talented folks in the market of story telling!

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You're welcome, Linda!

You're welcome, Linda!

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Please show your support to Linda by reading her story @ http://redroom.com/blog/lindaspear/the-irony-generosity

Together we can all make writing a safer place!

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Oh so true…

I immediately thought of our friend Linda’s recent experience, and well, hello, here she is! Great post Thierry, and unfortunately all too true.
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