Here’s a screen cap of the additional services PF tries to sell its new authors in addition to the other charges they rip authors for up front.
First, when a price is given as “Starting at” the entire world knows that it’s the “starting” price, and that higher prices may apply. The words “and up” are redundant and unnecessary.
Secondly, the word is APIECE when you’re referring to separate items. A piece (repeated at least 4 times on this page) is one thing. I would think an author, editor and publisher would know the difference.
Next, let’s look at the sentence “Starting at $15 and up depending if you have the art or if the art needs to be created.” This is so poorly written it’s hard to know where to start. It would read much better as “Starting at $15. Prices vary depending on whether you have the art or require that it be created.”
What I’d really like to take a look at is PF’s blog tour.
While blog tours can be a legitimate and effective way to promote a book, any author considering a blog tour with Phoenix Fire should realize that the blogs on which their book will appear are all belong to Phoenix Fire’s co-owner Tabetha Jones.
Consider the case of Cindy Franks-White. Her blog tour with PF consists of placement on blogs belonging to Zoey Sweete, Rai Willis and Skylynn Wicker. All three, as well as Anna Lovelace and others, are Tabetha Jones aliases. All of them. The picture on Rai’s blog and FB profile is a tattoo model.
Tabetha Jones is charging authors for a blog tour that consists of placement on her own blogs. That’s a fact.
If authors want services from a publisher, they should find a real publisher that
1) doesn’t charge authors up front. That’s the first sign of a scam. And
2) will actually provide marketing and public relations that reach farther than their own pocket.
They might also look for one that can actually string a sentence together.