Three words. Hangover. From. Hell.
Considering the above, this is probably going to be somewhat incoherant but as everyone else is talking about it, I'm going to be a sheep and do it too.
Publisher's Weekly: aka the numpties who are making what seems like a thinly veiled attempt at scamming self publishers out of $149. They've never exactly been advocates of indies but this is a brand new level of low. It genuinely pisses me off that they're charging people $149 to be featured in a crappy supplement. They can do what they like but what's bothering me is the carrot on the stick. Oh, you might get a review. Oh, you might be seen by an agent.
It's pretty crappy to take advantage of people's hopes and dreams and mostly, their desperation. When you first publish something yourself, there's a process that requires patience. Firstly, nobody knows it exists, it doesn't sell, it has no reviews and even the best writers can get panicky and feel like it's a total disaster. So this reputable name comes along and offers you what sounds like a great opportunity and you grab it with both hands. It's an investment, you tell yourself. You hand over your cash, your book gets a little ad and then . . . nothing happens.
The majority of the people you're marketing to probably won't ever see it. The possible review disappears from the equation. Talk of agents takes on a dream like quality because you start to believe you imagined it. Eventually, you sell some copies, get reviews and recommendations and are a happy camper but that probably would have happened even if you didn't pay $149. Your mileage may vary but the above is the typical story for so many people. I know plenty will go for PW's offer but I sincerely hope they have their eyes wide open and see it for what it is. They're charging $149 for a possibility of a review.
Shame on you, PW.