Publishing Service Index: November 2018 [with notes]

This is the last PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2018. Our previous one was released earlier this year in April and I am switching to releasing it just twice a year (generally, Spring and Winter). The index continues to reflect closures of publishing service providers and our latest release sees the departure of one of the stalwarts of the self-publishing […]

The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part Two) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product. (Part One, here.)   At one point around December, about a month after I had moved to the tiny office run by this black-hearted publishing concern, I had gone for one of my lengthy walks around the pier around midday […]

The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part One) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product.   It is difficult, and probably unnecessary, to describe the existential panic that descends on you once you are cast loose from university to fend for yourself in the adult world. In my case, the general misery that descends with […]

Publishing Service Index: April 2018 [With Notes]

This is the first PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2018. Our last one was  released in December 2017. The index continues to reflect closures of publishing service providers and our latest release sees the departure of another two companies, though they were very small players in the service field. I now intend to compiled the index three to four times across the calendar year, so we can monitor seasonal […]

Publishing Service Index: May 2017 (Notes Included)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for May 2017. Our last index was released in February 2017. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found the work involved to update almost 90 companies and service providers was not being compensated by enough changes on the index over a short period of weeks. Indeed, some months the changes […]

Oklahoma Attorney General Ends Tate Publishing Empire with Arrests and Charges

State authorities on Thursday derailed Tate Publishing and Enterprises’ plan to resume operating their author services company. Richard Tate, the firm’s founder, and his son Ryan Tate, its CEO, were arrested Thursday morning and held on eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge filed by Oklahoma’s attorney general, Mike Hunter’s office, that accuses them of embezzlement, extortion and […]

Publishing Service Index: February 2017 (Notes Included)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for February 2017. Our last index was released back in December 2016. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found the work involved to update almost 90 companies and service providers was not being compensated by enough changes on the index over a short period of weeks. Indeed, some months the changes were very modest, […]

On Rushing, Delusions, and Snake Oil: 5 Easy Pieces of Indie Author Advice – Dominic Carrillo | Guest Post

Don’t Rush Is it because we’re dying to see our words bound by a cover with our name on it? Or are we just too eager to share our stories? Whatever it is, most indie authors are on the fast track to getting their book published and up on Amazon.com. Don’t make this mistake. Rushing is […]

Tate Publishing Confirms Closure and Transition Period

Tate Publishing & Enterprises has formally announced that it has shuttered its operations as a family-owned Christian book publisher and music producer and the company is now entering a period  of transition period “and we are no longer accepting any new authors or artists.” The company began operations 17 years ago, based out of  Oklahoma, USA. Trouble at Tate […]

Publishing Service Index: December 2016 (Notes Included)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for December 2016. Our last index was released back in late May/early June, and at one stage we released the index on an almost monthly basis. In compiling the index, month-to-month, I found the work involved to update the 90+ companies and service providers was not being compensated by enough […]