Today I received a follow-up email from a different S&S staffer. It reads:
Veda forwarded your e-mail to me. I manage Archway Publishing for S&S, and would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about the service. There are a lot of options available to self-publishing authors today, and we believe Archway delivers real value. Please let me know if you'd be interested in speaking, and we can schedule a time.
[name, with a simon and schuster email address]
And here is my response to that email:
Unless one of those options is to detach AuthorHouse from Archway, I have no interest in hearing anything more you have to say.
You cannot partner with Bernie Madoff to offer investment services and expect people to ignore the fact that your partner is Bernie Madoff.