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

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

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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

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Common Publishing Legal Issues and How to Avoid Them – Annabelle Short | Guest Post

A business of all types – e-commerce companies, biotech, marketing, and software businesses – each have their own unique history put in place by their founder’s visions and principles. And as unique as their history, each company will also encounter their own legal battles. However, this might be more so the case for publishing companies

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Publishing Service Index: September 2017 (Notes Included)

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for September 2017. Our last index was released in May 2017. Originally I compiled the index, month-to-month, but I found the work involved to update almost 90 companies and service providers (now 82) was not being compensated by enough changes on the index over a short period of weeks. Indeed, some months

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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

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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

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7 Mistakes that Ruin a Writer’s Self-Publishing Efforts – Micheal Gilmore | Guest Post

Can you tell the difference between a successful self-published author and the one who doesn’t make it? It’s not about the literature. It’s more about character, persistence, and proper promotion. For those who don’t want to bother with publishers, self-publishing seems like the right solution. It’s cheap, easy, and everyone can do it. That’s the

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Book Cover Design: Why people might not like yours – Joshua Jadon | Guest Post

Have you ever thought about the role a book cover design plays in order to make a particular book a bestseller? Book cover designs are quite crucial for attracting the attention of your audience and readers. And yes… there are book covers published which are hated by people! Can you guess why? If you can’t,

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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

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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

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