Review of BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine on Self-Publishing

Last week BBC Radio 2’s midday programme, presented by Jeremy Vine, discussed self-publishing in the UK. The programme featured Kim Cross, MD of Grosvenor House Publishing (POD Index – 244.16), a UK author solutions service, and Simon Crump, a mainstream published author, as well as a host of phone callers. Crump was one of the few lone voices not in support of […]

Bowker Launch Curious Manuscript Submission Service for Trade and Self-Publishers (Updated)

On a day that was certainly significant, and just when I was about to pull the shutters down, Christy Pinheiro over on Publishing Maven explained and blogged on a curious email she received from RR Bowker about their new program for publishers. It is called Bowker Manuscript Submission. Why Bowker Manuscript Submissions was created? […]

The Publishing Road Less Traveled: How Self-Publishing Really Works

Authors can get understandably frustrated when trying to navigate the crowded waters to a mainstream publishing contract, and often their perception is that the road to a published book is marked by a stoney-faced gatekeeper lurking at every twist and turn, ready with a bellowing bark; ‘Thou shall not past less thee be worthy’. No-one […]

Peeling Away The Layers of Confusion

When I first started researching the area of Self Publishing about three years ago, I was struck by the multitude of terms used both writers and publishers to define their own business. We can easily review many self publishing companies and rattle off terms like Vanity Publishing, Subsidy Publishing, POD (Print-on-demand) Publishing, Partnership Publishing and […]

PublishAmerica/America Star Books – Reviewed (Updated 2017)

PublishAmerica (America Star Books since 2014) is a print-on-demand publisher founded in 1999 by Lawrence Alvin Clopper III and Willem Meiners. The company is based in Maryland, United States, and to date, they have published books for more than 40,000 authors (33,279 titles listed on, printing (according to PA) and publishing more books per year than Random […]

Harlequin Backtracks On Name of Paid-Publishing Imprint After Backlash

Continued pressure from US writers’ organisations and publisher watchdogs has resulted in Harlequin announcing that it is to change the name of its new paid-publishing venture, Harlequin Horizons, launched this week in partnership with Author Solutions. Yesterday, Preditors & Editors changed its listing for Harlequin to Vanity Publisher. Today, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) […]

Melrose Books – Reviewed Titles – 200+ Titles – 200+ Melrose Books is a division of Melrose Press, who, for many years, published biographical books through the International Biographical Centre. Melrose Books is their imprint for their system of partnership publishing between author and publisher. “Melrose Books is a new venture from Melrose Press, the renowned […]