Aspiring Writers Group Affiliation with PML Media 2


Here is still another instance of an entity’s hooking up with an editorial outfit as a means to provide writers with “that special edge.” A heavily followed writers blog on LinkedIn, “Aspiring Writers Group,” has now affiliated with Michael Lownes at PML Media in the U.K. And, yes, scrape away all the veneer and what’s left is an editing service to “help” those souls whose material might need just a little nudge in the right direction.

I’m convinced, based on my personal experiences and nothing else, that when a writer hires a company billed as a “media facilitator, this author fully expects that the funds spent will guarantee a publishing deal–with that company or one it’s closely aligned with. And the fees can very easily double the $8,000 a fellow I recently alluded to spent with Kirkus Media. It’s human nature, and no one I know is immune. And when I began writing seriously in the days of the covered wagon, I almost got roped into one of the “deals” myself. Escaped by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin.

I can’t say it loudly enough–the business doesn’t work this way. No editing concern can guarantee a previously unpublished writer a publishing deal with a mainstream house. In today’s market, it’s hard enough for the published writers to have future works signed, especially if a prior project didn’t sell well.


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2 thoughts on “Aspiring Writers Group Affiliation with PML Media

  • Tom Collins

    Hi Rob,

    I don’t know if you remember, but I do a beginner writer’s class for the library. Two years ago a man, around seventy, came in with a two-inch thick manuscript. He told me it was an expose of the Mafia done from the inside. He wanted me to swear to secrecy, read it and tell him if I thought it was ready to be published. He told me he had spent $6,000.00 to have it prepared. Rob, as you know, I’m no expert, but I read the first page, with him setting there watching me, and I wouldn’t plaster the out-house wall with it. I told him I wasn’t qualified to make that kind of a decision. He then offered me $2,000.00 to read it and tell him if he got screwed when he paid the BIG FIVE. I told him to send it to any respectable agency and see what they say. Thank God , he never came back. He looked like he might have been in the Mafia. So from your post, I see the price has gone from, 6 to 8. One born every minute, as P.T. Barnum, the man with the two-headed cow said. I didn’t mean to go on this long, but you post did bring up a memory.

    Tom

    • Rob Bacon Post author

      Hi Tom,

      Great to hear from you. The sad part about the whole mess regarding the scammers in the publishing industry is that some writers sadly aren’t satisfied unless believing they’ve exhausted every avenue. When we all start out we think in our heart of hearts that we wrote the next big book and sitting with Oprah is right around the corner. I had a very good client who recently was considering spending $4,000 for a Kirkus Review and another client was just about to dish out $13,000 to have his self-published novel turned into a screenplay. Last year, another client was going to hire a publicist for around $5,000 to promote a book, which was also self-published.

      In everyone’s defense (meaning each unwary writer in these examples), why wouldn’t an honest soul not consider a Kirkus Review a brilliant marketing concept? And how is this person to know that the fee directly from Kirkus Media isn’t $4,000 but less than $500, and that no legitimate industry professional gives the reviews any weight whatsoever? Or that advertising a self-published book in a trade journal is a joke? As for a screenplay, it doesn’t work as the writer thought, as the person/company that options the book would hire the screenwriter if the project was greenlighted.

      Tom, I try very hard to make people aware of the mistakes or close calls I’ve had so others won’t waste their time and money. This business is hard enough. Thanks, for taking the time to comment on my post.