From The Book Designer: Is Your Book Held Hostage by a Subsidy Publisher? by Judith Briles in a Nut Shell!

                                                    In A NUT SHELL!

I've had my own problem with a subsidy "publisher" or what I call, POD service as some of you might know. So when I saw this article in THE BOOK DESIGNER by Judith Briles I thought is would be a good thing to revisit this issue in hopes of helping others with a problem with these "so - called - publishers."  

Judith Briles is a Contributing Writer for The Book Designer. She is an advocate for authors and writers and is known as The Book Shepherd

My story here

Author Alert: Is Your Book Held Hostage by a Subsidy Publisher? BY  

What a tangled web they weave … In the past two months, I’ve worked with several private clients and fielded numerous phone calls/emails from authors who have issues with their “publishers.” In all cases, they’ve been duped. They’ve been lured, hooked and now are sinking. The cause: a publishing predator is in their midst.
Their publishers are really not “publishers,” at least in the sense that they have the infrastructure to create and support a quality book and its author or that they have their internal team—from editing to some semblance of book design and publishing marketing and publicity and that they are accountable in the critical accountability departments of actual book sales and responsibility.
I attended a national conference a few months ago where the attendees were professional speakers. Many were well established, but a majority—new to the industry—gobbled up information that would hopefully turn them into a star on the platform. Having a book helps. Within the Exhibit Hall, several booths proclaimed that they were publishers … they would publish your book for a small fee. What they were, vanity presses “(or as some people call them, subsidy publishers)—nothing more, nothing less. The predators of the print world … and they were signing up people … their next victims, left and right.
To Read The Rest of Judith Briles' article and find out the Red Flags that can help you spot the vanity press in sheep’s clothing, as she calls them, go to:


  1. Excellent! Thank you for sharing this again. So many people get trapped by unscrupulous so-called publishers.

  2. Yes, I see it too, Dellani. That's why I thought to do this article by Judith Briles. ~JD


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