Artist Peggi Habets thought other artists might benefit from her experience. I have decided not to use the company’s name because it didn’t happen to me. The message is valuable, however, regardless of the company in question. Peggi writes:
The [book competition in question], promised a "stunning, full-color publication of all the winning entries to be sent to galleries and bookstores around the country." When I was notified that my painting was included, I went to the web site and saw the series of books being published. My painting was on the cover of [one of them] with several other paintings. The design looked pretty nice so I purchased the book. What a disappointment! It was poorly designed, edited and printed. About half of the artwork was printed on a full page at a very low resolution, and as a result, blurry and bitmapped. There were numerous typographic errors, missing credits, and terrible typography. I had told the gallery that represents me about being in the book, and they promptly ordered one to display in the gallery. They haven’t received theirs yet, but knowing their standards, they will be as disappointed as I am. I guess this is what they call "vanity books." Luckily it wasn't a big investment. The standard entry fee of $30 and the price of the book was $25. Still, not what was promised. Live and learn!
Image (c) Peggi Habets. Watercolor.