About This Website
In case you have not yet figured it out, 99 Buck Books is not a real company. This website is an exaggerated parody intended to call attention to some of the worst practices and attitudes of some self-publishing companies.
A few self-publishing companies are fine (we like CreateSpace). Many are dishonest, incompetent, ignorant, uncaring and overpriced. Some of the worst are Outskirts Press, America Star Books, AuthorHouse and Xlibris.
This site is provided by Michael N. Marcus, a bestselling author, editor, consultant, publisher and nitpicker. Michael does not compete with self-publishing companies (but he will help other authors). He wants authors to produce good books at a reasonable price and for the authors and their readers to be pleased with the books. Self-publishing has made it very easy to publish bad books. That's sad.
The THREE STOOGES of self-publishing:
Lulu founder Bob Young said, “We publish a huge number of really bad books.” Bob also misspelled "misspell" and confused “less” and “fewer.” A publisher should know better.
In a book, Outskirts Press boss Brent Sampson wrote the wrong name of the publisher of Roget's Thesaurus and wrote "forward" instead of "foreword." A publisher should know better.
Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Michael Hyatt has a blog that automatically blocks comments from people who have disagreed with him in the past. Nelson's Westbow Press self-publishing division lies about providing "free" books.