Writer's lawsuit claim: editing on the cheap.
I should have seen this, since it is from South Carolina, but it got by, so thanks to Nicole Stockdale for the pointer to the (Charleston) Post and Courier story:
Seems an aspiring author took some offense at Charleston-based Booksurge LLC, an on-demand publisher.
Leon Koziol, a former city councilman and candidate for state senate in Utica, N.Y., has accused Booksurge of outsourcing the editing of his book to India and delivering thousands of volumes with upside-down text and "words not found in the dictionary." Koziol is seeking $11 million, including $1 million in punitive damages, from the print-on-demand company and its corporate parent, Amazon.com Inc.
No one at Amazon or Booksurge is talking, of course. The Post and Courier's Kyle Stock goes on to write:
Koziol's complaint said that he spent two years researching and writing "Paradise Under Siege," a 260-page novel about terrorists smuggling weapons in the Great Lakes. According to the lawsuit, Koziol paid Booksurge $5,000 in March 2005 on the unwritten agreement that he would receive 250 books in early May. The books allegedly arrived a month late and full of errors. Koziol's lawsuit said he paid another $4,500 in July 2005 for an additional 750 books, which never arrived. The complaint also said the company issued a press release that "disparaged the book's potential" and misspelled his name.Quoting an unidentified former Booksurge executive, Stock writes:
Hmmm. Just an observation, but did anyone notice that Booksurge's favicon is BS?
As for Koziol's claims that his book contained grammatical errors and typos, the former executive said that during his time with the company, Booksurge typically offered copy-editing services only for an extra fee. "If there was bad grammar in a book, it was because a writer sent a book with bad grammar," he said.