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The Facts of LAP Part 1: LAP Publishes Readily Available Dissertations that are FREE from their Respective Universities or Online.
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The Facts of LAP Part 2: If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself!
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Gill & MacMillan Any Better?
The Facts of LAP Part 3: Show Me The Money….pretty please!?
Lea, the Omnivox Classroom and have students read a chapter or two every now and then when the mood strikes me. Like me, they're poor. Both my previous publications with either Gill & MacMillan or Trickster Press have made me a total sum of.... wait for it.... $0.00 CAD. That is in any currency in case you were wondering, so don't try converting it. This is academic publishing after all, right? I digress.
The Facts of LAP Part 4: To Publish Or Not To Publish?
|Is LAP Academic Publishing Evil?|
I have been writing for years and have made very little money from doing so. Yes, I am probably just that bad. No, I don't suspect my writing will ever improve. Ironically, part of my job is to help students learn how to write despite the fact that I am not an English professor but instead, a humanities professor of all things. However, is LAP Academic Publishing the sneaky underhanded book mill that so many claim? No, it is not. LAP is the over confident we're in the business of making money for ourselves and don't give a scat if you ever see a dime book mill that is upfront about it from the start. Should companies compensate authors properly? Can I Get A Hell Yeah!? Throughout history I'm sure authors such as Jane Austen felt the same way.
Apparently many universities are actually discouraging students from publishing their dissertations with Lambert Academic Publishing. This is despite the fact that in some countries, getting published by a recognized publishing house is apparently a university requirement for graduates. Thus, LAP serves a purpose despite the fact that Stromberg himself hints that it will most likely not improve your academic standing amongst your colleagues. Which brings us to the question, why bother? I can equally ask why not?! As it stands, until I received Mr. Ghimisli's email, I hadn't even given my academic dissertation much thought over the years. Though, I had had two chapters published in two separate editions of the itb journal, which, subsequently you can read for free! (And no, I made no money from that too!) As the Amazon vs Hachette dispute illustrates, the world of publishing is changing. With it comes new opportunities as well as, admittedly, dangers for budding authors. As Brendan Behan once said "There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary." In the world of academic publishing, truer words may have never been spoken.
Update - Two Years Later!
It has been two years since I decided to publish my thesis with LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. In that time I have received approximately ZERO (0) royalties for my work. The latter should not be surprising to anyone and confirms what many people have stated about this publishing company. In fairness, it isn't because the book itself is not widely available. On the contrary, copies of my book can be purchased on all manners of websites now including eBay! I am not disappointed as I trust that I have made my reasons for publishing my work with this company abundantly clear (see above). In the end, however, I do enjoy the fact that I have a PDF copy of my book which I have taken the liberty of making it available here for your perusal.
Should you have any questions regarding this publication or any other of my publications, do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience. In the meantime, think of my published thesis as that proverbial door stop that is keeping the cyber door from completely closing on future opportunities where publishing can be, amongst many things, profitable(ish) - as in, you might be able to buy your wife and children a hot dog or two on a bright sunny day, preferrably within walking distance from home; after all, petrol is expensive.