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Updated August 2014
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This survey has no authority other than my own ornery wish to help aspiring writers make progress; I'm really a writer, not a surveyor. I am Piers Anthony, known primarily for my Xanth fantasy series, though I also do serious writing. I've had a good deal of experience in the publishing school of hard knocks, hence my interest in making it easier for others. Updates directly from publishers are welcome, and so are comments about those publishers from those who use them. I have no agenda other than reasonable clarity, accuracy and relevance. I take publishers' claims on faith until learning otherwise; then I tell truth without much concern for consequences. I do not check with publishers before running positive or negative feedback on them; this survey is of the nature of a review, and anonymity of sources is maintained. If I may summarize the general gist of publisher responses to bad reviews, it is "You're a liar! We'll sue! Tell us who blabbed so we can destroy them. Who the hell are you to make such judgments anyway?!" To which I reply "Tough feces, folk. Clean up your act." But when, on rare occasion, the publisher turns out to have the right of it, I will grudgingly amend my entry next update.

I posted spot updates for August 2014, U through W of the Publishing section, and others called to my attention at this time, as shown in color.



I received a plea for publishers to get together and standardize their submission guidelines. Some accept single-spaced documents, some want 1.5-spaced, some double-spaced. Some want MS Word .doc, others .rtf. Some want no page numbers, some want chapter breaks, some want no words in CAPITALS, some want nothing underlined. Some want one space after each sentence, others require two spaces. I've seen publishers state that if their particular formats are not followed to the letter, submissions will be deleted unread. What to do? My inclination is to do it my way, which was good enough for traditional publishers for 40 years, or moderately adapted for electronic format, and any electronic publisher who objects can do without my business. Let the publisher change the format to please itself. If someone cares to offer a standardized format, I'll be happy to run it here. Then maybe publishers will start saying "Standardized Format Accepted" and the problem will fade as uncooperative publishers stop receiving submissions.




HiPiers Web underling's note: Added August 2009 are colors to indicate new additions and those added in previous updates.

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1000 DELIGHTS - 1000delights.com. December 2005 update: I understand they are now defunct. The site now requires a password for access. That would be weird for anyone trying to buy and sell books.

A1ADULT EBOOKS - www.a1adultebooks.com. A self publisher: the author prepares all the files himself, uploads them free, and they appear immediately in the catalogue. Material is mostly adult, but no under-18 sex, no animals or killing, but rape, torture, and incest are allowable. They take 35% commission on sales. A new book is a "featured product" for two weeks, the most recent being #1, the next most recent, #2, and so on. Sales are said to be small, though. I looked at the site, and some of those covers are graphic; there's no doubt about the nature of the books. Royalties are 60%, I presume of the cover price, paid in 14 days. April 2007 update: information from the publisher is that they offer both a publishing and self publishing service. All the books listed with them are done straight; self published books are handled by their authors. Whichever way it is done, the author gets 65% of the sale price, though things like credit card fees reduce this; the publisher actually takes only 10%. Payment is monthly, within 14 days. The proprietor feels that my prior report of small sales is ignorant, but did not provide informed figures. June 2007 update: A very favorable report that they have sales confirmation emails and online stats that match. It seems that this is not necessarily the case elsewhere. This says their royalty rates are 65% of sale price without credit card deductions. "They are friendly, informative, always willing to help and above all they pay out every month." February 2008 update: They certainly have an array of hard-core erotica, but this time I could not find information on submissions or terms for writers. I like to verify such things on my updates. June 2008 update: the publisher let me know where the terms are listed: under pubsell.pho. Still 65% on direct sales, 40% when sold via affiliates. January 2010 update: I'm not into BDSM, but those pictures are really hot: very full bare breasts, wide open beavers, etc. January 2013 update: I was again unable to discover terms, but they must be buying, because there's a slew of hot bondage books.

AARBOOKS PUBLISHING - www.aarbooks.com/.  January 2013 update: This time I got Google ads, so I guess this publisher has folded.

ABERDEEN BAY - www.aberdeenbay.com/. This is a traditional, mainstream, independent publisher that asked to be included in this listing. I try to cover electronic publishers, but will add others as they come to my attention if they seem to represent a viable market for writers. "Quality is our top concern. If your manuscript is truly outstanding, then we will publish your work regardless if you are a published author or not." They like to cultivate long-term relationships with their authors by providing them with dedicated editorial and marketing assistance. So this would seem to be a good place to be, if you have a good enough book. I was not able to learn much from their site, however. January 2010 update: site can't be found. They may be out of business. July 2011 update: I was informed that their address has been modified, so I have modified it accordingly. They are still in business. January 2013 update: They no longer accept unsolicited submissions. January 2014 update: But if you submit a detailed query, per their instructions, you may get an invitation to submit. This seems complicated, but fair.

ABLE MUSE REVIEW -- www.ablemuse.com. I received an announcement that the inaugural print edition of the winter 2010 edition of this magazine is now available. They publish poetry, fiction, essays, art & photography, and book reviews.

ACCLAIM PUBLISHING - www.acclaimpublishers.com/. "We specialize in small quantities of books at a very reasonable price." They do some marketing at their site, so I'm listing them as a publisher rather than a service, though it's a close call. February 2007 update: page not found. April 2004 update: I am advised that they remain in business, but their page may become unavailable if they get too many page views per month. This is the sort of fecal matter the little guys sometimes have to eat. February 2009 update: I got the unknown host message. January 2010 update: Still not found. January 2011 update: They are there, but seem to be a generalized search site that does including publishing. January 2012 update: now they relate very much to self publishing.

ACCURANCE GROUP - www.accurance.com/. "You have poured your heart and soul into your book. In these hard times it is a shame to not be able to bring life to your project because of the soaring costs of professionally preparing your manuscript for immediate publication and the need to conserve money. We're not going to let that happen to you." Their publication package is $239. They also offer editing and proofreading, audio Book Creation, and Interactive Web Portals creation for your book. August 2009 update: now their publication package is $280. November 2009 update: they say their prices will rise in mid November, so act now. December 2009 update: they have "The Whole Nine Yards Package" for $759, a hundred dollars less if you get it by November 15. It includes editing, formatting, a cover, ISBN, setting up a publishing account with Lulu or elsewhere, setting up for orders, shipping and royalty payments, and a copy of your new book. April 2011 update: a notice from the publisher says that if you anticipate publishing 30 titles this year (I presume this means publishers rather than individual authors) you can add $10,000 - $20,000 to your income by partnering with them. Also that now they do ebook conversion services for all the platforms. May 2011 update: An email from the publisher asks rhetorically "How can I reduce my costs and make my operations more efficient and still retain total control over every phase of my projects?" Well, Accurance will be glad to help you do that. All you have to do is ask them. June 2011 update: An email flyer reminds us that they can do all ebook formats in one package. January 2012 update: Now their packages range from ECombo at $349 to The Whole Nine Yards at $999. January 2013 update: now a plug-in is required, so I can't update. January 2014 update: No plug-in required this time. They have an array of self publishing services.

A CRITICAL MASS - December 2007 update: Now I am told it goes to a portal potty. That is, a site it may be dangerous to visit.

ACTION TALES - http://actiontales.com/. See ForemostPress.com

ADAMS PRESS - http://www.adamspress.com/. A print self publisher. Minimum quantity is 100 copies. No information on costs.

ADVENTURE BOOKS - www.puzzlesbyshar.com/adventurebooks/.    No longer publishing.

ADVENTURE BOOKS OF SEATTLE - www.adventurebooksofseattle.com/. An author received such a remarkably candid and informative response that he was quite favorably impressed despite being rejected. January 2010 update: All submissions are closed until November 1, 2010. January 2011 update: Since that date is two months past, I suspect they are not paying close attention. January 2012 update: Now they seem to be more current, but remain flooded with submissions. January 2013 update: Submissions are currently closed, and when they reopen they will be limited. January 2014 update: Still closed.

AGORA - www.internationalagora.com/. January 2013 update: The domain is for sale.

ALEXANDRIA DIGITAL LITERATURE - www.alexlit.com. Seeking new titles from established authors. The site does not seem to list terms, and does not seem to encourage unknown writers. Many genres. February 2006 update: They seem to be temporarily shut down as a publisher. February 2007 update: they remain temporarily shut down. February 2008 update: They plan to have a new site in 2008. February 2009 update: they call themselves an experimental social networking project centered on reading recommendations, using their Hypatia software. They don't seem to be a publisher any more. January 2010 update: Page can't be displayed. January 2011 update: Now they have titles, but no indication they are looking for authors. January 2014 update: Now they are Alex Lit, a literature discussion site.

ALL ROMANCE BOOKS - www.allromancebooks.com/. January 2011 update: It has become a general search site relating to publishing.

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS - www.allromanceebooks.com/. Not to be confused with the defunct publisher above. This is a distributor, listed in the Services section. July 2011 update: Do check there for their summer short story contest with first prize $1,000.

ALPHA WOLF PUBLISHING - www.alphawolfpublishing.com/ This is the reaincarnation of iEnovel, which shut down in 2011. They are accepting submissions in most fiction categories except erotica. Responses usually within 2-4 weeks. If you must do similtaneous submissions, at least let them know you are doing so. June 2013 update: the publisher reports that they now have over 30 authors and slightly more books under three year contract terms, and that the split is 50% of net, after the editor and cover artist get 10% each. They offer print (paper and hardcover coming soon) and ebook publishing. In sum, they are expanding. September 2013 update: they continue to grow. Turnaround time from submission to publication is now about 9 months. They now take all genres except erotica. They have weekly online marketing meetings and group chats with authors to address their concerns. They have a Facebook page, Book Club at Goodreads, and are constantly looking for ways to get the Alpha Wolf name out there. They have a short story writing contest this month and plan to publish at least 20 stories in an anthology, with each contributor getting a free copy of the book. The proprietor is a fan of mine; I hope that's a good recommendation. January 2014 update: Alpha Wolf is changing to Solstice Horizons, an www.solsticehorizons.com. This website will be gone soon.

AMBER QUILL PRESS - www.amberquill.com   "The Gold Standard in Publishing." Currently closed to submissions, except by invitation, as they are scheduled well into 2005. They have a legal notice to the effect that a number of their editions are being pirated by other publishers; only the Amber Quill editions are legitimate and paying royalties. February 2006 update: "Amber Quill press is primarily a 'submit by invitation only' publisher...any unsolicited synopses, partials, or complete manuscripts sent to our email addresses or snail-mailed to our business office by either author or an agent will be deleted unread, without exception." That's plain enough; they don't much care whether you live or die. February 2007 update: And they won;t reply to general query letters either. April 2007 update: they have found that their best sales are in erotic romance, so they hold a short fiction erotic romance contest every January. Winners are offered a publishing contract and a continuing relationship, which means their queries won't be deleted unread. Once a writer gets into their good graces, the relationship is excellent. June 2007 update: but a negative report on their arrogance. December 2007 update: reported to be very author friendly. A writer tells me that what I call arrogance is simply plain talk, because some people won't accept a No. “Only blunt language will deter them.” February 2008 update: They remain generally closed to outside submissions. February 2009 update: they remain "by invitation only," deleting all unsolicited submissions unread and ignoring queries. So they're really not a market for ordinary writers. June 2010 update: a report by an author at various publishers that sales are much better here, though this may be because of the hot market for the hot stuff. December 2010 update: I received a note on their arrogance, unconfirmed. January 2012 update: They are a submit by invitation only publisher and do not reply to general query letters. February 2013 update: I received notice from them that they have opened up submissions to the outside public for their Amber Allure imprint (LGBT fiction) through at least April 2013. June 2013 update: I received an update from the publisher. They remain open to submissions for their Amber Allure imprint, and are now open to the public for all fiction, including their Amber Heat (hereto erotica) and non-erotic gay genre literature. So their policy has changed substantially; you no longer need an invitation to submit. January 2014 update: They remain wide open to submissions.

AMERICAN BOOK PUBLISHING - www.american-book.com/. There is a deposit of $780, returned the first quarter after the book is published. Royalty up to 20% of net book sales; 50% on ebooks. But ASK ANN, the SFWA service, has some extremely negative reports on them; check there before making a decision. It seems this publisher talks the talk, but doesn't necessarily walk the walk. Writers are said to be leaving, and there could be legal action. April 2005 update: I am informed this publisher is now up for sale. February 2007 update: But there is no indication of that at the site. February 2008 update: They remain in business. February 2009 update: they are still talking the talk, but it turns out that their $800 deposit is refundable only after 950 sales. A new author is quite unlikely to get such sales. Be wary. January 2010 update: I tried clicking some of their displayed articles, but got pages that could not be found. January 2011 update: For manuscript submission information you have to click a link. I distrust this. January 2012 update: another negative report, cautiously stated because it seems they have written into their contract that they will sue anyone badmouthing the company. Thus participants can't tell the truth without risking a lawsuit, so have to be anonymous. Fortunately that is a risk I can afford, as I will demonstrate if necessary. This outfit appears to be mischief. January 2013 update: But still no indication of this on their site. January 2014 update: Serlver Not Found.

AMIRA — www.amirapress.com/. "At Amira Press, our mission is to provide an experience so far out of the ordinary, that our readers will look to stay lost forever in the worlds our writers have created for the reader's enjoyment." I'd call that a worthy dream. They publish all genres except children's stories, and are especially interested in Captive Romance, Interracial Romance, and Sensual Romance/Erotica in Science Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy, and Western, with the usual restrictions. Royalties are 50% on ebook downloads and 15% on print book sales. They respond to queries within two weeks, and within 90 days for full books. Lengths range from 15,000 to 85,000 words. December 2008 update: a favorable report of good editing, prompt responses, and on-time payment. February 2009 update: They are open only to Romance and Erotic submissions. An author is happy with their editing and timely royalties payments. January 2011 update: They are open to sensual and erotic submissions only. January 2014 update: Still limited to sensual and erotic.

AN AUTHOR'S DREAM - AN AUTHOR'S DREAM—www.anauthorsdream.com/. They have a POD service for $695 and they accept returns from all bookstores. 40% royalties from direct sales. That returnability is worth something, because it means that some bookstores might accept their books. But don't count on it. January 2014 update: Still offering the original POD package for the same price.

ANOTHEREALM - www.anotherealm.com/. This is a monthly e-zine, publishing two full length (up to 5,000 words)stories a month, for which they pay $25 for electronic rights only. They read and decide on all stories by October 31, to be published the following year. They also have "Flash Fiction" stories limited to 1,000 words, no pay, accepted year round, and contest stories based on contest topics, no pay, every two months. Obviously no place to get rich, but this could be good for talented beginners who need exposure. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; no pornography. February 2008 update: I read one of their stories, about a peeper on the beach. Nice surprise ending. February 2009 update: News of a lawsuit against them, apparently one of a number filed by Barbara Bauer, who objects to being called a scam. One source says "Barbara Bauer, named as one of the publishing industry's 20 worst Literary Agents, has sued over 19 bloggers and website administrators for allegedly defaming..." Another item says her lawsuit against Wikipedia was dismissed. Apparently this has been going on for a year or so; that's all I know. January 2010 update: But they are still there, with no hint of a problem on their site. January 2012 update: Still no indication of problems on their site. But be wary. January 2014 update: The site remains in good order.

ANTELOPE PUBLISHING - www.antelope-ebooks.com/. January 2012 update: Site is all in Chinese/Japanese symbols.

A PAGE 4 YOU PUBLISHING - www.apage4you publishing.com. This was called to my attention as an apparent rip-off outfit. Their physical address turned out to be fake and they seem to be completely non-responsive once they have your book. February 2006 update: I got the "unknown host" message. 

APHRODITE'S APPLES - www.aphroditesapples.com/. They have closed as of February 13, 2008. All royalties are being calculated and paid in a timely fashion. The site may say it's down for maintenance, but it's dead. January 2014 update: And the domain is for sale.

APHRODITE UNLACED - www.aphroditeunlaced.com/. They publish erotica and erotic romance ("Romantica") 1,000 to 75,000 words and above. Royalties are 35% of the cover price. But I have a report that sales are low and authors may have to bug the publisher to get them. February 2009 update: they seem to be out of business. January 2010 update: Now it’s a singles sexual dating service. January 2011 update: I would say it's out of business.

ARCHWAY - www.archwaypublishing.com Simon & Schuster have partnered with Author Solutions to create this self publishing service, ranging from $1,599 for children's books to $1,999 for the standard publishing package. It can go as high as $25,000 for special treatment. I don't have the site address yet; when I Googled it I got over nine million responses, so the correct one is surely there, but I lack the time to check them all. August 2013 update: Got it now. January 2014 update: I checked their listing of the top ten mistakes writers make, but it didn't list them, just gave a cenneciton for you to watch a 35 minute recording. Ah, well.

ARCTIC WOLF PUBLISHING - www.arcticwolfpublishing.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. Lovely picture of a wolf in the arctic, but the site was so slow loading that after 9 minutes I gave up. February 2009 update: I'm not sure this is a publisher, despite the name. January 2010 update: I got a blank screen. February 2010 update: a reader did what my system could not, and got information from the site. This is an independent book and graphic novel publisher based in Savannah, Georgia, looking for creative new authors. "Arctic Wolf would like to give the little guy a chance, and as always we welcome your submissions." They are looking for all genres of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, horror, young adult, and mainstream novels, but not non-fiction, poetry, romance, historical, erotica, or chic lit. March 2011 update: An author says “Of the ten publishers I queried from your web page, only Arctic Wolf even bothered to inform me that my queries were received.” They were responsive and prompt. This is not a sale, merely a submission, but it's a good signal. August 2011 update: but they don't seem to be buying much, because of the sluggish economy. January 2012 update: I could not get through to them. January 2014 update: Ditto.

ARIZONAL PUBLISHERS -   I received a solicitation from them with only an email address of an assistant editor, Evelyn Obazu. "We are interested in your book "The Magic Fart"; this is because the book is popular here and demand is rising here in Nigeria." Well, no sales of that title have been made in Nigeria, and I doubt that any legitimate publisher would want to start with such a title. So I suspect this is another Nigerian scam masquerading as a publisher.

ART BOOKBINDERY - www.artbookbindery.com/. This is a self publishing company, specializing in ultra low short run, print on demand. If you produce 50 copies of a 200 page book, it costs $11.50 per book, plus postage; the cost drops with larger orders. The process normally take 3-5 weeks, and the author keeps all rights. February 2008 update: Fill out a form for information on size of book, number of coupes to be printed, etc., and they'll give a quote. This is reasonable, as books can vary considerably. January 2010 update: not found. January 2011 update: Now it's there in good order. January 2014 update: Still there.

ARTEMIS PRESS - www.artemispress.com/. This is a feminist and lesbian publisher, currently accepting submissions in all categories, fiction and nonfiction, presumably relating to lesbianism. Royalties are 30% of the download price, and 15% on POD editions. One year contract for electronic rights, renewable, and it has an auditing clause. They welcome the opportunity to work with new writers. See also MOONLITBOOKS and GLB for gay/lesbian markets. Allow 3 to 6 months for reports. February 2007 update: 30,00 to 200,000 words: chances are your book will fit. February 2009 update: Now the wordage can be as low as 100. But they are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. January 2010 update: They remain open for submissions of all lesbian types. January 2011 update: Now their titles are available on Kindle and similar. January 2013 update: They are remodeling; check back with them soon. January 2014 update: Ditto.

ARTS COLONY PUBLISHERS - dfox@tstonramp.com. HiPiers received an email on this, and there does not seem to be a Web site, just the email address, so I have not checked it. It says you can self publish your book with light editing for $2500, or with heavy editing for $4500, and $400 for cover and inside design, plus the actual cost of printing. This does not seem cheap, but that may depend on how much you need editing.

ASCENT SAPIRATIONS - www.ascentaspirations.ca/. I received an email notice about this. It's a quarterly magazine. "We are dedicated to providing a venue for established and aspiring writers and artists. David Fraser, editor, Ascent Publications." It specializes in the darker shades of short fiction in all genres, and poetry with an edge.   There are several supplementary pages for an anthology, writer's resources, writer's sites, affiliate authors pages, and AA Publishing Page. Their word limit is 2,000 words and dropping. February 2006 update: I received an email from them indicating that they are still going strong.  August 2006 update: their newsletter says they have two anthologies and a contest going.  August 2007 update: They have upgraded their links pages for their magazine publishers, writers' associations, resources, publishers, writers' courses, contest sites, and writer's home sites. February 2009 update: Submissions are now being considered for the May 2009 issue. They are unable to pay at this time. July 2009 update: many local, national, and international events are posted here. They have a Fall 2009 Print Anthology Contest. January 2010 update: not found. January 2011 update: they became in August 2009 a monthly electronic journal, but once or twice a year they produce an anthology. A reading fee is required. October 2011 update: They have decided to form a partnership publishing company with writers. I think that means self publishing. December 2012 update: There is an annual print anthology, now looking toward Spring 2013, and many other things of interest. January 2014 update: Now it's the Summer 2014 Anthology Contest.

ASPEN MOUNTAIN PRESS - www.aspenmountainpress.com/.  January 2012 update: They are temporarily suspending operations. January 2013 update: Rights are reverted to authors. January 2014 update: And they're gone.

ASSOCIATED CONTENT - General fiction in many categories, but no erotica or gay/lesbian fiction. I found no information on terms, bit I am told their contract is decent. June 2009 update: I received an email announcement from an author published there. Each viewing brings a payment. January 2014 update: This time the link took me to Yahoo Voices, a different kind of site.

ASSOCIATED CONTENT - www.astraeapress.com. This was founded in 2010 when the proprietor saw the need for a non-erotic e-publisher offering wholesome reads with the quality of mainstream romance. They work one on one with the cover artist, pay 50% royalties (40% on third party sales), have print available for 50,000 word books, and have an agent for foreign rights and audio. They try to provide books at a cheaper price to meet anyone's budget. “Direct communication between owner, editors, cover artist, and authors. No middleman here!” January 2014 update: I found book listings, but no indication that they are looking for authors, and the site is copyright 2011.

ASYLETT PRESS - November 2011 update: They have shut down, citing health problems.

ATLANTIC BRIDGE PUBLISHING - www.atlanticbridge.net/. There is a good audit clause. They are looking only for Paranormal at this time. They pay author's 45% of all download sales, quarterly, and buy electronic rights for one year. A satisfied writer tells me that they are easy to work with, and that they were #6 among best publishers as listed by Editors and Preditors in 2001. See also their hot romance imprint, Liquid Silver Books. Unfortunately submissions are closed. February 2007 update: Still closed to submissions. February 2008 update: ditto. February 2009 update: still closed. They must have one hell of a backlog. January 2010 update: ditto. January 2011 update: Still closed. I have to wonder. January 2012 update: Still closed. January 2013 update: Still closed. Closed for over a decade? I have to conclude that this is not a current market. January 2014 update: I continue to check, as this was oncre a top publisher. But they remain closed to submissions. I think they are now a bookseller rather that a publisher.

@VENTURE - see Services section

AUDIBLE - www.audible.com/. These are recorded books, and they have a slew. But I was unable to find any indication that the novice writer is welcome here. I suspect that first you publish your book and become established, then they'll consider recording it.

AUDIO SHORT STORIES - www.AudioShortStories.com. January 2013 update: now it's in Chinese symbols.

AURORA SHOWCASE - www.aurorashowcase.com. Gone.

AUTHORHOUSE - www.authorhouse.com/. February 2009 update: The Authorhouse/iUniverse complex has bought the remaining large independent self publisher, Xlibris. I do not know, but suspect it will be folded into Xlibris in due course. Your books here will be safe, however. April 2009 update: I am simplifying the entry, as past history is surely irrelevant as the new order works out. January 2010 update: Or maybe not. Authorhouse remains as its own imprint.

AUTHOR SOLUTIONS — The umbrella name for the huge self publishing complex that includes Authorhouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, WordClay, and is involved in Harlequin Horizons. June 2012 update: they are now looking for a buyer. They are not in financial trouble, it's just that the investors feel they have done what they can with this complex and are ready to move on. My guess is that their family of imprints will not be affected. They say they have published 170,000 titles from 140,000 authors. This dwarfs the efforts of commercial publishers. January 2013 update: they are now owned by Penguin.

AUTHORS WANTED - http://authorswanted.com/. This is a Book Proposal and Manuscript Submission resource provided by Study Pubs LLC for authors who wish to present new and original book proposals or manuscripts for consideration for publication. It was founded in November 2010. I am not clear from this description whether they are a publisher or an agency, or whether they are traditional print or electronic. I think they are a small traditional publisher, in which case they don't belong on this list. They are not a self publisher. January 2013 update: their website is undergoing a new development phase; check back often. January 2014 update: They are not accepting submissions at this time. But keep checking.

AVENTINE PRESS - www.aventinepress.com A self publisher. Their basic package is $349.00, with additional fees for add-on services such as hardcover publication or a custom cover. They also have a marketing program for $995. Royalties are 80% of the net moneys received, which is very high. February 2008 update: Now their basic package is $399. January 2014 update: Notice that they will be out of the office during the holidays, but the site remains in good order, for information.

AVID PRESS - www.avidpress.com.  Gone.

AWE-STRUCK E-BOOKS - www.awe-struck.net. I understand that one of the proprietors is physically disabled, and wrote a book featuring a disabled character, and when he couldn't get anywhere with Parnassus (an all too familiar story) he decided to set up a publisher for such work. It publishes Romance, Science Fiction, combinations of the two, and Nonfiction. If you are disabled, or write about that subject, you will surely get a sympathetic hearing here, though they aren't limited to such authors. February 2009 update: Closed to submissions for now; keep checking. April 2009 update: Awe-Struck has been acquired by Mundania, and will be come an imprint there for various romance genres. Contract terms will match those of Mundania, 20% of net for print, 50% of net for ebooks, audit clause, etc. No set-up fee, no requirement to purchase copies; they get author's copies plus more at 40% off if they want them. Open for in-house submissions, and unsolicited submissions sometime in the spring. January 2010 update: They are open for submissions in a number of genres, preferred length 40,000-80,000 words. August 2010 update: they are currently closed to submissions. January 2012 update: Still closed. January 2013 update: Closed.

AYDY PRESS — www.members.shaw.ca/aydy/. I was sent a warning about this one, which apparently took over from the defunct Treeside Press and has not been good about issuing statements or returning rights. I looked it up, but got a blank screen.

BABCOCK PUBLISHING - www.swiftsite.com/pleasures/books/index.htm. I was told this is a subsidy publisher (vanity press) that claims to be up to 50% cheaper than others, and that it advertises that it provides full services. They say that there are three classes of publishers: Major, that won't even read unknown writers, Subsidy, that charges you $10,000 and up with no guarantee that you'll succeed, and Babcock at 40-50% less than regular subsidy. Okay, that means $5-6,000 and up, and they give absolutely no email quotes. They accept no downloads or floppy discs manuscripts. You can probably do better faster and much cheaper at one of the self publishers. February 2006 update: "We give absolutely no e-mail quotes! Manuscripts should be submitted in 'double-spaced' hard copy only!" I think they should get with the times, if they really want new business; even dinosaur-age traditional publishers are starting to accept electronic manuscripts. 

BAD PRESS - badpress.infinology.net. It says it is a new men's weekly to which anyone can contribute; they will edit intensively to bring your material up to snuff. Send interesting poems, essays, experimental fiction, reviews, cartoons, songs, and it seems just about anything. No information on payment or terms. April 2006 update: I still don't find information on terms. January 2013 update: This time I got an odd index of what I presume are articles. I clicked one and got a blank screen. I doubt this remains a market. January 2014 update: Gone.

BAEN BOOKS - www.baen.com/library/. This is a traditional publisher, offering a number of titles for free downloading, trusting that this will in the end generate more sales. I'll be interested to see if that works. October 2010 update: A negative author report. I gather the author queried, got a request, and submitted the book. After two years they admitted it was lost in the shipping/receiving department. They finally found it and said it had been palletized [I think this means processed for handling] and sent to a junior reader in Texas, who had it for 6 months and apparently never reported. Return postage had been included, but the book was never returned. There is no evidence that an actual editor ever saw the book. I had my own experience with this publisher years ago, and have to say that this is typical of their fouled-up system. It doesn't seem to be malice, merely SNAFU. That is, Situation Normal, All Fouled Up. January 2013 update: Their site lists What's New, but the newest is almost a year old. I'd be wary. January 2014 update: Now they have an extensive free ebook library, but I don't see evidence of publishing.

BDSM BOOKS - www.bdsmbooks.com/. They deal with themes of erotic domination. I understand that they pay 40% royalties for exclusive publishing and 30% for non-exclusive, but then take off a percentage for card processing. I tried to verify terms, but the site was so slow loading that after 13 minutes I gave up. I did see enough to verify that erotic bondage and sadomasochism is their specialty in books and videos. August 2007 update: Interesting material from the publisher, who turns out to be 15 years older than I am, and obviously not in it to rip off authors. Their site is now faster loading than it was. You know, I'm not into this genre, but some of those girls are sexy as hell. October 2007 update: an author reports that the publisher's online figures seem to match its payments and his experience. He is quite satisfied. April 2008 update: I have another satisfied response, and news that the management has changed but it remains okay. June 2008 update: but a buyer accidentally used an out of date card, and the order went through without challenge, so verification is suspect. February 2009 update: they have changed their credit card processors; now it's real time on a secure site. There should be no further problem. June 2009 update: A very positive report. January 2010 update: "Yes – of course we welcome new authors!!" You don't see that kind of invitation often. April 2010 update: And a contrary report: their sales volumes seems to have been cut in half, and worse for lesser known authors. They no longer pay monthly unless you earn $150 or more, and I think few do. So while they may welcome new authors, those authors should be cautious. July 2010 update: I received a report that they seem to be closing for business, but their site still has many books for sale and invites authors to contribute. There seems to be quite a difference between their positive site and the experience of their authors. August 2010 update: a correction from the proprietor: they are not closed for business. There have been some technical difficulties, but he's getting things back under control. January 2012 update: Site says it is under new management; coming soon is much more than ebooks. January 2013 update: They are selling books, but I found no information on buying any from authors.

BEACHWALK PRESS — www.beachwalkpress.com/. They are accepting submissions for all sub-genres of romance, from 15,000 to 75,000 words. They take electronic rights for three years, pay royalties of 45%, or 45% of net sales via other distributors, paid four times a year. I have a favorable report on their handling, cover, and marketing. January 2014 update: They are still open for submissions.

BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE PUBLISHING - www.beautifultroublepublishing.com/. A new small independent publisher in Colfax, NC. They look interesting. Beautiful Trouble Publishing, LLC is owned by two authors who wanted their own digs. The goal of Beautiful Trouble Publishing is to be recognized as a publisher not afraid to say yes to an unknown artist, author, or editor, or no to a well-known artist, a best-selling author, or a degreed-up editor. Stories we publish will rock the reader's sense of humor, prick the soft places within them, challenge their assumptions, spark their sense of adventure, and stay with the readers long after 'The End.' A Beautiful Trouble Publishing story may not fit into any known genre or it may fit into several...either way, it's going to be a kickazz story. The owners are Jeanie and Jayha whose wild imaginations freaked out publishers. They realized that if they wanted it done right, they'd have to do it themselves. Their illustrations suggest that lovely partly-clad women are the kind of beautiful trouble they are looking for. They expect to do e-books and print, from 3,000 to 150,000 words, from polite Romance to Home Wrecker heat. But they emphasize the need for respect along with the sex. Apparently there are no preferred genres; your piece can be anything as long as it's sexy and obeys the usual rules: no rape, no child sex, etc. I did not find terms for authors. January 2011 update: They seem to be open for submissions, and are explicit about their needs and taboos. March 2011 update: They offer a minimum of 40% royalties. They have an intensive editing process, a minimum of three rounds of editing and a few rounds of proofing. They are open for submissions, but are picky and demand a lot from their authors. August 2011 update: A report says they seem business savvy, but annoy some authors by their insistence on doing it their way. But their sales seem to be good. January 2013 update: They seem to be open for submissions but are exceedingly finicky about format, or else.

BEAU TO BEAU PUBLISHING - www.beautobeau.com/ This is an ebook and print publisher of both homosexual and heterosexual fiction and nonfiction. Royalties are 50% of net. They acre accepting submissions of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual) including but not limited to romance, erotic romance, historical romance, historical erotic romance, erotica, humor, mystery, suspense, action, adventure, drama, paranormal, fantasy, etc, but no pedophilia, necrophilia, or incest. Minimum length 10,000 words, no maximum length. I have no track record on them, but they're certainly an open market.

BENOY PUBLISHING -   I received an email advising me that the Attorney General's office of the state of North Carolina is handling the complaint against this publisher. It is not one I listed, and I can't locate an electronic publisher by this name. So I mention this just in case someone should find the information useful.

BE-PUBLISHED - http://be-published.com/. I spotted this as an ad on another publisher's site. It's actually Xlibris.

BESMART PUBLISHING - See BSMART PUBLISHING

BETHANY PRESS INTERNATIONAL - www.bethanypress.com    This is a self publishing company that prints books. They are announcing a new book publishing solution designed for Christian authors, ministries, and small publishers. They work exclusively with Christian publishers to produce life-changing books. "We want to partner with Christian organizations and individuals who have a vision to distribute the message God has given them to a world which desperately needs it."

BETHANY'S GROUP   This was an oddity to explore. It seems to be an association of several publishers or imprints devoted to aspects of girlish naughtiness and spanking. There are pictures of bared female bottoms ready for discipline, some of them getting it. Some sites are www.herwoodshed.com, www.wickedvelvet.com, www.spankingcastle.com, www.punishmentspanking.com, www.wickedcastle.com. In Wicked Velvet I found terms that may be similar for the others: 40-80,000 words length, to be serialized, and writers are paid a per-chapter fee as the stories are run. An author's report is that originally it was good, but in the past year payments have slowed and even stopped. Rates have changed and are not high. So visit the site to view the sights, but be cautious about placing your naughty fiction there. January 2012 update: The publisher responds that there are only a few dissasisfied authors, the great majority being well satisfied. They have been publishing ebooks since 2001, and are just about the only erotic publisher to pay advances and to buy books outright for publication on their websites. They have paid over a million dollars in royalties and advances in the past decade. They pay royalties quarterly, promptly.

BEWRITE BOOKS - www.bewrite.net/. This is merging with Jacobyte Books, and presumably this will in due course become the site for them both. As yet it is spare. February 2005 update: It is filling out. They want manuscripts from 60,000 to 180,000 words--chances are yours fits--with no porno or excessive violence or nonfiction. But this appears to be a fiction posting site rather than a paying publisher. April 2005 update: I am assured by the publisher that it is both types of site. They are looking for a new site for the book division, which should be online by the end of 2005. February 2007 update: They say they are closing the BeWrite Community to concentrate on BeWrite Books. February 2009 update: Now they will not accept books under 50,000 words or over 130,000 words. December 2011 update: the publisher says all that is sadly incorrect and out of date. They pay above standard royalty, are handling problems, have a blog at www.bewritebooks.blogspot.com, and their authors are happy. Their new submission period will open in January 2012. January 2013 update: They have become an ebook publisher only. January 2014 update: Server not found.

BIBLIO BYTES - www.bb.com/.Gone.

BIG SKY E-BOOKS - www.cwisestone.com/bshome.htm.   February 2009 update: gone.

BLACK LYON PUBLISHING — www.blacklyonpublishing.com/. A small publisher based in Oregon, focusing on general fiction and Romance, in trade paperbacks and electronic. Lengths vary by genre, ranging from 45,000 to 85,000 words. They are currently accepting submissions in all their lines. I did not find information on royalties. January 2010 update: Some lines remain open for submissions, some not. January 2014 update: The site is there in good order, selling books, but I found no indication they want submissions.

BLACK VELVET SEDUCTIONS - www.blackvelvetseductions.com/. Open to new and established authors in all kinds of Romance, ranging from Traditional to Fetish. Their lines are Forbidden Experiences, Sensuous Journeys, Tender Destinations, Amorous Adventures, Short Story Collections. They care more about content than format. Well developed characters, strong conflict, much emotion, solid ending. I found no information on terms. January 2011 update: They are currently open for submissions in all their lines. No information on terms.

BLADE PUBLISHING LTD - http://bladepublishing.org/. Now accepting submissions for all genres—they have a wide-ranging list—with lengths centering around 50,000 words. 35% royalty. Highest standards. December 2010 update: I am informed that they folded November 1 because of the owner's illness.

BLITZPRINT - www.blitzprint.com/. A printer who facilitates self publishing. No information on terms. February 2008 update: You can request a quote. July 2009 update: they shut down their online book store June 1, 2009.

BLOOD MOON PUBLISHING - www.bloodmoonpublishing.com/. This is an imprint of Double Dragon, for Horror and Suspense. Electronic publishing, royalties 30% of the net download price or 30% of the amount received from a reseller, paid every 6 months. Submissions should be in .RTF format to avoid viruses. January 2011 update: Submissions are closed until March 1st 2011. They are also looking for editors. January 2012 update: Now submissions are open. January 2014 update: Not only do summissions remain open, they are also looking for editors.

BLUE PRESS - http://sgtblu.com/. I have a report that they are promoting a contest where the author gets one free copy of the book and standard royalties. I don't know how legitimate they are. January 2011 update: their Basic Author Package is $729. August 2011 update: They are gone, apparently folded.

BLUE WOOD PUBLISHING — www.bluewoodpublishing.com/. They were formed in mid 2009 by two authors, one a ;New Zealander, one English, to provide publishing services, particularly to brand new authors, because both founders had enormous difficulty getting accepted by existing publishers. So they are trying to do it right. They have ben open only to story submissions, but are open for longer ones in March, 2010. they do not charge authors, and do pay royalties. They try to report in 4-8 weeks. They don't say what genres. January 2011 update: They are open for submissions, but have a long list of restrictions. January 2012 update: They have changed their submission policy, no longer asking for complete manuscripts, and have dramatically reduced their list of restrictions. No formatting restrictions either, as long as it is a document type they can process. They have published 36 authors, cover a wide range of genres, and have seen dramatic growth in their second full year in operation. It looks from here as if they are doing something right. February 2012 update: Okay, my system simply refuses to put it on; when I tried with Windows, it's fine. I have an issue with willful programs that won't let me do my job. January 2013 update: This time I had no trouble getting it. They seem to be open for submissions.

BLURB - www.blurb.com/. "Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books—reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them." So they have put together a creative publishing service they say is simple and smart enough to make anyone an author. They have a list of prices for different sizes of books, such as $62.95 for a 20-40 page book. That strikes me as a hell of an expensive book. But I learned from a client that a hardcover full-color 40 page book costs about $22. Blurb can, however, be frustrating to deal with on larger sizes.

BODENDORFER - The former WORDBEAMS, which closed down in a decent manner, is now reviving here. If that decency continues, it should be a good place to publish. But for now all submissions are closed. February 2004 update: I got a blank screen. February 2005 update: The site is there, but the publisher seems to have folded. December 2007 update: I am told that its address changed, but it does seem to be out of business as a publisher.

BOLD STROKES - http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/. "Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of top-selling lesbian fiction with the goal of incorporating the exciting new trends in romance, action, adventure, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy/horror, and erotica while preserving the integrity of the traditional genres. We also present contemporary and general lesbian fiction as part of our commitment to offer quality lesbian fiction to all readers." No simultaneous submissions. Decisions in 10-12 weeks. 55,000-100,000 words preferred. They seem to be primarily a print publisher, marketed and distributed by Bella Books. I did not find information or royalty rates. February 2008 update: Now their limits range from 45,000 to 150,000 words, depending on imprint. January 2012 update: Now they cover Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Queer fiction. I still don't see information on terms. January 2014 update: they say they offer an advance, but don't say what it is, with what terms.

BOOKBABY - —www.bookbaby.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. The site is there, with news about sweepstakes and such, but I could not find any clickable links. My guess is this is a self publisher, starting with e-publishing for $99 and related services available. Could be okay. January 2014 update: Yes it is a self publisher. They say that once you start selling your book, they take no part of the money.

BOOKBOOTERS - www.bookbooters.com. As of July 25, 2003, they have suspended all publishing activities, but remain as a bookseller. And they are stiffing their authors. February 2006 update: they are permanently closed for business, as of November 25, 2005. 

BOOKBOX - www.bookbox.com/. "BookBox is a essentially a web-based jukebox of digital books in languages from around the world. It synchronizes the text, audio, and visual media to cerate an educational and entertaining reading experience for children and even adults who still have a child in them!" It pays $40 per story in local currency and 5% of any future profit from that story. So this isn't big money but could be nice for those who like to tell children's stories.

BOOK CLIFF GROUP ELECTRONIC PUBLISHERS - www.bookcliff-group.com/. Now here's a variant: the author retains all rights, and the publisher retains 25% as a publication fee. That translates to 75% for the author. Print on Demand for writers, poets, artists, photographers; otherwise this is an electronic publisher. Material must be child safe. February 2007 update: They are actively seeking children's stories. February 2008 update: And scripts of all types: short plays that are suitable for community theater performances. January 2014 update: They remain in business.

THE BOOK DEN - www.thebookden.com/. This is Denlinger's Book Store in Florida. It's been in business for 75 years, and seems to be slow-moving, taking four to six months to report on submissions,. It seems to have a wide range of books. 10%, 50% of subsidiary. Can take 6 months to report. Primarily nonfiction, many categories. Buys all rights. February 2008 update: It is closing its doors. But it seems that some of their POD titles are still being sold at Amazon.

BOOK LOCKER - www.booklocker.com. As I understand it, they charge fees for their services ranging from zero to $225, but take non-exclusive rights only (that's important) and pay 50% to 70% royalties monthly (that's phenomenal.) Offhand, this seems to be a good place to consider early. They have many types of books, including ones on self publishing, about which they are very encouraging. Now they also produce trade paperbacks. Now author keeps all rights. Author can terminate agreement at any time, no hassle. 35% royalties on list price of POD books. Costs $199 to do POD plus $18 a year hosting fee; electronic print is free. UPDATE: An anonymous report is a good deal more negative, suggesting that this publisher's main business is publishing the proprietor's books on self publishing, and that the author's of other titles have to follow a formula and do all of the book promotion and selling., or get de-listed despite the contract. If this is true, writers should be wary. Followup on the update: I received angry letters from Angela Hoy, wife of the company's president and author of several of their books on self publishing. At first she was halfway polite, then threatening, accusing me of defaming the publisher. I rechecked with my source, who affirms the accuracy of my update. Angela said "What you are doing is illegal," and said she was turning this matter over to her attorney. I never heard further; I suspect someone got a whiff of Ogre and did the sensible thing: retreat. Nevertheless, I am trying to be fair in this survey, and have to say that my spot check did not indicate preferential treatment given to Angela's efforts. She says they have published more than 900 books, only 6 of which are hers, and none of hers appear on their homepage. So the question is whether this is a good publisher with a few disgruntled authors out of many, or one that sometimes treats writers in an arbitrary or unfair manner. Both may be true; I suspect that is the case. June 2005 update: I have a favorable author report, citing a positive attitude and quick responses. February 2006 update: They have a table showing the costs to self publish books at BookLocker $392, iUniverse $459, Xlibris $500, AuthorHouse $898, and Trafford $1,399 including 40 copies.  April 2006 update: another bad report, this one not anonymous. Ron Brault rbrault@obtel.com paid Booklocker $200 to publish his nonfiction High & Away 12 miles high and 20 miles away, the story of the cameras in the U2 spy plane, written by his father. Angela Hoy, after denying that she received the book--he finally had to send it by signed receipt certified mail to prove she received it--challenged the cover photo, saying it had copyright problems, apparently wanting him to pay more for a cover done by the publisher. She evidently felt that his cover represented stolen goods, and I understand even wrote an article titled "When writers steal from other writers." I may have this garbled. But it was the beginning of a long hassle, and the book was not published. He asked for a refund but didn't get it. He is a high & away dissatisfied customer. Contemporary readers may not realize how big a deal the U2 was a generation ago; this is surely a book of general interest. June 2006 update: Angela Hoy's site for her article is www.writersweekly.com/the_latest_from_angelahoycom/003340_03222006.html. February 2007 update: Another positive report of prompt responses and effective procedure. "One of the things I think is great about them is that they are exclusive; they accept only a small percentage of the ms. that come in, and that's a real plus for authors who truly believe in their work and are not just publishing to make themselves feel good." February 2008 update: Now their POD fee is $299, plus $18 a year. June 2008 update: and another positive report, finding Angela to be knowledgeable, friendly and responsible, doing a tight and thorough edit of the manuscript. The cover design was good. February 2009 update: more negatives. It is said that proprietress Angela Hoy has not been published anywhere but here and that she is not a good writer. That she misuses stock photos for promotion, and that BookLocker's claim to be the cheapest POD house is untrue; Create Space is cheaper, being essentially free. That despite its claims BookLocker really does not discriminate in what it publishes, and that it arranges to plant positive and negative comments on Amazon about particular authors' books. That the publisher threatens critics with lawsuits to shut them up, and trashes their reputations. I don't know how much of this is true, and some would be tricky to prove, but there is a smell, and my prior dealings with BookLocker suggest there is some substance at least to the charge that they threaten critics. June 2009 update: Angela Hoy responds that she has a contract with St. Martin's Press, she has never mis-used stock photos, that Booklocker is cheaper than CreateSpace for services like original cover design, formatting assistance, ISBN, distribution through Ingram, etc. That if you can't honor the CreateSpace specs, they upsell you on their subsidiary, BookSurge, which is far more expensive than Booklocker. That she has never posted a review on Amazon or elsewhere, never posted under a false name, or had anyone else do it at Booklocker. That she does not threaten critics with lawsuits, only those who have posted libelous comments about her online in retaliation for having their illegal activities exposed. That it may be one of those deadbeats who contacted me. But see my extended discussion in the June 2009 Hipiers column. August 2009 update: a favorable report: "They could NOT have been more helpful." This author conjectures that some of the wild complaints stem from ignorance about POD. "So many haven't a CLUE!" January 2010 update: Now their link goes directly to Angela's newsletter, leading off with her charge that my anonymous source is a liar. I doubt it. January 2012 update: Three years later, still that “Liar” rant. I'm not sure this remains a publisher. November 2012 update: A named complaint: A L DuBois paid $1,274 for their color POD package, but it was messed up, such as appearing in Black & White. When the author notified the proprietor, she got hung up, declaring that it wasn't her FAULT! Later Angela Hoy demanded written proof that everything was legal, and when reminded that requirement was not in the contract she exploded, calling the author a liar, thief, jerk, etc. In sum: "I feel beaten up by Angela Hoy of Booklocker.” January 2013 update: Still no information here about publishing, just the inaccurate rant against Piers Anthony for telling it as it is. Probably best to stay clear.

BOOKMASTERS INC - www.bookmasters.com/. They focus on prepublishing services such a printing, binding, fulfillment, and distribution. You can get a package of services for $640. I list them here in the publishing section because they also do epublishing.

BOOKMICE - www.bookmice.com/.  Gone. February 2005 update: Now the site is a list of books with links to purchase them elsewhere.

BOOKSFORABUCK - www.booksforabuck.com/. Looking for novels in the fields of Romance, Science Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, and General Fiction, 50,000 words up. No pornography, literary fiction, or other genres. Prices range from $1 to $3.99, but all are available for $1 in their first month of release. Royalties are 50%, paid quarterly, on gross revenues. For paper publications, 50% of net revenues. No charges to the authors for any of their services. The process of publication seems to take about two months, because of editing and cover art. Maybe I'm influenced because the proprietor is a fan of mine, but this looks very good to me. December 2008 update: it seems they don't acknowledge submissions. A writer queried, described, got a request to see the full novel, sent it, and did not hear from them again. A query was ignored. July 2009 update: later he heard from them, courteously, so cancel that complaint.

BOOKSHELF GLOBAL PUBLISHING - www.bookshelfglobal.com.  I received an advertising pen in the introductory package at the Florida Writer's Association convention that advertised this outfit. It says "Publish your book your way." February 2008 update: I could not find information on prices. "You pay a very competitive price per book. First run minimums are small (100-1000); subsequent runs have no minimums. Well, you can find much smaller first-run minimums elsewhere. January 2014 update: Now the first run minimum is 50.

BOOKSOURCE -  New title for the Booksurge complex.

BOOKSTAND PUBLISHING — see ebookstand

BOOKS TO GO NOW - www.bookstogonow.com. New electronic publisher covering the major emarkets. They report only one desire:: to see great stories get the exposure they deserve. Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Erotica, Fantasy/SciFi, Fiction, Historical, Inspirational, Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult—50-50 split after editing, artwork, promoting. Their site is still a work in progress, but they will answer questions. January 2014 update: The site is fully functional now, but plug-ins are required so I can't take at further.

BOOKSTRAND - www.BookStrand.com/ I have a report of excellent sales: over a thousand dollars per title paid in a quarter. June 2009 update: those sales continue; I was shown a statement. March 2010 update: A generally favorable report of professionalism, responsivity, good editing, and decent royalty reports four times a year. But their submission process has so many guidelines in can be hard to follow. January 2012 update: However, they are open for submissions.

BOOKS UNBOUND- www.booksunbound.com/ January 2012 update: Now they can't be found. I think they’re dead.

BOOKSURGE - www.booksurge.com.   See the entry on IMPRINT BOOKS. I do have a positive report on them from an author, who mentions they are now BOOKSOURCE. Another says the are now at www.GlobalBookPublisher.com. October 2004 update: I heard from them: they are still going strong, and Global Book Publishers was a previous name. June 2005 update: they have been bought out by Amazon.com. This could shake up the self publishing market. AMAZON's notice says in part: "BookSurge makes it possible to print books that appeal to targeted audiences, whether it's one copy or one thousand. Our new relationship with BookSurge will provide Amazon customers an ever-expanding selection of titles that are not available through other channels." I presume they will consolidate the assorted imprints under one name. February 2008 update: They don't give prices on the site: you have to fill out a form and get in touch with one of their publishing consultants. An author with a book with 120 pictures learned that it would cost $5,700 to do. April 2008 update: As of April 1, 2008, Amazon is turning off the Buy button on books not printed by BookSurge, starting with those by Publish America. There is outrage. August 2008 update: 35% direct retail royalties at Amazon.com and 4 other retailer sites; 10% elsewhere. Editing service is a minimum of $300. Royalties every 45 days. February 2009 update: No news of the controversy on their site, of course. January 2014 update: Site remains. They are unifying under the Create Space platform.

BOSON BOOKS - www.cmonline.com/boson/.  They don't seem to provide information on their terms. They are currently closed to poetry, drama, fantasy, children's books, and religious fiction and nonfiction. Presumably other types are okay. February 2007 update: Currently closed to submissions. February 2008 update: They remain closed to submissions. February 2009 update: Still closed, but in June 2009 they will consider nonfiction. January 2010 update: Currently closed to unsolicited manuscripts. February 2011 update: Still closed to submissions. January 2012 update: Still closed. Five years closed? I doubt they are much of a market. February 2013 update: Not Found.

BOROUGHS PUBLISHING GROUP - http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/. They are open for submissions in many genres. I have a negative report on them, of taking months to review a submission, more months to offer a contract, then no word, so that the author had to get a lawyer to wrench back his rights. There's a question whether they are paying their authors on time or at all. This suggests that authors should be wary.

BOX LUNCH BOOKS - www.boxlunchbooks.com/. August 2009 update: Gone.

BREATHLESS PRESS - www.breathlesspress.com/. Publisher of Romance, Erotica, and Paranormal, with the usual restrictions. Up to three books a week, 1,000 to 100,000 words. I found no information on terms for authors. December 2009 update: since opening they have hired 5 editors, an acquisitions manager, and a marketing manager. They have posted a sample contract. Lengths range from under 1,000 words to 100,000 words, in several heat ranges, with the usual restrictions. The contract takes all electronic rights for 3 three years, renewable. 35% royalty on the retail price, or 35% of the amount received from other vendors. No audit clause. January 2010 update: Now there is an audit clause, but it's not a good one. April 2010 update: The publisher tells me they have updated their contract, I'm jammed for time at the moment and haven't checked it, but presumably it is improved. They have also hired new staff members. In short, it's a going concern. December 2010 update: But there has been a reference to their "underhandedness," so I recommend caution. January 2011 update: I heard from the proprietor, Justyn Perry, who says Breathless Press does not have any underhanded dealings. It may be a matter of interpretation. So I queried my informant, and got half a passel of detail about how Justyn had worked for Hades Publications in Canada, tried to steal some of their authors, then walked out, leaving their accounts in a mess. Justyn replies that he did work for Hades, but left because of their unethical practices such as not reporting royalties to authors, charging fees for publishing books, etc. He denies ever poaching authors, as he does consider that unethical, and has suffered from it at Breathless. I am not in a position to ascertain the exact truth, but will say that the relevant question here is how Breathless authors are treated now, rather than past history elsewhere, and there have been no complaints here. February 2011 update: and an author complaint, saying that there are complaints, just not public ones. Books aren't uploaded when they are supposed to be, payments are confusing, payment for cover art may be slow, and questions have been ignored. Some supposedly poached authors aren't poached, merely leaving in disgust. March 2011 update: And two author reports, both highly favorable. One reports that the editor and cover artist worked with her to get things right and it was a great experience. The other wishes to be named: Summer Falls says “Breathless Press has never been underhanded in any dealings with me. Justyn Perry returns emails, answers questions and always gives authors his best. Their cover art is amazing, the editors professional and overall a fantastic publishing site. As with any new business, they are always tweaking and improving.” A third author concurs: superb editing, good cover art, prompt response to question, royalties paid on time. September 2011 update: Another favorable report on their efficiency. January 2012 update: They are actively looking for submissions. July 2012 update: A negative report that the company seems to be in dire straits, not always paying their editors and artists, and that there is favoritism, with favored authors getting special treatment while others go through the wringer. Looks from here as if they ran out of money but won't admit it. August 2012 update: Half a passal of additional reports, mixed. Delayed reports and payments frustrating authors. First rate editing, great covers, good response, no evidence of favoritism. And word from their managing editor Deardra Krieger: statements were made by a disgruntled author turned editor. There is absolutely no favoritism. They have never not paid an author or employee, apart from a $5 minimum that needs to accumulate before royalties are paid. (This is standard practice with most publishers.) September 2012 update: Questions remain about delayed payments and whether the terms of signed contracts can be changed later unilaterally by the publisher, and there is evidence of retaliation against those who complain, but as far as I can tell, payments are current. February 2013 update: They are open for submissions, paying royalties of 40% of net sales. May 2013 update: a report of their paying only a quarter of royalties owed, without explanation. February 2014 update: No sign of any problems on the site, of course. They remain open for submissions.

BRISTLECONE PINE PRESS — www.bcpinepress.com. They say they are an independent electronic imprint, but don't seem to say of what, and there is no information about submissions. February 2011 update: the site took so long to load I gave up. August 2011 update: A reader provided me the information I was unable to get myself. They say they are an independent publishing imprint committed to bringing high quality print books to the eBook platform. I gather from this that you need to have been published in print first. You need to query them with information about your book; they have a form to fill out, and it must be complete or they won't review it.

BROWZER BOOKS - www.browzerbooks.com/.  This appears to be a publisher and marketer of free books. I found no terms listed for authors, but presume they are unpaid. So if you have a book you just want to make available for reading, this is the place. February 2008 update: I clicked their link about publishing romance books, and it put me with Xlibris. May 2010 update: I heard from the publisher. "We have moved all BrowzerBooks links to TaleWins to concentrate our resources. The BrowzerBooks domain is reserved for our club members." So check www.talewins.com/ as the best entry point for writers. "We do publish fine books in pdf formats." There is no charge for the publishing.

BSMART PUBLISHING - www.bsmartpublishing.com. “A publishing company which provides comprehensive desktop publishing services, all levels of online editing, translations, digital graphic design and illustration to the publications industry.” So this is a self publishing service, which outsources offshore for lower cost; they are located in New Delhi, India. They do all types of publication, and are eager to have you try them.

BUY BOOKS ON THE WEB - www.buybooksontheweb.com/. The main thrust seems to be to sell books - but let's face it, if books didn't sell, who would publish them? It has a "Get Published Now!" section. "Did you know that less than 2% of authors ever get published? We have found a way to change that!" They offer an Authors Submission Package, if you send in their form. An author report says they are responsive and pleasant to work with. See Infinity Publishing, as their publishing link leads there. February 2009 update: they remain as a bookseller, with their publishing arm being INFINITY.

BY GRACE PUBLISHING - www.bygracepublishing.com June 2009 update: A report that they keep making excuses instead of paying royalties. Since they have closed there doesn't seem to be much recourse. January 2010 update: This domain may be for sale. February 2011 update: Gone.

BY LIGHT UNSEEN MEDIA - http://bylightunseenmedia.com. Founded in 2006, they are a niche press dedicated to publishing fiction and nonfiction up to 150,000 words on the theme of vampires. Several genres; what counts is the vampire. They pay a small advance, and royalties of 20% of net on print and audio sales, 50% of net on ebooks. All titles released simultaneously in hardcover, trade paperback, and multiple ebook editions. Their recent titles have been reviewed in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and LIBRARY JOURNAL. They are currently accepting submissions. My guess, considering the package they offer, is that they will soon be swamped. Query first. February 2014 update: They are open for fiction and nonfiction submissions. (I wonder how you do nonfiction about vampires? The range seems limited.)

Cafe Press - www.cafepress.com/cp/info/sell/books.aspx. They merchandise all sorts of things, but have added a publishing service, so are listed here for that. This is POD, with charges of $7 for binding plus three cents a page; slightly different for different types of stitching. It looks as if you have to do a lot yourself. October 2006 update: a negative report from someone who ordered a T-shirt. After months with no confirmation of the order, finally canceled it. If this is the way they do business, sales will be small. August 2007 update: And the opposite experience, with prompt delivery for several T-shirts, which are of good quality. February 2011 update: Pricing is based on the number and type of pages in your book. February 2014 update: they are selling T-shirts, posters, greeting cards, wall clocks pajamas, coffee mugs, throw pillows and more. I don't see anything about publishing your book, but presume it's there somewhere.

CAMBRIDGE HOUSE - www.camhousebooks.com/. December 2007 update: A writer sent me a copy of his correspondence with this outfit. It says it is not a vanity or POD publisher, but the indication is that it costs something like $15,000 to get published there. When he Googled it, he found only negative comments, and the publisher did not answer his pointed query about the time it takes authors to reach the break-even point via sales. February 2009 update: The site seemed to get stuck on "loading"; I gave up after several minutes. February 2010 update: ditto. February 2011 update: This time it loaded promptly: a blank red page. It seems I need plug-ins I don't have. February 2012 update: not found.

CAMEL PRESS — www.camelpress.com/. I was asked about this, so added it to my list. They are a new publishing imprint of Coffeetown Press doing hardcover and electronic publication. They call themselves a feisty little publisher with a mission, ready to snap up the good stuff that slips by the big guys. Romance, mystery/suspense, thrillers, science fiction, or unclassifiable if it is sensational. They don't seem to have a track record yet, but it's a good attitude. February 2012 update: They are open for submissions. Query with a 50 page sample. February 2014 update: they remain open for submissions.

CANDLELIT MAGAZINE — see Services section.

CAN WRITE WILL WRITE — www.canwritewillwrite.com/. They started out as a showcase website for authors to display their work, but now have branched into publishing. An author reports that they have been professional and helpful throughout. I don't have information on terms; it was a slow site. February 2009 update: If they like your work, a contribution of £100 to get started. They will post your work on their website for one year. Um, as publication goes, this is barely minimal. January 2010 update: I heard from them. They are not charging authors anything to showcase their work. They have expanded their literary services. June 2010 update: They now electronically publish books. "Anyone with a decent, completed, coherent book has a reasonable chance of obtaining an ePublishing deal with us. Free. We make our money taking a percentage of sales." They also supply editing and critique services. February 2011 update: They have an interesting attitude. They publish about twelve books a year. If you feel you can ignore their requirements, but have a really positive attitude, you might persuade them to make it thirteen.

CAPTIVE UNICORN — www.captiveunicorn.com. They have teamed up with Liberator, Inc., to publish the all-digital Liberator Erotic Library, featuring erotic romance and erotica. It is scheduled for an inaugural release in early 2013. Submission information is available from their web site. February 2013 update: They are actively seeking manuscripts of unlikely new romance, married couples seeking to restore the spice, and playful menage of all types of threesomes or foursomes.

CARINA — http://carinapress.com/ They are expecting to launch in summer 2010 and release new titles weekly. They expect to have a wide range of genres. I understand that Carina is completely separate from Harlequin Horizons, not connected. Carina is not a self publisher. They will go digital first. No advances, but larger royalties. February 2010 update: They are accepting submissions in all genres of romance, erotica, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, women's fiction, and more, but no non-fiction or poetry. They will consider fiction from 15,000 words to over 100,000 words. You may submit manuscripts that were rejected by Harlequin or any other publisher. March 2010 update: They want all rights for 7 years, 30% royalty on ebooks sold through their site, half that on books sold elsewhere. What will count is how much they sell. January 2011 update: a report of a very prompt and personal acceptance process, until a supposedly negotiable contract turned out to be non-negotiable. But the rest went very well, and the overall experience was good. February 2011 update: they remain open to submissions in all genres except young adult, poetry, or nonfiction. February 2012 update: still wide open, but query first. Check their requirements for queries. February 2014 update: Now they are more limited, no longer interested in nonfiction, women's fiction, horror, thrillers, literary, faith, young adult, or general historical fiction. That still leaves plenty, however, so check their list.

Carnal Desires Publishing - www.carnaldesirespublishing.com/.   This will be the erotic imprint of DOUBLE DRAGON, opening September 1, 2007. Interested in erotic fantasy and science fiction, but will accept other topics, too. February 2008 update: Alexandra Adams is the co-publisher, who has her own Sexy Novels site listed in the Services section. Minimum length is 20,000 words, 90,000 maximum, but they are flexible. They are looking for highly erotic romance, and welcome cross-genre, with a riveting plot. The usual restrictions. Royalties of 35% of the cover price for ebooks sold at the site, 35% of net for other sales, and 10% for POD sales. They take digital rights only, for five years. February 2010 update: they are now open for submissions. They are especially interested in cross-genre works. February 2011 update: Submissions are closed. February 2012 update: Submissions are now open. February 2013 update: Still open. February 2014 update: Their servers are down for maintenance.

CARNIFEX PRESS - www.carnifexpress.net/.  February 2009 update: They shut down on January 1, 2009, with regret: couldn't make it financially. They are selling off their books at below cost, hoping to pay off their debts.

CELEBRITY CAFE - see THE CELEBRITY CAFE

CELLAR DOOR PUBLISHING — I have no site address, but a report of failure to acknowledge manuscripts. Beware.

CENTRAL VALLEY WRITERS - www.centralvalleywriters.com/. The writers' organization of Central Valley, in Chowchilla, California, is sponsoring contests for fiction and nonfiction, novels and short stories. Prizes of $50 for longer works, $25 for stories. They consider anything over 10,000 words to be novel length. Entrance fees are $20 for a novel, $10 for a story. February 2008 update: Call for entries by April 4. February 2009 update: As of January 7 they have moved to Madera. February 2011 update: They hold writing contests the year round. February 2013 update: This time it came up in Chinese characters, so if they're still publishing, it's not in English.

CERRIDWEN PRESS - www.cerridwenpress.com/. This is an imprint of Ellora's Cave for mainstream fiction. That is, Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic/Sci-Fi, Historical, Horror, Humor, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Women's Fiction, and many categories of Romance. They also have a number of special categories mixed in with Ellora's Cave, such as Ellora's Caveman Anthologies and Cotillion; check their site for half a slew of information. Presumably Cerridwen will have the same promotional push that Ellora's Cave does, which suggests high sales. February 2007 update: They are always open for submissions. April 2009 update: but I have a report that all they really seem to want is erotic romance. That is surprising, considering this is supposed to be a general mainstream imprint. February 2010 update: They are still always open for submissions in all their genres. April 2010 update: But the private word is that they are not accepting any new submissions despite what the site says. In fact I understand there's a notice in their author package to that effect. I also understand that editors are being fired. Things seem to be in limbo. July 2010 update: an ebook a reader bought had squares in lieu of some words, and the reader is reluctant to buy more such books. Author went to publisher, and publisher said it must be the ereader's fault and refused to take it further. But the same error occurs on other ereaders. I know computers can put squares for unknown symbols; this suggests that the file has some obscurities that ereaders can't handle. Until the publisher is willing to deal with this, beware. February 2011 update: The link took me to a dark blank screen for Jasmine Jade Enterprises. This strikes me as mischief. March 2011 update: No, it's okay; it seems to be the new name for Ellora's Cave and its imprints. February 2012 update: They are open for submissions. I like their spot headings for types: Pricked for tattoo fiction, Hex Appeal for wanton witches, Ball & Chain for spicy sex in marriage, On the Hunt featuring bounty hunters. "Remember that sex is largely visual and verbal for men (for women, it is mainly mental and emotional.)" They remark that men want women to "do some of the work" and imply that is obscure. I can clarify it: men prefer that women not lie there like suffering corpses during sex, but participate actively as if they actually enjoy it. February 2013 update: They remain open for submissions. Curious, I clicked their link for complaints about this imprint, but it was only routine submission requirements. Why am I not surprised? February 2014 update: I did not see submission information. Hmm.

CHAMPAGNE BOOKS - www.champagnebooks.com. Starting up March 31, 2005, mentioned as a possible publisher, but so far it seems to be just a book reading club. June 2005 update: I heard from the publisher. They are not a reading club, though they do have an experimental ebook club. But they are a publisher first. February 2006 update: Submissions are closed, and by invitation only until further notice. February 2007 update: They seem to be open for submissions now. June 2007 update: I have an anonymous report that they seem to be slowly becoming a vanity press. Some authors are charged to go to print, while some aren't. I'll be interested to receive feedback clarifying this, as it could be a misunderstanding. October 2007 update: it is indeed a misunderstanding. They considered letting impatient authors pay for print, but decided against it. February 2008 update: They are accepting submissions for all genres except erotica, no short story collections or poetry. February 2009 update: I could not find information on terms, or any indication that they are more than a bookseller now. June 2009 update: I received reassurance that they are a full-fledged publisher, and are publishing authors with great satisfaction. Epublication and trade paperback. April 2010 update: I have a favorable report that they have a good contract, prompt response, and good editing. June 2010 update: And two savagely negative reports I am loosely interpreting here to mask identities. One describes a publisher that started out well, then ran out of money, used royalties to cover operating expenses, and made excuses to cover that up. The other describes bad editing, blatant favoritism, and a threatening attitude toward those who even question things. Both reports are detailed and persuasive. There is also a story circulating about how there was a firm offer to buy 10,000 copies of an author's books, with no refunds, but the publisher essentially turned its back on the deal. Such an example, if true, suggests that the printer might have demanded payment up front, and the publisher wouldn't or couldn't do that, so let it go. So much for that author's prospects. Beware. July 2010 update: And an angry response from the publisher, who wanted the bad report removed immediately. Lotsa luck there. But they do make their case. Money is not an issue. There was an issue with their bank, which has been resolved; it was a banking error. All royalties have been paid. There was never a firm offer for 10,000 books, and the prospective buyer never followed up despite being queried. Actually the sale is still pending and is expected to go through in due course. At this point it looks as if the publisher has been vindicated in this respect. February 2011 update: They will consider all genres, but have a specific interest in Romance, Science Fiction/Futuristic, Fantasy, and Steam Punk. August 2011 update: Another favorable report. A new author queried, and received a prompt response and a request for the manuscript. A week later they rejected the book, but did respond to a request for feedback, delivering a blunt critique that the author concluded was professional and useful. So this is a positive reaction to a rejection. That's a rarity, and worth noting. It seems that this publisher is cultivating future authors. That's as it should be, but is nevertheless rare among publishers of any stripe. February 2012 update: They are open for submissions, but do not accept snail mail subs at this time. February 2013 update: Now they accept emailed submissions. February 2014 update: Submissions are closed until February 1, 2014, so should be open as of this update. Prior submissions were deleted unread. That's clear, but I suspect it is a signal of growing arrogance. They couldn't wait a few days to get to something sent in just before the deadline? March 2014 update: A reader sent me a link with negative reports on this publisher. I checked it, and much of it feeds right back to this entry of mine. But there are others, as writers report their experiences. Some are threatened with legal action if they tell. That's bad. Back in my day, circa 1970, I was advised by a lawyer that I could get sued and lose for telling the truth, because it would harm the errant publisher's reputation, and the publisher had resources I lacked. Justice is not necessarily served in the courts. That's one reason for my militant attitude today; I will tell the truth, and now have the resources to back it up. Sue me at your own risk; I will probably destroy you. But here I am a third party, and can only report what I am told, without being certain of its accuracy, especially when indications are mixed. June 2014 update: A report of fouled up statements of account and failure to pay royalties for whole quarters. Stonewalling of authors who query about this. It may take legal action to get information. Beware.

CHANCES PRESS - www.chancespress.com.  A new publisher expanding their line of romantica e-books, now open for submissions. ("Romantica" is hot sexy romance genre fiction promoted by Ellora's Cave; I understand they don't like others using their word, but it has become its own genre.) They are especially interested in gay themed books, romance, and of course romantica. Anthologies will also be considered. They pay 50% of net sales from wholesalers. February 2006 update: "We are currently not accepting queries or submissions."  February 2009 update: They now offer self publishing options. Partnering with Wordclay, which is listed below. February 2010 update: They are still not accepting submissions or queries. February 2011 update: I could not find information on submissions. February 2012 update: They are currently not accepting queries or submissions, but this may soon change. February 2013 update: They seem to be open for submissions now.

CHANGELING PRESS - changelingpress.com/. "Out of this world Erotic Love Stories." All types, including gay/lesbian and fetish, from 8,000 to 25,000 words, not full length novels. Except sweet contemporary romance, child pornography--the really dirty stuff. April 2005 update: they are a royalty-paying publisher using the EPIC RECOMMENDED (AUTHOR FRIENDLY) CONTRACT. Now they do short fiction and novella length, 8,000 to 30,000 words. December 2005 update: I have a very favorable writer report on them. But I don't know what they pay. April 2006 update: I am told they pay royalties of 35% for what they sell directly, and less if they broker a book through something like Fictionwise. This is reasonable. I have another very favorable author report; their contract is said to be quite author-friendly. February 2007 update: They are open for submissions. April 2007 update: A report of 50-250 sales per title per month. October 2007 update: word from the publisher: "We specialize in paranormal, fantasy and science fiction stories." But obviously their scope is wider than that. "We've got only one heat level. Over-the-top hot!" December 2008 update: Publisher Margaret Riley sent information. They are coming up on their fifth anniversary, and have done a total of 1054 titles, in and out of production. They expect to sell 100-300 copies in the first month, doubling that in the first two years. They do some print books, but that's not their primary focus. Their contracts have a "kill" fee ranging from $350 for single ebooks to $750 for print collections. Another author report is quite favorable: good editing, on-time payment. February 2010 update: This time I could not find information on submissions or terms. February 2011 update: Still no information. My guess is they're not buying. April 2011 update: I heard from a writer who uses them, loves them and the support they provide. I am told they do still have submission information, but I still can't find it. May 2012 update: another very favorable report. February 2013 update: Now their submission information is readily found, and they are open in a number of sub-genres. April 2014 update: Another favorable report. They pay monthly. If something personal comes up that prevents an author from meeting a deadline, they work to try to keep things on schedule, or set up a better release date. They are friendly and respond promptly to emails.

CHEER AND DANCE BOOKS - www.CheerAndDanceBooks.com/. This is Darnell Spirit Productions, DSP, in business since 2000 for just cheer and dance. That is, cheer and dance themed nonfiction, and soon fiction too, in a variety of lengths. Non-subsidy, royalty paying, ebooks and POD. Royalties are 40% of the net. Some may be selected for doll collections; they get 10% of the sales for related dolls. I get the impression that writers don't submit material here so much as try out for publication. This publisher seems friendly. February 2008 update: Lengths range from 10,000 to 100,000 words. They want adult romance centered around the world of cheerleading, but within those thematic boundaries will consider a wide variety of genres. Keep it sweet, sensual, but not erotic. February 2010 update: They remain open for their type of submissions, and will respond in 3-4 weeks. February 2011 update: A note says Darnell Spirit Productions, evidently the publisher, has been acquired by Netherfield House Press. All titles are being updated. Follow their link to Netherfield for information on their new submission policy. February 2012 update: Now they have a Submissions section, and will consider novels from 50,000 to 110,000 words.

CHICKSPRINGS - chicksprings.com. Not a market.

CHIMERA - www.chimera-online.co.uk. A report of sales not credited, and they may balk at requests to take down author's books. February 2009 update: They sell erotic books, movies, and toys, but I did not find information on terms for authors. February 2012 update: the link took me to England Singles Xmatch .com, a site for singles. I suspect they are no longer a publisher.

Chipmunk A Publishing - www.chipmunka.com/.   A mental health publisher based in the UK. They say they have published more than 130 paperbacks and 200 ebooks. "We want to prove that everything in life is a mental health issue..." So if you have a fiction or nonfiction book relating, this appears to be a good place to be; they seem truly dedicated to banishing the stigma associated with mental health problems. You may donate money if you wish to support their effort, but otherwise this is merely a specialty publisher. February 2010 update: They pay royalties once a year, and do not reveal their rates until they offer a contract. February 2012 update: Their site seems to consist of very positive testimonials by authors who are thrilled to be published.

CHIPPEWA PUBLISHING LLC - www.chippewapublishing.com. December 2007 update: they have closed, because of the proprietor's family emergency. All rights are being returned to the authors as of November 30, 2007. If a publisher has to go, this is the way to go. February 2008 update: but a number of authors have not received those reversions, and it seems other publishers won't buy without those reversions. November 2010 update: but there is a report of their never paying what was owed to a number of authors. February 2011 update: Now it's a publishing search site.

CLASS ACT BOOKS — www.classactbooks.com. Electronic and print publisher, said to be responsive. Currently accepting submissions in all their genres. I did not find information on terms. July 2010 update: I have a highly negative report of authors who left this publisher because of hidden fees, being shorted on royalties, failure to fulfill contractual obligations, and lack of response to queries. It seems the publisher is releasing books that are no longer under contract and have been published elsewhere. A number of novels were named, which I am not naming to preserve anonymity. It is, I am told, no class act. August 2010 update: And a refutation. Their contracts say royalties are based on Net. That's not the same as hidden fees. Another writer checks royalties vs. sales and the statements have always been correct. And listings may take several months to go, because sellers like Amazon can be slow to act. One other thing: if only a few writers are mad at a publisher, the publisher can usually identify them. If many are, the publisher usually can't. This time a name was named, so I checked, and it was the right name. So by this imperfect measure, the publisher stands vindicated. September 2010 update: Well, heard from several more disaffected authors who gave examples of abuses. The balance swings the other way. See my discussion in the SapTimber 2010 HiPiers column. October 2010 update: And a response from Linda Voth: “I took over Class Act Books in April of this year. It was, and still is, my intention to work with the authors to make Class Act Books a great company." She did have a problem with lists of authors and books that were not completely current, so that some books the authors had pulled remained on sale. She tried to work with the authors to correct this. Some authors were very understanding; others were not. To save time she merged Class Act with Paw Prints, which she owns. Amazon did that for her, but in the process some books somehow got made active again. Affected authors were sure that she was trying to steal from them. “As for not paying the correct royalties. That, simply, isn't true. We were a bit late in making quarterly payments but we had a lot of financial stuff to wade through and we wanted to make sure that we were correct. We also waited on one of the 3rd party vendors who was extremely late in sending payments." In one case she sent the full price that Amazon paid for the book, $3.13, but the author would not accept the figure. “By then there was nothing I was going to do that wasn't, somehow, underhanded." She finally stopped trying to explain. So the pendulum swings again; this is persuasive. Class Act will offer print books without a setup fee or minimum sales requirements, with the authors receiving 30%. February 2011 update: I did not find information on submissions. December 2011 update: Another negative report of not paying royalties. February 2012 update: They are open to all genres, but no gay/lesbian, rape, child abuse, or animal cruelty. No information on terms. May 2012 update: Another complaint about no statements or response to queries. February 2013 update: Submissions are open only for romantic fiction at this time. February 2014 update: Now they are open in all fiction and nonfiction genres.

CLAYBORN PRESS - www.claybornpress.com/. August 2011 update: I have a report that they have become nonresponsive. Indeed, their site seems” to be gone.

CLEAN ROMANCE - www.cleanromance.com. This means exactly what the name implies: keep the dirty stuff out. It is interested in all Romance sub-genres. 10,000 to 100,000 words, 35% royalties on downloads. October 2004 update: the link no longer connects.

CLOUDY MOUNTAIN BOOKS - see Fiction Forest

CLOTHO PRESS - www.clothopress.biz. February 2012 update: And they are gone.

CLUB LIGHTHOUSE PUBLISHING - www.clublighthousepublishing.com/. This is a newly-launched epublisher located in Canada. They are open for submissions in many genres of fiction and non-fiction. They take only electronic rights, for one year, and pay royalties of 40% of all download sales. Reports on submissions in one month to six weeks.  February 2007 update: They are open for submissions in many genres of fiction and nonfiction. February 2008 update: The site is there, but seems to have no content. June 2008 update: they are there in good order, so my prior observation must have been a glitch. I have a positive report. April 2009 update: I have a report from a satisfied author, who says they were great every step of the way. January 2010 update: and another favorable report. February 2011 update: This time I did not find submission information. February 2012 update: They say their royalties are among the best in the industry, without saying what they are. They want hot, spicy remance, erotica, GBLT, and vampire stories. February 2014 update: Open for submissions in a number of genres.

COBBLESTONE PRESS - www.cobblestone-press.com/. This is an electronic publisher of sensual and erotic romance with many genre subdivisions. Royalties are 35% of the cover price, paid monthly. They take electronic rights for one year. Four general lengths: Trysts 10,000-20,000 words; novella 20,000-40,000; novels 40,000-65,000; full novel 65,001-100,000. Three levels: Wild = fully realized sexual relationships; Wanton = that plus explicit language; Wicked = that plus the hot stuff: disturbing themes, violence, multiple partners, BDSM (bondage/sado-masochist). But not rape, racism, pedophilia, incest, bestiality, necrophilia or body functions. In addition, three lines: Brazen, with aggressive heroines; Outlaw, with hero on the wild side; Shifter, with shape shifters. They want to see full manuscripts, not summaries. December 2006 update: a very negative report, and a quite positive one. So the jury still seems to be out.  February 2007 update: much more here, as a flurry of authors defend the publisher, and another was negative. Essentially the negatives relate to their strict editing. I discussed this with co-owner Sable Grey, and while I really hate to admit it, her case seems stronger than the authors' cases, and I have to side with the publisher. It looks from here like one of the best. See my discussion in the February 2007 HiPiers column. June 2007 update: They are having their one year anniversary. They are starting an unline publication CPQ Magazine in their Blue Page Directory. I understand this HiPiers Survey will be listed as a resource. They have added an audit clause to their contract and are making it retroactive, so those with prior contracts can invoke it. That's one generous deal. February 2008 update: They now have a fifth general length: Vignette 5,000-10,000 words. August 2008 update: more information from the publisher. They now publish a short story erotica line called WICKED. In general their hottest sales come from the hottest fiction, erotic historical, menage, BDSM, and Paranormals. There's a new series called The Vampire Oracle featuring (duh) vampires. They continue to grow. Next year they expect to release 5 titles a week. They are now working on titles for 2009. They have periodic cross promotions, cooperating with other publishers. NOTE: in the course of my updating dialogue with the publisher, she mentioned that she'd consider a submission from me. As it happened, I had recently had an edgy idea that might fit their Wicked line, so I wrote it and submitted it. They acknowledged with a notice that it takes 90 days for a report. But in three weeks they accepted it. So this note is to clarify that conflict of interest; I can't be considered fully objective about publishers with which I do business. The story is "Knave." He has a thing for the Queen of Hearts. December 2008 update: the proprietor had a computer virus problem that messed up communication and statements, annoying some authors, but that has been resolved. Meanwhile my story has been published there. See my Cobblestone blog, rerun in the December 2008 HiPiers column. Essentially, I'm a satisfied contributor. February 2009 update: reports for November and December indicate about 17 copies of "Knave" sold, meaning in due course I should receive about $17. So that's my personal experience, which may not be typical; I suspect that established erotica authors sell more, and unknowns less. Remember, this is no novel, just a 10,000 word story I might have been unable to place elsewhere. June 2009 update: I received notice of new submission guidelines. I haven't check it yet; this is just to let folk know it exists. July 2009 update: I bought six of their Wicked line stories, to learn what company my story "Knave" kept. They are well written, varied, and sexy, but not what I consider ground-breaking. Each is essentially a setting for one good sexual fling. July 2010 update: another favorable report, this one on their editing process. February 2011 update: They are accepting submissions, but under 10,000 words is limited to in-house authors. May 2011 update: tornadoes messed up Alabama, cutting off power, so their statements will be delayed. They're working on it. October 2011 update: they have hired an acquisitions editor, to facilitate the process. February 2012 update: personal report: they continue paying (small) royalties three years later. They remain open for submissions. May 2012 update: I received notice that they are reshaping to better address a changing publishing industry. They are suspending releases for April and May in order to accomplish this. They will redesign the site. They will continue to process submissions, will accept novels up to 100,000 words, and pay royalties monthly. Whatever they are doing must be working, because there has been an upward trend in my royalties for "Knave." However, I have a report of low sales. July 2012 update: A complaint about a reverted story still being on sale months later, and requests to get it taken down ignored. I conjecture that the supplementary sales outlets are slow to take them down when requested, and the publisher knows this and just has to wait; it will eventually clear.

COLD TREE PRESS - www.coldtreepress.com/. February 2011 update: Now the site loads, but has become a search site. They must be out of business.

COLLIDOSCOPE - shmanchester@statestreet.com. This seems to be a collection of poetry, with a deadline date of June 30, 2006. Poems can be up to 60 lines each. Payment on publication. February 2008 update: this entry is dated, but I'm unwilling to click their email link. They remain in business, I presume with similar material. February 2011 update: They are now open for novel submissions in the categories of Horror, Dark Crime, and Suspense, Thrillers.

COMET PRESS - www.cometpress.us/. Small press. An independent publisher of horror, suspense, and dark crime fiction. "The ultimate goal of Comet Press is to unleash upon the general public the most terrifying, shocking, and most of all, entertaining stories imaginable." They are currently accepting submissions 7,500-85,000 words. Response time is 2-3 months. Standard or higher royalties. February 2009 update: They are now taking submissions for an extreme horror anthology to be published in mid 2009. Deadline was February 28, 2009. February 2010 update: their current anthology is full and closed to submissions. February 2012 update: They are currently closed to submissions. February 2013 update: They are now accepting novellas in a number of genres, 15,000-40,000 words.

COMFORT PUBLISHING - www.comfortpublishing.com/. This is a general trade publisher I received a query about, so I looked them up. They also do electronic and audio, so do qualify for this listing. They were established in 2000. You don't need an agent to submit to them. They will consider genre material, but not Children's picture books or poetry at this time. Their minimum word length is 80,000. February 2012 update: After about ten minutes I gave up waiting on them to load. February 2013 update: Plug-ins needed, so I couldn't look it up. February 2014 update: this time the necessary plug-ins did not interfered with the general site, so I was able to check them. They are open for submissions, as described above.

COMMONWEALTH - Avoid

CONSCIOUS KERNELS - www.consciouskernels.com/. This is a start-up ebook publisher specializing in spiritual, metaphysical, and New Thought subjects. Now open for submissions, and especially interested in new writers who can speak to their subject matter. Under 20,000 words preferred. Royalties will be paid, but not advances. February 2008 update: They remain open for submissions in their genres. February 2009 update: query them, and if they are interested, they will discuss it with you. February 2011 update: They remain open to submissions; query first. February 2013 update: When I clicked their Submissions link, I received a thank-you message, but no guidelines. They must figure that such information comes to me metaphysically. February 2014 update: This time the information is there: they are not currently taking new submissions.

COOL PUBLICATIONS - www.coolpublications.com. February 2007 update: they seem to be gone. February 2010 update: Well, not exactly; they are there with the message "Become a published author." I did not find terms. February 2012 update: Now they say they will write, design, and publish it for you and sell it worldwide. This scarcely seems to need an author. February 2014 update: I got the message Forbidden. You don't have permission to access / on this server.

COOL WELL PRESS - www.coolwellpress.com/. New publisher of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Historicals, Young Adult and Nonfiction. 25% royalties on ebooks, 8% on print books. 12,000-120,000 words. Three year contract. February 2013 update: At this time they are not accepting submissions; the year 2013 is full. They will open for the year 2014 in June. February 2014 update: Cannot be found. That's not, well, cool.

CORNUCOPIA -www.cornucopiapress.com/. A new small press; their first book will be out in August, 2008. hardcover and trade paperback; they're not electronic. They are looking for polished novels, historical fiction, narrative biography, and positive life stories. "We are interested in characters that are courageous and ethical." Query first; if they are interested they'll request the manuscript within two weeks. Competitive royalties. February 2010 update: But now they are gone. February 2013 update: The site is there; now this is a self publisher. The list famous self-published authors, including E L James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey. Can that be right? February 2014 update: They continue as a self publisher.

COSMOS BOOKS - www.cosmos-books.com. February 2013 update: now it's an ad site.

COYOTE MOON PUBLICATIONS - www.coyotemoonpublications.com. February 2008 update: The site is there. April 2008 update: but it's just a collection of links.

CREATE SPACE — www.createspace.com/. This is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, originally founded as CustomFix Labs in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2005. "Our mission is to profitably connect our members to their worldwide audience." Their on demand publishing has no setup fees, no minimums, no inventory, and it guarantees the books will be sold on Amazon.com. This seems almost too good to be true, and I will be interested in reports from writers who use this service. Apparently they expect to make their money from a percentage of actual book sales, the way traditional print publishers do. With the considerable resources of Amazon behind it, maybe it will work. June 2008 update: A positive report: "My experience with CreateSpace has been wonderful so far, and the inclusion in 'Search Inside' special shipping/pricing rates and 'AmazonConnect' with blogs tied to product pages has been a dream come true." August 2008 update: confirmation of prior reports. One author sent me a copy of his CreateSpace Press print book, and it looks good. He feels he got service that would have cost $500 elsewhere essentially free. He can buy his own copies for $5.43 for the 376 page book, and can get Kindle publication too. I have issues with some Amazon policies elsewhere, but Create Space looks like about the best POD deal available. December 2008 update: the good news continues. They require the author to create the digital files, but if you already have them, it is completely free. June 2009 update: the good reports continue: writers who use them, generally like them. January 2010 update: mixed reports on the physical quality of their books, but they are highly responsive, their quality may improve, and they seem to be on the verge of wider distribution in bookstores. So this remains the publisher to measure against. April 2010 update: A report that while publication and distribution are free, other aspects can get pricey, so a self publisher can be cheaper, depending. February 2011 update: Their free options continue, including electronic publication via Kindle: author gets 70% of the cover price on all sales. I am bemused, wondering how other publishers can compete. January 2013 update: another endorsement, but there is absolutely no content quality control. Unless the author is a known entity, the quality of the work is unknown. July 2013 update: I have a report that once you learn how they operate, things go smoothly. They do deliver. May 2014 update: I have an author comment on the 70% royalty: they have a narrow margin for pricing your work, and then they nit pick your 70% down to where you can't make money from your efforts. So it may not be as good a deal as first appears.

CREATIVE GUY PUBLISHING - www.creativeguypublishing.com. He calls his ebooks e-xtras, novellas 15,000 to 50,000 words long, with special features. Open for submissions as of February 2003, pays 65% of the net sales. Query first, with a bit about who you are, your genre, and the length of your piece. Go wild. February 2005 update: They are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions; query first. February 2006 update: They hope to reopen for submissions by the end of June 2006. February 2007 update: Still not open to submissions. Their site has not been updated since July 24, 2006. That's not a good sign. April 2004 update: they remain in business, focusing on the material already in hand. In due course they will be open for more. February 2008 update: They remain closed to submissions until the end of 2008. February 2009 update: no unsolicited submissions, except for their magazine. February 2011 update: Still not open. February 2012 update: loading took so long I gave up. I am not sure they really are in business. February 2013 update: They are there, but they no longer accept unsolicited submissions, as their publishing schedule is full. But their last update was dated March 27, 2011. It doesn't look like a market.

CREATIVE JUICES PUBLISHING - www.creativejuicespublishing.com. This is a new company offering POD and related services. You can get their Basic Publishing Package for $375, or spot individual services for lesser amounts. Author keeps all rights; it's really a self publisher. February 2008 update: Now it proffers links to other self publishers. This seems to have become a site for links rather than its own publishing. February 2014 update: Not Found.

CRESCENT MOON PRESS - www.crescentmoonpress.com/. I was asked about this one so looked it up. A boutique publisher of high quality fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal fiction, founded in 2007. I am not clear whether they are a traditional publisher rather than electronic. They consider lengths from 20,000 to 120,000 words. February 2012 update: They are now open to general submissions. February 2014 update: they are now also open for Young Adult and New Adult.

CRIMSON ROMANCE PUBLISHING - www.crimsonromance.com/. I was asked about this one, so looked it up. They are open to romance submissions in five subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and spicy (sexy) romance. They want novels of 40,000 words and up, and stories 5,000-10,000 words. Their Wild and Wanton line has sexy scenes added to classics like Pride and Prejudice or Wuthering Heights. That's an interesting variant, but writers with similar notions need to be sure that they haven't already done a particular classic in that manner. I did not find information on terms.

CROSSED GENRES - http://crossedgenres.com/. "The magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy with a twist." They asked me to contribute an article on Humor for a forthcoming issue, and I did. They pay a flat fee of $10 and one copy of the PDF version of the issue. They are looking for articles and essays related to the craft of writing, and for particular genres of the month; check for their topics. Also for art, both cover and inside. Their time is limited, so rejections will be form letters, with no prejudice to the merit of the pieces. February 2010 update: They want stories between 1,000 and 8,000 words, articles, novellas 20,000 to 40,000 words, and novels for serialization 40,000 to 100,000 words. Nothing between 8.000 and 30,000 words. February 2011 update: Now it's nothing between 8,000 and 20,000 words, and they no longer accept simultaneous submissions. And thei are temporarily closed to novels, novellas, and webcomics. February 2012 update: Now they pay a $250 advance plus royalties for novels, but the magazine is closed to submissions. June 2012 update: I heard from the co-publishers: both are out of work, and at risk for losing all their funds to continue publishing. So they have launched a Kickstarter to cover their publication costs through 2013 and save Crossed Genres Publishing. Their goal is to raise $4,000, all of which will be used to publish new books. Over half will go directly to authors and artists for fiction and cover art, the rest to editorial, production, and distribution costs as well as advertising/publicity. I gather they are soliciting pledges for contributions to this effort. If they can't raise the money, they will have to cease publishing. February 2013 update: The site remains, so maybe they got their money. Submissions close January 31, 2013, so when you read this you'll be too late. But this does suggest that they remain in business. February 2014 update: It took so long to download I gave up at about 15 minutes.

CROSSROADS PUBLISHING COMPANY - cpcbooks.com/.  February 2009 update: Submit your proposal and they will consider it. February 2010 update: They publish popular literature on personal spirituality, communal faith, and current religious affairs. February 2011 update: I did not find information on submissions. February 2013 update: They are currently updating their entire database, so I presume are distracted. February 2014 update: Connection reset.

CRYSTAL DREAMS - www.crystaldreamspub.com/.   October 2007 update: the publisher is folding. They might remain as a self publisher. December 2007 update: And lo, back from the dead: it was bought by Multi-Media Publishing, normally a nonfiction outfit, now expanding into fiction. Crystal Dreams remains closed to submissions at present because they are republishing all their old titles, but I suspect they will in due course be seeking new material. February 2010 update: Yes, they remain overstocked on fiction, but are looking for particular nonfiction. February 2012 update: The domain may be for sale.

CURIOUS VOLUMES PUBLISHING - www.curiousvolumes.com/.  August 2008 update: I am told that they are no longer a publisher. February 2009 update: The site link now leads to the Little Creatures Workshop, handcrafted dolls. February 2012 update: Now it's Under Construction.

CYBEREDITIONS - www.cybereditions.com/. Based in New Zealand. "Cybereditions is the online book publisher focusing on the highest quality nonfiction and scholarly writing." It makes out of print books available in new editions as e-books, with royalties on a sliding scale from 25% for under 500 copies, 33% up to 1,000 copies, and 40% for 1,000 or more copies. It also publishes original titles. Takes exclusive worldwide electronic rights and print-on-demand for the term of the copyright. Pays annual royalty checks in the month of April, provided they are more than $25. No audit clause. Their titles are issued in paperback as well as electronic format. February 2005 update: They now also publish some original works. February 2007 update: A sample contract is viewable. It takes all rights, electronic and print, for the duration of the copyright. That means the author effectively relinquishes control until 70 years after he dies. February 2011 update: They are open for submissions in thought-provoking material.

CYBERMAN BOOKS - http://cybermanbooks.com/. They started early in 2002, so are not yet overloaded, and are open for submissions. Each book is carefully considered for readability and marketability, so many are rejected. 40% royalties, no fees of any kind. Authors are male and female, but marketing is primarily to males, fiction and nonfiction. No genre romance.
I have a report that they signed a contract with a writer, then dragged their feet for months, then said they hadn't actually accepted the book. This is weird; be wary. April 2004 update: And a response from the publisher: they know nothing about this, and had only one negative author, who turned them down. I asked if they could name that one. They replied "Since we at CyberManbooks have been given no information about who said this or any other details and we have checked our records and we have found that no such person, with an un-honored contract from us, exists." February 2011 update: They are becoming Men's Hour Books, with a new orientation but still not manhating. February 2012 update: The site is there, but I'm not sure it's active. February 2013 update: Not Found. February 2014 update: blank black screen.

CYBER-PULP BOOKS - http://www.cyberpulpbooks.com/.   February 2010 update: Now under construction, but expect to be in business as of February 2010. February 2011 update: The domain is for sale.

CYBERREAD - www.cyberread.com. Comprehensive list of categories. This seems to be a resale outfit rather than a straight publisher. If you have a published book, listing it here should add to its exposure. February 2005 update: 45% royalties. There is an audit clause. February 2013 update: They are still there in good order, but I had to log in to get information of submissions, and I don't do log-ins. February 2014 update: This seems to be a reading site rather than a publisher.

DAMNATION PRESS - www.damnationbooks.com/. They bought Eternal Press. February 2014 update: This seems to be a reading site rather than a publisher. March 2014 update: No, it's a full publisher, currently accepting submissions, but closed to short stories. Horror, Dark Fantasy, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Weird, Humor, Erotica (in dark settings), GBLT, Young Adult, Paranormal. They want dark material. 40% royalties on net for ebooks, 25% in net for print.

DARK ANGEL PUBLICATIONS — www.darkangelpublications.com/. Epublisher and print. They are looking for Paranormal/Romance, Romantic/Suspense, Contemporary and Christian Romance, 25,000 to 350,000 words (that's huge!). 50% royalties. They try to respond in two weeks, but don't respond to every submission. "We might be small, but we are making a BIG impact." Well, we'll see; they have as yet no track record. Their print may be POD; it seems that their books must be ordered via Lulu, if you can find them there. February 2011 update: not found. March 2013 update: now it leads to Mojocastle.

DARK CASTLE LORDS — www.thedarkcastlelords.com/. Also doing business as DCL Publications LLC. This publisher makes the scene with extremely dark auspices. Their site is positive, but I have half a spate of negative reports. I am told that they have been doing business for over a year in Ohio and Australia without registering the proper documents or accounts. Payment checks can't be cashed because legally the company doesn't exist, if payment is even offered. Authors have been invited to anthologies, then told they have to contribute to an ad for the privilege of being in the book. In my neck of the woods that's called self publishing. Theoretically there are royalties of 35% of gross of all ebook sales, but the contract has no mention of an audit clause, payment schedule, promotions, etc. It seems to have been started by amateurs who are incompetent as publishers, and are trying to cover their aimless tracks. Stay clear. June 2008 update: But now a very positive report, which I challenged as a shill (such things happen), but it seems credible: a very professional attitude, extremely hard work to help every phase of writing, and the quickest and best cover art encountered. And a second positive report: they are paying on time, and do answer questions. August 2008 update: now authors must pay upwards of $200 for their covers, with limited choices. October 2008 update: letter from the publisher refuting prior reports. 1. Their Ohio charter is in order, and they are legitimate. 2. No DCL author has to pay for a cover. 3. Royalties are always paid on time. December 2008 update: a report that they are paying on time, but making the authors pay the set-up fees for Fictionwise, and they may be charging authors for covers. Their contract demands 100% rights. So opinions differ. February 2009 update: another satisfied author, who feels the editing was of good quality, there is honest promotional effort, and they are flexible and supportive. But also a message sent to authors that once a book cover is designed and presented, the first time any changes other than spelling corrections are requested, it will cost the author $50. That seems to be a take it or leave it attitude. April 2009 update: Now I am informed it was a unilateral decision corrected by the publisher about ten minutes after it was announced; I did not receive that followup. There are no charges for a cover. February 2010 update: They remain open for submissions in all genres. February 2012 update: Server Not Found. March 2013 update: They are here in good order and open for submissions. March 2014 update: They are looking for new authors. That could be positive fro new authors, or negative if they want novices who won't know to want fair terms.

DARK DISCOVERIES — www.darkdiscoveries.com/. This is a quarterly magazine with stories and articles and special issues featuring names like William F Nolan or Forrest J Ackerman. I did not find information on terms for authors; it may be that all their material is generated in-house, in which case it's not a market. February 2011 update: Blank screen. Maybe they require protocols I lack. March 2014 update: They are currently backlogged and close to submissions until further notice.

DARK EDEN PRESS - www.darkedenpress.com/. Doom: letter from the proprietor, who has had a recurrence of cancer, can't keep up, and must with regret close. Letters of release are going out to all authors. By May 1st 2008 she hopes all payments will have cleared the bank and the site will shut down. April 2009 update: And they're gone.

DARK ROAST PRESS — www.darkroastpress.com/. "Dark Roast Press is an ePublisher with not only a GLBT focus but also with a thirst for the dark side of life." They also do mainstream erotica. I did not find information on terms. June 2009 update: Now I have more information. Dark Roast was launched in April 2008. the proprietors consider themselves a family of sorts. In the past year the company has placed in the top 20 at the Preditors & Editors awards. They are looking for submissions 1,500 words and up. They want good writing, not mindless sex. "We want a story that engages and invokes, then leaves the reader breathless." I did not find information on terms. February 2010 update: They are specific on what they want — well-done stories — but still don't list terms. February 2011 update: I have to wonder about their evident refusal to let prospective authors know their terms. March 2013 update: They require a user name and password. This is odd for a publisher, and of course I don't have either. March 2014 update: The Domain may be up for sale, so they’re gone.

DARK STAR PUBLICATIONS - publisher@darkstarpublications.com. Now there is only a message form. It has merged into RFI West.

DAYTONA PRESS - www.daytonapress.com/. March 2011 update: The website and business is for sale. March 2013 update: Still up for sale.

DEADENDSTREET PUBLICATIONS-www.deadendstreet.com/. It looks good, but an author report says their contract is a killer: all rights for the duration of the copyright. Their site is canny about that, saying that you keep your copyright, only giving up all marketing rights. Same thing; don't be fooled. That means you can't get your book back until 70 years after you die. They also want the first option on anything else the author writes, for five years. What a phenomenal Grab; it is similar to what traditional publishers do. Yes, I'd call this a dead-end street. But they do promise to make a good effort on behalf of your book. So if you are desperate, enter this street with caution. I have an extremely negative report from one of their authors, detailing how they reneged on understandings. It calls itself an integrated publishing and motion picture production company. February 2005 update: At this time, they are particularly interested in screenplays for features and shorts. February 2008 update: At this time they are interested in screenplays for features and shorts. April 2008 update: a report that they aren't sending sales statements. That could mean the title isn't selling, in which case it normally can be reverted to the author. The rule of thumb is that a publisher has to be selling your book; it can't just bury it forever. April 2009 update: "A Publishing Motion Picture Production & Real Estate Development Company." But how much are they actually accomplishing for their authors? February 2010 update: Curious: they list their top titles, authors, physical address, phone number, email, and that's it. There seems to be nothing else on the web site. March 2011 update: After five minutes I gave up waiting for it to load. (Web underling confirms the home page is the same as the February 2010 update.) February 2012 update: ditto.

DECADENT PUBLISHING — I don't have an entry on this publisher, but received a complaint about it, so am mentioning that here. It seems that they priced an author's book at 0.00 without her permission, and are thus paying no royalties, and are nonresponsive. Why would any author want publication like this? Yet I have another report that is very favorable. March 2013 update: It seems that the negative report on this publisher was a set-up, and the non-response because the publisher knew that. April 2013 update: they are open for SF romance, sweet romance, stories set in Africa for the UBUNTU line, interracial romance and others, especially their net inspirational/family line. I also have a persuasive negative report whose details I am fudging for the sake of anonymity. Essentially, one person was not paid, and was viciously slandered when she left. This seems to be one of those publishers who strike out at critics, regardless of the merits of the case. September 2013 update: A positive report that most authors are quite satisfied with this publisher; and that the prior negative report does not ring true. I run the reports I get, but note that it is possible to savage a publisher unfairly, just as it is possible to praise a publisher that doesn't deserve it. Were I a mind reader...

DEER HAWK PUBLICATIONS - http://deerhawkpublications.com/. They are open for submissions in Adult and Young Adult categories, with many subgenries. I did not find information on terms, and they don't have a track record here, but their publishing blog does have thoughtful comments indicating that there's a mind here.

DELLARTE - www.dellarte.com/. This is Harlequin Horizons renamed, their self publishing service. March 2010 update: But I have a report that it seems to be about theater rather than writing. There must be a confusion. March 2011 update: This requires Flash to view, and that doesn't work on my system. (Web underling see it as a performance art site for "the North American center for theatre training, research, and performance of the actor-creator." No longer related to publishing.) May 2011 update: I am informed that it is about theater; the proper place for publishing is www.dellartepress.com.

DENLINGER'S — see The Book Den

DENMARK PUBLISHING - Gone.

DIGI DOWNLOADER-www.digidownloader.co.uk/.  February 2006 update: This does not seem to be a publisher any more. 

DIGITAL BOOKS INC-www.DigitalBooksEtc.com/.  They have closed.

DIGITAL PULP PUBLISHING-www.digitalpulppublishing.com/.  They are starting a new online bookstore with four imprints: PulpBytes for pulp fiction for the digital age; ByteZines for electronic magazines; ByteSize Pieces for young readers; and Byte-it Press for literary fiction, poetry and non fiction. They are actively looking for contributors and encourage authors to contact them. Up to 75% royalties paid quarterly, non-exclusive, for digital rights only. February 2007 update: This is an odd site, without a lot of actual information. April 2007 update: I am advised that there is information here, buried behind a very slick page design that can confuse fogies like me. The site is www.dpppress.com. "Submit a query, and if interested, we will send you a contract, and upon contract acceptance we will issue submission guidelines." That seems backwards to me, but I am surely getting too old to fathom the modern way. I think it means ask them, and if they like your project they'll send a sample contract, and if you like their contract, they will tell you exactly how to send your piece. February 2008 update: I clicked Services, and got music but no information. April 2009 update: This time I got the music, but also some information: 40% commissions, author-friendly contracts, send a query for more information. March 2011 update: I lacked the plug-ins to view their site. (Web underling notes this as the splash page for a trio of sites, one of which was mentioned in the April 2007 update above: publishers go to www.dpppress.com, writers go to www.dpppub.com and readers go to www.dppstore.com ((although this last link was broken for the underling's computer)).)

DIREIDI PUBLISHING - http://direidi.com/ This is a new self publisher that offers publishing and promotion services and splits the royalties with the author, rather than charging upfront for the services. They are looking for established authors, either print or electronic, hoping that such authors will help drive the sales of new authors. March 2011 update: Their mission is to become a major E-book publisher, but they are currently in the proof of concept stage.

DISKUS PUBLISHING - has moved to www.diskuspublishing.com/ . This seems to be a Romance site. No problem there; just about every novel in every genre includes a romantic element, and I understand the Romance sites tend to be more friendly to beginning writers than science fiction or fantasy sites. This lists about a dozen sub-categories of fiction, including science fiction, but wants no erotica, and has plenty of information in subsections, including guidelines for writers. It looks good to me. No writer information. February 2008 update: Still no information on terms. April 2009 update: Maybe I just don't know where to look for submissions or terms. June 2009 update: Okay, a reader told me where to find it. Upper left side of their home page is the question "Where would you like to go?" which when clicked delivers a dropdown menu. Go to the bottom of that to find the submission guidelines and click "Go." So I did and got the message that they are closed for submissions. No terms listed. February 2010 update: Closed for submissions, but keep checking. March 2011 update: Here's a new one: They received so many queries about this page that they have discontinued it. I should think they'd prefer to make their page clear enough to be intelligible without forcing writers to query them about it. At any rate they seem to be open to submissions, and will respond in a year or so, or maybe destroy your manuscript instead. I think writers should be wary until these folk get an attitude transplant. March 2013 update: closed for submissions at this time, but keep checking for when they reopen in the near future March 2014 update: Still closed, but will reopen for submissions soon.

DISSERTATION COM - http://dissertation.com/. Dedicated to self publishing doctoral dissertations and masters theses. Electronic for $100, paperback for $199. Optional cover for $109. Author royalties are 20-40% depending on whether the sales are direct or via a bookseller. This seems worthwhile for papers that are apt to be well researched but of little commercial interest; it makes them available to whoso is interested.

DLSIJ PRESS - http://dlsijpress.com/. This has ebooks by and for women writers,- They accept only women writers and pay 40% royalties. They are not currently accepting submissions, but when they do, they want anything except hate, porn, and degradation of women. Query first.  February 2005 update: I have a bad report about their non-response to a legitimate query about a manuscript held six months. Publishers that don't respond are bad news; stay clear. Remember, if they don't respond to a submission, then there's no contract or agreement, and you can submit elsewhere with or without notice. Don't let a publisher stall you forever. One reason you don't see much of my work at the Science Fiction Book Club is because they tried that on me, and I withdrew my books, including the ones they wanted. August 2005 update: But I have a very good recent report on their professionalism and quality. February 2006 update: They are now looking for stories for an anthology. February 2007 update: They are now open for book-length manuscripts. They pay 45% net on ebooks, 11% on paperbacks, monthly via PayPal. April 2009 update: they are closed to submissions at this time. February 2010 update: Still closed. March 2011 update: I got a blank screen. March 2012 update: ditto. They must be out of business. March 2014 update: The Domain has expired and may be up for sale.

DNOVELS - www.dnovels.com/. It appears to be out of the publishing business.

DOG EAR PUBLISHING — www.dogearpublishing.net/. A self publisher with three packages ranging from Basic at $1,099 to Masterpiece at $3,499. They believe they are the best buy for your money. March 2014 update: I got a reset notice.

DOM BOOKS — www.dombooks.co.uk. BDSM oriented erotica. I did not find information on terms. April 2009 update: 40% royalties. February 2010 update: Now I see that they are really Domination Books featuring bondage, spanking, domination and submission. Their pictures verify this with bound, wide-open crying girls. Evidently there’s a market. March 2011 update: Server Not Found. March 2012 update: ditto. They must be gone.

DOMHAN BOOKS - www.domhanbooks.com/index.htm. This publisher was accused of stiffing its writers on royalties, and as far as I know has not paid what it owes, but there is no inkling of that on its web site. Until that is corrected, stay clear. February 2007 update: Their site is dated October 2005. March 2011 update: Now the site is Japanese or Chinese script, no translation option. That's not a good sign.

DORCHESTER — This is a traditional print publisher, and anyway is closing down, so is not on my list of electronic publishers. But since I try to warn writers about unscrupulous publishers, I'm listing it here for this purpose only. I received a complaint that this company is selling authors' work via online services after they lost the rights to it. In fact, they are auctioning off the rights to books they don't own. I got this information from www.briankeene.com/?p=10828. March 2013 update: I read that their backlist has been bought up by Amazon. I'm not clear whether that includes reverted titles. Authors should be alert.

DORRANCE PUBLISHING - www.dorrancepublishing.com/ This is a subsidy publisher. "The Dorrance name has been associated with a tradition of quality subsidy publishing since 1920." They'll send you their 32-page brochure Author's Guide to Subsidy Publishing. See also Whitmore, below. April 2009 update: Got a blank screen. June 2009 update: tried it again, got the blank screen again. But their /info.asp subdivision is there with information, so evidently they are still in business. Indeed, I have a writer report that they offered to publish her for $6,000-$10,000. You can do better elsewhere. March 2011 update: I got a blank screen. (Web underling, however, sees the home page, which leads off, "We Want to Read Your Book" and goes on from there.") March 2012 update: ditto.

DOUBLE-DRAGON - http://double-dragon-ebooks.com. Publisher Deron Douglas. They are a small company composed of three people dedicated to bringing quality books to the Internet. They offer a two year contract, 30-35% royalty, paid quarterly. They also do hardcover and paperback. I have a very favorable report from one of their authors. I received a report from a writer who used this Survey to try several publishers, and in due course settled on this one, and is highly pleased. DD was quick to respond, accommodating about contract changes, and moved things along efficiently. All reports on this publisher have been favorable. They have Draco awards for unpublished or self published fiction, for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; the annual winner in each category will be published by DOUBLE DRAGON. April 2004 update: I finally have a negative report: an author put in a huge marketing effort, resulting in very few reported sales. I recommended auditing the publisher's books, as I have a conflict of interest here. June 2004 update: it seems that all electronic sales are down, so there may be low sales at most publishers. They want no agents, and are full through 2005; currently closed to submissions. Special note: the DD response to my negative note was the most polite of those received; this is a nice publisher. August 2004 update: The Draco Awards have been canceled for 2004. It seems that there was vocal opposition to them, and they were accused of being a scam because they did not give monetary prizes. It seems a shame, but they will be back in future. October 2004 update: they have a new Romance imprint. Reports of this publisher continue very favorable. February 2005 update: They are now accepting some titles in Fantasy and Romance only. April 2005 update: another very favorable user report, this one on their Dragon Tooth fantasy imprint. February 2006 update: 2006 has been filled, but they are accepting submissions for 2007. Allow 4-6 weeks for review. Now they have large-type as an option. Sales: Can be as high as 145 downloads per title per year, average. February 2007 update: They expect to reopen submissions in the summer of 2007. They receive up to 60 submission per week and are booked up a year ahead. February 2008 update: Submissions remain closed through mid 2009, but their erotic subsidiary Carnal Desires Publishing, listed separately above, is open and eager. April 2009 update: Submissions have been closed. January 2010 update: a report of fast response time and regular royalty payments. February 2010 update: Submissions are open for their new horror/thriller imprint Blood Moon Publishing, but closed for Double Dragon until spring 2010. March 2011 update: Submissions are closed, and will reopen March 1, 2011. That's now. March 2012 update: Submissions are open for their 2013 schedule. March 2013 update: And still open. March 2014 update: But now closed.

DPDOTCOM - www.dpdotcom.com/. Electronic and POD publisher currently accepting poetry, short stories 5[35,000 words, and novels 40-100,000 words from new and established authors. I found no information on terms; it seems you have to submit your work, and they'll let you know if they want it. March 2011 update: They remain open for submissions and will respond within three weeks. No porno or hate material. June 2011 update: They do a 50-50 split on all profits. You have to have a PayPal account set up. They do a cover and place your book on their list; you do the rest. It seems they do not have a contract; everything is based on trust. That's nice in theory, but no legal protection for the author. March 2014 update: currently accepting submissions.

DREAMSPINNER PRESS — www.dreamspinnerpress.com/. "Where Dreams Come True..." This appears to be a gay fiction publisher, seeking gay male romance stories in all genres and cross-genres. They pay a negotiated advance, 25% when the contract is signed, 75% on final approval of the novel, and 25% of net royalties thereafter. Royalties are 33% for novels and 50% for stories. They are open for submissions for a limited time. February 2010 update: Now they are open to submissions in all lengths, but for a limited time in shorter lengths. March 2012 update: They no longer accept manuscripts of less that 15,000 words, unless for an anthology. Now their advance is paid in full when the contract is signed. August 2012 update: a mixed report. Sometimes they are responsive, and sometimes not. There is some question about the legitimacy of their publication of some short fiction. March 2013 update: Problem Loading Page. March 2014 update: There in good order now. Submissions are open for MM or MMM relationships, that is, gay males. A subsidiary imprint accepts LGBT Young Adult fiction.

DRAUMR PUBLISHING - www.draumrpublishing.com/. Currently accepting submissions in Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Adventure, Suspense/Thriller, Gay/Lesbian and others. Minimum word count of 50,000, no maximum. Looking for the very best, for publication is both ebook and print formats. Their name means Dream in Norse. Their links for subsections did not work, so I couldn't check on terms. February 2006 update: I received a note from the proprietor, Robert E Allen, that now everything works. Unfortunately none of the row of pages across the top was responsive to my clicks; only the "store" connections worked. The problem remains.  April 2006 update: a reader sent me more information. They are currently seeking submissions for their Dangerous Curves imprint. Minimum word count of 45,000, no maximum. Must have big beautiful woman heroine; big handsome man hero optional. She does not lose weight to gain acceptance.  February 2010 update: They remain open for submissions for their Dangerous Curves imprint. March 2011 update: They are open for Dangerous Curves and assorted other genres. March 2013 update: They are currently accepting submissions. March 2014 update: Currently closed to submissions.

DREAMS COME TRUE PRESS - www.dreamscometruepress.com/. A self publisher offering a basic service package for $350, plus custom cover design for $250, hardcover edition for $295, copyright registration for $100, and copyediting for one and a half cents per word. April 2009 update: The site was so slow loading that I gave up after several minutes of nothing plus a blowout of my browser, twice. It was more like a nightmare than a dream. June 2009 update: I tried it on Windows and it worked okay. February 2010 update: And back to the impossibly slow-loading deal, even on Windows. March 2011 update: Additional plug-ins required, so I couldn't check them. (Web underling sees it, but it's now for an Asian pop-music duo.) March 2013 update: Now English is admixed with Chinese symbols. The site may be changing its nature.

DREAMS UNLIMITED - www.dreams-unlimited.com/. I liked this publisher, but apparently it has gone out of business.

DROLLERIE PRESS - www.drolleriepress.com/. I heard from Deena Fisher, the Publisher. They plan to list their catalog beginning in August 2007 and are currently seeking new and previously published authors of all lengths. Especially interested in "transformative" fiction, including supernatural, myth, legend, and new or re-written fairy tales in any place or time. Erotic content is encouraged but not required. February 2008 update: They are currently accepting pieces ranging from 5,000 to 85,000 or more words, but a recent influx of submissions has backlogged them: allow 8-12 weeks for a response, though they do acknowledge receipt within 24 hours. They accept about 5% of submissions. April 2009 update: They are open for submissions. February 2010 update: Page unavailable. March 2011 update: They are there, and remain open for submissions. March 2012 update: They have closed, with regret. because of the proprietor's health issues. Rights are being returned to the authors. March 2014 update: The site remains, but the domain is for sale.

DUFFIE BOOKS - www.duffiebooks.com/. This is a small Canadian publisher looking for travel guides and how-to-travel books. I did not find information on terms, but have a positive report from an author. April 2009 update: They are open for submissions, especially from women who like to travel. February 2010 update: This seems to have become a search site.

E-READS — www.ereads.com/. "E-Reads is the oldest established independent e-book publisher in the business—founded in 1999." About half their titles are fantasy and science fiction, but they seem to cover all genres. Their titles are sold in all formats, including Kindle and Sony. They have modest charge (I don't know the amount) to defray production costs, then pay 50% of net receipts, or about $2 per download sold. They pay a small advance. February 2010 update: the charge ranges from $225 to $400 to defray scanning expenses for older titles. March 2010 update: I am now doing business with them, as they will republish my Cluster science fiction series, so this is notice of my conflict of interest here. Meanwhile agent Richard Curtis has an interesting discussion of book piracy that I recommend to anyone. March 2011 update: My experience with them indicates that they really care about the condition of the books they sell. Very interesting and relevant articles here about the state of publishing. In essence, traditional print prospects are dire, e-print wonderful. March 2012 update: They are paying me royalties, so I can verify that they are properly functioning. April 2012 update: this time—March 27--they are featuring proprietor Richard Curtis' commentary on the apparent war against women, which now includes chick lit. There are those who want to believe it is dead. Curtis doubts it. So do I. March 2014 update: The site remains, but my information is that they have been bought out, so may not be publishing in the same manner. They may simply be a bookseller now.

EARTHLING PRESS - This is the print-on-Demand imprint for Awe-Struck E-Books. April 2009 update: Since Awe-Struck has been acquired by Mundania, this imprint may fade out, or be adapted; it is presently inactive.

EASTGATE SYSTEMS INC - www.eastgate.com/. This claims to be the primary source for hypertext, which is not like ordinary page at a time material; it uses links to create multiple paths through a document. Their books cost about $20-$25, being more complicated than conventional texts. They purchase exclusive world rights for hypertext, pay advances, and report in 4-6 weeks. Send material to their snail address on a disk. Royalties are typically 15%, and they pay up to $300 for works published in their Web zine. March 2011 update: They remain open for submissions of their type of material. March 2014 update: Still open.

EBOOK4KIDS - www.ebook4kids.com. A publisher of children's books. 50% royalties. I am not clear whether this is a self publisher. October 2006 update: They seem to have disappeared. Note that there is a different publisher with a similar name, ebooks4kids.org, which see, in the Services section.  June 2009 update: see the next entry. October 2011 update: Now they are there in good order, listing their books. March 2013 update: Site under construction. March 2014 update: Notice “Failed to load page content.” Bad sign.

EBOOKS4KIDS — www.ebooks4kids.com. I received notice that this has come into existence, registered in London. It is an independent publishing company for children's multimedia picture books. They are currently accepting submissions. March 2010 update: Page not found. March 2012 update: And now gone again. March 2013 update: This site also under construction. March 2014 update: Still under construction. After four years, I'd say it's a zombie: animate but dead.

EBOOKAD - www.ebookad.com/. October 2006 update: bankrupt. 

EBOOKMALL - www.ebookmall.com/. This is a big book store, but also a publisher. It charges a one-time $19.95 listing fee per title, and pays 50% commissions, quarterly. An author's report says they are friendly and competent. April 2009 update: They have a huge number of titles for sale. I found 11 different Anthonys, and they had 28 of my books from assorted publishers. How many copies of each author's books sell I can't say. March 2011 update: This time I found 37 entries for my books. Assuming this is typical, they surely have just about anything you'd want. March 2013 update: But this time I find no evidence that they are still publishing, only selling.

EBOOKSEBOOKS - www.ebooksebooks.com/. Gone.

EBOOKOMATIC - www.EbookoMatic.com/. "Join EbookoMatic today, and within minutes of joining you'll be creating secure ebooks, designing your own promotional Author's Page, writing your own customized press releases with our Online Press Release Generator, and distributing them with your personalized 'Ebook4Sale.com' email address. Best of all, you retain all of your rights and keep a whopping 75% (less transaction fees) of all ebook sales!" It costs $147 to join, and you get $500 worth in bonuses. This seems to offer a lot for a little, but you do most of the work yourself. I'll appreciate feedback from writers who use this service. Publisher tells me they do offer it, and next time I took the "skip intro" option and got their site. April 2009 update: They say that since 2001 they have published over 1,000 authors and 500 ebooks. That's half an ebook per author, on average. March 2012 update: Connection timed out. March 2013 update: Domain is for sale.

EBOOK PUBLISHING - www.ebookpublishing.us.   They offer a 50-50 split of net money.
They pay 50% of the net profits to the author, and 10% to the illustrator, if one is used, reducing the author's share to 40%. February 2005 update: Their site is there, but seems largely nonresponsive; I'm not sure they remain in active business. April 2006 update: the site remains, but without much information, and their FAQ (frequently asked questions) section is empty. I'd be cautious. April 2009 update: Now their FAQ section works, and other sections. March 2013 update: They remain in business.

EBOOKS - www.ebooks.com/. "An Australian company with a global focus; they deal in U.S. dollars. Business, travel, general reference, computing, and popular fiction from traditional publishers. So they deal with publishers rather than individual authors. They are retailers; they obtain their books from traditional publishers.

EBOOKS LIBRARY - www.eBooks-Library.com/.  Publisher and distributor. For $30 a year you can check their 3400 book library, and download and read whatever you want without further charge. They also publish a few books, but I did not find information on terms. April 2005 correction: the price is £30, not $30, or about $57. The managing editor tells me that they now have a sample author contract online, but I was unable to find it. June 2005 update: He returned to point out that this information is accessible from the first page of their site, duh. So I checked and it is. They pay 80% of revenues for exclusive material, or 60% for non-exclusive, within 40 days. Either party may terminate the Agreement at any time with or without cause by written notice. So you sure aren't locked in. April 2012 update: Now they have over 10,700 works. March 2014 update: Now 12,400 works.

EBOOKS-ONLINE — www.eBooks-Online.com/. They have existed since 1998; I am a bit late picking up on them. Royalties of 50% on sales after credit card processing fees. They publish poems or stories with no length restrictions listed. This looks like a self publisher, without fees, like Create Space; it could amount to little more than a listing on their site.

EBOOKS ON THE NET - www.ebooksonthe.net/. They take one-time non-exclusive rights, and copyright the one-time edition, not the work itself. Authors retain all rights to the original work and may cancel with a 30 day notice. There are no fees, books are proofread and edited, and the authors get galleys. Royalties are 40% of sales price or whatever price the publisher receives after discounts to libraries and bookstores, paid quarterly. This publisher has had a troubled history, but has been trying to straighten out. February 2005 update: Submissions are closed because of overload, but you may query anytime. April 2006 update: they have expanded into print. October 2006 update: a very favorable report from an author. Prompt responses to queries, good review process, and a joy to work with. April 2008 update: I got the Page Cannot be Found message. April 2009 update: The link becomes www.writewordsinc.com/. I did not find submission information. March 2011 update: This time I did. They will not consider paper or unsolicited, but are happy for queries. They will be moving into paper print, however. They have practical advice on formatting and usage that is worth reading. March 2014 update: This time when I checked for submission information, the loading took so long I gave up. When I'm already at the site, a subsection like that should be immediate, so I'm suspicious.

 

EBOOKSTAND - http://ebookstand.com. An Internet-based, pay-per-service book printer that can handle books from any country in any language. They will give you a home page and list your book. You get 30% of a hard copy sale and 50% of an esale. There is a one-time setup fee of $249. They seem to have a positive reputation. October 2004 update: Now they have a graduated list of prices, depending on book size. August 2005 update: because they do have a full-fledged self publishing service, I'm moving them to the Publishing Section. February 2007 update: Now they have an assortment of packages ranging from $449 to $929. April 2008 update: They are now BOOKSTAND PUBLISHING, with similar terms. April 2012 update: prices start at $199 for bare bones, and move up. March 2014 update: Server Not Found.

E-BOOKTIME - http://www.e-booktime.com/. This is a straight self-publisher charging fees similar to other self publishers: $395-$695 depending on how much you want, with royalties of 30% on paperback copies sold via their store, 15% if sold via other outlets. 75% for ebooks, paid monthly. It seems straightforward. 

eBooks2Go - see Virtual Publishing Group

EBOOX - www.eboox.co.uk/. Gone.

eBrandedBooks - www.ebrandedbooks.com/.  February 2004 Update: This seems to have become a search site.

ECHELON PRESS - www.echelonpress.com. This has the Preditors & Editors Top Ten Finalist stamp, which suggests it's okay. Both print and electronic formats--first they do electronic, then print on demand or even straight print publishing if that seems warranted. They want both readers and writers to have a good experience. They have a number of imprints for Adventure/Thriller, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, General, Paranormal, Romance, Ultra Sensual (I tried to click on that to find out just what it was, but it wasn't a link; I presume it is sexy Romance), Nonfiction, Young Adult, Western. They are currently accepting submissions in all their categories, but they do not accept submissions via email. Send hard copy of the first three chapters, plus a 3.5 inch disk with the full manuscript. Interestingly, they don't want standard Courier, but Times New Roman font. Stories of 6,000 or more words, up to novels of 100,000 words, originals and reprints. 50% royalties for downloads, 30% for everything else. They take short stories too, for their Dollar Download program, 20,000 words or less. Author gets .50 of every sale. I heard from a very satisfied author. Submissions are now open, but query first. February 2005 update: They are now accepting submissions in only General Fiction/Women's Fiction/Chick Lit, and Young Adult Mystery. August 2005 update: But unfortunately they seem to have taken a turn for the worse, becoming nonresponsive to legitimate queries. That's a bad sign. February 2006 update: More bad news about late releases, untimely editing, and nonresponse to authors. It seems they push marketing "opportunities" that cost the author money but do not necessarily deliver any sales. They are coming across like a vanity press. February 2007 update: All titles for paperback publication are acquired by invitation only. Others are deleted unread. April 2007 update: a favorable report. They are not vanity and don't force any paid endeavors, though sales are low. April 2008 update: They are accepting queries in all genres for ebook publication only. Their acquisitions for print publication are still by invitation only. You have to know someone to get a referral. March 2010 update: They have a notice that they are experiencing technical difficulties, and recommend other places to buy their books. They expect to get their site back in shape in due course. March 2011 update: They are open for submissions. March 2013 update: They say they are closed to submission, but will resume in February 2013. That should be at any moment, right? March 2014 update: Submissions are closed until November 2013. That is, four months ago. So theoretically they are open now, but don't count on it.

ECONOMICAL SELF PUBLISHING - http://economical-self-publishing.com/. The ESP SmartPub package is $187. it seems to be a low-cost aspect of We-Publish.com, run by the same people. They say they can have your manuscript ready in electronic format in three days for corrections, and your book will be published within a month. You get two physical copies, an ecopy, and more. March 2010 update: they have become a search site.

EDIT INK - Avoid. I have seen published articles about the nefarious deeds of the this outfit.

E-DITION - www.e-dition.net. Owned and operated by Bernard Limoges, said to be brilliant and quirky. It says it has the world's largest online library, 400,000 titles. But I did not find any terms for writers. February 2005 update: They now accept only works that can be used as reference tools, such as dictionaries or handbooks, and are dedicated to education. March 2011 update: The site said to select a language, but when I tried all it gave me was, I think, French or Italian. We're not in Kansas any more. (Web underling found a link to the English-language version at the bottom of the French page's menu. It begins, "E-dition offers reference softwares in different cultural fields.") March 2012 update: This time they spoke to me in English. March 2013 update: It seems to be back to one choice: French. March 2014 update: Still French: “E-dition prend une nouvelle direction!” which I take to mean they are heading in a new direction. I did not see indications that they are open for submissions. I think they are no longer a market.

EDITORIAL MAZATLAN - http://editorialmazatlan.com. They are a small independent publisher located in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, specializing in English-language books on Mexican history. Under their new imprint, Libros Valor, they publish fiction, regional works, and other works less easy to categorize. They are now soliciting manuscripts in the English language related to Mexico, Spanish-language studies, and Latin America. They do both print and ebooks, with distribution through Small Press united. If you are in this somewhat specialized market, this may be what you need.

 

EGGPLANT PRODUCTIONS - www.eggplant-productions.com/.  February 2006 update: Out of business. May 2012 update: I heard from the proprietor: after a six-year hiatus, Egglant is reopening, dedicated to publishing great stories of speculatiuve fiction. March 2013 update: But their links don't seem to be working well yet.

EIRELANDER PUBLISHING - —www.eirelander-publishing.com/. They are currently accepting submissions in all regular genres, and in erotic and erotic romance. No nonfiction. I found no information on terms. November 2010 update: I learn that their ownership changed and things are improving. March 2011 update: They are accepting fiction and nonfiction. March 2013 update: They are now open to both fiction and non-fiction submissions. But I have an extremely negative report of bullying and public humiliation that reminds me of when some publishers would not buy from me because of lies spread about me by a publisher outraged when I protested getting cheated. This is the way this sort of thing works; cheaters will lie and honest writers can suffer. It is difficult for a third party to ascertain the truth, but there's a potent odor and my impression is that this is an outfit to be wary of. March 2014 update: Now it seems to be a Website Building Tips site. Not a publisher.

ELDER SIGNS PRESS - www.eldersignspress.com. An independent press specializing in science fiction, dark fiction, fantasy, and horror. I was asked about it, so looked it up, but it's site doesn't say much. However, submissions are closed. March 2013 update: Still closed. March 2014 update: Still closed, and the notice is dated January, 2012. Bad elder sign.

ELECTRIC BOOKWORM PUBLISHING - www.electric-bookworm.bigstep.com/.  Gone.

ELECTRIC EBOOK PUBLISHING - www.electricebookpublishing.com. December 2005 update: this publisher is essentially dead, with large debts and no assets.

ELECTRIC STORY - www.electricstory.com/. They are looking for fantasy and science fiction, also mainstream, young adult, and mystery. They hope to set the industry's top standards for epblishing. 50% net royalty (that translates to half the profits, a much smaller figure than half the cover price) for the lease of exclusive worldwide e-rights for three years, renewable. They seek books of 50,000 to 90,000 words and up. They publish in copy-protected formats. They pay "competitive advances," which means they're going after professional writers; my guess is that aspiring writers will not readily crack this market. Articles, some of which are so full of themselves I got disgusted; but read them for yourself, because there are things there to be learned, if only what to avoid. For submissions click "About Electric Story" then "Submission information." Send a brief personal query; if they are interested, they'll give you more detailed submission instructions. April 2004 update: They are closed to submissions until summer. February 2005 update: This time I couldn't find anything about submissions. February 2007 update: They say they don't do any vanity publishing, and to query them about publication of your fantasy, science fiction, or horror book. April 2008 update: now under Submissions it says Submissions (page is coming). Okay, I'll wait. April 2009 update: I'm still waiting for their submissions page to come. March 2010 update: still waiting. July 2010 update: But a report from a person seeking an editing position is that they were very nice to her. March 2013 update: They are no longer accepting new accounts or taking orders here. Looks as if they are on the way out. March 2014 update: Same message.

ELECTRIC WORKS PUBLISHING - www.electricpublishing.com. February 2005 update: gone.

ELECTRON PRESS - www.electronpress.com/. This publisher hopes to make the quality of writing, rather than its commercial potential, the key factor in selecting manuscripts for publication, to keep books "in print" forever, and generally open up the system. It feels that by the end of the year there will be ten million PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) in use, such as the Palm Pilot, and as the technology improves to make them more readable, more people will use them and come to prefer them. "Electron Press is unalterably opposed to the closed architecture, proprietary publishing schemes and high book prices that appear to be the core principles of the dedicated ebook device companies." But I wasn't able to ascertain the terms offered writers. They say they pay "substantial" royalties. August 2004 update: The site does not appear to have been updated since July 2003, so this publisher may be inactive. February 2007 update: No, it remains in business. April 2008 update: Query them, and if they are interested they will ask for more, and if they like it will pay "substantial royalties." Apparently you will have to be accepted before you actually learn what their terms are. March 2011 update: The site is there, but it's just a listing of some of their books. I guess you have to query to learn more. March 2014 update: This time they give their original 1997 message. No indication that they remain a market.

ELLORA'S CAVE - www.ellorascave.com/. "Romantica" which seems to be very graphic erotic romances for women, but no pedophilia, bodily functions, necrophilia or bestiality. 40% royalties. I did not find other terms listed, but have a very favorable report from more than one of their authors; it seems they pay monthly and on time. They are now expanding into print as well as electronic publication. They receive 100,000 hits daily and regard themselves as THE place to be for erotic romance. So this would seem to be a top choice for sexy romance. I met and chatted with some of their personnel at EPICon; they seem like nice folk. Their acceptance rate is 4-5%, which means one out of 20-25 manuscripts. They believe they do as well for their authors as any electronic publisher. They describe five levels of eroticism, so it seems you can choose your type. Their hardest erotic is the main seller. But they do have limits, so check their requirements. June 2004 update: But now I have a report of extremely arrogant behavior by one of their editors. October 2005 update: I saw a TV interview with them, where they said they now do $11 million business a year. It seems there's gold in the hot stuff. June 2006 update: Another negative report of bad editing and bounced checks. That's mischief. I suspect they got too big too soon and are losing their grip. August 2006 update: I have a very favorable report on them from a mid-list author: contract negotiations are swift and civil, editing timely, phenomenal cover art, and royalties paid on time.  October 2006 update: I have a report that their contract boilerplate asks for lifetime all rights. This is a Grab, but may be worth it considering their sales.  February 2007 update: They say they are always open to submissions in all their genres, plus a number of special projects. June 2007 update: sales of 400 or more books per release are reported. December 2007 update: they will no longer accept historicals, and I am told they are yanking them from their lineup. February 2008 update: A refutation from the publisher; they are still publishing historicals. They have yanked some when unsatisfied with their standards. Okay, here is my problem: I have evidence this is not the whole truth, but can't run it because of the threat of retaliation against the authors. At such time as this changes, I will have more to say; I do not like seeing authors get pushed around. I have another report of phenomenal sales. In sum: this is a top publisher, but it plays hardball against those it wrongs. April 2008 update: this time I looked up their definition of Romantica, and I recommend their discussion of it to aspiring writers in this genre. But one thing would help: how about spelling out exactly what terminology will do for what heat level? Where do you say "love channel" "cleft" "vagina" or "cunt"? "Masculinity" "member" "penis" or "cock"? "Love" "sex" "intercourse" or "fuck"? Some straight lists of words should help. I speak as one who has used all terms, but prefers to avoid extremes of political correctness or gutter talk. Meanwhile they remain open for submissions in all their genres. June 2008 update: A report of slow response to submissions, such as a year or more. Queries can be ignored. So they may be always open to submissions, but in practice they might as well be closed. February 2009 update: I was sent a link to a site called Mrsgiggles.com that has a January 11, 2009, discussion of this publisher's problem with an author. Something about auctioning off rights without telling the author. (My printout cut off the right end of each line, so I don't have the whole story.) Also a link to Dear Author discussing how EC is suing Borders for $1 million, because Borders ordered more books than it planned to sell and EC is stuck with heavy returns. This is no laughing matter. I can say from my involvement with Xlibris that Borders can be a bitch to deal with; Xlibris had to get out and cut its losses before the ruinous expense made it founder. I suspect EC may have to do the same. Borders is fading and may go out of business within a year. April 2009 update: I was asked to consider this issue more carefully, as my prior discussion was inadequate. I don't feel this is the place for a comprehensive discussion, but will say that Ellora's Cave does seem to have acted somewhat arbitrarily and caused the author needless mischief. This is what traditional print publishers do. There's a certain irony that at the same time, EC is suing a traditional publishing bookseller for doing something similar to EC. I guess you see it differently when you're on the receiving end. They remain open for submissions. July 2009 update: a complaint about late royalties and books being sold after they have reverted to the author. From here it looks like carelessness rather than malfeasance, but is another signal that this publisher is distracted. August 2009 update: They failed to publish an author's book for five years, then tried to blame the author. This appears to be an error complicated by arrogance. There's an indication that their sales are declining, and that they are losing authors. March 2010 update: This time I did not find submission information. I presume they still are buying manuscripts. April 2010 update: But maybe not. It seems the owner is reviewing manuscripts rejected by their editors, and overturning some rejections and assigning them to new editors. So something is going on, but it's not clear what. There's still a lawsuit in progress, but their attorneys did not show up for a hearing, leading to a judgment against the company by default. I understand author royalties have plummeted. Be cautious. March 2011 update: Now the link leads to Jasmine Jade Enterprises, apparently the same outfit. They remain open for submissions in all their genres. March 2012 update: “Ellora's Cave is always open for submissions in all our genres.” But I have a formidable complaint by Candace Sams, who discovered 50 of her books, every one she has with this publisher, suddenly pirated on the Internet. They are being offered free in India, China, Ukraine, Russia, Holland, Germany, and in Spanish speaking countries and English speaking countries. Ellora's Cave has not been responsive to her pained query. Something is drastically wrong. March 2013 update: They are open for submissions, but be cautious. May 2013 update: I had a complaint several months ago about lack of payment of royalties. I asked to be reminded if payment didn't come, and was not reminded, so I presume they did catch up on it. July 2013 update: A complaint about EC failing to bring titles to market, never finishing the editing process (or never even starting it). Emails to editors are getting ignored. There is a conjecture that EC is signing authors to lock them in and prevent them from being published elsewhere, while focusing most of their attention of the top earning books. I doubt that; more likely it's just fouled-up-edness. Still slow on paying royalties. The publisher says that staffing shortages owing to recent turnovers are responsible. So they are having in internal shakeup. This continues to have the odor of a publisher that ran out of money and can't get its act together. September 2013 update: But a positive report of a smooth process and competent editing. February 2014 update: They are late on royalty payments for the second time in a year. Let's hope it's merely a reorganizing problem. March 2014 update: But maybe not. I have a report that they are just about impossible to contact for queries or complaints; when any names are provided, they don't answer. Royalty payments appear to have stopped. They say they can do them quarterly if they want to. So maybe it's reorganization, but there is an increasing odor of mischief. In my experience, extended delays can be a prelude to default. Caution. There's no indication of problems on the site, of course, but also no submission information. June 2014 update: And a complaint about their not registering copyrights for authors, as they are required by contract to do. Understand, the author has an inherent copyright the moment he/she creates a piece of fiction, but it helps to get it registered so that if someone tries to steal it, you can proved it's yours. Going without that registration is like driving without a seat belt: could be real mischief if there is a crash. Thinking you are covered when you aren't is like thinking you have insurance when you don't; you won't know it until it's too late. So this is potential mischief. Someone at EC is not doing their job, and it could cost you. Someone should goose the publisher.

ELOQUENT BOOKS - I don't have their Web site yet, but do have a report. A writer filled out a questionnaire at WL Literary Agency and was subsequently solicited by Eloquent for close to $1,000 to self publish with them. They were very excited about the book, and saw great potential. That kind of come-on is often a give-away for shady outfits. If an advance-paying, royalty paying traditional publisher says it, believe it. But if you have to pay for it, don't. July 2010 update: I understand they have merged with Strategic Books. Their reaction to an illustrated book was described as cat and mouse.

EMBIID PUBLISHING - www.embiid.net/. October 2006 update: they have folded. 

EMERGING BUSINESS GROUP - I don't have their site address. They solicited a writer for submissions, so I'm listing them in the hope that someone knows something about them. They publish newspapers and magazines and are expanding into book publishing.

ENCHANTED RAMBLINGS - www.enchantedramblings.net/. This is a quarterly e-zine, published January, April, July, and November. They do book reviews, author interviews, and discussion topics for readers and writers. April 2008 update: They are open for submissions, especially with Historical themes, but one thing gives me pause: their submission deadline is December 15, 2006. Are they currently active? April 2009 update: Gone. March 2010 update: Now it's a charity and general information site.

eNOVEL.COM - enovel.com. Update: They have folded, apparently without paying their authors. They say that fraudulent book orders did them in. They have released authors from their contracts.

ENSPIREN - www.enspirenpress.com/. A new Canadian small press doing electronic, print and audio editions in a number of genres, including fantasy and romance. Their site also lists hypnotherapy, meditation, and self-hypnosis, and has many alternative health and healing, fitness, and spirituality listings. There was some concern that they charge for some aspects, but they do not; the confusion was that if an author fails to present a clean manuscript after three tries, then there is the option of hiring a pro editor. This seems reasonable to me, though the publisher says it never actually comes to that. They follow their standards, and authors who can't or won't match them will have a problem. This, again, is tough but fair. They copyright in Canada; if an author wants it registered as USA, then the author pays for that. Again, it makes sense. Six week reporting time on submissions. Royalties are 15% of net. I do have a negative report of bad editing, which seems to me more like a series of bad breaks than publisher malfeasance. March 2010 update: This domain may be for sale.

ENTANGLED PUBLISHING - www.entangledpublishing.com/ Royalties start at 40% and increase with sales. Simultaneous electronic and print releases. No word yet on exactly what they are looking for, apart from “Great stories with fresh voices.” No track record yet. March 2012 update: They are open for submissions. September 2013 update: I have a report from a former editor that this publisher broke out and got big fast, with attendant glitches, but is doing well, with good editors and authors. March 2014 update: Domain may be for sale. That's a sudden end.

EPRESS ONLINE - www.epress-online.com/. March 2013 update: They folded.

EQUILIBRIUM BOOKS - www.equilibriumbooks.com/. Australian publisher open worldwide, but submission must be written in English. Looking for quality original works in all genres except pornography or hate, but specializing in speculative fiction--Science Fiction, Fantasy, etc. Two year non-exclusive contract for electronic rights. Royalties are 50% of net--that is, how much they get. Lengths from 15,000 to 180,000 words for print publishing (longer works become multiple volumes), 5,000 words up for electronic. Charges of $39 up for electronic, $179 up print, Australian dollars.April 2006 update: Royalties are now 13.5% of the actual sale price of the book. April 2008 update: They now have a POD special: $149 Australian for 50-250 pages. April 2009 update: they are currently open to submissions. They no longer produce ebooks, just POD books. March 2012 update: But now they have a Kindle eBook program. March 2014 update: they are now open for submissions, with Kindle eBook packages from $99. There's an ad for Outskirts Press, so maybe there's a connection.

EQUILLBOOKS - http://equillbooks.com. They offer free manuscript conversion, authors' websites, Equill email addresses, along with a written critique of the author's work during their first month of business, ending September 1, 2007. Thereafter their rates will be among the lowest in the industry. October 2007 update: Now they are a small publishing house. They are open for submissions. They charge $35 to convert your manuscript, and give a 50-50 split on ebook sales. April 2009 update: Now it says "Reviewing the best and worst of all genres of business books." Apparently they no longer publish. March 2010 update: But now they are open to submissions in all acceptable genres. March 2011 update: All I see there now are books on making money.

ERASERHEAD PRESS — www.eraserheadpress.com/. Founded in 1999, this is an independent publishing company with a focus on Bizarro Fiction. They have eight imprints, one of which is a magazine, published quarterly. "We aim to bring you the weirdest fun to read books you'll ever find." They are looking for strong fiction, strong plot, strange and outlandish worlds. The one I read was exactly that. Pay one cent per word up to a hundred dollars, on publication. 100-6,000 words for fiction, 300-10,000 nonfiction. February 2012 update: I should mention that they published my horror shocker The Sopaths, and my experience with them has been good. March 2014 update: They have an amazing line of bizarre titles. They are open for submissions, but only for their type of books.

ERIDIAN PUBLISHING - www.eridianpublishing.com. April 2004 update: couldn't reach them.

EROTIC TRAVEL TALES 3 - WordDabbler@yahoo.com. This is an international anthology of location-based erotica now looking for submissions; you have to contact them via their email address. February 2008 update: This is long since out of date; they are no longer looking.

E-SAC - www.e-sac.com/. 2003 UPDATE: Gone.

ETERNAL PRESS - www.eternalpress.biz/. New Australian publisher. They have all subgenres of Romance, Westerns, Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, Suspense, Horror, Mystery, Gay, Erotica, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Self Help, Cookbooks. No poetry or Young adult. 65,000 to 105,000 words, and stories 5,000-6,500 words. They are electronic, but later may do POD with a one time printer set-up fee. Royalties 35% for ebook, 10% POD. I have a favorable report on them. April 2008 update: They are remodeling and moving, but remain in business. April 2009 update: Server Not Found. August 2009 update: they were bought, and moved to Canada. Terms for author contracts remain the same. They now offer all their books in ebook and print through Amazon and ebook through Fictionwise, All Romance Ebooks, etc. January 2010 update: sales seem to be low to nonexistent. March 2010 update: an author wanted out, but they insist on being paid off. April 2010 update: their contract termination fee is about $150. They seem to be poor at selling books, assuming their statements are accurate. I have learned of royalties under $5 for a year. It makes me wonder whether they are making money from termination fees instead of by selling books. There is also a question whether sales are honestly reported. And I heard from the publisher, unpleased with aspects of this listing. Royalties are now 40% for ebook, 25% for POD. They are now an American company. They are accepting submissions for novellas and full length manuscripts from 20,000 to 140,000 words. They make a reasonable case for the kill fee; it's fair if it is in the contract the author signs. I did not see an explanation for the low sales. May 2010 update: One author has verified that more people have bought copies than are reflected in the sales reports. There is also a question whether they have a business license. They were bought by Damnation Press, and I heard from their CEO, who says an author has a campaign against them, that her words have been abusive and hurtful, and that she is the only one out of 250 authors they have to complain, and they would like their good name restored. They wrote a similar message to PREDITORS AND EDITORS. But I have to say the case remains dubious. Remember, I got condemned and blacklisted when I protested getting cheated by a publisher, early in my career, though I had the right of the case, as I freely bruit about now; there is a similar smell here. June 2010 update: It continues. I have a report that when the author objected to the cover design, he (generic, no gender) was charged an $800 termination fee. There is no such stipulation in his contract. The word is that kill fees are used to blackmail unhappy authors to make them stay in line. In this case it seems the publisher violated contract terms by making changes in the text and credits, and tried to use an unauthorized kill fee to silence the author's protests. Approach this publisher with caution. One author went to the local Better Business Bureau, and the Attorney General's office, which turned out to be a waste of time. (It is my impression from personal experience in another venue that the BBB exists to promote business, not to correct its faults, so appeals there are useless.) The publisher maintains that this is a vendetta by one irate author, but there are things such as invoking a kill fee that is not in the signed contract that make me doubtful. Authors who are fairly treated usually don't undertake vendettas, and legitimate publishers are generally satisfied to let unhappy authors go quickly. Both authors and publishers have better things to do than fight without reason. There is another report in favor of the publisher, referring to disgruntled authors who don't read their contracts making trouble. But I have reports from those who have perused their contracts quite seriously, and do have a case. Yet another report says that sales here are parallel to those elsewhere, and has no complaint. So accounts vary. July 2010 update: the negatives continue, as known sales are not reported and legal action seems to be the only remaining recourse. February 2011 update: Still more about dismal sales, fouled up edits, messed up scheduling, and failure to revert rights. March 2011 update: They are looking for erotica, paranormal, GBLT (gay/bisexual/lesbian/transsexual), Romance, BDSM(bondage/domination/sado-masochism) and Young Adult. April 2011 update: some bad author relations continue. I can not be certain of the right of the case, but favor the author. They do seem to be balky about removing reverted pieces. March 2012 update: they are open for submissions, especially novels. March 2014 update: They remain open for submissions, 20,000 to 140,000 words.

ETOPIA PRESS — I have not looked this one up, or even tried to find its site, because I am told that four out of five authors swear they will never submit anything else there again. That seems like a sufficient recommendation of its type. December 2011 update: A positive report on their professionalism. February 2013 update: A report that royalties are no longer being paid, queries are ignored, emails may be returned as not deliverable. This is serious mischief. July 2013 update: But I heard from an author who has been receiving monthly royalties all along. August 2013 update: a report of a serious failure to follow up on an anthology, even after a contract was signed, leaving the author hanging.

ETREASURES PUBLISHING - HTTP://etreasurespublishing.com/. Their main focus is Romance, but they are also seeking submissions in Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Young Adult. No pedophilia, rape, incest, bestiality, necrophilia, or Fan Fiction. (I am privately amused by the company Fan Fiction keeps.) 15,000 to 100,000+ words. I found no information on terms. August 2011 update: I am told they have been sold, but there's no sign of this on the site. They were going to get back to an author in 3 weeks, but there was no word for 5 months. Caution. September 2011 update: reports of a lack of statements and payments. They sent a very nice, reasonable letter to their annoyed authors explaining things. So they are talking the talk. But are they walking the walk? March 2014 update: Open for submissions.

EVANSTON PUBLISHING INC - www.evanstonpublishing.com/. A self publisher. Their fees depend on the services rendered, with printing varying with the size of the book and the number of copies: the more you have, the lower the price per copy. But they're talking about print runs of 1,000 copies or more. Self published books seldom sell anywhere near that many.

EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING - www.evernightpublishing.com/. They are open for submissions. 45% royalties from sale off their website, 50% net royalties from distributors. 15,000 to 80,000 words. Query first. They seem to be in a number of genres, but focus mainly on sexy romance with the usual cautions. I have a report that says statements are quarterly and arrive on time, but they need to improve on editing. They are friendly and responsive. Sales vary but can be good. May 2011 update: A report of more than 400 copies sold in the first three days of publication. That is good. November 2011 update: a report that few come close to that level, and that their editing isn't great. But they are friendly. May 2012 update: A favorable report. July 2013 update: Complaints about poor editing, books being published with mistakes left in them, and late cover art. That is is an author mill.

EXCESSICA - www.eXcessica.com. "We're a partnership publisher who works on a load-sharing/balancing principle to keep our costs negligible." They say that if you have written an intense story that was both too short to publish and too powerful to forget, this anthology may be the place. No subject is off limits. The emphasis is on brief, generally 1,000-3,000 word compelling, focused stories. "We challenge you to impress us." It is an electronic anthology. The authors retain their rights. I'm not clear on the submission deadline, but probably you should get on it soon. August 2008 update: Correction: eXcessica is the regular erotic publisher, while their anthology is Focus. So there would be no deadline for the former. December 2008 update: Further clarification: they are a full-range erotic publisher, with books up to 200,000 words. I have a favorable report on their treatment of authors. February 2009 update: I have now done business with them, and found them easy to work with, in fact quite helpful. June 2009 update: I was asked how they make money, if they don't take any from royalties or charge fees. That stumped me. Maybe they make it from their anthologies. July 2009 update: I am learning more about how they cover their operating expenses: with anthologies and individual stories donated by their authors. So I donated my "Juliette" quartet of stories to the cause, and they expect to publish it December 2009. Meanwhile their edition of my story "Serial" sold about 50 copies. My experience with them continues positive. September 2009 update: my sales report for the short story "Serial" was 90 copies, or royalties of $66.19 for the quarter April through June. November 2009 update: now they are taking 10%, trying to get on an even financial basis. They are raising prices, so authors should receive more regardless. February 2010 update: eXcessica is growing rapidly, and Selena Kitt can't do it all, so they are hiring staff. So this outfit is becoming more like a regular publisher. March 2010 update: I continue to do business with them, and donated two more stories to their anthologies: "Medusa," erotic science fiction, and "Rat Bait," a sexual horror. Royalties on "Serial" continue good. But I have a report of bad editing; it seems editors vary, and an author can get a good one or a bad one. May 2010 update: Another report of bad editing. March 2011 update: I made over $450 on “Serial” for the year 2010. That may be more than the Relationships volume it was excluded from. They do have limits; my horror novel The Sopaths violated them. But they are currently closed to submissions. November 2011 update: Another bad report: author protested really bad editing, and publisher refused to publish but then put the pieces on anyway, messing up the author's re-marketing. So while my own experience with eXcessica has been good, it seems that this is not always the case. March 2012 update: They are currently closed to submissions. March 2014 update: now they are open for submissions.

EXTASY BOOKS - www.extasybooks.com/. This is an adult site, publishing sexy books. They have good guidelines for the writing of effective erotic fiction, but I couldn't find any terms for authors listed. They have a sample contract, taking virtually all electronic rights and trade paperback rights, in English. Here is one interesting clause: "Upon the author receiving an offer from a traditional publisher, eXtasy Books shall relinquish all rights to the contents of the book and act as agent on the author's behalf during this transaction." They'll take a 20% commission on the advance. Okay, this is high; 15% is standard, and old-timers like me pay 10%. But this includes the relinquishing of eXtasy's rights, so seems fair. Assuming they are competent at agenting, this is a very nice service for an unagented author.  October 2006 update: belay that; Tina Haveman has taken personal charge and is getting it straightened out. She has also paid royalties that the bankruptcy of eBookAd prevented her from receiving. So while controversy remains, this publisher is viable. See my extended discussion in the October hipiers.com column in another section of this site. One report is that royalties are around $200 per title per year. February 2007 update: They are currently accepting submissions in all the sub-genres, and are interested in all heat levels. 'If it's outside the box, feel free to send it.' Except for the usual restrictions. Royalties are 40% of cover price, and 35% for third party sellers. Their contract is for ebook only; if a book goes to print, they will offer a new contract. Their contracts is for three years. All backlist titles have been published. And some authors receive five figure royalties per year. June 2008 update: A very positive report on their professionalism. October 2008 update: Another positive report: they are prompt and polite. April 2009 update: Open for submissions for a brief period. October 2009 update: now closed to submissions. March 2010 update: And now open for submissions in all the sub-genres. November 2010 update: Another very positive report. March 2011 update: I gave up waiting for it to load after about 15 minutes. March 2012 update: This time they loaded fairly promptly. They seem to be open for submissions. July 2013 update: I have a favorable report about their mainstream imprint DevineDestinies.com, with solid editing and a good cover. March 2014 update: Now open for submissions.

FAIRGO E-BOOKS - www.angelfire.com/electronic/fairgoebooks/. They have suspended new book submissions, due to low sales. That will change at such time as sales improve. April 2007 update: their submission requirements merely ask for corect spelling and grammar, with word wrapping, and a copy of their contract. Except that it is still just the notice that they have suspended new submissions. That notice is dated October 2, 2003. This is not a good sign. March 2010 update: Fairgo E-books is no longer selling electronic books. This notice is dated October 2, 2009.

FAIRY TALES AND DREAMS - www.fairytalesanddreams.com/. July 2010 update: This is a new children's book publisher. Their site has pleasant pictures of happy children at play. Their pages are as yet sparse, with little information. For example they don't specify what they want submitted, just that you should send the complete and polished manuscript. Their FAQ just says to send the entire book. They will surely grow up soon into a more mature publisher. April 2011 update: Server Not Found.

FAMOUS HISTORICAL CHARACTERS ANTHOLOGY - www.worddabbler.com/. This was a one-shot anthology of erotica featuring famous historical characters from Cleopatra to Elvis. Their deadline is past, and they are gone.

FANNY PRESS — www.fannypress.com/. A publisher of hot, offbeat erotic material: BDSM, Bondage, Gay, Polyamory, Cuckoldry, Voyeurism, Sodomy and the like. They are looking for experimental projects that push boundaries and buttons, and are willing to take risks. I found nothing on terms. An author report says that the cover art was great but editing is merely adequate, and that they really mean it about pushing boundaries. They promise really hot royalties, but royalty reports may be slow. April 2014 update: They are open fro submissions. Send a 50 page sample and a complete synopsis, and they will let you know in six weeks.

FANTASY ISLAND BOOK PUBLISHING — I list this only to report that they are ripping off authors and libeling those who protest; there's a lawsuit. Stay away.

FATBRAIN - www.fatbrain.com/ematter/. Mightywords now out of business. The site has been taken over by Barnes & Noble.

FAT CAT PRESS - www.fatcatpress.com/. April 2009 update: They have closed.

FICTION FOREST - www.fictionforest.com. Now out of business. Web site remains, but they are no longer publishing. Just a notice on the proprietor's experience. Update: and it's gone.

FICTIONWISE - www.fictionwise.com/. This site sets a cookie. They seek high quality reprint stories and novels in all genres, and are looking for established authors and award winners. They pay advances. This means that the novice writer is unlikely to be welcomed here. They have many science fiction and fantasy name authors. Their contracts vary, depending on the clout of the author; typically 30% royalties on gross sales (that's good) for exclusive erights for five years, renewable. Do not send them material; query first. They say they sell 10,000 ebooks a month. They list about 300 authors, and says they like to take packages of 10 books, so they may have 3,000 titles. That would be about 3 sales a month per title. Still, it's impressive. The science fiction/fantasy genre is damn well represented. But they don't buy original works.UPDATE: Suddenly Xanth is there; I had to learn it from readers, as the publishers didn't bother to tell me. That's par for the course; the author is generally at the bottom of the totem. So maybe now I'll be able to verify directly how well books actually sell here. April 2004 update: I like their color bar reader rating system; reader ratings can be more accurate than formal reviews.  April 2006 update: Now they are selling more than 40,000 books a month. August 2007 update: I learn from another source that their charges are 50% of the actual sale price of a book, plus a $15 one-time charge to convert it to ten formats. It seems to be worth it, for the increased sales generated. October 2009 update: troublesome report that the one-time $15 set-up fee now is invoked any time a change or update needs to be made. They have been paying late, and sometimes in error to the author's disfavor, not corrected; this is harder to track because they have removed real-time figures. They have censored books, removing "controversial" ones. This sort of thing bothers publishers, but few dare to protest. November 2009 update: a reader comment: "I think Fictionwise needs a good, stiff, public audit of their books." I understand that real time figures can be posted if a publisher wants to; this is after all the computer age. Evidently they don't want to. April 2010 update: payments are becoming later and lower. My impression is that Fictionwise is slowly sinking in the water, like the Titanic, and publishers connected are suffering. Too bad; it has been a powerhouse for electronic books sales. May 2010 update: Another report of unpaid royalties and nonresponse. I suspect the end is near. April 2011 update: The site remains, but their subsections, such as information for authors, are empty except for "currently being updated" messages. I suspect the end has passed.

FIREDRAKE WEYR PUBLISHING - I have a note that they shut down in September 2009, and all rights returned to the authors. It was run by Peggy Roberts, AKA Margaret Roberts or Peggy Kenny. I hadn't listed them, because I hadn't heard of them. It seems that they weren't paying royalties to their authors or issuing statements, so it's uncertain whether they ever sold any books. They hope to resurrect sometime. Beware.

1STBOOKS - www.1stbooks.com. April 2004 update: they have now become Authorhouse, and their site takes you there.

FIRST PUBLISH - www.firstpublish.com. Gone.

1ST WORLD LIBRARY - www.1stworldlibrary.com/.  An author-services book publishing company dedicated to helping authors get their manuscripts into publication. That is, a self publisher. It can cost you as little as $5000. Unfortunately I have a very bad report on them, and it is said that the man in charge is vindictive toward any who try to blow the whistle. Fair warning. April 2008 update: Among their titles are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Great novels, but not exactly current. March 2010 update: Their standard publishing package costs $1899, for which you get a professional color cover, 10 softcover author copies and 50% royalties. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.

FICTION WORKS - see THE FICTION WORKS

FIVE STAR - http://www.gale.cengage.com/fivestar/. This is a traditional publisher specializing in library editions, some large print; in fact they are thought to do about 80% of all large print editions. I'm listing it because I received a query about it. They publish some original Romance, but it seems low on their list. They may take a large bite out of royalties for book packaging.

FLASHING SWORDS - http://flashingswords.sfreader.com. This is a Sword and Sorcery magazine, open for submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction articles or essays in several categories, including Heroic Fantasy and Historical Adventure. They are not thrilled by tales where 90% of the story is about two guys killing each other, or killing a monster, even to save a helpless female. Translation: they want real stories rather than junk. They pay $5 for stories under 500 words, and one cent per word for longer pieces, up to a maximum of $60. For poetry it's $5 per 15 lines. They take non-exclusive rights, which means you can also publish it elsewhere; that's nice. They try to respond within a day or three. April 2008 update: Now they have at least one book for sale, as well as issues of the magazine. April 2011 update: blank screen. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.

FLYING PEN PRESS - www.flyingpenpress.com/. A new publisher with big ambitions. "We are taking on the world of book publishing with a fresh new attitude, and we intend to define the way books are published in the Twenty-First Century." They are interested in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, poker, and role-playing game books. An early report is that they are good to work with, but sales are not high. April 2009 update: As of January 1, 2009, they have a new office and mailing address, but their site remains the same. They remain open for submissions, with a minimum length of 65,000 words. March 2010 update: At this time they are not considering unsolicited submissions. That doesn't mean they aren't buying, just that you need to have a dialogue with them first. 65,000 to 150,000 words, preferably halfway between. April 2011 update: Not considering unsolicited submissions at this time. April 2012 update: Now they are interested in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and poker and role-playing books. April 2013 update: They are not currently considering unsolicited submissions of fiction, but are seeking nonfiction. April 2014 update: Now they are open for submissions.

FORBIDDEN PASSION PRESS —www.Forbiddenpassionpress.com/. October 2009 update: site can't be found.

FORBIDDEN PUBLICATIONS - www.forbiddenpublications.com/. April 2009 update: They are closing as of March 30, 2009.

FOREMOST PRESS - foremostpress.com/.  A self publisher. December 2005 update: they have taken over Action Tales, which no longer functions on its own. They are open to all genres and nonfiction. Authors retain all rights. The set-up fee of $347 covers light editing, typesetting, PDF version, four web pages on their site, 10 complimentary copies, and more. Author's cost for printed copies is 50% of the retail price. The cost of a book is determined by the number of pages. Royalties of 20% on hard copies, 10% on wholesale orders via a bookstore. On electronic sales they take $.97 as the transaction cost, then split the balance 50-50. April 2009 update: Their Plan B is $197, but there are additional costs, depending. April 2014 update: Their Plans remain as described.

FREEDITORIAL - www.freeditorial.com/. “Sybooks.org are free book publishers. We offer free online ebooks, publish your book, self publishing a book, ebook self publishing, download free books and download free ebooks.” April 2014 update: Server Not Found.

FREE FICTION - see Services section

FREELANCE EPUBLISHING - www.freelanceepublishing.com/. This is a new online publisher expecting to open in mid July 2007, in time going to POD as well. Open to all types, but not pedophilia, bestiality, rape, or racism; otherwise it will be fairly liberal. No fees, no long-term contracts. Royalties are 25% of the gross for nonexclusive publishing, and 50% for exclusive; authors can switch at any time. Authors can withdraw their work on 5 days notice. So if you want your work to appear without being locked in, this would seem to be the place. April 2008 update: This sort of information is available elsewhere, but still I find it interesting to read here that Stephen King's first novel Carrie was rejected 30 times, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind 38 times, and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull 140 times. Of course that doesn't mean that this publisher will put you into their orbits, but it is true that traditional print publishers can come across like idiots. December 2008 update: an author got a request for his manuscript, sent it, and never heard from them again. Beware. March 2010 update: They don’t seem to be functioning. April 2011 update: Now a search engine.

FREYA'S BOWER-the Romance branch of Wild Child Publishing. They publish erotica and romantica. Cross-genre experiments and short story collections are welcome. 40% royalties on electronic formats, or 10% of the print price. No porn, hatred, excessive profanity, bestiality, feces, rape, necrophilia, etc. Beware of words like "cunt."  June 2007 update: A very favorable report an their friendliness, competence, and quality of books.  October 2007 update: this publisher is a member of EPIC, but their contract does not follow the EPIC model. No author in his/her right mind should sign it without significantly revising it to conform to professional standards. It Grabs too much, requiring the author to get the publisher's permission before getting it print published elsewhere, even if Freya's isn't print publishing it. If the publisher loses the author's address, the author forfeits any accrued money due. (Actually it says if the author fails to notify publisher of a change in address, but how can the author prove the notice was sent if the publisher shreds it? I speak as one who has suffered this sort of thing in print publishing, elsewhere.) The money should be held in escrow until the author or author's heir claims it. It says there has to be a minimum of $25 owing before the royalties are paid. This is actually reasonable and standard practice, but there needs to be another sentence, establishing that this can't continue indefinitely. Again I speak as one who got ripped off by falsified accounts, and couldn't prove statements were wrong short of legal action (which I did take) because no statements had to be sent if no royalties were owing. Catch 22. Publisher reserves the right to terminate the contract at any time, no reason given. Okay, better give the author a similar right. This contract also lacks a license-that is, a term limit after which the author can automatically revert the rights, and an audit clause. Without an audit clause the author can't prove the statements are fishy. This is not to say this is a bad publisher, just that it has a bear-trap contract it needs to reform retroactively. December 2007 update: And I heard from the publisher. They have revised their contract, improving things, though it remains a tough one. Actually, they feel it is not tough but fair. They are adding an audit clause and deleting audio book rights. They do have a two year license; I missed it when I read their contract. If a question comes up, they will fix it immediately, so an audit would not be necessary. Thus my concerns have been addressed, and this publisher looks good. June 2009 update: I have a report of very low reported sales, with a suspicion of double bookkeeping. That is, one set of figures for internal accounts, a lower set to the authors. No proof, just the suspicion. Any author who suspects such a thing should require an audit, which should settle the matter. Just be aware that a competent audit can be expensive, and will as likely vindicate the publisher as prove cheating.

GARDENIA PRESS - www.gardeniapress.com. February 2005 update: They have closed the company.

GLB PUBLISHERS - www.glbpubs.com. They say they are probably the largest e-publisher for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. They have many download formats, and many Print-On-Demand books as well. Royalties are 50%. This is a "cooperative publisher," meaning that the author shares the cost of publication for a higher royalty rate. Initial fee of $500, plus $50 per hour to integrate new elements. $350 for final stages. Thus you can publish for $850 or more, depending. See also MOONLITBOOKS for gay/lesbian markets. UPDATE: They also do "Personal publishing" for writers who aren't necessarily trying to sell copies, but just want their book published their way. To me their name sounds like the sound of a bubble in a bathtub, but if I had material of their type to publish, I'd be very interested. April 2008 update: Lengths range from 60,000 to 120,000 words for printed books, and 5,000-7,500 for stories. March 2010 update: Notice: GLB Publishers is for sale. That doesn't mean they are out of business, just that things may be changing. They remain open for submissions in their genre. July 2010 update: They responded promptly and politely to a query about a job. April 2011 update: They remain in business and open for submissions of their type. April 2012 update: Not Found. April 2013 update: the site is there, but it no longer seems to be a publisher. It says “Just another WordPress site” and discusses skin whitening. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.

GLOBAL BOOK PUBLISHER - www.GlobalBookPublisher.com.  The proprietors of the Booksurge complex, including Great Unpublished, Imprint, and others. April 2007 update: I got a "Page cannot be found" message. April 2010 update: They are gone.

GOLDEN PILLAR PUBLISHING - www.goldenpillarpublishing.com. A PC MAGAZINE article rated them 2 on a scale of 5 for self publishers. A self publisher offering publishing packages Bronze for $500, Silver for $1500, and Gold for $3500, and a variety of professional design services. So it's not cheap, but they're upfront about it. Royalties range from 70% to 90% of the gross profit and you get 12 to 48 copies of your book, depending on the package. April 2008 update: I got this message: "You tried to access a document for which you don't have privileges." April 2009 update: The site remains forbidden. My guess is that they folded. April 2010 update: Now they are a search site related to publishing.

GOODFELLOW PRESS —I don't have a site address. I list it only because I received a report from an author who felt that this purported publisher ripped her off for expensive and apparently useless editing. Be wary.

GOOSE RIVER PRESS - www.gooseriverpress.com.    "A traditional full-service publishing house" that also does self publishing. February 2005 update: They are now seeking manuscripts including but not limited to poetry, novels, short stories, juvenile, spiritual, and self-help; no erotica or occult. April 2008 update: they have a $30 reading fee. April 2010 update: They remain open for submissions, with the reading fee. But this is one way to get consideration for traditional print publication, and if you don’t make it there, they will help you self publish. This could be worthwhile for a novice who isn’t sure what to do. April 2014 update: Still open for submissions.

GRACE PUBLISHING - An imprint of Unique Enterprises, about which I have a bad report. October 2008 update: I have a report that they will publish no new material.

GRAY WOLF PUBLISHING —www.graywolfpress.webs.com/. A self publisher. Their packages start at $300, with add-on services such as editing. They say they are very upfront with all costs. January 2010 update: Already shut down, because of the press of other business.

GREAT AUTHORS ONLINE - http://greatauthorsonline.com/.  This is a new small startup publisher without pretensions. They specialize in science fiction, not fantasy, for a primarily young male audience. They hope to publish 20 hardcover books this year, but are having trouble finding suitable material. 80% of their sales are electronic. They pay half the net income from publishing. They accept manuscripts in Word and OpenOffice. Novels 90-120,000 words, and 50,000 word e-book stories.  October 2006 update: a somewhat cynical comment from someone doing research on publishers, who notes that the free download ebooks look to be mostly works in progress, some self published previously at Authorhouse. "There appears to be no editorial process, no mention of contract terms, no promotion of any kind to spur sales."   June 2007 update: another report of somewhat sloppy handling. It seems they don't use a contract, depending on mutual trust. This isn't good; trustworthy people can still forget details. April 2012 update: They say they are looking mainly for Science Fiction and will make a more sincere effort to read your submission than anyone else will, and provide an honest and impartial evaluation. That could be good, if you are uncertain of your merit. April 2013 update: Novels should be 90,000 no 120,000 words long. They will also consider 50,000 word pieces, which they call novelettes. (A true novelette is more like 15,000 words; maybe it's a typo.) Their submission discussion is worth reading on general principles. April 2014 update: The site is currently offline. They hope to return shortly.

GREAT UN PUBLISHED - www.greatunpublished.com. April 2004 update: they are now listed as part of the BookSurge complex. June 2004 Update: I have a savagely negative report: an author bought copies of his own books through friends (so it wasn't evident he was buying them himself) and the sales were not listed. There is also a report that another author flat-out accused them of being thieves. Beware; the indication is that they are consciously dishonest, and that makes their listed terms worthless. And now this site is gone.   February 2005 update: the link leads directly to BookSurge. April 2009 update: Gone again.

GRIFFITH PUBLISHING - http://hodi.com/. I was told this is a self publisher with a wealth of detail, but the link took me to other territory and I never found a publisher. Update: a reader located a different address for it, and this one works. But to get their information you need to call their 800 number or send an email.

GYPSY SHADOW - www.gypsyshadow.com. August 2010 update: I tried to check their submission guidelines, but they took so long to download that I gave up. So I have no information as yet on what they want or what their terms are. December 2010 update: they sent me their Frequently Asked Questions brochure, which strikes me as a fair way to learn the basics of publishing with them or anyone else. They discus prospects and fees in a sensible manner. I recommend looking at this even if you're not looking to do business with them. April 2011 update: The site says their submission guidelines were updated 1-19-2011, but they will need a few extra weeks to respond to yours. An email notice released by the publisher says their second year was rugged. "To say we are stretched too thinly seems to us to be an understatement." They beg indulgence as they catch up. They look forward to funding in June so their chief editor can work full time. They hope to change to a quarterly report, considering that most of their distributors are on a quarterly schedule. May 2011 update: their quarterly reports were delayed again, but they are scrambling to catch up. They had a host of problems, such as two car breakdowns and a computer crash. April 2013 update: connection reset. This is not promising. April 2014 update: They are back in fair order. They say they have changed their submission guidelines, so be sure to read the NEW ones, last updated 1-6-2012. Um, okay.

HALCYON MAGAZINE - www.halcyonmagazine.com.    August 2007 update: it is now a parked domain.  April 2009 update: And now an extreme sports site.

HARD SHELL WORD FACTORY - www.hardshell.com/. July 2009 update: Hard Shell has been sold to Mundania Press, to take effect August 1, 2009. It will become an imprint of Mundania. Mary Wolf has serious family problems that prevent her from continuing.

HARLEQUIN HORIZONS —www.harlequinhorizons.com/. This is a new self publishing outfit formed by Harlequin and Author Solutions, launched in November 2009. Authors rejected by Harlequin may be referred to Horizons. A number of folk are annoyed by this, but it seems legitimate to me, as it is open about the connection and the nature of the enterprise. If you can't make it with a traditional print publisher, you still can publish your book yourself. I did not find price information on the site, but understand it is typical of self publishing. It may soon be renamed Carina. January 2010 update: Carina will exist, but not connected. April 2010 update: Page not found. April 2011 update: Ditto.

HEATWAVE - www.heatwaveromance.com./. June 2006 update: Heatwave is closing on June 30. April 2008 update: But the site remains, with a lovely picture. April 2010 update: Now they’re gone.

HEARTS ON FIRE BOOKS - www.heartsonfirebooks.com/. April 2010 update: This publisher has folded, as of this month. In this recession the sales simply weren't there. All rights are being returned to the authors, along with final statements and payments.

HELIOGRAPHICA - www.heliographica.com. April 2007 update: They closed operations in 2006.

HIGHLAND PRESS - http://www.highlandpress.org/. The site was slow loading, with a beautiful picture of a Highlands Castle, and I gave up waiting after 12 minutes with only partial information. Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Men's and Women's Fiction, Inspirational Young Adult, Children's and more. I have an extremely negative report of questionable royalty reports, arbitrary cancellation without explanation, and abusive behavior. Complaints are being filed with RWA. Caution, until more is known. April 2008 update: And a response from the publisher: two writers failed to meet stipulations in their contracts, and those contracts were canceled, setting off a vendetta against the company. Another writer named them, and the one who contacted me was one of them, though I never identified that writer. Here's the thing: if a publisher is wronging many writers, it can't name them all, but if only one or two have a problem, and the publisher can name them, that suggests that the problem is with the writers. Some publishers do wrong writers; I speak as one who has been wronged many times, and who has legal cases to prove it. But some writers can be minions from Hell, and I have encountered those too. On this basis, the balance of evidence favors the publisher. Seven other writers wrote in defense of the publisher, six politely, and one self righteous creature who did her best to turn me against the publisher by implying I was guilty of lying, slander, and could face legal action. They never seem to learn. At this point I think more is known, and that this is a good publisher. Meanwhile at the slow-loading (15 minutes) site they give nicely detailed descriptions of what they are looking for for 2008-9. June 2008 update: But you never can tell. I was sent a link to a voluminous multi-person comment on this publisher, and it pretty well authenticated my earlier report. Authors not paid monies owed. Authors getting tongue-lashed for questions. Banning authors from Author Loops for speaking out against HP practices. Sending emails to other publishers about "problem authors." Deleting reviews, or swamping Amazon with "report abuse" messages, gaming the system to get them removed. An identified example is harassment of an Amazon reviewer named Reba, who gave a book a three star review and was called a bitch, and in a forum post the author/publisher Deborah MacGillivray wrote "...we now have her name, her husband's name, her children's names...her address phone number and email...". Readers aren't happy to learn that they can't trust reviews. I could have told them that 40 years ago, as I could have about the tactics publishers can use against questioning authors; I was there in spades. It does appear that there are a number of unhappy authors here; one post said more than 17. Some post anonymously to avoid savage retaliation. The publisher participated in this loop with some scathing sarcasm. So the question is by no means settled. There's a backlash by readers, some of whom will never read books by this author. But I do have another report by a satisfied author who feels that those criticizing this publisher are lying. Um, I doubt it. August 2008 update: An ugly report of the publisher trying to intimidate another author with a threat to report to her employer how she wrote porn, so as to put her job in peril. Of course erotic fiction is not porn, but folk in Mundania don't necessarily know that, so such a threat could be credible. April 2011 update: They have calls for inspirational submissions, and are open in all time genres except erotica. April 2012 update: They are open for submissions, but are choosy about the mechanism, and you need to have a dialogue and get an invitation first. April 2014 update: They have a Call for Submissions to a new inspirational family line, and themed Romance anthologies.

HOOD PRESS BOOKS -   I don't have a site address yet, but heard from Jason Sipe, the proprietor. This will be for nonfiction, some children's books, and possibly some fiction titles.

HOT JAVA PRODUCTIONS - www.hotjavaproductions.com/.    Folded.

HOUSEWIVES' AND HUSBANDS' WRITERS NETWORK — www.HousewifesWritersNetwork.homestead.com. A bimonthly magazine for housewives (and husband) writers. Articles on writing and juggling family/housekeeping with writing, 1,000-2,500 words. “My First Sale” pieces 500 words or less, poetry under 20 lines. Payment is 5 copies and a year's subscription ($35 value). April 2012 update: Site has been Disabled.

HUDSON AUDIO PUBLISHING - www.hudsonaudiopublishing.com/. This is essentially an audio self publisher, wherein the author records his material, pays a fee, and they put it online for sales with a 70/30 split. They say the audio book market is growing strongly. April 2010 update: They charge $285 per book to handle the technical and administrative details, but they take it out of royalties, so the author doesn’t have to pay upfront. April 2012 update: They are celebrating their 100th audio book. They report that they get one abusive email from a frustrated author each week.

HYPERPEDIA PRESS - www.hyperpedia.net/. They are looking for nonfiction, poetry, short stories, technical guides, and novels, and say that their royalties are competitive, up to 40%. They do both digital and printed versions. June 2004 update: but I have a report that they ignore queries. April 2008 update: They remain open for submissions. April 2009 update: They don't give details on terms, but if they like your proposal they will send you a letter of agreement offering competitive royalties. April 2010 update: This time the site came up in what looks like Chinese characters. Maybe somebody bought the site.

HYPERTECH MEDIA - http://hypertechmedia.com/. Ebooks, educational software, software and web development. Specializing in award winning full length fiction and children's ebooks and esoftware. Currently open for submissions but are highly selective. All genres but no pornography. Takes full electronic publishing rights, 30% royalties, paid one month after receipt. Has the equivalent of an audit clause. Their contract appears to be highly negotiable. My impression is that this should be a good place to be, if you can make it. April 2008 update: This time I did not find information for submissions or terms, though their book presentations are evocative. April 2012 update: Now it's an ad site.

IBOOKS INC - www.ibooksinc.com/ They have a number of good titles, but I couldn't find any information for writers. This appears to be a reprint house. Maybe that will change as they get established. April 2007 update: I got the "Page cannot be found" message.

IENOVEL - www.ienovel.com/. March 2011 update: Sadly, they had to close on February 11, 2011. January 2013 update: But see Alpha Wolf publishing, above, for its reincarnation.

IFWG PUBLISHING - http://ifwgpublishing.com. This is a year-old publisher specializing in speculative fiction, children's book, and non fiction. Their proprietors offer fast friendly service, but sales so far appear to be small. I think they are POD rather than electronic, and I could not find terms listed on their site. April 2012 update: I heard from their chief editor. They are a small niche publisher now in their fifth year of operation. They are slowly getting into brick & mortar distribution. They publish a speculative fiction ezine every two months at www.sqmag.com, also slowly growing. As for terms: when there's a prospect they provide the author with an IFWG Publishing manifesto that explains their philosophy and the contract in plain English. They can't offer Big Publisher marketing pull, but those who can't get the time of day from a big publisher might get more than that here.

iHERO ENTERTAINMENT - www.ihero.net   Quarterly magazine of superhero prose stories. Pays 3 cents a word for stories up to 3,000 words. April 2009 update: I could not verify that they are still publishing; they seem to be still exploring possibilities. May 2010 update: They do remain in business. April 2012 update: They are open for submissions, and pay $.05 a word for stories up to 3,000 words. Read their magazine before submitting; don't try to guess what they want. April 2014 update: But this time I got mostly a blank screen referring me to Apache Server at www.ihero.net Port 80.

IMAJINN BOOKS - www.imajinnbooks.com/   They are now accepting all types of erotica books, not just those with paranormal, supernatural, futuristic, and fantasy elements. It must be a romance, with no multiple partner relationships. Prefer vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, on- and off-planet futuristic, paranormal (ESP), witches, fantasy. Avoid torture, bestiality, pedophilia, rape, or really kinky stuff. 30,000 words up. Royalties of 50% of net receipts, paid monthly. Query first. They also do Romance, with slightly different guidelines, 70,000 to 90,000 words. I discovered after making most of this entry that they are not an electronic publisher, so don't belong on this list; they do trade paperbacks. Bleep. October 2005 update: fortunately it has become academic: they're bankrupt. April 2006 update: Yet they remain in business, and are open to adult romance subgenres of the supernatural, futuristic, and paranormal phenomena, but not ghosts. April 2007 update: I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop, and for them to go out of business so I can unlist them, as they probably shouldn't be on this list anyway. But they remain in business and open for submissions. Their Frequently asked Questions site is Under Construction, so maybe there's hope yet. April 2008 update: They're still there, though their About Us section merely lists phone numbers. April 2009 update: Now it says SitePal, which must be something else. It blew out my browser. But then I got a "Welcome to Imajinn Books" verbal message indicating it is still functioning. May 2010 update: The site remains, but my impression is they are selling, not publishing, books. March 2012 update: They sent me a novel to blurb, so evidently they are publishing. April 2013 update: Under Submissions they have a discussion of how to correctly figure your word count. Nothing else. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.

IMPRINT BOOKS - www.imprintbooks.com. April 2007 update: This does not seem to be a publisher any more.

INDIE ARTIST PRESS - www.indieartistpress.com/. This is a new self publisher with some differences. $65 for an ISBN and barcode, or $50 for ebooks only as they don't need the barcode. They host a monthly contest with a $35 entry fee, where the writer will receive three critiques on the first chapter and have a chance to win an ISBN. There is a grand prize winner in each contest who will win a free editing package for the full novel. They do charge for editing services, art, and such, but do not require writers to use their services if they don't need them. They pay 100% royalties. This looks from here like a pretty good deal for writers capable of managing their projects themselves.

INDYPUBLISH - www.indypublish.com. The company mission: "IndyPublish.com is dedicated to leveraging on advanced technologies to help independent authors all over the world. The IndyPublish system allows independent authors to get published, to gain greater financial reward for their work, to retain control over their work, to interact and network with other writers on mutual interests and to stay abreast on developments concerning the writing and publishing world." This appears to be a self publisher, like Xlibris or iUniverse; the basic package is free, and you can upgrade for a price. No books are rejected, but if you publish a book that gets them into trouble, they'll kick you out. Five publishing packages, ranging from the free Basic through Bronze, Silver, Gold, to Platinum at $999. Royalties depend on size and book price, which varies with the page count. As self publishers go, this is straightforward and cheap. 2003 UPDATE: But now they have a moratorium on new manuscripts. If you wish, you can get on their list to let you know when it is lifted. April 2006 update: Now they are back in regular business, same terms as before. April 2007 update: And the moratorium is back. April 2008 update: Moratorium continues. April 2009 update: continues. May 2010 update: Their FAQ section leads off with the question "When will the moratorium on new manuscripts be lifted?" and the answer is they don’t know. April 2012 update: Their moratorium continues, five years later. April 2014 update: moratorium continues. After eleven years, I'd say this outfit is not currently publishing.

INFINITY PUBLISHING COM - www.infinitypublishing.com/. 20% of retail sales, 10% of wholesale sales. $499 set-up fee. Takes no rights; terminate agreement at any time by written notice. Can buy marketing packages for $120-$470. POD, and have their own printing, so can ship in a day or two. Royalties paid monthly. See BUY BOOKS ON THE WEB You can get a free brochure. A PC MAGAZINE article rated them 3 on a scale of 5. They are now offering book returns for bookstores. That means bookstores are more likely to stock their books. December 2005 update: They are now paying 15% royalty on all wholesale sales, up from 10%, and give a 40% discount to bookstores and a 55% discount to distributors like Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Their royalties are a straight percentage of the sale price, which is a significantly better deal for the writer than a percentage of net proceeds. They say they have the lowest retail price per page count in the industry. That is likely to translate to larger sales for smaller books. They print their books in-house, full color, laminated covers. This is likely to mean significantly faster publication. May 2010 update: A satisfied client says that Infinity is offering bookstores a 12 month return policy, at no cost to the author, and that Infinity's books never go out of print. These are good policies. "They are honest and do exactly as they promise in the one page very above-board contract."

iPUBLISH - www.iPublish.com. Closed.

INKSPELL - www.inkspellpublishing.com/. A new publisher for romance, fantasy and young adult in digital and print formats. Submissions should be between 20,000 and 80,000 words. I did not find information on terms. April 2012 update: When I clicked their Submissions link, it timed out.

INTEGRITY TECH PUBLISHING - www.integritytech.com/itpub.html. I have learned to be wary of seemingly lofty ideals and good terms online publishers offer, but I like the look of this one. It is upfront about how it got started, what it is looking for, what it is trying to do, how a writer should approach it, and tips for beginning writers. Such as "You must develop the hide of a rhino." They want Romance, both Futuristic and Historical, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Computer, Marketing, or Health Related nonfiction. 50% royalties based on the cover price, paid monthly. Either party can terminate with two weeks notice. That's damn good. This looks like a live wire publisher. I suspect it will be buried in submissions.  August 2006 update: a writer who queried them was told that sales are way down and they are no longer accepting submissions. April 2007 update: But no indication of that at their Web site. Their FAQ section has interesting discussion of the plight of many writers, who live below the poverty line because of the policies of big publishers. Yes, I've been there, done that. November 2010 update: I received a query whether they remain in business. Their site remains, with no word of trouble, but it seems reaching them by email can't be done. That's a bad sign. April 2011 update: still no sign of trouble at the site. April 2012 update: They are open for submissions, but query first. April 2014 update: Server Not Found. Maybe the trouble finally caught up with the site.

INTERMEDIA PUBLISHING GROUP - www.intermediapub.com. "We are an independent publishing company based in Phoenix Arizona. Our marketing and distribution program is extensive. It includes over 16,000 on line stores, marketing to all major retailers, wholesalers and distributors. Our books and events are also marketed to our database of 35 million email accounts. We also have capabilities of putting each book into the 5 major eBook formats." Okay, their site is canny about figures, but I gather this is self publishing and that it will cost you something to get their treatment. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.

INTUITION PRESS - www.intuitionpress.com/.  They will publish any book of 100 pages or more electronically, without editing; their only restriction is "incendiary prose." They pay royalties of 75% of what they get for your book, 45 days after the end of the month. They do no editing. So this is essentially a free self publisher. We'll just have to see how long that lasts. It may be little more than a site that posts novels. April 2008 update: They're still there, still free. May 2010 update: Could not find the site. They may be out of business. April 2011 update: No, they're there in good order. April 2013 update: But this time the link took me to Amazon.com. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.

IUNIVERSE - www.iuniverse.com/. Formerly called toExcel. February 2009 update: The Authorhouse/iUniverse complex has bought the remaining large independent self publisher, Xlibris. I do not know, but suspect it will be folded into Xlibris in due course. Your books here will be safe, however, and I suspect performance will improve as the efficiency of Xlibris is extended to the iUniverse books. April 2009 update: I am simplifying the entry, because I doubt the long prior history remains relevant, as the new unified self publishing complex gets organized. May 2010 update: They don’t seem to give terms on the site, but encourage you to call their 800 number to get in touch with a publishing consultant. April 2011 update: the site remains; I was mistaken about their being merged. They spell out exactly what royalties you can expect, at 20%.

JACOBYTE BOOKS - www.jacobytebooks.com/. December 2004 update: I am told that they have been bought out by BeWrite Books, which should publish most of their authors. They will close on June 30, 2005. April 2006 update: Sure enough, the site remains, but they are closed to submissions. BeWrite Books is where to go. April 2008 update: The site now carries ads for other publishers.

JAMES RUSSELL PUBLISHING - www.powernet.net/. UPDATE: I could not find any indication they are still a publisher.

JUPITER GARDENS PRESS - www.jupitergardenspress.com/. This is a publisher starting up in May, 2009, with three lines. Jupiter Gardens press will have fiction and nonfiction based on, or about, alternative spirituality. They will also publish fiction that attempts to answer or contemplate a question facing society, civilization, or humankind. This will include all genres except erotica. Jupiter Gardens Press Thebe will include all forms of science fiction and fantasy. Pink Petal Books will be Romance in all its forms, all subgenres, all heat levels, including GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender), BBW (Big Beautiful Women, that is, large size heroines), I/R (Interracial), and M/M (I forgot to ask about that one). "We believe that love is a beautiful thing." They pay 35% royalties on electronic books sold by the publisher, and 45% of net on third party sales. Length 25,000 to 100,000 words. They hope to go to print editions soon, with 10% of the cover price. They will also consider reprints. Their first titles should appear for October 2008. Of course it is too early for them to have a track record, but this looks highly promising. June 2009 update: they seem to be publishing now, and are open for submissions. Their home site has more than a dozen things, like candles an incense; you have to locate the Jupiter Gardens Press section. May 2010 update: Now they have a fourth imprint, Kittyhorse Publishing, for young adult and child readers. October 2010 update: But they are currently publishing children's and young adult under the regular Jupiter Gardens imprint. I heard from a satisfied author. Editing is thorough, royalties are paid monthly and on time. Some titles are published electronically and print simultaneously. April 2011 update: Now they pay 40% of cover price for e-books, or 40% of what they receive from third party vendors. They are open for submissions. April 2012 update: One of their books is Holy Cow: a Factory Farm Fable by Darla Jasmine, wherein a sacred cow launches a revolution to overturn the factory farm system. Damn, that looks interesting.

JUST MY BEST, INC - www.jmbpub.com/.  This is a small traditional publisher, in business since 2001, who will publish 6-10 books in 2005. They are currently soliciting manuscripts. "Chances are good that a new author can get published here." Um, I doubt it; at under one book a month they will rapidly be swamped. But give it a try; traditional publishing remains the gold standard of publishing. October 2005 update: this turns out to be a quasi-self publisher, charging a $500 initial administration fee. 7% royalties. They take half of movie rights. This is a Grab; they should have none unless they market and sell movie rights for the author, and then they should take maybe a 15% commission. See also my discussion in my Hipiers column for OctOgre 2005; they have a far more interesting history than this listing can accommodate.  August 2006 update: But I have a very negative report about extremely sloppy editing and handling. So their travails may not be over. April 2008 update: Now they have a subsidiary, Aarbooks, for self publishing. June 2009 update: they would not let me in without authorization. That's odd, for a publisher, if they remain one. February 2010 update: I heard from the proprietor. She was very ill, and for the past three years the company was online but inactive. But she does love publishing, especially first-time authors. So now the site is being updated and they will resume publishing, albeit slowly. May 2010 update: They are currently accepting manuscripts from new writers, but it looks from here like self publishing. April 2014 update: This time the site seems unrelated to publishing. I fear they folded.

JUST WRITE BOOKS - www.jstwrite.com. This is not an electronic publisher, but I had some dialogue with its proprietor, so am listing it for now. "Just Write Books is a small publishing house using print on demand technology to produce high quality books by Maine authors/poets." Authors participate in the cost of preparing books. So if you live in Maine, this may be for you. But they are unable to read new work until June 2007. Their fiction quota is filled for two plus years. April 2008 update: They seem to be accepting new submissions now, from Maine authors. May 2010 update: now they have a newsletter you can sign up for. April 2014 update: They are not accepting new manuscripts for the first six months of 2014, and thereafter they will be choosy. Query first.

KEEP IT COMING EZINES - http://www.keepitcoming.net/. February 2006 update: It seems to have folded. But see Virtual Tales, which may take some of the material published here.  April 2006 update: The site remains, selling books, but they don't seem to be buying any.  April 2007 update: the sign says Welcome to vDeck. They may be out of business. April 2008 update: Page not found, so they're gone. June 2009 update: Page back, but they don't seem to be publishing any more.

KEY 20 PUBLISHING - http://www.key20.com. January 2010 update: it seems they vanished, stiffing their contacts.

KEITH PUBLICATIONS - www.keithpublications.com/. They will open September 1, 2010 with a number of imprints such as WICKED INK PRESS for Romance, D'Ink Well for general fiction, and Dreams N Fantasies for Erotica. Lengths from 500 words to 150,000. Royalty rates begin at 35%. They don't have a track record yet, but seem to have their act together. May 2012 update: I have very bad report on Wicked Ink, which is called a nasty joke and the worst of publishers. June 2012 update: I have a query from the proprietor, who says she has not had any problems with her authors, and wants to know what this is about. So I requeried my source, but as yet have no response. So, until I get better information, I conjecture that the report was based on some other Wicked. August 2012 update: I never received confirmation, so I conclude that this was a false report; I regret running it. April 2013 update: I got an Access Denied notice. That's odd for a publisher. May 2014 update: They are there in good order now, wide open for submissions. But now I have a very negative report about lack of statements and payments, and non-response to queries. So the jury is out.

KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING — https//kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin If you have the right electronic format you can self publish here free, and many authors are doing it. May 2014 update: continues to look perfect for authors, once you know what you're doing. Publish in five minutes, reach readers worldwide, earn up to 70% royalty, publish in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese, make spot revisions anytime.

KNIGHT ROMANCE PUBLISHING — http://knightromancepublishing.com/. I was asked about this so looked it up. Founded in 2010 as a small traditional publishing company, so it doesn't belong on this list. I have, nevertheless, a bad report on their inefficiency. April 2013 update: I now have a more detailed and worse report of an artist and writer getting thoroughly screwed by this outfit. There is a question whether it remains in business.

KNIGHTOFTALES - http://www.knightoftales.co.uk.   April 2006 update: and it has shut down. 

LADY AIBELL - http://www.ladyaibell.com. December 2007 update: closed. LADY ORACLE--They do do some publishing; see entry in Services section. June 2009 update: The site remains as a self publishing ad site.

LADY ORACLE - They do do some publishing; see entry in Services section.

L A MEDIA - http://lamediaonline.com. Teresa Wayne-Jacobs, formerly of Mardi Gras, set this up as a semi-private publisher, but its scope is limited. She is accused of selling some books there that don't belong to her. April 2008 update: Teresa wrote me that this is not connected to Mardi Gras, but is a private release proprietary company for herself and one other author. It was originally intended as a name change for Mardi Gras, but the authors went nuts objecting to the change, and it was stifled. June 2008 update: an author refutes that. And the site seems inactive.

LAZY DAY — www.lazydaypub.com/. A new digital publisher, officially launching December 1, 2010. Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Sci-Fiction, Woman's Literature, Adventure, Mystery, Western, and more, it says. All submissions will receive an auto-response acknowledgment, with an editorial response in 4-6 weeks. This publisher has no track record, obviously, but is ambitious, hoping to be a dominating presence in the digital future. April 2011 update: They remain open for submissions, but query first. May 2012 update: their site took forever to load, but they remain open for submissions. There will be an auto-response, followed by a pesonal response in 6-8 weeks; query if it takes longer. July 2012 update: A favorable report from a new author: They really helped. April 2013 update: they are open for submissions, and will consider any genre.

LIACE PUBLISHING - See Eridian Publishing

LIGHTNING SOURCE- www.lightningsource.com/. This is the main place for Print On Demand--POD--books that electronic publishers use. It turns out that they will also print for individual writers. They have free tools for authors and publishers alike in the resources section of the site. They process one trillion bytes of information per day. However, they require cookies and won't admit you if you don't accept them, so I was barred from entry. My information is mostly from their sales development manager, not from the site itself. June 2004 update: I received a 27 page manual from the publisher detailing their services; obviously this is comprehensive. They have now printed over ten million books. December 2006 update: A writer reports that they do exactly as they say; he receives monthly reports, and they pay on time. He has no complaints. August 2012 update: A generally positive report, though at times there is a lack of response.

LINDEN BAY BOOKS- http://lindenbayromance.com/. May 2010 update: When I clicked the link I got Samhain. They must have been bought out. May 2011 update: Server not found. They're gone.

LITERARY ROAD - www.literaryroad.com/. May 2012 update: They have closed.

LIVING WATERS PUBLISHING COMPANY - http://www.livingwaterspc.com/. May 2011 update: It has become a search site.

LLUMINA PRESS- www.llumina.com/. A self publisher, $499 for the basic package plus add-ons, depending what you want. Royalties of 30% of print sales from their site, 10% of sales via third parties. For electronic sales, 60% and 40% respectively. Their contract is for three years, automatically renewable, but the author can terminate at any time with 30 days written notice, subject to payment for effort they have already put in. Their terms seem generally standard. April 2005 update: their prices are rising. April 2006 update: this time I did not find any listing of their prices, but I presume they are in line with other self publishers. April 2007 update: I finally found their prices: $799 for trade paperback, $859 for hardcover, $999 for the combination. December 2008 update: a report that they can nickel and dime you to death on additional services, and they have a peculiar schedule for paying royalties. May 2010 update: This time I could not get information on prices. When I clicked the PRICES link nothing happened. But they do still seem to be in business. May 2011 update: They remain in business, with assorted publishing packages. May 2014 update: You can get editors and ghostwriters here, too.

LIONHEARTED PUBLISHING - www.lionhearted.com/. April 2013 update: Site not found.

LIQUID SILVER - www.liquidsilverbooks.com/. This is an imprint of Atlantic Bridge Publishing, dedicated to erotic romances. Send the first three chapters and a synopsis, with a cover letter about your writing background, why you are interested in doing erotica romance, and your thoughts on epublishing. They will respond in a day and treat you right if they want your novel. Royalties are 40% on retail sales, paid quarterly. They take electronic rights for one year, and are thinking about print publication with a 30% royalty. This looks good from here. April 2004 update: They seem to be broadening their genres to include Historical, Science Fiction, Paranormal and others, but all have an erotic romantic slant. In short, it seems to be the kind of Romance male readers should like too.  October 2006 update: A favorable report "I'm a Liquid Silver author, and am very, very happy with them." December 2006 update: sales report: ranging from 60 for a fantasy novel to 260 for a vampire/horror, romance. April 2007 update: More very favorable report: "They treat their authors like gold." Average time from submission to release is 3 months. Sales range from 120-175 books, and the royalty rate increases when sales pass certain thresholds. For example, if a title sells 1000 copies, royalty is 50%. This would be paradise for the average author. June 2008 update: an extremely positive report: "My absolute favorite! They are quick, friendly, professional, the artwork wonderful, and I sold 220+ books during the last quarter." But very few books are put into print. June 2009 update: They are currently accepting erotic romance. Royalties are now 35% on ebooks. May 2010 update: They are currently accepting all erotic romance genres. May 2011 update: Now their deal is 35% royalties on monies received from all outlets, paid quarterly. Electronic rights for two years. May 2012 update: Yet another very favorable report. April 2013 update: They are currently accepting all erotic romance genres and subgenres. Just make sure there's romance.

LONE STAR STORIES - http://literary.erictmarin.com/. They publish speculative fiction and poetry, ideally with a Texas nexus. That is, by or about Texans or former Texans, set in Texas, or with Texas themes, but they will consider other work. They pay $20 for stories up to 8,000 words and $5 for poems up to 100 lines, for two months online in the magazine. This isn't much, but the exposure should help. April 2007 update: Now they pay $10 for poems. May 2011 update: They are closed to submissions. May 2012 update: They have closed, but you can still buy back issues.

LONG TALE PRESS - www.longtalepress.com/. This is as ebook publisher expanding into audio and print. Prospective writers post an excerpt and short description of the book. Readers review the submissions and provide feedback. So they get books real people enjoy, and writers can orient on what readers want. Novellas of 17,500 words up, and novels from 40,000 words up.

LOOSE ID LLC - www.loose-id.com/. This is a pun on "Lucid." They are currently accepting submissions of cross-genre love stories with a high degree of sensuality, 20,000 to 130,000 words. They take electronic rights only, for two years; authors can abridge that in four months if they are unhappy or need their rights back for other reasons. You know, like a million dollar sale prospect elsewhere. Royalties are 35% paid monthly. They are publishing two books a week and are booked up to February 2005 but will squeeze in new titles sooner if need be. "As a company, we are committed to steady growth and calculated risks. We aren't just doing it. We're trying to do it better." Their titles seem to have a strong fantasy element, and do look interesting.  October 2006 update: I have a report that their editing process was timely and well handled. One author reports royalties of almost a thousand dollars in one month on one book. April 2007 update: I have a report of 50-100 sales per title per month. There is also a report of some editor problems, but they do pay promptly. They are currently open for submissions. June 2007 update: "I think they are one of the best publishers on the web for erotic romance." This is from a competitive publisher, so is hard to doubt. August 2007 update: a writer reports sales of over 300 copies in the first month, and another 100 the following month. Another reports excellent sales.  October 2007 update: an author who did not sign up with them nevertheless says "I found Loose-id to be a wonderful company to work with. They were efficient and professional." December 2007 update: another positive report. “A very classy outfit.” Also a report that a new title sold over 200 copies in the first month. April 2008 update: a report of sales of over 250 in the first ten days. August 2008 update: reports of over 300 sales of a short story in the first week, over 200 of a novella in two weeks, and almost 400 copies of a re-released novel. Also sales of a POD print book of over 1,000 in three months. The good reports keep coming in. December 2008 update: From Editor in Chief Treva Harte -- they publish four titles per week, rather than two, and their standard contract asks for electronic rights and an exclusive option on print rights for 12 months. May 2010 update: They are open for submissions in all genres of erotic romance including LGBT and similar, 20,000 to 120,000 words, preferably in the middle of that range, with the usual restriction of taste. May 2012 update: They are particularly interested in LGBT stories with unusual settings.

LOVE, SEX, AND MERLOT (LSM Books) - www.lovesexnmerlot.com. An imprint of The Zharmae Publishing Press. This is a print, ebook, and soon audio publisher that offers royalties of up to 50% along with a dedicated sales and marketing team and distribution channels that are already in place. No reading or editing fees. They are currently accepting novel-length submissions in all romance and erotica sub-genres. May 2014 update: Server Not Found.

LOVESTRUCK BOOKS - http://lovestruckbooks.com/.  December 2008 update: Folded.

LTDBOOKS - www.ltdbooks.com/. February 2006 update: folded 

LULU - www.lulu.com/.   This is an on-demand publishing tool that lets authors self-publish digital content free: a book, music, images, a calendar. No setup fee. Register if you want to publish, but anyone can browse without registering. They take a 20% commission on books sold. October 2004 update: Report from a generally satisfied client: they are completely free if that's the way you want it, but do offer some charged services. The selling price per book depends on its size, and as with other self publishers, not many copies seem to sell to the general public.   February 2005 update: Another favorable report: "It is very good for what it is, free book publishing." Royalties paid quarterly if they reach a certain amount. This is standard; publishers don't want to spend more in postage than the total of the royalty checks. Lulu is said to be the fastest growing of self publishers and is becoming a force in the field; they must be doing something right. April 2007 update: A report from a somewhat disgruntled writer that while Lulu doesn't charge up front for the printing, when overall costs are tallied it's no different from, say, Authorhouse. "The publication process is less than clear and takes several false starts to get the hang of it, in which case you have to destroy the work you set up." December 2007 update: They have set up a new Lulu Studio Photo Book publishing service, an advanced Flash-based application, separate from their original photo book offering. February 2008 update: I have been reassured by an established author that it is quite possible to put together a selling book for no cost and have it sell, if you know what you're doing. She showed me a year and a half of Lulu statements showing payments averaging a hundred dollars a month. That's persuasive. December 2008 update: a disgruntled author says their philosophy seems to be "We'd rather have a million authors sell only a hundred books each rather than have a hundred authors sell a million each." Actually that would be par for the course in self publishing. Authors who could truly sell a million copies should get traditional print publishing. It seems that they take full rights for the duration of the contract. This is odd; other self publishers take no rights. February 2009 update: A flat denial from a Lulu employee: Lulu does not retain any rights. Also a report from a book buyer, who found Lulu's process so complicated that he was turned off. This matches my own experience buying there. July 2009 update: I have a report of collapsing service and no response to queries. It seems at least 18 authors have this problem. I understand that Lulu has only a fraction of its former staff, because of reduced business. They are likely to lose more. March 2010 update: it was suggested that I Google "Lulu complaints." I haven't done so yet, but gather that there are a passel. April 2010 update: A response from a Lulu user who says that if you stick to the black and white paperback there are few problems. It is the more complicated projects, like color, that strain Lulu's expertise.

LUTHANDO COEUR - This is the fantasy imprint for Zharmae, which I don't have listed as I believe it is a traditional publisher; I got a query so am discussing it here. They had offered the author 50% of electronic royalties, then quietly reduced it to 25%. This looked like a ripoff that would be cause to dump this publisher. But it's not that simple. The publisher explained that this change is more apparent than real. They had calculated from Net, which means after assorted expenses, but now calculate from Gross, which is a better way to do it. In this case Gross is twice Net, so the new 25% is the same as the old 50%. Just make sure your contract does say Gross.

LYRICAL PRESS - www.lyricalpress.com. They will open May 5, 2008. They are now accepting submissions in all genres. If you dare to write it, they will consider it. 40% royalty on the sale price. Preferred word length is 30,000 up, but they will consider pieces down to 12,000. The usual restrictions. August 2008 update: A favorable report, saying the proprietors are highly responsive. September 2009 update: There have been ugly reports on other sites condemning this publisher. As far as I can ascertain, they are fallacious, a hate campaign. May 2010 update: They are actively seeking erotica, romance, paranormal between 60,000 and 85,000 words. June 2010 update: I heard from the publisher, thanking me for the May update. I do updates of whatever nature seems correct, and rarely get thanked by publishers; quite the opposite sometimes. "I'm doing everything in my power to keep to the goal of being a quality publisher who treats authors and editors fairly and readers respectfully." May that continue. March 2011 update: They sent me a sample contract, which I critiqued, and they immediately addressed my concerns. For example, I felt their audit clause was mediocre; now it's fully up to snuff. Specifically, if the author audits, and an error of more than 5% is found to the author's disfavor, the publisher must pay for the audit. May 2011 update: They are actively acquiring all sub-genres of erotica between 20,000 and 90,000 words. No need to query; just send the full manuscript. That's a breath of fresh air, considering how some publishers will delete unsolicited manuscripts unread. But do follow their guidelines. April 2014 update: they have been acquired by Kensington publishing, and their contract is not as good as it was, but I think still acceptable.

MACABRE CADAVER MAGAZINE — www.macabrecadaver.com/. This is an online horror magazine which also publishes science fiction, dark fantasy, articles, and artwork. Stories range from 500 to 8,000 words, articles from 1,000 to 3,000. But they are closed to submissions until May 2009. They associate with Stark Raven press. June 2009 update: They are terminating their Print issues, at least until the economy picks up. They are currently accepting short stories, artwork, and poetry. May 2011 update: They are going through another transition; that sort of thing happens with the undead. They are resuming their print issue, and are open for submissions. May 2012 update: This time I find interviews galore, but see no evidence that they are looking for submissions. May 2013 update: additionals plugins required, so I couldn't check, but they are clearly open for business. June 2013 update: But submissions are closed. May 2014 update: The site is now in Chinese/Japanese script; if they are still publishing, it's not in English.

MAGIC CARPET BOOKS - www.magiccarpetbooks.com.    This is primarily a bookseller, but I understand they do publish some books. An author told me they pay a flat rate, rather than royalties. I was unable to find terms listed on their site.

MAMA SPECIFIC PRODUCTIONS - www.MSPpress.com.  April 2007 update: Now it connects to Guide to Blue Book Value. It must be defunct.

MANLOVEROMANCE PRESS — www.mlrpress.com/. Publisher of gay fiction and erotic romance spanning the range from historical to futuristic settings and everything between. Mysteries, vampires, aliens, ghosts, whatever. An author reported them to be prompt and professional, with in-depth edits, and would do business with them again. I was unable to open their submission guidelines file or to ascertain their terms. May 2011 update: This time I got submission guidelines information, except that it took several minutes to download, then defaulted, giving me nothing. But they do seem to be open to queries. I like their comment "Reading IS man's second favority activity to do in bed." I presume sleep comes third. May 2012 update: Much faster loading this time. At the moment their focul is on Australian settings for their hot-man stories. May 2013 update: They have calls for submissions to several anthologies.

MANTRA E-BOOKS - www.mantra-ebooks.com. UPDATE: it has disappeared into a search portal.

MAPLEINK - wwwmapleink.com/. Gone

MARDI GRAS PUBLISHING LLC - www.mardigraspublishing.com/. May 2011 update: Sure enough, they're gone.

MEDICI BOOKS - www.medicibooks.org/.   April 2007 update: I got the Page cannot be found message.

MELANGE BOOKS - www.melange-books.com/. I was notified of this new house by the publisher, who says that many of their authors had been with Midnight Showcase Fiction, now closed. You can chat with their authors Thursday February 10, 2011, at www.theromancestudio.com/chat.php. They are looking for Romance of different types, science fiction, horror, contemporary, drama, gay, lesbian, young adult, erotica, non fiction and others, of assorted lengths from 6,000 words up. Response time can be 10-18 weeks (I hope faster). Royalties are 35% of net royalties digital, 10% of print. May 2011 update: They have assorted anthologies with varying submission deadlines, so it's probably worth checking every so often. May 2012 update: They remain open for submissions, but no Science Fiction at this time. May 2013 update: Now their royalties are 40% of net for e-books, 10% on print. October 2013 update: a complaint that there is only one book in their gallery, that one written by the owner. But I have to say that I am in doubt about the accuracy of this report. For one thing, I counted 36 new titles listed and described, and they have most of the alphabet listing their authors. May 2014 update: I have a report that there may be more than one Melange. This one is said to be professional and courteous. The author has a say on the cover and editing. The contract is for three years. Royalties are now 40% on ebooks. But it seems that Barnes And Noble does not work with this company's printer, so books won't hit that shelf.

MELLEN PRESS — www.mellenpress.com/. I received an author complaint on this one, so am adding them to the list, though they seem to be a small traditional publisher. They specialize in books written by Ph.Ds who must give them exclusive rights. They sell to libraries and universities at extremely high prices--$100 and up per copy—little of which the authors see. They say their books never go out of print. So if you are a Ph.D you can publish here, but probably you'd be better off with a regular self publisher. May 2014 update: My connection was immediately reset, maybe because the site was too busy?

METROPOLIS INK - www.metropolisink.com/. They will publish your book if they like it, apparently independent of genre. Their terms are spelled out in their contract, which it seems you don't see until they accept your manuscript. They are not a vanity or self publisher, but do expect writers to purchase many copies of their own books for promotional distribution. I'd say the line is fuzzing. UPDATE: They sent some corrections. They need not only to like your book, but to be convinced that the author is ready, willing, and able to do most of the promotion and marketing. While it is true they don't post their contract, any author they are considering is welcome to peruse it, so this isn't a blind commitment. They pay for the whole publication process, but expect a solid effort by the author. Actually this is generally true of electronic publishers, if there are to be more than minimal sales; they don't say so as clearly. April 2005 update: They are not currently accepting new manuscripts. June 2008 update: I found no indication that they are publishing any new books. May 2013 update: I don't see evidence that they are looking for submissions, but they do have an Author Services section where authors can order copies of their own titles at 50% off, so there must be authors somewhere.

MIDNIGHT SHOWCASE - www.midnightshowcase.com/. February 2011 update: I understand this has now folded, and many of its authors have gone on to the new Melange Books. May 2011 update: Sure enough, they're gone.

MILL CITY PRESS - www.millcitypress.net/. A self publisher. Their publishing package is $1,367. They say that other self publishers make fat profits on printed copies, while Mill City changed only the actual printing cost of $3.90 per average book.

 

MILTON CONTACT LIMITED - www.miltoncontact.co.uk/publishing. This is a small self publisher set up to help local authors (Cambridge UK) publish their books in short print runs. I did not find information on terms. May 2010 update: They have an excellent discussion of the problems of breaking into print, but it seems you have to call or email them to get information on their terms.

MILVERSTEAD PUBLISHING - www.milversteadpublishing.com/. This seems to be a new publisher of general fiction. They describe their publishing package, but I am not clear whether this is regular or self publishing. I checked their FAQ and all it said was "Coming soon." July 2010 update: They have published fiction and memoirs, plus a children's book. An author wanted to republish a nonfiction book, had trouble with her bought-out prior publisher, and tried Milverstead. She is very pleased with it. May 2011 update: But there's hardly any information on their site. May 2012 update: They announce that there will be a book-signing on November 10, 2011. That is, six months ago. This is not a good sign. May 2014 update: “Welcome to the new Milverstead Publishing LLC!” They are relaunching their website and don't have information yet, but obviously they are in business.

MIRROR PUBLISHING - www.pagesofwonder.com/. Small press publishing quality children's books. Currently accepting submissions only for full color children's books and books for young adults. They accept only a small number. I did not find information on terms. March 2011 update: A report that they are really a vanity or self publisher: you pay to be published there. May 2014 update: They are open for submissions.

MISFIT BOOKS - www.misfitbooks.net/. Gone.

MOJOCASTLE PRESS - www.mojocastle.com/. Erotica and Erotic Romance, 8,000 words to infinity, any subgenre. I did not find royalty rates, but presume they are standard. The usual restrictions: underage, bestiality, necrophilia, forced seduction, snuff, urine/feces, straight pornography, and TSTL = Too Stupid To Live. Do try for good plot, characterization and writing.  October update: A report that the editors are very much on the ball, and Stephanie Kelsey is easy to approach. Royalties are 45% of the net. April 2007 update: Closed to submissions until further notice. April 2008 update: note from Stephanie saying they lost a partner due to personal issues, but the remaining two are still going strong. They are accepting queries now, but still not submissions per se. they are keeping their numbers low—about 20 authors — so they can do their best for those. "Attitude is just as important as writing ability for us." They have partnered with a private printer to produce their print books. This means the format is bigger than trade and they don't distribute through Ingram, but all authors get 45% of net. This is unusual for print sales, but seems to be working so far. They hope to convert their whole catalog to print, in due course. So if you're a decent writer with a ferociously promoting attitude, this may be your ideal location. June 2008 update: But a negative report: they took 18 months to process a book, did not respond to queries, and finally let it go rather than publish it. August 2008 update: Another negative report: in 18 months from acceptance, neither publication nor firm release date, and communication with Stephanie Kelsey is becoming chancy. Apparently the publisher is getting overwhelmed. October 2008 update: The proprietor says that she has posted three different phone numbers she can be reached at, and has encouraged writers to call or text her if they have a problem. They were overwhelmed by the default of one of their three partners, and had to deal with dead links, uncorrected mistakes, lack of proper records, and so on. So they gave releases to authors who got fed up. They are operating in the black now and expect to do well. December 2008 update: They continue to gain on their backlog, focusing on the books that have waited the longest. June 2009 update: they are now accepting submission queries. May 2010 update: Still accepting queries. May 2012 update: Still queries. They must have had one hell of a backlog. October 2012 update: I heard from the proprietor, who had some trouble with her original partners but has ironed them out and is now the sole owner. She is accepting submissions and has a full editing staff. They will unveil a brand new website in the next couple of months. In sum: they are now a going concern. May 2013 update: they are open for submissions. They pay 45% of net. Their contract is for unlimited rights for five years. It seems they have finally caught up with their backlog.

MOON GYPSY PRESS - www.moongypsypress.com/. They are interested in high quality books regardless of genre. Primarily Romance, but they also do other genres and nonfiction. Many subcategories of Romance, with the usual restrictions. I did not find information on terms. October 2010 update: they seem responsive, but can take a month or more to get an immediate contract out to the author. That's a warning signal. April 2011 update: I have seen dialogue with an author, and my impression is that they can foul up but are responsive and do try to fix it. Still, the author is not satisfied. May 2011 update: They are open for submissions. July 2011 update: But a query to their local Better Business Bureau evoked the news that they seem to have ignored a complaint. It will take a legal summons, which is in the works. May 2012 update: Closed to all submissions. May 2013 update: Now the link leads to a search engine for calendars. That's dubious news for publishing.

MOONLITBOOKS - www.moonlitbooks.com. December 2003 update: out of business. April 2004 update: Well, in a manner; they're still there, but no longer publishing. June 2008 update: A notice: "This domain may be for sale." May 2010 update: The site remains, but they don’t seem to be publishing. May 2013 update: now the site is definitely for sale.

MOONLIT GARDEN - www.moonlitgardenbooks.com. April 2005 update: they seem to be out of business.

MOONLIT ROMANCE - www.moonlitromance.com/. An imprint of Unique enterprises, about which I have a bad report. February 2009 update: I am told they are out of business. June 2009 update: Indeed, their page is gone.

MOMENTUM BOOKS — http://momentumbooks.com.ae. They claim to be Australia's first major digital imprint, part of Pan Macmillan Australia, a traditional print publisher, but you don't need to live in Australia to be published by them. They are open to submissions on Mondays between midnight and midnight. Those sent in at other times will be deleted automatically. They are open to most traditional and non-traditional genres, fiction and nonfiction, from 15,000 to over 100,000 words. They don't pay advances but do offer a higher royalty rate than traditional. They may have a sense of humor, as I looked them up April 1 and they had an April Fool announcement that they were ditching digital and would deliver their books via drone, with a man with a net to snag the drones. May 2014 update: Server Not Found.

MORNING RAIN PUBLISHING - www.morningrainpublishing.com/. This is a small Canadian publisher open to submissions from Canadian authors. They accept middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fiction in most genres. They do not accept erotica, horror, poetry, memoirs or nonfiction at this time. I tried to look up the site, but it took so long to lead on my dialup that I gave up after about 15 minutes.

MORRIS PUBLISHING - www.morrispublishishing.com/. Self publisher, offering a free publishing kit. Minimum order of 200 books at 2.72 per book, so you'll have to invest about $600. Actually it will cost you twice that for a typical 300 pages novel. You can send for their free publishing kit for details. June 2008 update: It says that Flash Player 8 or higher is required to view this website. So I didn't view it. May 2010 update: Now they let me view their site. They can print quantities of 100-5,000. May 2014 update: Server Not Found.

MOTH MAGAZINE - www3.telus.net/throwingsticks/. June 2008 update: Page Not Found.

MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLISHING - www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVWelcome.html. This looks good for inspiration fiction. It's a Christian site, apparently expanding into more general categories: Anthology, Autobiography, Children's, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance both Contemporary and Historical, Fantasy, Mystery, straight Romance, Young Adult, and stories. But submissions are closed, apparently due to an Act of God.
UPDATE: This is now a part of TREBLE HEART BOOKS  It's the Christian division. Submissions are open again, but query first. June 2009 update: Page Not Found.

MOXIE PRESS - www.moxiepress.com/. April 2007 update: they have closed.

MULTI-MEDIA PUBLICATIONS — www.mmpubs.com/. This is the outfit that bought out Crystal Dreams, which is now one of their imprints. Other imprints are Lessons from History, which is a series of books, ebooks, audiobooks, and DVDs analyzing historical events. Project Management libraries of books and audiobooks. Networking for Results. Impact Publications, for fiction and general adult trade nonfiction. Impact Publications, for young entrepreneurs. Birth Books is coming soon, appropriately. But when I answered their email, it bounced. June 2008 update: They are open to submissions in a number of genres in a number of forms. Royalties of 20% of net sales. June 2009 update: I could not verify that they are still publishing, rather than bookselling. May 2010 update: This time I verified that they are still publishing. They have a large backlog of fiction so aren’t accepting that, but are interested in specific nonfiction. May 2013 update: They remain in business and are about to celebrate their 25th anniwversary.

MUNDANIA PRESS LLC - www.mundania.com/. New very small epublisher with hard copies too. This came into existence to handle the reprinting of my dirty fantasy novel Pornucopia, but has expanded to have a number of other writers and titles. No, I'm not running it, but have a financial interest in it.  It is also looking for previously published books, and for new authors. Several of my new novels will be published here, but that does not guarantee that they or the publisher will be successful; I regard it as an experiment. Also, if my books do well here, that does not necessarily mean that yours will too, so be cautious. Their sample contract has plain-English explanation of what the legalese language means. They take electronic, hardcover, and trade paperback rights for two years; it can be canceled thereafter on a month's notice. Royalties: 50% electronic, 15% on hard copies, paid quarterly, based on what they get. There is a good audit clause. You might want to look at these explanations when considering the contract of some other publisher, as the legaleze is similar. April 2005 update: they have been growing rapidly, and now have more than 75 titles and considerable ambition. April 2006 update: this time I counted 86 authors, some of whom have many titles, so the growth continues. They remain open for submissions, doing electronic and print editions. But I have to say, based on my own experience, they can be glacially slow.  Sales: in accordance with my attempt to indicate relative sales of publishers, I am starting with my own sample figures. Eight novels there paid a total of $733.16 in the first quarter of 2006, or an average of about $91.65 per book. The most was Pornucopia = 170.70; the least was Omnivore = $3.30. February 2007 update: they are closed to submissions for the 2007 season. April 2005 update: Unsolicited submissions will reopen in late 2007. They list a number of EPPIE awards they won, including the Margroff'/Anthony reprint of Dragon's Gold. So my experience continues: if you are willing to wait forever, they can do well by your books. October 2007 update: Dan Reitz and Bob Sanders, who run Mundania, visited me in September, and I got an earful of the problems small publishers face. They are deluged with up to 500 submissions per month, and their attempts to get some of their books into brick & mortar stores are met with on again, off again reactions that look like random incompetence but I think are actually part of a system designed to prevent small press from getting an even chance. As author Robert Moore Williams put it, decades ago: the big hogs have their snouts in the trough, and they aren't about to let the little pigs get any swill. June 2008 update: They are open to unsolicited submissions in March, April, September, October. During the other months they consider only solicited material. In my experience they have been prompt to respond to queries. February 2009 update: Authors can now access their royalty reports online. This includes past reports as well. April 2009 update: Mundania has acquired Awe-Struck E-books. June 2009 update: I attended the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention at the behest of Mundania; see my report in the JeJune 2009 HiPiers column. But now they are closed to submissions. July 2009 update: Mundania has acquired Hard Shell Word Factory, which will become an imprint, as of August 1, 2009. Existing contracts will be carried through. August 2009 update: A report that they did not answer queries. They have only certain months for submissions, but that shouldn't mean complete silence at other times. May 2010 update: wait until June to submit. Royalties are now 45% net on ebooks, 15% net on print. June 2010 update: I had a complaint about books still being sold a year after the rights were returned, and nonresponse to queries. The explanation finally came through: B&N gets books from Fictionwise, which they now own, and it seems to take time to shut down the pipeline, maybe like the problem with an oil spell. Mundania says "We've contacted B&N several times about this and we're still trying to solve the problem. In the event any book sells while we're working on this issue, the full amount will be forwarded to the author." In fact they seem to be taking forthright action to resolve this problem for a number of authors. Okay, I have a conflict of interest here, because I have a monetary investment in Mundania, and they paid my way to a convention. As far as I know, they are honestly run. But I will say that they can be excruciatingly slow. I have titles contracted there that are still waiting publication several years later. My impression is that they are backlogged and have trouble keeping up. So if you are in a hurry, seek elsewhere. There is also a complaint about lack of editing. One report is that titles at Mundania do not sell better than titles elsewhere, and seemed to feel that I might be downplaying competitors of Mundania because of my investment therein. Yes, I have also been accused of doing that to favor Xlibris, a former investment. I make my involvement clear, as I do again in this update, and let others judge. May 2011 update: They are currently closed for submissions, but check again in the fall. I have a complaint from a Hard Shell author about missing statements and payments. Okay, I queried the publisher, and learned that they are behind, but are working on it, and will pay 15% interest on those late royalties when they do get them out. August 2011 update: complaint and refutation. The charge was that back royalties have not been paid, royalty statements have not been made for two of the years since the acquisition of Hard Shell, and that emails go unanswered. The publisher replies that reports were combined; none were missing. Dan Reitz's wife was seriously ill, and this took much of his time, but he still got the books and payments out on time. However, the Hard Shell records were incomplete, and about 100 authors are missing. Any Hard Shell authors who are not already in touch should contact the publisher at books@mundania.com. Meanwhile they are integrating Hard Shell and Awe Struck into Mundania, with Phaze remaining a separate imprint. May 2013 update: they are open for submissions starting May 15 and will remain open, depending on volume of submissions received. I can attest, as an author with a number of titles there, that they pay royalties regularly. They say submissions must be in .rtf format. Sigh; that's mischief for me, as that format has pied some of my manuscripts. June 2013 update: I've just been informed that they have stopped accepting submissions as of May 9. I trust this is temporary. May 2014 update: Now they says “We are always open for submissions.”

MUSA PUBLISHING — www.musapublishing.com/. This is a small electronic publisher that appears to be the inheritor of the folded Aspen Mountain Press, taking their authors. They are open to submissions in a wide range of genres, except for two of their lines for two months. They are blunt about submission policy: follow their guidelines to the letter or get dumped unread. Unfortunately they can be arrogant, publicly belittling supposedly bad submissions and calling out “jackasses” who I gather make some mistake. Caution. June 2012 update: Another negative report: they solicited a manuscript, but neither acknowledged receipt nor answered queries. If they are this way about a solicited ms, how will they be about an unsolicited ms? August 2012 update: Mixed reports. Some micro-managing that may not be feasible if the publisher expands; contacts can be abrasive. Another report is highly favorable. And a refutation from editorial director Celina Summers. They prowided a home for scores of authors whose books were tied up in the Aspen Mountain Press mess. "We actually bought the rights to over fifty books and then released the authors from their contracts—free and clear." She says there are no references to jackasses or bad submissions on their sites. They post their contracts on their websites, have made the royalties process completely transparent, and have a database where authors can track sales in real time. Another report confirms thatp "The openness is unprecedented." May 2013 update: They are open to submissions from 5,000 words to epic novel for all imprints. July 2013 update: I have a report that there has been a huge blowup on Absolute Write about this publisher: authors report low sales, zero marketing, favoritism, publisher retaliation on anyone who goes public about this, and more. But of course Absolute Write itself has been tagged in the past, per my entry below, partly because of the use of anonymous sources. Anonymous sources are necessary, but can be abused, even here at HiPiers. August 2013 update: A complaint from a British writer about the publisher demanding it be changed to American spelling, changing the author's special voice. When the author declined, the publisher terminated the contract. October 2013 update: a report of a feeling that Celina is a loose cannon, disorganization, bad editing, low sales. May 2014 update: Server Not Found.

MUSEITUP PUBLISHING - http://museituppublishing.com/. A Canadian e-publisher that opened in March 2010. Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult, Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction, and variants. Also Erotica, with the usual cautions. 45,000 words up. Royalties of 40% of the download price. They are reported to be author friendly and approachable, but very slow. Submissions were closed July and August but are supposed to reopen September 1, 2011 That's now. October 2011 update: I heard from the publisher, Lea Schizas. They had Internet server woes and had to change, but are now trying to catch up with submissions. She hopes to acknowledge submissions sooner. May 2012 update: They are currently open to submissions, but are behind, and response takes ten weeks. June 2012 update: a favorable report: "...fabulous to work with." August 2012 update: A generally favorable report, but an impression that they are having trouble keeping up. May 2013 update: Submissions are now open, but check, because they list closing dates; I'm not sure if that means times of the year when they are closed to submissions. October 2013 update: A favorable report on their professionalism and respect for authors.

MY EBOOK PUBLISHER - www.myebookpublisher.com/. Sigh; I had just entered this, but they changed their mind and will not exist after all. I list this much only for the benefit of those who might have thought they would exist. May 2011 update: it says the site is under construction. That's electronic for nonexistence.

MYSTIC MOON PRESS - www.mysticmoonpress.com/. Evidently a new electronic publisher, open to all genres except poetry. Lengths range from 2,500 to 60,000+ words. They do not indicate what their royalty rates are. Submissions should be in Times New Roman 12 pt font. June 2009 update: they are open for submissions in all genres except poetry, but watch it on sex. 2,500 to 60,000+ words. I did not find information on terms. August 2009 update: I have several reports that this publisher has crashed, leaving authors in the lurch. Stories abound, such as that the owner of MMP was also the owner of the late Triskelion, that the owner made up a fake partner, then killed her off from cancer, that the CEO falsely claimed to have suffered identity theft, that Fictionwise was said to be late relaying payments, that two top officers resigned without saying why. Okay, a notice from Kris Chartrand states she resigned July 16, 2009 because she was lied to from the beginning. At least one Fictionwise check was cashed, not lost. She has filed with the FBI—Internet Fraud Division. In sum: this publisher is gone, and not politely. May 2012 update: But the site is still there, now selling mattresses. May 2013 update: Now it's all in Chinese symbols.

MYSTIC RIDGE BOOKS — www.mysticridgebooks.com/. This was recommended to me as a new publisher to list, so I checked it. It's been in business over a decade, and appears to be a print publisher, so isn't right for this survey.

NEW AGE DIMENSIONS PUBLISHING - www.newagedimensionspublishing.com/. April 2006 update: they have abruptly closed as a small press, because of the effects of Hurricane Wilma, and are reverting to being a self publisher. All royalties have been paid, and titles reverted to the authors.   June 2007 update: the site remains, but has become an information source. August 2007 update: now it forwards to a free hosting place. The URL will expire in November 2007. 

NET PUB - www.netpub.net. This is a print-on-demand publisher who says they have had over one trillion impressions printed. But their site doesn't seem to provide information on terms. You have to request a quote. June 2008 update: Under "Get Published" is a description of Hudson House Publishing. You still have to request a quote. August 2009 update: I heard from their marketing director, who says they have 25 years experience in the book and manual business. May 2013 update: A plugin is needed, so I can't update, but Hudson is still publishing for them.

NEW-AUTHOR.COM - see the Services section.

NEW BABEL BOOKS - www.newbabelbooks.com/. They plan to publish 6 books a year by hand-picked authors. POD, but the authors don't pay, and will receive royalties.  April 2006 update: They are not actively seeking submissions, but will listen if you query seriously.   June 2007 update: same as before. June 2008 update: Page cannot be found message. June 2009 update: They are there now, but scanty on information. June 2010 update: still no information on terms, which makes me wonder. February 2011 update: I heard from the publisher. The enterprise started as a way to publish works of his own that were too hard a sell for traditional publishers, then expanded to other authors. Now they have acquired their own printing press, hoping to get traditional distribution. They hope to have new content up in a month or so. May 2011 update: The site remains awful light on information. May 2012 update: They are there, but still aren't telling much about things like terms.

NEW BEDLAM - www.newbedlam.com/. A magazine to be published quarterly April 1, July 1, October 1, January 1. They expect to publish one poem, two flash (that is, 75-750 words), two short and one long fiction story per issue, as well as guest spots from various residents of New Bedlam. All submissions must take place in the fictional town of New Bedlam, somewhere in central USA, in any time frame; horror, steampunk, science fiction, dark romance. No erotica or children's or nonfiction. They pay one cent a word, to a limit of $20. Their reading periods are July/August, October/November, January/February, and April/May. They are closed to submissions as of June 1, 2009; Presumably that means now that June is over, they are open. June 2010 update: They look fascinating, but I found no information on submissions. May 2012 update: currently closed to submissions. May 2013 update: Still closed. May 2014 update: New Bedlam has ended. They are considering running another contest. This does not look like a very promising market.

NEW CENTURY PUBLISHING - www.newcenturypublishing.org/. I was queried about this self publisher, and advised to Google it. I did, and learned that the Indiana Attorney General investigated because of complaints by authors of being charged $1,500 to $10,000 to publish their books but getting nothing but excuses. The proprietor David Caswell owes thousands in back rent and is being evicted. He has served time in prison for fraud and income tax evasion, and was even a bigamist. Indiana his filed a civil lawsuit. In sum: avoid this publisher and person. May 2011 update: It is now a self publishing search site. May 2013 update: And it has graduated to Chinese symbols. May 2014 update: Which remain. It is surely dead.

NEW CONCEPTS PUBLISHING - www.newconceptspublishing.com/. NCP for short. It is expanding to ten books a month. Actively seeking other genres to add to the book list, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Mainstream, Erotica (but not pornography), and Nostalgia. They are also looking for Art. 60,000 to 120,000 words. They offer 30% of list price on downloads for direct sales. The contract is for three to five years, and the author has the option of renewing or leaving, with all rights reverting. They are in the print market as well as electronic, and plan to expand to book stores soon. They never close their doors to submissions, and their editors have excellent discussions on what they are looking for, but they are said to be somewhat lax about responding to authors.   February 2004 Update: But I have a very bad report on their sloppiness and nonresponsiveness and possible cheating of authors. If they list no sales, when there have been sales, how long should one allow it to be in the pipeline before crying foul? Maybe their personnel are overworked, but I'd be wary. April 2004 update: I have received other bad reports, as well as emphatic defenses of the publisher by other writers and its staff. After a struggle--see my comment in the April 2004 HiPiers column--I conclude that misunderstandings account for much of the bad feeling. The publisher is not trying to cheat anyone, but has not always kept authors informed. One writer reported that the publisher's site was hacked at the end of 2003, causing it to be offline for over a month, which may have contributed to the confusion. June 2004 update--But complaints continue, so it's not over yet. December 2004 update: Complaints still are coming in, acknowledging routine problems from disorganization and overworked staff. They also are reported to resist reverting contracts at their normal termination dates, even refusing delivery on a certified letter with such a request. Read the complaint on the National Writers' Union site; legal action is being considered. That's arrogant mischief. There are too many instances; I have to say that this publisher should be avoided. August 2005 update: it seems that in the interest of enhanced sales they are spicing up their books, and removing the less sexy titles. They seem to have changed their nature, and books not rated R or more will be on the back burner. February 2007 update: another negative report of unreported royalties and nonresponse to complaints. April 2007 update: It gets worse: one author submitted a manuscript, got no response, queried twice, and after 7 months finally asked them to remove the submission, as it had been sold elsewhere. After another two months came an email offering a contract. It seems that they hired an author liaison--who also does not respond to emails. But I do have a report of their finally making good on what was owed. June 2007 update: this time I did not find submission information. I received more than one complaint that writers are not informed of publications dates and that answering queries is considered too much of a burden. They may be making changes in manuscripts without letting authors review them. One author's name was incorrect on the cover, but they would not fix it. But I have a report of 200 copy sales, which isn't bad. October 2007 update: A reader paid for a book, but then the publisher did not send the download link. An accidental glitch? December 2007 update: A report of poor service but very good sales. So mixed signals continue. April 2008 update: Yet another bad report of lack of communication, poor customer service, and authors having problems getting their rights back after their contracts expire. There is an extended discussion at an author loop, the essence of which is that authors must post anonymously to avoid vindictive retaliation, that authors who ask questions can get blacklisted, that there is no editing, payments can be late, and that the proprietor publishes her own material under multiple aliases, with those getting the most promotion. One says that NCP was good, but has been going downhill the past 18 months. One is bemused that the publisher can't be bothered to notify authors when their books are being published. But some posts are positive. One says that the blacklist is a myth. The publisher, Madris DePasture, has a long hard-nosed discussion of publishing and authors that makes sense; it is true that many seeming errors are mostly the ignorance of new writers. So as an outsider, I suspect the truth is somewhere in between. June 2008 update: A reader bought a book there, but never received it or any reply to a query. Any legitimate publisher would be concerned about such a glitch and rectify it promptly. So this is worrisome. No sign of this on the site. August update: refund finally given, after 4 months of confusion and nonresponse to queries. Their Web site says they currently receive between 25,000 and 45,000 hits per day, and are on their way to becoming a multi-million dollar company by 2009. They accept only submissions that are publication-ready; there does not seem to be an editing process. So proofread your manuscript before you submit it. And a bad complaint: an author submitted a three chapter partial book, per their guidelines, then took time to work on it—and they published it as part of a three author collaboration, with the other authors picking up from her beginning. Now this sort of thing can be done; I've done it. But it has to be by contract, and that was not the case here. So it was an involuntary collaboration. The publisher says she was in breach of contract by not delivering; author says there was no specified due date. Looks from here as if the author has the right of it. Yes, it happened to me, in traditional print, decades ago when a publisher rendered my novel But What of Earth? into a degraded collaboration without my knowledge, in egregious violation of the contract. I objected, and the publisher apologized, reverted the rights to me, fired the editor, and shut down the line. And fans said I was too easy on them because I didn't sue. Okay, they were in the process of doing the last two things anyway. But I could have forced it, had I sued. I saw no need; I'm tough minded, but not that much of an ogre. I had the novel republished elsewhere, restored, with 25,000 words of commentary on the idiocies of the original editing. So in my judgment, unless the publisher can prove breach of contract by the author, such as a delivery deadline, it owes the author reversion and public apology, and shutdown of the book unless it can negotiate a contractual compromise with the author. Because arrogance like this needs to be curbed, for the good of the field. It seems they have also deleted the clause that requires written permission from the author before the editor can make changes, and have done some horrendously destructive editing. Yes, some manuscripts do need serious editing, but in other cases it comes across like a pig rooting in a flower garden. So maybe it is just as well that they have stopped editing at all. They have also run a Public Notice listing a number of authors whose rights they are reverting because of breach of contracts. One would think such matters are best handled privately, and when they list the author's pseudonyms and real names that's like hanging dirty laundry out in public, intended to be embarrassing. Or, worse, to get authors in trouble with their daytime employers, who don't know their secret lives as spicy-fiction writers. It looks from here like more mean-spirited arrogance. Other complaints, selected from a myriad: royalties can be late, without corresponding 1099 forms. Favoritism to some authors, such as NCP pen names. Not informing authors of release dates. Refusal to take books off websites when reverted. I even heard of a case, surely one among many, where an author corresponded with another NCP author, only to learn later that she was a house pseudonym. I suppose that's one way for a publisher to phish for private complaints and out secret critics, but there's a nasty odor. October 2008 update: a report that at the end of July NCP deleted its 1700+ readers loop without warning. It is conjectured this was because readers were complaining about paying for but not receiving orders. Later they opened a new readers loop, but with all messages moderated, meaning that complaints would not get through. On the in-house author loop they post only emails from the NCP staff. The odor thickens. June 2009 update: they remain open for submissions, and say the average payout to authors over three years ranges from $44 to $8,455.46, depending on genre. June 2010 update: They are no longer buying "sweet" romances; their readers demand stronger stuff. But they are always open for submissions. May 2011 update: The site remains, but seems not fully functional. For example, the Submissions page is blank. May 2012 update: This time I didn't find a Submissions page. February 2013 update: An author reverted the book when the contract expired, but the publisher continues to sell it, ignoring queries. May 2013 update: This time I managed to search it out: they are always open to submissions. The note is dated April 2, 2012. That is, a year ago, but it suffices. May 2014 update: Connection reset. That's a bad sign.

NEW LEAF BOOKS - www.newleafbooks.net/.   This is a new small publisher, an imprint of WigWam Publishing Co. Hardcover, paperback, and electronic. It pays no advance, but offers an "attractive royalty package." Looking for nonfiction 70,000+ words, genre fiction 70-100,000, and Young Adult, 50-90,000. No erotica. Query first, and response time on manuscripts is four to six weeks. They are open to different fiction, unique stories, unforgettable characters, and strong plot lines. With no visible track record, this publisher can't be judged good or bad, but its attitude looks promising. October 2005 update: But now they are accepting only nonfiction. June 2007 update: unchanged. June 2009 update: they now have a 2009 date, but I can't verify that they remain open to submissions. June 2010 update: Their update of 9-1-2009 says they are currently closed to new submissions. May 2011 update: Their last update is 1-10-2011. they are closed to sebmissions at this time. Check back later. May 2012 update: And a year later that notice is unchanged. May 2013 update: Still not updated. May 2014 update: Submissions are currently closed. The notice is dated 2-14-2014, so it's current.

NEW GENERATION PUBLISHING - www.newgeneration-publishing.com. This is a self publisher offering a variety of packages designed to meet authors' needs. Their services include editing, proofreading, and marketing.

NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD - http://nextstophollywood.org/. The idea is that they will publish a collection of stories adaptable to movies, thus providing Hollywood with what it needs and helping the careers of writers. But they are canny about details. You have to give them a lot of personal information before they let you see their terms of agreement and they won't say what they pay, though they are sure writers will be happy with it. They expect to get 7-10% royalties, which they will split evenly with the authors on a pro-rata basis. This is reasonably standard, and it seems they do pay an advance. So will it work? I have had more experience than most writers with the vagaries of Hollywood deals, and I am skeptical. But if you have a suitable story you haven't placed elsewhere, this might be a worthwhile gamble.   June 2007 update: They announce an anthology of 15 stories published by St. Martins Press, selected from 600 on the criterion "Would this story make a terrific film or TV project?" A 2008 edition is planned. I presume they'll inform us if any of the stories actually become movies. April 2008 update: a writer who asked for information found instead obscurities. The word out is that this is a scam. I have no solid information, but be wary. June 2008 update: Their last update was dated 10-17-07, seeking graphic novels in any genre, and nonfiction. June 2009 update: I got a blank screen. I suspect they require a loading device I lack. June 2010 update: It is there in good order now. But 2007 seems to be an recent as they get. May 2011 update: I lacked the additional plugins to view their site. May 2012 update: Got the FORBIDDEN notice; I don't have permission to access their site. Was it something I said? May 2013 update: The domain may be for sale.

NEXUS TEQ - http://ebooks.nexusteq.com. Apparently out of business; the link now leads to Findwho.com. June 2009 update: now the link leads to eBooks.com, a bookseller.

NITELINKS - www.nitelinks.com/.    February 2004 update: No longer in business.

NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING - www.nobleromance.com/. They pay author advances of up to $1,000. That's remarkable for an e-publisher. They are looking for a passionate, gripping love story in any sub-genre, with honest, graphic sex, that pushes the envelope. Any sexual fantasy goes, except pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, etc. Length 20,000 words up. I did not find information on terms. October 2008 update: They sent me a sample contract. 7 year term of agreement, 5 free copies for the author, 36% royalties for a digital edition, 20% for print on demand formats, 7% for traditional print formats, 10% for audio. June 2009 update: exceedingly slow loading site. They still offer $1,000 advances for erotic romance. They want the hottest risque sexual fantasy. March 2010 update: I have a very favorable report of superb editing, fantastic cover art, monthly royalty statements, and all questions answered. April 2010 update: And when an author wanted out, they acquiesced with good grace, no kill fees. March 2011 update: An author report that the editing was adequate, but not great. Questions can go unanswered. There seems to have been some author group backbiting with the odor of publisher involvement. Statements and royalties are on time. May 2011 update: many publishers will not touch sex under age 18. Noble will, at least for ages 18 or 17. Good for them; in real life the average of first sexual experience is 15. Why not acknowledge it? Meanwhile they do also accept non-erotic romance for their "Sweetheart" line. But I understand they arenot BBB registered. May 2012 update: This time I found no information on submissions or terms. I checked their author's blog, and it seems to consist of promos for their titles. August 2012 update: A negative report that the "face" of the company, Jill Noble, suddenly left, leaving authors in the lurch. Some authors are demanding their rights back. It appears that this publisher is not what it was, and caution is advised. September 2012 update: Here is an anonymous report quoted in full: "An author reports that Noble Romance is in breach of the contractual terms of her contracts. Noble has refused acceptance of certified letters at the designated address in the contract and refused to revert rights of her books. In a punitive act, Noble removed her books from Amazon Kindle and other third party sites, yet still refuses to revert rights. The company continues to sell her books from their company web site and claims the books remain under contract. This action has drastically reduced her royalty pay. (paragraaph) A new CEO has taken Jill Noble's place and like the owner of the company, lacks any publishing experience. Noble's typical contract with authors and officer conflict resulted in Jill Noble's resignation. (paragraph) Caution strongly urged. Do not publish with Noble Romance. If you have active contracts, begin a process of getting your rights back. The future for this publishing company is dim, at best." December 2012 update: It gets worse. I have a report that they have moved into outright breach of contract and violations of state and federal law, withholding 1099 forms from authors and continuing to profit from works they have no legal right to. April 2013 update: I have a refutation from the publisher, specifically Jean Gombart, CEO. New authors are no longer given an advance, but those with proven track records can get up to $1,000. They are still looking for passionate, gripping love stories in any subgenre, with honest, graphic sex that pushes the envelope. Any sexual fantasy goes, with the usual exceptions. They are however extremely sensitive to m/f, m/m, f/f violence and rape. Now they will take short stories 6K – 20K, in any romance genre. I believe that is in addition to the longer lengths. They sent me a current contract which covers all world rights in electronic, print, and audio, with a term limit of seven years from date of signature, extendable by mutual agreement. Royalties are 36% of the cover prince for single-author volumes, proportionally less per author for multi-author volumes. They will have sex with folk under 18 but will not market to any reader under 18. As for BBB registration: they say that fewer than half of established publishers do. And about the anonymous complaints: they say that most of the complaints and rumors are not true. No letters have been refused. Letters that request reversion of rights for breaches in contract that do not have a basis are not responded to; they prefer to put their effort into selling books, getting new royalty software in place, and generally improving their publishing process. They would need to see specific charges for violations of law in order to address them. No 1099s have been withheld; all went out by January 31, 2013, but some were returned as undeliverable because the authors moved without notifying the publisher. In sum: the publisher denies the complaints. If there are specific complaints by named individuals I can forward to the publisher for redress, I will, but I can't do this with anonymity. I fully understand the need for anonymity against a vindictive publisher, but it is also possible to abuse anonymity. The case is in doubt. May 2013 update: More complaints, this time some named. No 1099 form, request for same ignored despite the contract requirement; grievance filed with RWA. Gianna Simone reports that there were errors in her royalties that were not corrected before the change in ownership, but still not corrected after the change. Instead she has been banned from Noble loops. That strongly suggests retaliation against a writer with a legitimate grievance. Be warned. JS Wayne sent the publisher a very specific list of contract violations—that is, selecting passages in the the contract. These include ignoring a previous breach of contract statement, pretending ignorance of it, continuing to sell a book after it was reverted, failing to get author approval for changes in the manuscript, failure to provide author copies, failure to provide raw financial data for an independent audit. In sum: this publisher knows no law. It appears to do what it wants without regard to author rights or preferences, ignores complaints, and retaliates against those who do complain. Until these named complaints are resolved, this publisher should be avoided. July 2013 update: an author, J S Wayne, has served notice that a lawsuit will be filed if unresolved issues are not addressed. That suit should have been filed by the time this notice is run. Sometimes this is the only way to get the attention of an errant publisher. It's like kicking the balky cow in the head. December 2013 update: I am informed that this publisher folded in August. They returned rights to authors, took books down from all sites, and money is still trickling in from sales from third party sites. So at last it is done. June 2014 update: Connection reset. They do seem to be gone. I'll reduce the long entry in due course.

NO BOUNDARIES PRESS — www.noboundariespress.com/ This is not the same outfit as No Boundaries Publishing, below, which folded in 2012. They launched January 1, 2012. They are mainly ebook but will do some print books if sales warrant them. They are open for submissions, but don't specify genre; I presume their title means they will consider anything regardless of genre. Unfortunately I have a bad report that they are unprofessional, disorganized, ignorant, and like to bully authors with threats of legal action when questioned. Caution. May 2013 update: They are open for submissions. October 2013 update: I have a report that they closed June 30, 2013, without the authors getting paid.

NO BOUNDARIES PUBLISHING — www.noboundariespublishing.com/. A new ebook publisher starting in May, 2011. They accept works from 5,000 to 100,000 words in all genres, looking for quality stories that will capture a reader's imagination. My observwation of their initial titles indicates this is true; they are ones I'd like to read, given world enough and time. One year contracts, 50% royalties. January 2012 update: I have a very favorable report on the spirit and competence of their editing. April 2012 update: they have closed, becuse the proprietor's day job changed and he doesn't want to do a disservice to his authors. Rights are being returned an of March 31, 2012.

NOVEL BOOKS - www.novelbooksinc.com. April 2005 update: it has folded, as of the beginning of the year, leaving authors and staffers unpaid. So much for integrity. There may be legal action. February 2006 update: Confirmation on how they took their authors, artists, and editors for a ride, stiffing them all. June 2009 update: And yet the site remains, selling books, but they are not accepting submissions at this time. May 2011 update: Page Not Found.

NVF MAGAZINE - www.freewebs.com/nvhmag1, Publishes horror short stories and poems. Theoretically pays royalties, but this seems doubtful. June 2009 update: As of June 2009, this will be online only, no further print issues. Pay for authors will be in exposure only. They mention that almost 500 publications have gone digital or folded entirely; costs have wiped them out. July 2009 update: Confirmation from an author that they aren't paying royalties. May 2012 update: Page Not Found.

OCEAN'S MIST PRESS - /www.oceansmistpress.com. February 2008 update: it's gone.

OMNIBUCKET - www.omnibucket.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It required me to download Flash Macromedia to view its site, theoretically a three minute download, actually ten minutes. Flash has never worked on any of my systems, and didn't work this time, so I can't report on this site. June 2008 update: Now it works. It says it is a creative incubator more than a traditional publishing company. It believes in Multimedia. I can't say I am creative enough to properly understand it, but maybe more creative types do. June 2010 update: I clicked the Submit Content link, and it said "No content types available."

OMNIFIC PUBLISHING - www.omnificpublishing.com/. I originally got this confused with an advertising service, but it is an independent publisher of romantic fiction that seeks to break the mold of traditional romance “with stories that excite, inspire, amuse, and amaze.” It is woman-owned, staffed by professionals, and publishes in electronic and trade paperback. Royalties are 35% for both ebook and net print sales. Preferred length is 60,000 words or more, up to about 175,000. June 2012 update: They remain open for Romance submissions, by email only. May 2013 update: they remain open for submissions.

OMNISCIA - omniscia@forsiteuk.com. No www address was given for this one, so I'm listing their email address instead. It says: "Omniscia is a new publishing company that is seeking to publish material online. We offer you, the author, 35% of each sale made. We will use state of the art publishing techniques in a secure document format. There are no strings attached, if your work sells then you earn substantial amounts of money, if not we will surrender all publishing rights back to you after six months of market exposure. If you are interested in this service and have produced anything that you believe deserves to be published, then please send an e-mail with your contact details, and some information on your work."
UPDATE: still no site or information. February 2006 update: I am told they do not reply as their mailbox is full. 

ONLINE ORIGINALS - www.onlineoriginals.com. It is a British online-only publisher with 50% royalties. They offer constructive feedback on all submissions, and a review of your manuscript can be commissioned for £40, $60. Each work must be book length, previously unpublished, original, well written, intelligent, and available in French or English. My impression is that they are looking for quality, and that your manuscript has to be pretty good to be accepted here. They accept only one out of 300 submissions on average. June 2012 update: they call their approach to submissions unique, and that's no exaggeration. New manuscripts are sent to several of their authors, who are paid by the submitter to do one page critiques and rate them for publishability. If the verdicts are good enough, it will be published. So you had better be pretty sure you are good. June 2014 update: Still open for submissions, with their special system.

OPEN DOOR PUBLISHING HOUSE - www.opendoorpublishinghouse.com. A new publisher, established for the usual reason: frustration with standard publishers. They accept all manuscripts and do not require a specified format; an author can submit print-ready if desired. But they do offer editing and formatting services, and have competent graphic artists who can help design the front and back jackets, for a fee. They don't directly say it, but this appears to be a self publisher, open to whatever the author has to publish. I assume electronic and trade editions. June 2014 update: Server not found.

ORPHEUS ROMANCE - www.orpheusromance.com/. 2003 UPDATE: Gone

OTHER WORLDS PUBLICATIONS - They are currently accepting submissions for both print and ebooks for Paranormal, Mystery, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. At least 55,000 words for the former, 2,000 to 100,000 words for the latter. “We are a publisher with the Author in mind.” Royalties of 25% of net receipts for print sales, 80% of net for electronic sales, payable quarterly. There is an audit clause, but not a good one. June 2012 update: they are currently open for submissions in the same categories as before. May 2013 update: They shut down at the end of 2012.

OUTSKIRTS PRESS - www.outskirtspress.com/. This is a self publisher with packages ranging from $199 to $999. for electronic to POD editions. It says it partners with all the big Internet booksellers. October 2004 update: I am advised that this publisher has gotten the email addresses of a number of other publishers' clients and is deviously soliciting them. This smells of a scam, but I don't have solid evidence.  October 2006 update: I have a report that this publisher was very friendly, until the money was received. Thereafter it was drop dead, leaving the project unfinished. Bad vibes here.  October 2007 update: I ran across a promotional book I received at a conference a year ago: Self Publishing Simplified, by OUTSKIRTS PRESS. Of course it paints a rosy picture of this outfit's services, which should be taken with a near-lethal dose of salt, but along the way it does have a fair discussion of the problems of self publishing, such as distribution, and is worth glancing through for this reason. February 2009 update: I heard from the Author Services Director, defending the publisher, requesting that I remove the disparaging and unconfirmed report. He wanted the identity of my source. No go; I was blacklisted for 6 years when I objected to the way a print publisher cheated me, so I don't give publishers such information. He also said "If your site's intention truly is an objective one and not a clandestine promotional tactic..." which suggest the way he thinks. Obviously he did not endear himself to me. He also said "Xlibris requires some of the highest retail prices and pays some of the lowest royalties in the self publishing industry." The presumption is that Outskirts charges lower retail prices and pays higher royalties, and authors should check this out. I can say that Xlibris has honestly paid a lot of royalties, and hope that Outskirts matches it in that respect. He did not address the matter of whether Outskirts solicited the clients of other publishers. June 2009 update: This time I got a list of supported browsers. Nothing on Outskirts itself. June 2011 update: However, their introductory description of the problems of first time authors is a good one. June 2014 update: They remain in business, publishing prices unchanged.

PAGEFREE PUBLISHING - www.pagefreepublishing.com. This is a self publisher. It says that an impressive number of best-selling authors paid to get their first books published, Hemingway, Poe, Kipling, Tennyson, T S Elliot, the author of Waller's The Bridges of Madison County--I didn't know that! June 2010 update: They are ceasing publishing immediately, owing to financial setbacks as a result of the illness of their CEO. They will try to settle fairly with their authors. June 2011 update: It is now a publishing search site.

PALABRAS PRESS - http://www.palabras-press.com. I was sent this address to be checked, but it gave me a blank screen. August 2005 update: I received a note that they have chosen to advertise in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. October 2005 update: They are there now with articles on writing fiction and poetry. It's a small literary ezine. October 2006 update: they have courses and workshops. They are accepting manuscripts for publication. They have announced their Third Annual International Dance With Words Poetry Contest. June 2009 update: To discuss your publishing requirements, you have to contact them at their Canadian office, by phone. June 2014 update: The same.

PAM PUBLISHING - http://pampublishing.freeservers.com. October 2008 update: They have closed.

PANTS ON FIRE PRESS - http://pantsonfirepress.com/. I was asked about this one, so tried to check it. This is a children's book publisher. But the site was slow loading, then was largely blank. I check sites with the pictures turned off because I'm on dial-up and pictures take forever; their information must be in their pictures.

PARKER PUBLISHING - www.parker-publishing.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It turns out that the domain is for sale. That's not a good sign. So I'm not clear whether they are in future business, or in the process of folding. June 2012 update: They are now a search site.

PEANUT PRESS - www.peanutpress.com. June 2010 update: The page was blank, but supposed to refresh in 5 seconds. It didn’t. June 2011 update: It is now a search site.

PENDULUM PRESS - www.pendulumpress.com/. Electronic publisher of mysteries and suspense fiction, open for submissions in all sub-genres, but no pornography. Query with a synopsis of the story, plus the first three chapters, not to exceed 10,000 words. I found no information on terms, but they seem to be pretty sure of themselves.  August 2006 update: no address. June 2008 update: This domain may be for sale. June 2009 update: It is Pendulum Press again. June 2010 update: Now it’s Tate Publishing. June 2011 update: They remain there, but only as a bookseller.

PENNED, INK - www.pennedink.com/.   This is a new self publisher offering a number of services ranging from editing to ghost writing. Publishing costs $325. It will also give advice, leading off with a discussion of The Outline. As prices for publishing go, this is cheap, and the advice is free. But as yet it has no track record. June 2007 update: Their basic publishing package is now $1,000. June 2009 update: Now their fee for publishing is $325. June 2010 update: I got no page. June 2014 update: This time a blank page. My guess is that the site is inactive.

PENKNIFE PRESS - www.penknifepress.com/.    "Our goal is to publish works that the mainstream publishing industry won't publish because the works are not intended for the mass market." They are looking for literary fiction with some depth. I did not find information on their terms. They have emailed me more than once with samples, and they do seem literary to me. I would say that it would help to be intelligent and open-minded, if you want to properly appreciate their wares. They don't seem to be pulling their punches. February 2006 update: That business of emailing samples is incurring annoyance. WritersWeekly reports a number of complaints, and it seems Penknife refuses to turn them off when requested. They say that other sites are doing it, not the host company. The "unsubscribe" button bounces. Folk consider it spam. So it seems it is a publisher of quality and challenging material with a bad attitude about promotion.   June 2007 update: Royalties are 50% of net profits, and there are fees. They have an audit clause, but it's not a good one. Their sample excerpts remain excellent for anyone with a mind. June 2008 update: Page cannot be found. June 2009 update: They are back in good order, but I'm not sure they're a market. June 2010 update: No indication that they are open for submissions. June 2011 update: Now they seem to be a news site.

PENROSE PUBLISHING — www.penrose-publishing.co.uk/. They are launching in the summer of 2013. This is a print and electronic publisher who says they want to put writers first. Their presentation seems reasonable. We'll see how their track record develops. I did not find information on their terms. June 2014 update: They seem canny on details; I'm not sure whether they are a regular or a self publisher. They promise 50% of net revenue, that they don't ask you for money; submit your work and follow your dream. You write, they promote. My guess is this is a form of self publishing.

PENUMBRA PRESS — www.penumbrapress.com/. Apparently Canadian. They have been in business 25 years as a small fine-art and literary publishing house. I did not find information on terms, but they seem to be traditional print; I list them in part to avoid possible confusion with the next publisher listed, with a similar name. March 2011 update: And word from a satisfied author. June 2011 update: Now they have been in business 35 years. May 2012 update: I received an electronic novel of theirs for review, so obviously they remain in business and not limited to traditional print. June 2013 update: I tried to check whether they are open for submissions, but it seems you have to fill out a form to get that information.

PENUMBRA PUBLISHING —www.penumbrapublishing.com/. A new, small independent online publishing company offering both electronic and print editions. Open to submissions in various genres, especially Romance, 35,000 – 200,000 words. They aren't opposed to erotic fiction but feel it should be tried elsewhere first. I did not find information on terms, but their listing of requirements is comprehensive and it may be there somewhere. I have a favorable report of their treatment of a new author.

PETALS OF LIFE PUBLISHING - www.petalsoflife.com/. Gone

PETERSEN PUBLISHING GROUP - www.petersenpublishinggroup.com/.  They talk of cost sharing, partnership publishing, but seem canny about what the author pays. Much discussion about the liabilities of all other forms of publishing. This seems to be a form of self publishing, which accepts 75% of the manuscripts they receive. The process takes 4-6 months. I will be interested in feedback from authors who actually try it. Indications are that it will cost $8,000 to $10,000 for the full treatment. For that price, it had better be damned good. June 2009 update: I got a screen identifying them, but otherwise blank. June 2010 update: This now took me to The Author’s Workshop.

PHAZE - www.phaze.com/.  Ultra-sensual fiction, wide open (no pun) to all submissions including simultaneous and multiple, from 5,000 to more than 90,000 words in five categories, and single author collections. Except the usual: bestiality, pedophilia, necrophilia, bodily wastes, serious injury or positively portrayed rape. No need to query; just submit your manuscript. They want strong, passionate, intelligent characters, intense sensual tension, and good narrative. Electronic submissions only. They acknowledge within two days, and try to report within four months. They take print rights, because they hope to do some print editions. Royalties are 15% on the net received for print editions, and 50% of net electronic received, paid quarterly. I like the name of this publisher, for some reason. April 2005 update: this turns out to be an imprint of MUNDANIA, which I hadn't realized. Evidently their erotic arm.  August 2006 update: they do now have print titles available, three in the Erotic Romance section of Borders. December 2006 update: A very positive report.   June 2007 update: Their publication schedule for 2007 is filled, but they remain open for 2008. The only material they need for 2007 is for two themed 5-12K length HeatSheets. They are focusing on quality women's erotica. I am now doing business there, coincidentally (I'm not a quality woman), with my Relationships series of spicy story collections.  October 2007 update: another very positive report of first month sales of 100-200 copies. My reprinted Relationships, in contrast, sold 2 copies in July, so normal sales are probably somewhere in between. June 2009 update: They seem to be open to submissions, and have a sensible FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section clarifying what they will and will not consider. March 2010 update: A favorable report of their being professional and responsive with excellent editing and fairly decent royalty payments four times a year. June 2010 update: But they tend to be excruciatingly slow. November 2010 update: A mixed report of disorganization but a good working environment. That accords with my experience; they were taking so long to process contracts that books of mine were getting published before the contracts were signed. I made an issue, and got the contracts. I have novels there that have been waiting years to get published. January 2011 update: a report that they continue to list a book months after reversion, and very slow royalties. May 2013 update: They remain open for submissions of erotic and heavy sensual romance, and erotica for women. June 2014 update: Still open for submissions ranging from 5,000 to 150,000 words in every romantic and erotic subgenre.

PINESTEIN - www.pinestein.com/. They have clever commentary about their professor Pinestein Porcupine, genius IQ, discoverer of Quillativity. They do children's books and look forward to hearing from writers, but say they are unable to respond to inquiries or submissions. They do look at everything, though. I have an author report that they mean it: no responses. Now I have a problem with this: they should answer queries, and should acknowledge submissions, so the authors know they have arrived safely. This is basic courtesy. I found no information on terms, which may be par for that course. So you can feed your manuscripts into this black hole if you wish, but until their attitude in this respect changes, I'd avoid them. June 2011 update: Site Not Found. June 2012 update: This time it put me on Cheap Collectible Coins. So their arrogant attitude may have done them in.

PINK FLAMINGO - www.pinkflamingo.com/. "Erotic Stories & Novels Bondage, Spanking & Fetish Stories in Paperback & Ebooks. "Original, Sexy & intelligent Fiction You won't find anywhere else!" That seems to cover the territory, but I couldn't find any information on terms for writers.   June 2007 update: They are open for submissions, but a visitor has to register with them to get information on terms, and I'm not into registration. June 2010 update: A generally favorable report that they pay 15% royalties on the retail and wholesale prices of any paperback, and 20% on ebooks, quarterly, usually on time, but sometimes delayed. They move aggressively into any new market for ebooks. June 2014 update: I found no information on submissions or terms, but they do have a long list of authors and books.

PNEUMA SPRINGS.CO.UK - www.pneumasprings.co.uk/. The site seems to be all about restrictions on the use of the site; I did not find information on terms. However, I have a highly favorable report from one of their authors. This appears to be a British self publisher. Everything is up front and in black and white; no hidden clauses or extras to pay. You pick the deal that suits you. From start to finish for the book was 10 weeks. June 2009 update: The site was so slow loading that I gave up. May 2010 update: a positive report: "Now publishing my third book through [Pneuma] and have absolutely no complaints at the service offered and delivered." June 2011 update: This time the site loaded promptly. It takes them up to four weeks to acknowledge receipt of a manuscript. June 2014 update: They are open for submissions of a number of types. “Our goal is to attract, to develop and to retain the finest writers.”

POETRY.COM - www.poetry.com/. This seems to be the online access of Watermark Press, which says it is the largest publisher of poetry in the world. I gather that you pay to have a number of copies of your book published: About $400 for 15 copies of a 60 page book, for example. So this is a straightforward self publisher. UPDATE: I am advised that this company has one of the worst names in the business, and that many consider it to be an outright scam. December 2004 update: a participant was told she was to receive an award which was to be given at a convention Poetry.com sponsored. When she did not attend the convention, the award disappeared. Apparently attendance is a requirement. Beware. December 2005 update: confirmation in an article in the October 2005 AARP BULLETIN. You pay $60 to put your poem in the book, and $580 plus travel and hotel expenses to attend their convention where you might get to read it to others. It's your money that counts, not merit. June 2010 update: Now it leads to LULU. June 2011 update: The site is just a form for your name and email address. May 2012 update: I received links to commentary on this site. It has a bad reputation, but is under new ownership and may be reforming. Now Newton Rhymes owns it, but litle is known. June 2012 update: Now it is back at the original site, and it looks like business as usual.

POETRY OF TODAY - www.poetryoftoday.com/. "Publishes mostly Christian and inspirational poetry, including online publication. Requires an undisclosed 'service fee' from the Author. Author gets 70% royalties until service fee is recouped by the author, then 50% royalties from then on. Service agreement is for two years, requires granting of electronic publishing rights for that period. The way it's worded the site keeps rights for that time, even if the contracts is terminated." MW 2003 UPDATE: When I tried to click their Book Publishing or About Us links I found myself in commercial ads for things like Ferrari. But when I tried Site Map, it provided access to publishing information. A minimum of 80 pages are needed for a manuscript, so they must be thinking of books of poems, rather than individual poems. June 2007 update: Closed. June 2010 update: But the site remains, selling books. June 2012 update: the domain is for sale.

POST CARDS FROM HELL - http://postcardtales.blogspot.com. June 2009 update: Gone.

POWER PUBLISHING - www.powpublish.com/. April 2005 update: gone.

PUBIT — This is, I understand, the Barnes and Noble epublishing site, but when I tried to check it it required me to sign in with a password as a B&N employee, which I am not. Maybe something will come of this, but at present it does not seem to be in business.

PUBLIC BOOKSHELF - www.publicbookshelf.com/. "PublicBookshelf.com is now open for fiction and non-fiction book submissions. We pay 70% Google ad revenues on each page of your book. Take advantage of our million+ annual visitor traffic to get your book read, earn money, and promote yourself." December 2008 update: they say you can read many of their books free, and also say they publish you online at no cost to you and pay an advance of up to $500. I'll be interested to see feedback from authors who try them, and this comes under the probably too good to be true heading. May 2010 update: I have moved this entry from the Services section to the Publishing section, because it now seems more like a publisher than a service. It seems that their contract is non exclusive, which means you can also publish elsewhere. That could be a good deal for authors. I have a report from an author confirming non-exclusivity but not the advance. May 2013 update: It still there, still offering to publish your novel free. June 2014 update: Still there, still looking too good to be entirely true. But I have received no complaints.

PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED - www.pabd.com.  February 2008 update: the link now leads to Spire, a self publisher.

PUBLISH AMERICA - www.publishamerica.com. "We are an old fashioned publishing company with new, innovative ideas. We pride ourselves on publishing books that are having a hard time being accepted elsewhere." They respond within weeks or months, and are looking for Children's/Young Adult, Fiction, Health, Mystery/Suspense, Nonfiction, Spiritual/Philosophy, Romance, or Sci-fi. They use print-on-demand to avoid big inventories or warehousing. Thus they can give talented undiscovered authors a fair chance. They pay standard traditional-publisher royalties of 8% to 10%. Bear in mind that these seemingly small royalties are apt to bring in a good deal more money for the writer than 50% or 100% with a straight online publisher, because of the likely volume of sales. Less is often more, in publishing. However, there may be an odor here. The "Ask Ann" service (check it in the Services section) has posted a number of complaints, and there is some fierce dialogue with the publisher. Elsewhere reports have been mixed. Whether it is unscrupulous or merely impatiently efficient is uncertain, and perhaps depends on your perspective. Remember, the "old fashioned" publishers can be arrogant as hell. I heard from one writer who was seriously disappointed in their performance.  October 2003 update: another writer says that they are a thinly disguised vanity press, their fee not being money but an "announcement list" of two to three hundred addresses the author is required to provide. I presume they then hit up those addresses for sales. I would distrust this. December 2003 update: But another writer says that they ask for only 100 or fewer addresses and don't expect to sell to many of those. August 2004 update: a writer forwarded me a copy of the San Antonio Current review: they are doing well, paying small advances of one dollar, but have generally low sales. They do retaliate against complainants, removing them from their message boards or banning them. PA (that's Publish America, not Piers Anthony) warns to beware of sci-fi or fantasy authors: "They have no clue about what it is to write real-life stories, and how to find them a home." Well, I am such an author, so consider yourself warned. December 2004 update: complaints continue, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ran an expose, saying that PA does not pay royalties. That's a no-no. My impression is that this publisher is best avoided.   February 2005 update: And I have a positive feedback on them, from an author who was paid a small advance, is satisfied with their editing and responsivity, does receive royalties, and discovered that some who pan the company do so based on rumors rather than personal experience. Still, it seems that the WASHINGTON POST published an article trashing them as selling false dreams, and see my column for February 2005 for the SF writers' hilarious response to PA's put-down of them. June 2005 update: yet I received an ad for one of their books, so they do do that amount of promotion. June 2006 update: And I have a positive response, that they do exactly what they say they will do. Authors really do have to do 99% of the marketing of their books; PA doesn't charge and does pay royalties. And another negative report. One writer feels they make sales difficult because books are non-returnable. Here I can't fault PA; POD books generally are non-returnable, having been in effect special-ordered.  October 2006 update: Another complaint that the company became non-responsive after receiving the manuscript. So the manuscript was withdrawn. Meanwhile, I have what amounts to a leaked document on the inner workings of this publisher. There are 20-some "editors" who are hard pressed. Layout/editors are required to do three books a day. There's no time to check story-line or continuity or even spelling. Basic editors (a different class) do about one book a day, and are lucky to correct punctuation, grammar, spelling, tense, or point of view. Questions are shunted to Support, where they are answered with pre-made blurbs drawn from the contract or form letters. So if service seems perfunctory, it's not because the editors don't care; they just are on such an assembly-line schedule that they can't do much for any book. It is reminiscent of a sweat shop.   December 2006 update: another bad report, of their firing their best editors and engaging in sex discrimination. Another says "they are rude ignorant and down right nasty." Some folk believe they will fold in six months. We'll see.    April 2007 update: more negatives. See MEET REAL PA in the services section. August 2007 update: a positive report, they performed as promised, though they do price the books high. October 2007 update: and another negative about non-payment. June 2008 update: They have an item titled Publish America Confronts Amazon. I am not keen on Publish America, but I believe they have the right of this one, refusing to let Amazon dictate who prints their books. However, I also have another negative report from a writer: they are difficult to work with. If you post something negative on the boards, they delete it immediately. They can take forever to get back to you if you have an issue. December 2008 update: a report that they have extended their contract term from three to seven years, that they take movie rights, and pay an advance of one dollar. Be wary. I also have another mediocre report: they did pay a royalty check, but the author could not verify its accuracy. Typos were left in even after supposedly corrected. April 2009 update: Publish America won its suit against Preditors & Editors. I do not know the details, but conjecture that the P&E report was considered to be intended to prejudice people against the publisher, rather than being objective. June 2009 update: I note this on their page: "Welcome to Publish America! We are the Nation's number one book publisher!!" They are talking about numbers of books, not quality. But, oddly, I could get none of their supplementary sections. July 2009 update: I have another generally favorable report. They have a clearly worded contract and follow through with every promise they make. They reportedly accept only 30% of submitted manuscripts. "PA's staff have answered every single one of my multiple emails over the last 2 years ... I've never had an impolite or improper response and they've always responded within 2 weeks." They sent out many copies of the book at their cost for reviews. They paid royalties on time. June 2010 update: But complaints of nonperformance continue. February 2011 update: for a $149 processing feel an author can get the rights to a book reverted. This strikes me as a variant of the kill fee. May 2011 update: here is their response to an unsatisfied author: "We received the email below from a drivel spewing individual who claims to speak on your behalf. We will of course ignore her nonsense and herself..." January 2012 update: One author finally got her rights back, but now is being pestered for deals to get her rights reverted. She says she already has them back, but they keep offering. May 2013 update: it's still there in good order, still ready to publish you. Plug-ins are required, so I don't have the whole story, but it's clear that they remain in business. June 2014 update: The link now leads to America Star Books, which seems similar; it may simply be a name change.

PUBLISHER'S GRAPHICS/ LLC - www.pubgraphics.com. They say their staff has more than 40 years experience in the graphic arts industry, and are ready to meet your needs. But to get information on cost, you must make a quote request. June 2014 update: Server Not Found.

PUBLISH4U - www.publish4u.com/. June 2004 update: gone, without paying their authors.

PUBLISHING PROFESSIONALS - www.pubprof.com. June 2009 update: Server not found.

PULPLESS - at www.pulpless.com. The site remains, and titles are for sale, but this publisher is in essence dead.

PULPLESS FICTION - at www.pulplessfiction.com/.  June 2007 update: Gone.

PULSAR BOOKS - subs@pulsarbooks.com. Gone. It has merged into RFI West.

QUICKSTORIES - www.quickstoriees.com. Gone

QUIET STORM PUBLISHING - Small press that became a scam, not delivering books paid for, not paying authors, not answering queries. Avoid.

Rain Publishing - www.rainbooks.com/. Canadian. I have an unhappy report on their lack of professionalism and lack of response. I did not find information on their terms.  October 2007 update: And a very positive report by a fully satisfied author. June 2008 update: Page Not Found. June 2009 update: Now the site is Myhosting.com. June 2012 update: The domain is for sale.

RATIONAL SKIES - www.plasticine.com/. This seems to be limited to speculative fiction and science. Accepts 50,000 words and up, pays 40% royalties for non-exclusive rights. That means you can publish here and elsewhere simultaneously. The link now leads to METROPOLIS INK, which see.

RAVENOUS ROMANCE - www.ravenousromance.com/. "Ravenous Romance publishes the hottest, most exciting stories on the Web..." They do both ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, and may sublicence for print. I did not find information on terms on the site. So far, so good. But I have a report that they can be cavalier about honoring the terms of their contract, which is a dense 13-page document that can be modified. For example they reserve the right not to send a quarterly royalty check unless more than $100 is due. That needs to be changed to their issuing statements regardless of the figure, and the cutoff should be lower, like $50 or $25. Otherwise the author may never receive royalties and be unable to prove that any are owing. This is not theoretical; it happened to me, in traditional print publishing; I had to get a lawyer. They may not respond to queries, or to a request for withdrawal of a submission. From here, this looks like a bad act. November 2010 update: I had this entry in Services, and was advised to put it in Publishing. Must have gotten my synapses confused. March 2011 update: they can be exceedingly slow reporting on submissions, such as a year or so. June 2011 update: Now it seems to be merely a bookseller. August 2011 update: Or are they? It's not clear. June 2013 update: I still can't find evidence that they are buying books. June 2014 update: My guess is that they are simply selling titles they already have. The site is copyright 2011.

REACH PUBLISHERS — www.aimtoinspire.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It's a self publisher. The site does not give information on terms.

REBEL TALES — http://rebeltales.com/. June 2014 update: The link now leads to Holly Lisle's author site, which is listed in the Services section.

RED ADEPT — — www.redadeptpublising.com/. They are a hybrid company, offering assorted services but also publishing. They are interested in all genres except juvenile (middle school, elementary) and erotica, listing Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance. 25,000 word minimum, American authors only, MS Word. I did not find information on terms. June 2013 update: Page not found. Seems they changed their site address, but the other took so long to lead I had to quit.

RED HOT PUBLISHING — rhpublishing1.com/. I was queried about this, so added it, though it seems to be primarily a print publisher, though it also does electronic. They call themselves a micro publisher, with under 24 titles a year. The site does not seem to provide submission information, but I saw their contract, which is unusual in that it is in the form of a letter. They buy all subsidiary rights, which is a Grab, but it is non-exclusive, so you do retain them. Another oddity is that they make quarterly statements, but pay royalties monthly. There's no audit clause. I am not clear on exactly what they want in genre or length. I understand they require the author to have his manuscript professionally edited at his own expense. I would say be cautious here; I'm not sure they really know what they're getting into. June 2012 update: server not found.

RED LILY PRESS - www.redlilypress.com/. "Words Written by Women for Women." They range from short stories to 150,000 word novels. They want submissions that move them emotionally. They have a list of links useful to writers. April 2007 update: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are not accepting any further ebook submissions." June 2008 update: Unchanged. June 2009 update: Gone.

RED ROSE PUBLISHING - www.redrosepublishing.com/. Started by Wendi Felter, who was booted from Mardi Gras. Opinions about her are highly mixed, positive and negative; now we'll see how she does on her own. Sliding scale for royalties: 40% first 300, 45% next 200, 50% above 500. They are seeking all variations of Romance and Erotic Romance, with the usual restrictions. Authors must be 18 or older.  October 2007 update: A favorable report from an author, who has good sales, and another who feels very nicely treated. December 2007 update: Wendi reports that they now have authors in the 45% and 50% range, meaning that they are selling 300, 500 or more copies. She is pleased with the progress of the company. I also have a very favorable report from an author who was actually paid early. This is almost unheard of with publishers. A separate report gives about 50 copies in a month for a republished title, which seems good. February 2008 update: There are nonetheless some concerns about retaliation. April 2008 update: The editor is perplexed by that report, as she does not practice retaliation at Red Rose. Considering that she has herself been the victim of retaliation — I know from reports I received a year back — I'm inclined to believe her. But misunderstandings have made for hard feelings with at least one author. So this may be a he said, she said situation. There was an amusing confusion when a RR author sent an encomium/refutation/lecture to Preditors & Editors addressed to Piers Anthony, apparently believing me to be an employee there. "I know you haven't done any homework..." Dave Kuzminski of P&E set her straight. It would help if folk who are not well informed were more cautious about correcting those who are. Regardless, I have another satisfied author report. Another says that a fracas with a cover artist was the artist's fault. On balance, Red Rose seems okay. June 2008 update: The artist refutes that. Some very hard feelings remain. On the site there is a notice: "665,271 requests since Friday 13 July, 2007." They are evidently getting a lot of business in their first year. August 2008 update: Another negative report of lost contracts, lost editing, lost release dates, nonresponse. A general impression not of malice but of chronic disorganization. December 2008 update: There was a problem, but it has been resolved. A head was offed. But some artists have not received statements or checks, with little or no response to queries, and there are reports of retaliation. February 2009 update: I received a report saying that Wendi Felter was not booted from Mardi Gras, but that there was a campaign there against her by Teresa Jacobs, who used something like 23 aliases, and Wendi finally cut her losses and left. At Red Rose she hired an Editor in Chief who was not up to the job, had to replace her, and since then things have improved. They are now going to print publication as well as electronic and have been swamped preparing books for print debuts. Another report says Red Rose is doing a good professional job. April 2009 update: But another report of retaliation with enough detail to be persuasive. I omit the detail for that reason. And another positive report from an author. Apparently opinions differ. June 2009 update: Wendi points out that authors can rip off publishers, as well as vice versa, and gave examples. Sometimes she has gone out of her way to help authors, and not had much thanks. Sigh. My normal stance is with authors, but Wendi has a point. September 2009 update: It continues. An author suffered bad editing by an editor who then disappeared without notice. A new editor had problems with both the manuscript and the prior editing, then claimed that requested changes had not been made, when they had been made. That editor, too moved on. In the end, correspondence about the manuscript was ignored, and the book was not published. Finally giving up, the author asked for reversion—and was threatened with contractual breach. In sum: bad editing followed by neglect and a threat. This suggests to me that there are problems that are not being properly addressed. October 2009 update: They have increased to six releases a week. That's a heavy schedule, and there is concern whether it will dilute the sales of individual titles. January 2010 update: Even at that rate, they have a backlog of a year. They are reorganizing following the loss of their Lead Content Editor (maternity), and things are slow, with some reports months late. I'd say avoid this publisher until they catch up. February 2010 update: negative reports continue, and sales appear to be low. They have been called an author mill instead of a quality publisher. There is also a protest about a $100 termination fee, especially when it is the publisher at fault. The theory is that the publisher invests this much setting up for a novel, but if the publisher then does not perform, I suspect that fee should be forfeited. It seems to take a year to publish an ebook. Yet the publisher does seem to be trying to catch up on the backlog, and says it paid out more than $75,000 in royalties in the year 2009. I hope to simplify this entry in the future, as it is dragging on. May 2010 update: The termination fee is theoretically divided between the editor and the artist, but they are not necessarily getting it. That's another bad sign. June 2010 update: More mischief. One author saw her book published months ago, but saw no promotion. The cover looked trashy, as if to solicit an erotic market though this was not an erotic novel. No royalties paid. Another made a deal for multiple books, but the editing was so horrible she now regrets it. Royalties were late, low, or nonexistent despite feedback from readers who purchased the books. Another spoke of the publisher demanding $100 for a reversion. August 2010 update: At this time they are accepting submissions for only holiday-themed, Gothic/horror, and interracial/multicultural books of any heat level. October 2010 update: Yet more material has come to light, and there has been serious blogging about this publisher. In fact unhappy RRP authors have started their own group. The essence is that while some authors are satisfied, many are not, and they get treated with discourtesy and tirades. It takes a lawyer to make Wendi yield rights, and those why try can get banned from the author's loop. This appears to be a good publisher only as long as there is no problem, like an insurance company that is easy to get along with until you make a claim, then nice Dr. Jeckyll becomes cruel Mr. Hyde. A leaked document quotes Wendi: “I have repeatedly busted my ass so even those WHO DO NOT SELL GET A CHANCE TO GET THEIR BOOKS in print, well F* me, for going out of my way to help any authors, take out ads or even do contests...Right now I am so upset I am requesting that NO ONE get in touch with me unless it is an emergency or you are dying, because I am a little pissed off to put it mildly..." Caution. There is speculation that RR is about to crash. November 2010 update: It continues. It seem there is a large number of authors upset with RRP and trying to get their rights back, and others who fear retaliation or are bound by non-disclosure agreements (NDA). I recommend that authors not sign NDAs; there seems to be little valid reason for them other than covering up inconvenient truths. Even registered letters can be ignored. The problem is that other publishers don't want to take a novels that haven't been formally released, so contractually required releases are being nulled by inaction. This stinks. Every sort of foul-up has been described. One blog column describes how they even published a novel without a contract. Stay away. December 2010 update: word from an editor at Red Rose, who has never felt disrespected or mistreated there, has always received statements and royalties. He defends the kill fee, as otherwise professional editing would be free as authors game the system. January 2011 update: complaints continue: lack of statements, nonresponse to queries, likely inaccuracy when the issue is forced and statements are obtained, inadequate explanations. March 2011 update: Five more reports from four authors, all negative. One forwarded the BBB report on Red Rose, which gives them an F. Others report failure to send 1099 forms despite claiming to have done so, fracturing of author groups so disaffected writers can't get together to compare notes, failure to report known sales, and constant bullying via the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), which seems to apply only to authors, not the publisher. Others report failure to pay money owed, intimidating tactics, failure to return rights, publishing books without contracts, bad editing, and failure to respond to inquiries, even from lawyers. I understand that 42 authors have gotten together and are trying to warn others away from this publisher. The expectation is that Red Rose will crash this year. June 2011 update: It continues: statements and payments not made; more than one title sharing the same ISBN, and authors who complain are blacklisted for posting on author Yahoo groups. June 2012 update: Now the link leads to Romance Ebooks. July 2012 update: report of royalties not paid, refusal to take down books when requested, abusive treatment: the usual. A question: if sales are so low, why fight so hard to keep the books? With the implied answer: sales are not low, and the publisher wants to continue stealing the money. September 2012 update: Another report of retaliation for complaints. Would you believe, there are those who don't understand why I honor anonymity? December 2012 update: Yet another complaint of poor service and bad attitude. March 2013 update: and yet another report of nonperformance, nonresponse, and irrelevant response. “What can one do? Do we as authors have any recourse without being blacklisted?” Short of legal action, apparently not. June 2013 update: It continues. I have yet another report of an author who made a complaint being threatened. Of royalties not being paid. I understand that the publisher claims it went to court and won a $25,000 judgment for “false copyright infringement.” I suspect I am not the only one who would like to see documentation: what court, against whom? Because I am disinclined to believe it. This is the charge against an author who wants to revert the rights because of publisher malfeasance? Ludicrous. July 2013 update: Another report of no royalty payments and failure to take expired books down or to revert rights. September 2013 update: It just goes on and on. An author demanded due royalties, and instead was accused of accusing them of copyright infringement that they consider an actionable offense. This reminds me of when I got blacklisted for demanding a correct account, way back when. Apparently this has become standard at Red Rose: threaten rather than pay. Beware; this publisher appears to have gone completely rogue. October 2013 update: Yet another complaint about royalties not being paid, book rights not given back. Red Rose is being reported to the IRS to verify whether money is being embezzled. June 2014 update: They remain in business, and submissions are open. But I recommend caution. July 2014 update: The bad news continues: no statements or payments this year, refusal to return rights, etc. Stay clear. August 2014 update: I have a report that the site has been down for over two weeks and that authors and employees have heard nothing other than the erasure of quarterly royalty reports. This smells of terminal mischief.

RED SAGE PUBLISHING - www.eredsage.com/. "For all the secrets that touch a woman's heart." Apparently this is a Romance print publisher that now also does ebooks. They are currently open to submissions in many genres, and want provocative material. I was unable to find terms for authors. July 2010 update: they are looking for lengths 25,000-50,000 and 50,000-100,000 words in length, with their greatest need in the longer category. They prefer that you write what your heart likes, rather than trying to fit a category, but their heart is in erotic romance without being at all limited to that. "We are open to anything new and different. In fact we would prefer new and different!" They pay an advance, variable. My impression is that this could be a good place to be. June 2013 update: apparently submissions are by invitation only. Royalties are 40-45% depending on vendor. They take all publishing rights for the life of the copyright. That means you can recover your rights 70 years after you die. They no longer pay advances. So this no longer looks like such a good place to be; they offer too little and want too much. June 2014 update: now submissions seem to be open to anyone.

RENAISSANCE E BOOKS - http://renebooks.com/. This is dedicated to a variety of genres with splashes of erotica, but they do not publish pornography. Novels and collections of short stories for mature audiences. They give fair warning to underage or socially conservative readers: stay out. Lengths are 30,000 to 100,000 words, for first or second electronic rights for one year. Books are sold to readers for $4.00 with $1.60 (that's 40%) royalty for the author. If a book is sold via an Internet reseller, the author gets $1.08 (27%). That's because the resellers take part of the cash; it is a reasonable reduction considering those sales probably would not occur at all otherwise. Reports are monthly and royalty checks are quarterly. Overall this looks good, and I have a favorable report from a writer published there.They hope to add a new imprint in spring or summer: PageTurner Books, to include both fiction and nonfiction for all audiences, no erotica. Update: the PageTurner Imprint is now active and looking for good submissions, no erotica. Now they have the sexy Sizzler-imprint. 2003 update: Sizzler wants plotted erotica, not sex for sex's sake. Five sub-imprints: Scorchers, Bondage & Submission, Sappho (lesbian), Wylde (gay male), Sexpert (nonfiction). They try to respond within one week. They license only electronic rights, for three years.  October update: I have a report that payments are a bit slow but okay: $200 or more in half a year per novella for one author. June 2008 update: I have a report that the editor no longer responds to email from her authors. This is a bad signal. The posted sample contract says that if the Publisher suspends operations, all rights revert immediately to the Author. The Author may also withdraw all rights to a book after 120 days if it isn't in process for publication. So if you have a problem, invoke one of these clauses, saying that you will consider nonresponse to be agreement for reversion. That should get results, one way or another. April 2011 update: An author report says happy to be here, and recommends this publisher. June 2014 update: The publisher is gone.

REPLICA - I was sent news of this POD publisher that was so bad I thought I'd better mention it here as a warning to aspiring writers. Apparently there have been wrongful charges and non-deliveries that have caused a mess, so that going to law is the only remedy. So I have no Web address here, just the notice.

RESPLENDENCE PUBLISHING - www.resplendencepublishing.com/. I heard from Editorial Director Jessica Berry. Romantic fiction, offering titles in both electronic and print formats. Their initial titles will be released in October 2007. An early report says that they are very considerate and professional. From the site I learn that they are looking for Historical, Paranormal, Horror, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, and Erotic Suspense, 12,000 - 90,000 words. 40% royalties on epublication, 7% on print books. They have 5 levels of heat. February 2008 update: They are now accepting submissions in new categories, in preparation for their mainstream launch in June 2008. Literary Fiction, Horror, Action/Adventure, Romance, Women's Fiction, Self Help/Spirituality, Nonfiction (How-to, History, Biography, etc.), Mystery, Young Adult. But not Science Fiction, which other publishers cover well. They have launched their print program and are receiving orders, though this is complicated by different policies at different stores. Their electronic books are available, and will come soon to Fictionwise and elsewhere. June 2008 update: They try to respond within 12 weeks, will consider multiple submissions, but accept only 1-3%. Royalties are now 35-40%, or 30% on third party sales, on gross rather than net. (That's good.) August 2008 update: they launched their first Fictionwise titles mid-April, and now have 40 titles listed, several of which sold above 100 copies in their first month, with a few breaking 200 and one 300. They have sold more than 1,000 print copies and 1,200 e-copies in April and May. June 2009 update: I noted that they had a considerable presence at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, which I attended. The impression is that they are a sharply rising publisher. June 2011 update: They are open for submissions, but their current rate of acceptance is less than one percent. Their royalties on print books are 7%. June 2013 update: open for submissions in all their lines. June 2014 update: They remain wide open for submissions.

RFI WEST - http://rfiwest.com/. This seems to be effectively out of business. That may be just as well.

RIFT MAGAZINE - RiftMagazine@aol.com.    I received a Call for Submissions of original works up to 3,000 words in creative writing in many genres. Deadline was June 1, but presumably there'll be new deadlines for later issues.

RIPTIDE PRESS - www.riptidebooks.com/. July 2010 update: It is now a general information site.

RIPTIDE PUBLISHING - www.riptidepublishing.com/ No relation to the entry above. “Riptide Publishing is a boutique purveyor of some of the finest LGBT' fiction, romance, and erotica today.” They are an invitation-only press, but are open to agented submissions, referrals from existing authors, and a number of specific opens calls posted on their submission page. So you might get there, circuitously. June 2013 update: Now their link leads to RockWay press, below.

RJ's EBOOKS - www.rjs-ebooks.com/. UPDATE: Suddenly they're gone, I understand without paying their authors.

ROCK WAY PRESS - www.rockwaypress.com/.   This is a small traditional print publisher that really doesn't belong on this list, which focuses on electronic publishing. But someone asked me about it, so I looked it up. It is open to new authors and to previously published books, and has annual book contests, so may be worthwhile. It is looking for quality books and fine writing, rather than commercial efforts, and is not afraid of a small print run. A commendable attitude. Query first; it does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. The site is helpful, even telling you how to "pitch" a book to them. In essence, do it in one sharp sentence, if you can. This looks like a good place to be, if you can make the cut. June 2005 update: They have useful discussion of things like the costs of bookstore distribution. There is an education to be had here. April 2006 update: a warning that they can delay unduly and be unresponsive to queries. This, unfortunately, is typical of traditional print publishers.  June 2006 update: I have several responses from writers saying that Rockway is great, and that it is highly responsive. These are credible reports, so I think my prior complaint is in error.  August 2006 update: They don't pay advances, but do give the author 12 copies of his book. Royalties are on a sliding scale from 10% to 20% depending on volume of sales; this is good., for traditional print. They don't remainder titles; that's good too. June 2007 update: no longer accepting queries for new books until at least 2009. You can still enter their contest, however. February 2008 update: Another negative report, that the publisher will not or can not deal with her writers on a professional level, causing much stress. June 2008 update: Page cannot be found. December 2009 update: They're back, but closed to queries until January 1, 2010. July 2010 update: Due to the recession, they are suspending submissions, but their books remain on sale. June 2012 update: Now they are moving with the times, and getting into ebooks. So now thin publisher does belong on this list. June 2013 update: They are open for submissions, but you must query first, and your query will be deleted unread if it doesn't follow their format.

ROGUE PHOENIX PRESS - www.roguephoenixpress.com/. They are open for all submissions in Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Historical Fiction and Mystery. Royalties of 40% of the cover price, or 35% if books are sold through other outlets. Two year contract. I don't think they have a track record yet. July 2010 update: They are open for submissions. June 2013 update: They remain open for submissions in a number of genres. June 2014 update: They now require installed plug-ins. I don't do those, so can only say that they seem to remain in business in good order.

ROMANCE AT HEART - www.rahpubs.com/. They are accepting submissions in all Romance genres, including erotic, not over 150,000 words. As a new publisher they lack a track record, but they look competent. I found no information on royalties or terms. June 2007 update: No simultaneous submissions, no pictures included in the text, and the usual restrictions for erotic fiction. See their guidelines for formatting. Word counts are actual rather than calculated, so you can use your computer tally for length. Still no information on terms.  October 2007 update: a complaint about not getting paid in the past year. Then came a check for sixty four cents. Hmm. June 2011 update: They remain open for submissions. June 2013 update: They provide useful definitions of Pornography (sex for sex's sake), Erotica (emotion with the sex), and Bestiality (sex with animals; aliens and shape shifters don't count). June 2014 update: Plug-ins required, but they obviously remain in business. The proprietor is battling breast cancer.

ROMANTIC SHORT LOVE STORIES - www.romantic-short-love-stories.com/. December 2006 update: This is now a relationships advice site. December 2007 update: the site appeared, but with a yellow banner saying "This Web page could be a scam. Proceed with caution." February 2008 update: I have been advised that this message is caused by an often malfunctioning Earthlink browser helper. June 2011 update: Now the site is in Chinese or Japanese characters.

ROSE DOG -   An imprint of DORRANCE. I have a negative report of butchered text and delays. 

ROWE PUBLISHING - www.rowepublishing.com.   August 2005 update: this now sells desktop publishing software; no sign of anything else.

RUBY LIONESS PRESS - http://rubylionesspress.com. I have a favorable report on this new publisher. They are interested in Romance, Erotica, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Mystery/Suspense, and Science Fiction/Fantasy from 10,000 to 200,000 words. They pay 40% of the sale price on print books (that's so high it may be an error) and 50% on ebooks. They also have anthology calls. September 2012 update: But they have folded.

RUTHIE'S CLUB - www.ruthiesclub.com/. This is a weekly erotic magazine. "Ruthie's Club is the classiest, sexiest, illustrated erotic fiction site on the Net." Indeed, their site pictures are classy and sexy, a pleasure to see. They are looking for tastefully sexy adult stories. They take a 6 months license for assorted short fiction lengths ranging from $10 for 300 words or less to $75-$350 for above 14,000 words, but they're not eager for long stuff. October 2009 update: they are folding, after nine years: health issues. They may return, if they can. June 2011 update: The site remains, but they don't seem to be a publisher any more.

SAMHAIN PUBLISHING- http://www.samhainpublishing.com/. A new publisher currently accepting submissions in all genres of fiction and nonfiction. No pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, racism. Royalties of 40% of the cover price. Allow 4-6 weeks for a personal reply. They take full rights for digital and print, for (I understand) 7 years, but the contract is negotiable. This is a dog-in-the-manger Grab; they should not have more rights than those they need to publish. Things like recording and movie rights should certainly be excluded, and print rights unless they specify serious intention to use them.  April 2006 update: I received an email from one of their authors saying that Samhain does use the print rights, and expects to print some of the longer works later this year. Then I heard from the publisher with much more information, including a sample contract, and from other writers. Their contract seems reasonable to me, though it lacks an audit clause, and they are indeed using the print rights. Clauses are negotiable, they do not take movie rights, but do take half of translation and book club sales, which is a lot. I heard from one writer that when she had interest from a big traditional publisher, Samhain released her contract and wished her luck. This is Publisher-from-Heaven territory. In sum: they take a lot, but their writers love them.  December 2006 update: Now they are including an audit clause.  February 2007 update: Another author reports that there were some problems, but they were good about fixing them, and in the end sales were phenomenal. April 2007 update: A report of over 250 sales in the first two weeks a title appeared. This is phenomenal. June 2007 update: Temporarily closed to open call submissions, but keep an eye out. Another report on sales: 25 to 50 copies a month for re-releases from other publishers, which is very good. If there is a problem, management discusses it without blacklisting or yelling. One author reports sales of 30 copies, which is much lower than she has at other publishers. December 2007 update: But another reports excellent sales and great treatment. February 2008 update: and another negative report of discourteous rejection and ridicule at RWA. April 2008 update: A response from Angela James, executive editor: "I am shocked and more than a little dismayed by this report... Certainly I ... would never damage my company's reputation with authors by ridiculing anyone." Okay, I run the reports I receive, playing no favorites. I find Angela's denial credible, and suspect that the February report was a distortion. General feedback I have had over the years suggests that Samhain is one of the best electronic publishes extant, noted for its courtesy. The gentle tone of Angela's response is a sharp contrast to some of the blasts I have received from other publishers. Distributor All Romance Ebooks gave Samhain the Best Publisher Award in February 2008, of more than a hundred publishers and imprints they deal with. June 2008 update: an author reports sales of 150-200 for the first month on non-erotic work, and steady sales of 50 a month thereafter. This seems very good. But another very negative report of bad treatment, specifics deleted for fear of retaliation. August 2008 update: they are now open for submissions to all Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, and romantic Science Fiction, and closed for now to other genres. Preferred length is 60,000 words or longer, but they will consider shorter works of 12,000 up. July 2009 update: They remain open for all genres of romance and erotica, as well as fantasy and science fiction, but not other genres for the time being. Word lengths range for 12,000 to 120,000. They are also looking for submissions for their space opera anthology, until August 10, 2009. June 2010 update: Incidentally, my dictionary says this should be pronounced SA-win; it's a Celtic festival. I have a report from an author who was rejected, but the rejection was so courteous and informed, with specific other publishers recommended, that he was quite favorable impressed. That's rare. July 2010 update: They are now open to General Submissions, especially for their Red Dot Winter Anthology. July 2011 update: the link put me on their blog, which was interesting but not immediately relevant to this listing. It started with the top six reasons you might be a dragon, such as virgins and firefighters looking nervous in your presence. Then the problem of being buttonholed by wannabe writers desperate to get published though they have not yet written their opus. The answer? Keep writing and keep submitting. In short, hard work. They don't want to hear that. Reminds me of the time I gave similar advice, and he responded “You don't understand. I need the money now!” I do my best for aspiring writers, as it seems this publisher does, but there are limits. I suspect I would like it at Samhain, though our paths may never cross. January 2012 update: a favorable report from a new author who is quite pleased with their performance. June 2013 update: They are announcing their newest venture, Retro Romance, classic romances from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. July 2014 update: they remain open for submissions in all their genres.

SAPHIRE BLUE PUBLISHING - www.sapphirebluepublishing.com/. This is gearing up to launch in August, 2008, with variable but competitive royalty rates, open to many genres, and will also do reprints. 12,000-100,000 words. But submissions are by invitation only. July 2009 update: They are open to submissions in several genres, including erotica. Royalty rates begin at 45%. Electronic only; no paper submissions. July 2010 update: They are open for submissions, no longer by invitation only. July 2011 update: “We are open to anything your imagination can conjure up.” December 2011 update: They are closing as of the end of November 2011.

SATIN ROUGE PRESS- www.satinrougepress.com.  A site set up by Teresa Jacobs-Wayne in August 2006, a year ago, parked. She ran Mardi Gras, which has folded indecently; this was intended to be its erotic line, but the authors wanted to keep MGP as it was. July 2009 update: gone.

SCHEHERAZADE TALES ROMANCE E-NOVELS - http://scheherazadetales.com. June 2006 update: Folded.

SCIENCE FICTION QUARTERLY — www.sfquarterly.net/. This is a new online magazine of science and speculative fiction, a conscious emulation of the pulpzine SCIENCE FICTION QUARTERLY published in the 1940s and 1950s. "We believe that in the last several decades, science fiction has fallen astray from its short story roots; and while we cannot ourselves resurrect them, we can at least provide an outlet in which they may be explored." Ah, yes; I grew up on science fiction of that era, and share the nostalgia. They welcome all submissions of short fiction and artwork rooted in the genres of science and speculative fiction, as well as essays and reviews of science fiction books, films, and television shows. They are especially interested in "think pieces" related to topics in science fiction as a genre and a craft, and in profiles of science fiction writers and editors. They accept original written submissions of up to 60 pages. They don't pay specific rates, but authors may receive some share of ad revenues. August 2008 update: oops, I typoed the site address. I have fixed it now. Their inaugural issue will be uploaded in March 2009. July 2009 update: they are open to submissions of short fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork. July 2010 update: I got a blank screen. July 2011 update: they are there, but still dated 2009, looking forward to their first issue. Be cautious. July 2014 update: Still that 2009 date for their inaugural issue. Maybe they're just taking their time.

SCI-ROTICA — www.sci-rotica.com/. July 2010 update: Not Found. July 2012 update: now it's an ad site.

SCORPIUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING - www.scorpiusdigital.com/. This specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in Microsoft Reader format. They publish a very limited number of titles, almost exclusively out-of-print novels, collections, and anthologies. So Scorpius is not a market for an unpublished writer, but if you have an out-of-print classic, this is for you. June 2004 update: But they will consider new material, if properly queried first. I found no information on terms. August 2008 update: The domain name expired 7-16-2008, so they must be out of business. July 2009 update: But they are there now, though I'm not certain they are functional. July 2010 update: Still there, selling books, but I think not buying them. July 2014 update: ditto.

SCRIBD — www.scribd.com/. "Scribd is the largest publishing company in the world, the Website where tens of millions of people each month publish and discover original writings and documents. On Scribd, you can quickly and easily turn nearly any file — including PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel — into a Web document and share it with the world." The company was launched in March 2007. Uploading is free. If you wish to sell your book, rather than providing it to readers free, you can keep 80% of revenue, with no monthly membership fees. To do this you have to sign up. I have not tried this process, but it seems like essentially free publishing. I will be interested to hear from writers who try it. I understand from the AUTHORS GUILD BULLETIN that Simon & Schuster is selling digital copies of its books here, including authors Stephen King, Dan Brown, and Mary Higgins Clark. That argues well for the legitimacy of this platform. July 2011 update: But when I tried to check it, it never loaded and would not let me get out of the attempt. June 2013 update: They are there in good order, and they still help publish books. July 2014 update: This time I clicked on About Scribd, but gave up after ten minutes of stasis.

SEABURN - www.seaburn.com/. I looked this up because a writer queried me about it. It seems to be a print publisher, with hard copy distribution, so doesn't really belong on this list. I was unable to find terms for authors. They say that if they like your manuscript they will offer a contract.  August 2006 update: they specialize in General interest, African-American, Greek, Ibo, and Spanish language books. June 2007 update: An author was told to send $1,500 for editing and printing. This sounds like self publishing. August 2008 update: But it says there is no charge for publishing your book. July 2011 update: They remain open for submissions in all genres. July 2012 update: Not Found.

SECOND WIND PUBLISHING - www.secondwindpublishing.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It seems to be a general publisher. I found no indication of terms for authors. July 2012 update: They are open for submissions in their genres, up to 100,000 words. They respond within 6 or 8 weeks. Still no indication of terms. July 2014 update: Still open to submissions, still no listed terms.

SECRET CRAVINGS PUBLISHING — http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/. Electronic and paperback formats. A report says they are quick and friendly in response to emails, with a standard contract. Their more erotic works sell better than their sweeter romance. They are now accepting submissions for all genres of Romance. They promise a response time of two days to three months. 40% of the cover price on e-sales, 30% on third party sales, 20% on print copies. Author pays nothing. The usual restrictions on erotica. 5,000 to 120,000 words. But I also have a negative report on bad editing, with mistakes not corrected. July 2012 update: they are open for submissions in all genres of Romance, including erotic. June 2013 update: they are currently responding to submissions in one to two weeks.

SEE SPOT BOOKS - www.SeeSpotBooks.com. Apparently it is out of business.

SENSORY PUBLISHING INC - www.sensorypublishing.com/. out of business.  

SERIAL BOOKS - www.serialbooks.com/. August 2006 update: gone.

SERENDIPITY SYSTEMS - www.s-e-r-e-n-d-i-p-i-t-y.com. Publisher John Galuszka notified me of this one, which has been publishing electronic books since 1986. They don't want paper manuscripts or straight prose. They take only electronic rights. No advance, royalties of 33% of wholesale or retail sales. In one place they say they want hypertext novels, but in another they say "no hypertext or multimedia," so you may have to ask. They want interactive fiction, experimental works, and references on writing/publishing. This strikes me as leading-edge, not for old stick-in-the-muds like me who turn out old-fashioned prose manuscripts. UPDATE: Couldn't find it. 2003 UPDATE: They are back and open for submissions. June 2005 update: They are not accepting new manuscripts the first half of 2005.  August 2006 update: They have an interesting bookselling system: you download the book, but it's encrypted, so you can't read it until you pay for it and get the key. The site was last updated April 7, 2004, so I suspect they are no longer a market for writers. June 2007 update: Now the last reference is dated early 2005. August 2008 update: The site remains, selling books, but there's no evidence they are buying them. Still no updates since 2005. July 2009 update: now the latest update is August 27, 2007. Several of their listed books are no longer available. July 2010 update: still the 2005 notice that they aren't accepting manuscripts. I think they are no longer publishing new material. July 2014 update: Service Temporarily Unavailable. Hmm.

SEXY EBOOKS http://sexyebooks.a1adultebooks.com - I received an email saying that any erotic books can be published here, entirely free, and there is no catch or downside. August 2008 update: gone.

SHADOWFIRE PRESS - www.shadowfirepress.com/. They publish all genres of fiction except literary, young adult, and inspirational. Lengths from 5,000 words for new authors, or down to 1,500 for inhouse authors, up to 125,000; they have taken longer, but reluctantly. Term is 2 or 3 years for ebook rights only. Their contracts is standard but negotiable. There is an audit clause. If they decide to do a print run, they will negotiate a new contract. Author is responsible for registering the copyright. Ebook royalties are 40%. July 2009 update: Submissions remain open for erotic romance and genre stories and books. They say to check often, as their needs change. November 2010 update: they are closed to submissions for the remainder of 2010. They will reopen early in 2011 but will be very selective. July 2011 update: Now open for submissions. Among their cautions is “No felching.” I don't know what that is. July 2012 update: Their submission guidelines updated to 2-26-12 say they are currently closed to all submissions. June 2013 update: Now their closed submissions notice is updated to April 19, 2013. July 2014 update: Same message.

SHADOWROSE www.shadowrosepublishing.net/ - A new small press that publishes romantic fiction of all sub-genres in ebook and print formats, specializing in romance and erotic fiction. SHADOWMERE is their imprint for traditional fiction, including sci-fi, fantasy, YA, and mainstream fiction. Lengths range from 5,000 to 100,000 words, in categories. They are currently seeking stories of 10,000-15,000 words for an erotic anthology planned for November 2007. They don't want pornography and have the usual taboos. They are happy to read manuscripts by new authors. April 2008 update: I am informed that though they published the anthology, they have not been filling orders for it, and that their website is no longer working. These are bad signs. I checked, and the site is gone. Apparently their proprietor had a health crisis, and it was a one-woman operation. Authors are currently stranded.

SHN www.shnpublishing.net/ - July 2009 update: gone.

SILKS VAULT www.silksvault.com/ - July 2010 update: It is now a site for funerals, embalming, and burial. That seems appropriate.

SILVER LEAF BOOKS SilverLeafBooks.com/ - I received a query about this one, so looked it up. It appears to be a small print publisher rather than electronic, so is not properly in the province of this listing. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, intended for ages 10 and up. Open to aspiring authors. August 2008 update: their royalties seem to be 10% on the wholesale price of the book. That is not high, but within bounds for print publication. July 2009 update: They are no longer accepting electronic submissions. July 2010 update: But now they require electronic submissions. July 2011 update: Maybe I have it straight now: they will accept only submissions for electronic publication, but these must be sent through the mail. Manuscripts for print will be discarded; electronic submissions will be deleted. “Here at Silver Leaf Books, we like to approach our authors a bit differently.” I'll say! I'd be extremely cautious about attempting to submit to this arrogant outfit. July 2012 update: Now there are two options: regular submission for electronic release, or paying for the services you need for self publishing. I suspect they won't be deleting your material for that. July 2014 update: Their 2012 message remains.

SILVER PUBLISHING - http://spsilverpublishing.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. They are an e-publisher looking for erotic romance in its various sub-genres, 5,000 words to full length. Their screen was black, and took time for my dial-up to load, so I may have missed something. They say the do not pay advances, but do pay royalties of 60% on the net. May 2012 update: A generally favorable report on them, though there is an impression they prefer male-male fiction to male-female. December 2012 update: I understand that they are not paying authors, and that the company is in financial crisis. Beware. January 2013 update: Confirmation that they are in serious breach of contracts and are avoiding paying their authors. There are stories of the proprietor flying around the country visiting favored authors, while not paying others. Authors are leaving. June 2013 update: No sign of this on the site, of course. They remain open for submissions. May 2014 update: I am told that this publisher has folded and fled the country with the authors' money. July 2014 update: Got a Firefox intercept warning that the connection is insecure.

SIREN - www.sirenpublishing.com/. A Preditors & Editors reader poll in 2007 rated them the #1 for 2007. They are accepting submissions for Erotic Romance ranging from 25,000 to 150,000 words. Their response time is eight weeks. The usual restrictions on content. They have a sister publisher, BookStrand.com, which I haven't yet looked up. I did not find information on terms. August 2008 update: book lengths range from 15,000 to 140,000+ words. October 2008 update: their contract has useful information, and is standard. December 2008 update: in the first few weeks an author's book sold over 125 copies. February 2009 update: report from a very happy author whose book sold more than 100 copies in the first week. January 2011 update: a response to that suggests that sales of over 100 copies in a week is surely unusual. Editing is not good, and promotion nil. February 2011 update: I received a response from Amanda Hilton, the Publisher which I quote intact: "Siren (www.sirenpublishing.com) has published nearly 900 titles and has over 270 authors. We release our titles for sale at BookStrand.com, which is our sister company. The following facts are based on royalty payments, which are reported and distributed to our authors quarterly. While every title will not sell 100 copies in a week, it is not at all unusual for a Siren title to sell over 100 copies in a week. Many of our bestselling titles have sold over 300 copies on the day of their release. Currently, to enter the top 100 on the bestseller list at BookStrand.com, a book must have sold at least 50 copies in 30 days. To enter the top 50 on the bestseller list, a book must have sold at least 100 copies in 30 days. To reach the #1 spot on the bestselling list at Bookstrand.com, a book has to sell between 800 to 1,200 copies within 14 days. These numbers do not include distribution. From all sources, we are rapidly approaching 3 million copies sold of our own titles. More than a dozen of our authors earned a 5-figure quarterly income in 2010. A few of our authors have earned a 6-figure annual income in 2010. Our most popular authors earn anywhere between $10,000 to $25,000 per title. We have spent well over $100,000 each year for the past 3 years advertising our company and our authors. We employ 18 people who work at our headquarters full time. All of our 11 in-house editors have at least a 4-year degree in English or Journalism. Siren has been in business for 5 years. Since January 2006, from the very first quarter, we have consistently paid our authors on time, all the time." July 2011 update: Submissions are open. November 2011 update: a report of professionalism, excellent editing, and good sales. July 2012 update: Everything seems to be displayed on their home site. One thing I like: their titles are described as MF (male-female), MMF, MM, MFMM, and so on. I note no FF.

SIRIUS PUBLICATIONS - Established by Kerri Kadow, said to be an author and imaginative. Publishes in all genres. Standard contract that authors can modify as required. Like many epublishers, this offers good terms but is probably underfunded, so that performance may lag behind promise. However, I was not able to reach this site when I tried. 2003 UPDATE: I heard from the proprietor, who gave me a link--but the link didn't work. At any rate, for those whose systems relate better than mine does, there is someone there who will be happy to have you visit. Second 2003 UPDATE: now it connects. They are open for submissions, except for pornography or religious material. The author gets up to 70% of the net profit. That could be less than it seems, if the profit is small. June 2004 update: I got a timeout trying to reach them. Past experience suggests that this doesn't necessarily mean they're gone. June 2005 update: Sure enough, they remain, are accepting short stories or previously published books.  August 2006 update: Their submissions guide seems not to have been updated since 2002; that's not an ideal sign. June 2007 update: Now a notice that the store will be closed from April 19-May 31, 2006. So maybe they have caught up to a year ago. August 2008 update: The site hung up, trying to load. July 2009 update: No problem this time. They accept about 20% of submissions. They are especially interested in nonfiction and romance. July 2011 update: “It waits in the shadows/ A dark companion waiting to devour your free time.../ That's right, it's a good book.” They remain open for submissions, but still accept only 20%. July 2012 update: They remain open for submissions. I note with amusement their statement “We will not publish pornographic or religious material.” Interesting juxtaposition. July 2014 update: Still open for submissions.

SIX GALLERY PRESS - www.sixgallerypress.com. This was founded the spring of 2000 as a publisher of experimental and progressive poetry and prose. There's an associated magazine, JACOB'S LADDER, still in the planning stage. Keep submissions under 8,000 words. The proprietor, Tim Miller, says the site is massive and growing day by day. Jacob's Ladder is currently accepting submissions. Review previous issues to determine if your work is right for it. June 2005 update: They have reached their fiction manuscript limit, and are closed to submissions until October 2005. Theory articles remain open.  August 2006 update: They are inviting manuscript proposals, not direct submissions. They are extremely choosy, seeking experimental and esoteric literature; study their material before you go near them. But a writer reports that all their contributors have to pay, so it's actually more like a vanity press. June 2007 update: their requirements are confusing. In their call for submissions they discuss their needs in detail, but also say NO SUBMISSIONS OR QUERIES. "These are the rules; break them at your peril." I'd be nervous about even glancing in their direction. July 2009 update: I checked their submissions section and it gave me nothing. July 2011 update: Now you must click an email link for submission information. They certainly don't seem eager. July 2014 update: They list 2012 and 2013 projects' nothing for 2014.

SKOOBE - www.skoobe.biz That's ebooks backwards. August 2006 update: they are now a web directory of Internet Resources.

SKOOBEBOOKS — www.skoobebooks.co.uk. I'm not sure whether this is a reincarnation of the entry above or a new one. (The answer is No, not associated.) It is a British self publisher and book store service. May 2010 update: I heard from them. "We are a completely new company set up in the UK. We have launched the Online Bookstore which is now selling all the in print books available in the UK to any delivery address in the world with Free Delivery. We are now completing the work to allow authors to upload, publish and sell their own books from the store as Paperbacks, Hardbacks, Audio books and Multimedia books. We hope to have a lot of this finished by the end of June. Our intention is to offer a serious alternative to authors to both get their books published and SOLD, we will not be taking editorial control of the books. If they are good they will sell. We will be using social networking heavily and allowing people to discuss, Review and comment on books which will determine the good from the bad." November 2011 update: Now new authors can upload and sell their work through Skoob.

SMASHWORDS - www.smashwords.com/. A digital self publishing platform. The founder says that 80% of written works are never published for widespread distribution in stores, are never promoted, go out of print after the first printing, and authors never receive royalties beyond their advances. Smashwords hopes to do better. August 2008 update: If you want to publish with them, you have to sign up for an account. December 2008 update: I checked a sample Author Page, and it had an author bio and listing of books that I admit made me curious about them. The proprietor feels that all authors should publish in multiple digital formats, so readers can consume their books in their own way. "Our goal at Smashwords is quite simple: It's to create the single best ebook self-publishing platform for independent authors." Authors select the sale price and receive 85% of the net proceeds. The Founder advises me that they have added Stanza integration. "For authors who wish to publish with us, it means their works are now easily readable by the 500,000 uses or the Stanza app." I am not familiar with Stanza, but am told it's a cool ereader for the iPhone. April 2009 update: checking through this I found a huge amount of sensible commentary; this is a prime browsing site. June 2009 update: A very positive report on their performance. November 2009 update: another positive report: "They are becoming an amazing resource to authors with no other publishing company support..." July 2012 update: I am told that they will pay authors $10 via PayPal or $75 via check for US authors. I can't say I understand that. September 2012 update: An author clarified this for me: it's easier to pay via PayPal than by check, so they have different minimums. So if you have, say, $50 coming, you will get it immediately via PayPal, but have to wait for it to grow if you want a check. This is reasonable.

SNM HORROR MAGAZINE - www.freewebs.com/snmhorrormag. The letters may stand for the proprietor, Steven Marshall. A free online magazine. It does not seem to be well recommended. February 2009 update: A refutation from the proprietor: "Yes, we are a freepress where new authors get seen by about 1500 visitors a month and we have only been around for 8 months. We have bi-monthly paying contests, which helps writers get into HWA if they are paid $25 or more 3x. We offer free editing and coaching and are also free to the public. We publish 8 new stories per month and host new author interviews and reviews. I've maintained the same staff and writers and we get lots of good praise from writers for what we offer them." July 2009 update: "We are open to submission all year and the floodgates have opened! Horror writers wanted dead or alive..." July 2010 update: They have no contracts, and retain only one-time rights. July 2014 update: They remain open to submissions.

SOLSTICE HORIZONS — www.solsticehorizons.com. The new name for Alpha Wolf Publishing as of January 2014.

SOLSTICE PUBLISHING www.solsticepublishing.com/ — I understand this is the new name for the defunct Hearts on Fire Books. I haven't yet checked the site, which I'll have to guess at. I understand that their contract is for three years and there's a $100 early termination fee. This strikes me as reasonable; publishers do have costs, and writers should not commit unless they plan to see it through. July 2010 update: they have added an erotica imprint at www.solsticeafterdark.com. The site lists some of their books and says I must be 18 to view it. Sigh; I'm 75 but maybe can pretend to be 18. I did not find information on submissions or terms. Royalties are 40% on ebooks and 10% on print books. July 2011 update: They are open for submissions in assorted genres, and take about 30 days to respond. June 2012 update: I received 5 reports in one day on how wonderful this publisher is. That suggests a campagn sponsored by the publisher. But I have received no negative reports, so maybe it is so. July 2012 update: Another very favorable report. I am also told that they might accept love scenes involving teenagers 15-16 years old, as long as there is no sex between them and adults. Can it be that a publisher is getting realistic about sex? That's hard to believe. But new submissions are temporarily closed. "Please check back soon." When they are open, they are looking for novels 30,000-100,000 words. November 2012 update: they have added an imprint: Summer Solstice Publishing, at www.summersolsticepublishing.com. They are open for submissions only in Romance, Paranormal, and Mystery short stories 5K words – 50K words. July 2014 update: Now they seem to be open for submissions in all genres.

SONS OF LIBERTY PUBLISHING - SonsofLibertyPublishing.com/. They specialize in fiction and nonfiction books featuring New England themes, characters, and settings. Ebooks for now, eventually traditional publishing. Royalties are 40% of net profits. They are looking for two or three works for 2009. July 2009 update: Server Not Found. August 2009 update: The proprietor advised me that it may not work with the www. So I deleted that and tried it — and my browser insisted on putting it back in. I hate self-willed browsers! So I tried it on a different system, and it worked okay. The site is definitely there; just don't use the www, if your browser allows that. They are moving to print publishing already. They remain open for submissions. July 2014 update: Additional plugins required.

SOUTHERN BELLE - www.Southernbellepublsishing.com. This is a new one; their official launch date is December 1, 2012. I am not clear on whether they are traditional or epublishing, but presume the latter. Their categories are Drama, Erotica, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller/Suspense. No word yet on terms. If you like getting on the ground floor, this is it. June 2013 update: Gone.

SOUTHERN GOTHIC ONLINE - www.southerngothic.org. A new bimonthly ezine dedicated to Southern Gothic fiction and poetry. It is now accepting submissions. Authors are not paid money, but do receive ad space. August 2008 update: Currently closed to submissions. All manuscripts sent after 7-16-2008 will be deleted unread. "So don't send 'em," they conclude. That's clear enough. I presume it is a signal of the approaching end. July 2009 update: Server Not Found.

SPEAK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION - www.speakwithoutinterruption.com. They have 50 active writers who contribute to their magazine, representing 14 different countries. They are actively looking for additional writers and contributors. The topics covered are highly varied.

SPOKEN BOOKS - www.spokenbookspublishing.com. Now accepting submissions for audio book recording. You can choose from dozens of narrators. They will accept self published authors.  August 2006 update: Set-up fees ranged from hundreds to thousands of dollars, so this is a self publisher. August 2008 update: Royalties roange from 15% to 50% or even higher, depending on circumstances. July 2014 update: They remain in business. In addition to audio, they offer print publishing for an additional fee.

STARDUST - www.stardustpress.com/. July 2009 update: And of course they are gone.

STARK RAVEN PRESS - www.starkravenpress.com/. New small press specializing in horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Currently focused on anthologies of stories appearing in their companion magazine Macabre Cadaver (see their entry, above). They hope to publish about 10 books in 2009, with the first release in May. July 2009 update: "Stark Raven Press is not a traditional publisher; we are a hybrid publisher extending into many different areas: self publication, subsidized publishing, and traditional. We do not pay royalties or advances in all cases." But if they really get interested in a book, they will do what they can. July 2012 update: The link took me to Macabre Cadaver, where submissions are closed. June 2013 update: Still closed, as of 4-29-2012, a year ago. July 2014 update: They are gone.

STARLIGHT PUBLISHING - www.starpublications.com. Gone. It has merged into RFI West.

START PUBLISHING - http://start-media.com/start-publishing/. All I know about this one so far is that they are buying up epublishing companies, like Whiskey Creek Press, and their site says they bought Nigh Shade Books, Salvo Press, and have amassed 2,700 titles. A new conglomerate? They are as yet an unknown quantity.

STASIA PRESS - http://stasiapress.blogspot.com/. A new electronic publisher of poetry, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and fiction. They pay 40% of the profits the first 60 days the ebook is listed online. After that the royalties will increase by 5% every 60 days, up to 75%. This is a very interesting schedule, and could be very nice if the book sells well. They are looking for fresh, evocative, and well thought out works that will enhance the literary scene. July 2012 update: the Blog has been removed. June 2013 update: but submissions are open. July 2014 update: SUBMISSIOS ARE OPEN UNTIL August 31st.

STEALTH PRESS - www.stealthpress.com/. August 2006 update: gone.

STEEL CAVES - www.steelcaves.com/.   August 2006 update: gone.

STONEGARDEN PUBLISHING - http://stonegarden.net/.  They publish what they like, and don't have too many guidelines. Categories seem to be Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Historical, Comedy, General, and Poetry. Royalties are 50% paid monthly or when there is $30. A report from one of their authors says the sales are very small but the publisher is nice.  October 2007 update: I heard from the owner. All genres are welcome except erotica. Royalties are now paid quarterly. They are booked up for 2007 and 2008 but considering for 2009 and 2010. Review their guidelines before submitting. August 2008 update: submissions should be at least 21,500 words long. They are full for 2008 and 2009, so submissions will be considered for 2010 and 2011. July 2009 update: Their publishing schedule has been filled, so they are not accepting submissions. Their submission department will re-open in November 2009. July 2010 update: "Check back on July 1, 2010 for our grand re-opening." July 2011 update: I checked, but you have to log in to get information. I don't do logins. June 2013 update: The site is currently down for maintenance. July 2014 update: blank screen.

STREET SAINT - www.streetsaint.com/.  June 2004 update: Gone.

STRATEGIC BOOK PUBLISHING - www.strategicbookmarketing.com/. I know of this only from a bad report. It seems to be a masked self publisher presenting itself as traditional. They offer assorted paid services like promotion book signings, and interviews, which may or may not help an author. Pay $625 up front, and editing for $50 an hour. I recommend checking out an open self publisher instead. June 2013 update: The link now leads to Author Marketing Ideas, maybe the same self publisher.

SUBJECTIVE BOOKS - www.subjectivebooks.com/. This is aimed at writers who have been rejected by traditional publishers because they weren't writing to the market. Looking for fiction of ansy length, but is skewed towards "literary" writing, intellectually stimulating nonfiction, or really good poetry. But when I checked their site, I couldn't get it. July 2009 update: Now it seems to be a collection of links.

SUBTERRANEAN PRESS - www.subterraneanpress.com/. Their site does not seem to provide submission information. My impression is that this is a small press long active in the horror, suspense, and dark mystery genres. It is now publishing Jack Vance, and that's a considerable recommendation. July 2012 update: They're there, but still no submission information. July 2014 update: Server Not Found.

SUBSTANCE BOOKS — see the Services section.

SUNPIPER PRESS - www.sunpiperpress.com/. A literary online magazine, open to anything positive--poetry, short stories, novellas, or excerpts from novels. Make people think. I did not find information on what they pay. June 2007 update: Now they are also publishing books, but I did not find their terms. July 2009 update: They seem to be gone. June 2013 update: The site is now in Chinese symbols.

SUPERIOR BOOKS - www.superiorbooks.com.  June 2007 update: I had no trouble getting the site, but it now appears to be a bookseller, not a publisher. July 2012 update: Now the site is for sale.

SWIMMING KANGAROO BOOKS - www.swimmingkangaroo.com/.  August 2008 update: they accept short stories in several categories, with token payments. June 2009 update: times are tough and the long-term outlook is uncertain, but they'll see. They are closed to submissions for the rest of the year. August 2009 update: They have folded. They are reverting contracts to authors, but will complete publication of some books already in process. This is sad; they were one of the nicer publishers, but economics and illness in the family are stifling them. They are not entirely gone; they will maintain availability of current releases, but will not accept any new works. In short they are expiring as they lived: decently. June 2013 update: The site is now a search engine.

SYBARITE PRESS - www.sybaritepress.com/ July 2012 update: Now they are gone.

SYNERGEBOOKS - www.synergebooks.com/. Founded in March 1999 by Debra Staples. Electronic, CD ROMs, paperbacks. 40% royalties on electronic, 30% on paperbacks 25% on children's books, 60% to Independent Authors (I'm not sure what that means). They publishe most genres of fiction and nonfiction, some poetry. They accept less than 30% of submissions. Query first, with your manuscript as an email attachment, MS Word or RTF formats. They'll respond in 4-6 weeks. But they are presently closed for submissions. June 2005 update: until November 2005.  August 2006 update: Closed for submissions until August 2006. So they should be just about due to reopen. June 2007 update: They no longer put any of their books into print, just electronic formats. August 2008 update: They are closed to submissions until at least September 2008. July 2009 update: They are not accepting submissions until October 1, 2009. Except for authors already there; they can submit in July. July 2010 update: Submissions are closed until 2011. July 2011 update: They remain closed to submissions. July 2012 update: still closed. It's been 7 years now; I'd say this is not a market. August 2012 update: But I am told they do accept new authors for a limited time, from February 1 to March 15; that information is in FAQ rather than submission guidelines. A satisfied report by a new author. June 2013 update: Submissions are closed from May 15 to November 15, 2013. July 2014 update: It says they are accepting submissions November 15, 2013. I presume that remains in effect.

TANTALIZING TALES - www.tantalizingtales.com/. They publish tantalizing titillating books with explicit sex by new and established authors, from 15,000 to over 100,000 words. Three general categories: super-erotic, romantic erotica, and mainstream sexy, with the usual restrictions. They will consider gay and lesbian fiction and nonfiction. Royalties of 35% of the cover price of ebooks, paid every second month for the first year, monthly thereafter (that's interesting); print books to be negotiated separately.  August 2007 update: they are considering how-to and nonfiction works that deal with relationships, romance, and sexuality, 15,000-50,000 words. Other categories seem to be open for submissions.  October 2007 update: they have a free book give-away through December 31, 2007: The Lodestone by Kathryn Fairfax, a historical romance they feel is awesome. It has had excellent reviews, and they believe the word will spread once people read it. August 2008 update: they are still giving away The Lodestone, so if you missed it last year, you have another chance. July 2009 update: They are open for submissions 15,000 to over 100,000 words. July 2011 update: They remain open to submissions. July 2013 update: unable to reach site. July 2014 update: Server Not Found.

TATE PUBLISHING - www.tatepublishing.com. This is a Christian based publisher looking for new authors. 40% royalties. 50 free books printed. Author retains all rights. This appears to be a small print self publisher, but they don't give information about fees. August 2004 update: an author reports that they charge several thousand dollars. February 2008 update: I am told they charge a fee of $3985 up front, which covers it all, and they are very professional. August 2010 update: Yet the site says they are a traditional royalty-paying publisher that accepts only 4% of submissions. That's deceptive. July 2013 update: Still there, still saying that in 2010 they accepted only a single digit percentage of authors who submitted manuscripts. But the author retains all rights. I suppose it's possible that a self publisher could accept only a small percentage, but it's doubtful. July 2014 update: You can submit a manuscript, but they are cagy on details.

TCK PUBLISHING - www.tckpublishing.com/. The founder asked me to list this. He describes it as “Publishing for authors who want to earn a full-time income.” This seems to consist of articles on self publishing and related subjects. I went to their submission guidelines, and got a blank screen. July 2014 update: Server Not Found.

TEASE PUBLISHING LLC — www.teasepublishingllc.com/. I had a bad report on this company, so looked it up, but their site gives no indication they are publishing books, merely selling them. July 2013 update: Server not found.

TERRIFIC BOOKS - www.terrificbooks.com. Gone. June 2004 update: They are back, but appear to be a bookseller for just one book: Autobiography of Howard Hughes, which they represent as the most famous unpublished book of the 20th century. So if you are not a notorious dead aircraft builder, this is not a prospect for publishing. April 2008 update: I have a report "This is a con man selling books that are no longer in existence. His contact info is bogus as well." July 2011 update: Now the domain is for sale. July 2013 update: Still for sale, with spot ads.

THE AUTHORS BOOKSTORE — www.theauthorsbookstore.com/. A self publisher with a one time $49.99 set-up fee for distribution, and a $450 one time set-up fee for their POD package. Once things are set up, the author gets 100% net royalties. August 2008 update: But their "publishing" link leads to a nonexistent page. July 2009 update: it seems to be a referral site, not any kind of publisher.

THE CELEBRITY CAFE - www.fictionworks.com. "The Internet's longest running entertainment magazine. Read by 4.6 million people a month." I wasn't going to list it, as they have a number of in-house writers, but they assure me that while they have 16 writers and are always hiring more, they also do free-lance pieces. So this is a market for those who make the grade. I did not discover their rates of payment. October 2006 update: they have three magazines they need writers for: http://CDInsight.com/news.php for anything entertainment; http://ToTheCenter.com for US News and Political Stuff; http://TrekkerTime.com for the travel guide for the world. August 2008 update: they are presently closed to submissions. July 2011 update: Now the link leads to The Fiction Works, listed below.

THE DARK CASTLE LORDS — see Dark Castle Lords

THE EBOOK CREW - www.theebookcrew@gmail.com. I received a flier. Their objective is to encourage authors to self publish here, paying nothing until their books are sold, then getting between 70% and 85% of the price. They will have their own spaces for photos, videos, and blog, and can participate in forum discussions with other authors.

THE FICTION WORKS - www.fictionworks.com. The publisher is Ray Hoy, and he is said to be very author-oriented and fair minded. This one covers the full range of genres and also audio. There is a free monthly newsletter, too. Last time I could find no indications for writers to submit work here, but now there are comprehensive guidelines. They are accepting submissions of Historicals, Inspirationals (all faiths), and Juvenile Literature, and are closed to all others. They pay 30% of the retail price of the book for copies sold directly, down to 20% for those sold through distributors, paid quarterly. The contract has an audit clause. It is renewable after three years by mutual agreement. Now closed to submissions. 2003 UPDATE: Unfortunately all may not be well in paradise. I have a report of late royalty statements and payments, and a question whether they are accurate. Sometimes well meaning folk get overcommitted and fall down on details. June 2004 update: they seem to be doing audio, paperbacks, and ebook publication. August 2005 update: they seem to be struggling.  August 2006 update: Closed to submissions until January, 2007.  August 2007 update: I didn't find any information on submissions. You have to contact them by email. This is not a good sign. August 2008 update: They are presently closed to submissions. July 2009 update: still closed. August 2010 update: The site remains, but there is no indication that they are buying books.

THemESTREAM - www.themestream.com. Defunct.

THE NOVEL FOX - www.thenovelfox.com. I haven't looked this one up yet, but am told that they promise a $1,000 advance, and royalties on gross sales. They respond in 4-6 weeks. Looks promising, but it's too soon to tell.

THE READERS RETREAT - www.thereadersretreat.com/. August 2007 update: I got a can't-be-found message. 

THE ROUND THING - theroundthing.com. This is a new imprint of The Seashell Press (which I do not have listed) looking to publish the latest in alternative and controversial science. They convert, produce, and publish ebooks including conference proceedings for free in exchange for an annual royalty. The author keeps the copyright, and the license is non-exclusive.

THE YOUNG WRITERS' SHOWCASE - www.cedarpost.com. This is now a furniture and antique shop.

3RD MILLENNIUM PROS - Dead.

THIRD MILLENNIUM PUBLISHING - http://3mpub.com. This is a cooperative of online writers and resources. The writers' services link did not work when I tried it, but others did. The author retains control, getting 65%-75% of the price of the book. There is a set-up fee and a charge of one dollar per book sold, plus a credit card charge. The minimum book order is one book, for trade paperbacks. It costs $300 for hosting one book for two years; progressively less for subsequent books.
August 2004 update: I have a very favorable report. August 2007 update: The site seems to have been last updated in August, 2006. A year between updates is not a good sign. Now the writers' services link works, though. August 2008 update: Now there's an update of 6-30-08, so they evidently remain active. July 2009 update: last edited 6-12-09, so they do remain active. But I found no indication that they are other than a bookseller. July 2011 update: Last edited 11-09-2010. July 2012 update: Ditto. July 2013 update: Ditto. I'd say this outfit is defunct. July 2014 update: But not the last edit was 6-6-14. That's current. But no indication they are publishing new material.

THREE OWLS PRESS - http://3owlspress.com/. August 2007 update: this does not seem to be a publisher any more. 

TIGER — www.tigerpublications.com. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It's a traditional print publisher, so outside the proper compass of this Survey, but can be checked by those interested. Their advances range from $500 to $5,000, with royalties of 7% to 10%. They have no word count or genre restrictions. In short, wide open. August 2008 update: But now the site seems to have closed.

TITAN PRESS LLC - http://www.titanpress.net/. This was an imprint of Venus press, dead, because Venus died.

TORQUERE PRESS - http://www.torquerepress.com/.   They are now reading for year 2006 novels. Especially interested in novels featuring lesbian characters; this is a gay/lesbian/transgender publisher. They will consider physical manuscripts but prefer electronic. Allow 2-3 weeks for a response. Stories in anthologies may receive flat fees of $20. June 2005 update: They have a new imprint, High Balls, and are accepting submissions for it for the year 2006. They need artists too. December 2007 update: a favorable report: “I'm delighted with the way Torquere does business and would recommend them to any writer of gay romance or erotica.” August 2008 update: They are open to submissions in all categories. July 2009 update: They remain open to submissions in all categories. October 2009 update: and a negative report: late royalty statements, sloppy handling, lack of communication. August 2010 update: still open to submissions in all their categories. March 2011 update: There is a big difference between editors and editing styles, so an author should hope not to change editors. Royalties are paid on time. Questions are answered in a timely manner. Cover art is not necessarily what the author requests. July 2012 update: The site took so long to load that I gave up. July 2013 update: They say it is pronounced “tore-care-ay.” July 2014 update: They are open for submissions of GLBT Romance.

TOTAL-E-NTWINED LIMITED — www.total-e-bound.com/. An Erotic Romance electronic publisher. Royalties of 40% of the cover price. Currently accepting stories of 8,000-15,000 words, any genre, but very erotic. Anthologies, four a year. The usual restrictions about pedophilia etc. Four levels of ratings: sizzling, burning, melting, taboo. I get the impression that writers can push the limits further here than elsewhere, so check the site. August 2008 update: Now they have many story volumes, all of which seem to be wide open, and wordage for books can go up to 100,000 words and beyond. March 2010 update: A favorable report of decent royalties arriving promptly the first of every month. Good editing, great covers. July 2011 update: They remain open for submissions. November 2011 update: A report says they are slow, but have excellent editing. July 2014 update: When I tried to check for sumbission information, came the message Server Not Found.

TRAFFORD - www.trafford.com. This is a Canadian self publisher with several packages in US dollars, depending on how much service you want. It has comprehensive information leading prospective authors through its offerings, all the way from the manuscript to marketing. There is a sample contract. They seem enthusiastic and eager to please. They say that your book could be published and publicized in six weeks.   Rates are $699 for the lowest, $999, and to $1399 for the top. Royalties are 60% of the gross margin: that is, the price the book actually sells at, minus the single-copy printing cost. So in effect the author gets more than half the profit. They have set up their own in-house print shop, enabling lower costs. They now also do full color children's books, and offer editing, ghostwriting, illustration, extended publicity and such, at additional expense. They have established offices in England, Ireland, and Spain. June 2009 update: I understand they have been sold to the same outfit that bought Xlibris, iUniverse, and AuthorHouse. No confirmation on their site, however. July 2009 update: an author with a book ready for printing discovered a loss of response when this publisher was sold, hanging up the process, and no response when errors needed correction. It may be that confusion surrounding the change in personnel is losing some projects. Caution. October 2009 update: but now the July complaint has been abated; Trafford seems to have gotten its act together under the new auspices and has become responsive.

TREBLE HEART BOOKS - www.trebleheartbooks.com. July 2014 update: It is now an ad site. The Domain is for sale.

TREELESS PRESS PUBLISHING - www.treelesspress.com. June 2004 update: out of business.

TREESIDE PRESS - www.treesidepress.ca. December 2005 update: dead.

TRIANGLE GOLD BOOKS - www.trianglegoldbooks.com/home. June 2005 update: gone.

TRISKELION PUBLISHING - www.triskelionpublishing.com.   They are filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy as of July 2, 2007. All assets, including contracts, are frozen. This publisher has had a troubled history, which seems at last to be ending. 

TRUEFIRE - http://truefire.com. June 2005 update: They seem to have morphed into a sales outlet for assorted instructions, mainly musical.

TRISPEC - www.geocities.com/z4ho.rm/TriSpec-Main.html. August 2008 update: Their update is dated April 5, 2003. I'm pulling the plug on this entry.

TURN THE PAGE PUBLISHING - www.turnthepagepublishing.com/. I am told that this publisher launched in October 2011 with one title and will expand to five or six. They are actively seeking submissions for their imprint, and also offer their services, such as editing, to authors interested in self publishing. July 2012 update: They are currently accepting submissions. 40,000-100/000 words. They pay royalties, but don't say how much. July 2014 update: I tried three times to get submission information, but it spun its wheels without ever getting me there. This bodes ill.

TURQUOISE MORNING PRESS - www.turquoisemorningpressbookstore.com/ A small international publishing house that offers both ebook and trade packerback formats. They publish heavily in Romance but are open to other genres. They are open for submissions in Young Adult (50,000 words and up), Romance and Erotic Romance (15-40K), and single title fiction (60K up). I don't have a track record on this publisher, but they seem legitimate. I did not find terms. July 2013 update: They are looking for novels for their new Steampunk collection to release in the fall of 2013. they remain open for submissions to other imprints. July 2014 update: A note dated June 19, 2013, says submissions are closed for the summer but will resume in the fall. I suspect they meant 2014, as other entries are current.

TWENTY OR LESS PRESS - www.twentyorlesspress.com/ New publisher launched in January 2011; I received a note from its senior editor. They accept submissions of stories of 10,000 words or less in all fiction genres except erotic, for which their sister press Sybarite is set up. Electronic publication only. Their contract is for 2 years and pays 40% royalties on net, quarterly. Query first, and allow one to two weeks for a response, which may detail the reasons for rejection. Not interested in depravity, profanity or gore. July 2011 update: But I found no submission information on their site. July 2012 update: Still no submission information on the site. July 2013 update: their submission page is dated June 9, 20112. their Archives go up to December 2012. They may still be active, but I recommend caution. July 2014 update: It's been updated now, at least to January 2014 Archives, but the don't seem very lively.

TWILIGHT FANTASIES PUBLICATIONS- http://twilightfantasies.com/. I just learned of this publisher, which opened in May, but already it has folded, ironically. Apparently it never really got off the ground, stiffing authors, cover artists, and editors.

TWILIGHT TIMES - www.twilighttimesbooks.com. I was put on to this one by Celia A Leaman, one of their authors who will now be their Submissions Editor. They are looking for Fantasy (including Dark), Literary, Magic Realism, Mystery, Non Fiction, Pagan, Paranormal, Science fiction, Slipstream, and Specialty/New age. If your work is in a "blended" genre, is too "literary," or quirky in tone for other publishers, they're interested. Just tell a great story. Send a cover letter, synopsis, and first chapter in the body of the email query; no attachments. They say they offer a standard epublishing contract; that should mean electronic rights only and good royalties. December 2003 update: I have a very favorable report on this publisher.    June 2005 update: They are still there, apparently doing well. But I found no information on terms.  August 2006 update: They evolved from an epublisher to a traditional print publisher with initial print runs of 500-750 books. That's good, for a small publisher. They will be open for submissions until August 5, 2006. So about the time you see this note, it will be too late.  Sales: up to 145 downloads per title per year.  August 2007 update: They say they launched 21 titles in 2004. How about 2007? July 2009 update: a negative report: "My experience with this publisher has been nothing short of frustrating." Royalty payments were six months or more late, communications were often confusing, and there seemed to be little follow through. No evidence of this at their site, of course. July 2011 update: The site remains, but I did not find submission information. July 2012 update: They are currently open to non-fiction submissions only. They will be open for fiction submissions from July 15 to August 15, 2012, when they will want fantasy, historical, literary, military, mystery/suspense, paranormal romance, science fiction, SF romance, and YA fantasy. July 2013 update: Still no submission information. Maybe you have to get accepted before learning their terms. July 2014 update: the site is there, but I'm jjust not sure this is a functional publisher.

TWISTED SHIFT - www.twistedshift.com/. June 2007 update: Folded, as of July 1. 

TYBORNE HILL - www.tybornehill.com. Specializes in fiction, poetry, and reference. They will take material from new authors. December 2005 update: now that information. They are not a printer, don't prepare stuff for print, and don't offer services for authors they don't publish. They don't charge a fee for publishing; they are a straight conventional publisher. They no longer want poetry. Author retains copyright, and gets a 40% royalty on monies actually received (i.e., the net rather than the gross) for ebooks, 12% on paper books. But they revise their structures every few months, so check with them to be sure of what's current. August 2008 update: This time I find no indication that they are open to submissions. July 2009 update: They are in the process of switching web hosts. Check back in two months. August 2010 update: A year later, the same message. This is not a good signal. July 2011 update: Still the same message. They must be defunct. July 2013 update: But now they are there with a push on a diabetes book, and say they are open for submissions. July 2014 update: site no longer available.

UKG PUBLISHING - www.ukg-publishing.co.uk/, and www.rpgnow.com. This is a group of independent writers, artists, and proofreaders who have set up as a self publisher on a shoestring. They charge no upfront fees, rarely reject anyone out of hand, and pay up to 80% of net to the author. August 2008 update: This time I don't find much indication that they are actually publishing. August 2009 update: They do seem to be issuing books and a game. August 2010 update: Still no indication that they are actually open to new manuscripts. August 2011 update: I still can't find any submissions guidelines. They seem to produce their material in-house. They have a Twitter address, so I presume interested authors can reach them there. August 2012 update: Their posts go to October 2011. Talking about zombies. I remain uncertain that they are alive as a publisher. July 2013 update: Same date on their zombies. August 2014 update: The same. They aren't currently active.

UNCIAL PRESS -  www.uncialpress.com/. I understand that this is a startup founded by two competent editors from Awe-Struck. It will release its first titles on October 2006. Present needs are for Georgian, Regency, Victorian, and Western American Historical Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal, mysteries, and nonfiction books and humor. Query if you have something else; they might be interested. They hope to respond to all manuscripts within 60 days; nag them if they don't. Royalties are 42% on books sold from the publisher's site, less otherwise. They have a sample contract, and it has an audit clause. August 2009 update: I learn that it is pronounced UN-see-ul or UN-shul/, derived from Greek and Roman scripts, part of the chain of developments that brought about the modern book. April 2010 update: Word from the publisher that now they publish short stories over 5,000 words as well as full length books. They release only two titles a month because they feel that's all they can manage while adhering to their standards of excellence. Even so, this summer they will release their one hundredth title. They have done well in the EPIC contests. They remain primarily an ebook publisher, but do also publish a few college-level textbooks in paper. August 2012 update: They are open for submissions. August 2014 update: Open for submissions, except for erotica, horror, or Christian Inspirational.

UNIVERSAL PUBLISHERS - www.upublish.com/upb01a.htm. This is another self-publishing outfit, charging a fee of $495 and paying royalties of 20-40%. It specializes in nonfiction, and has a non-exclusive publishing agreement which can be terminated on 90 days notice, and says many submissions are ready to promote and distribute in just four to six weeks. That's fast. I don't know this company, but if you have nonfiction to publish, it looks good from here. I would appreciate feedback from writers who use this service, or any of the publishers listed here, so that I can report on actual writer experience. That makes a huge difference. July 2013 update: Site took so long to load I gave up. August 2014 update: They are there in good order, with a huge number of nonfiction categories.

UNTIED SHOELACES OF THE MIND — www.UntiedShoelacesOfTheMind.com, or www.untiedshoelaces.net. This is a small ezine publishing pieces up to 2,000 words, longer if they are really good. They pay 3 cents per word up to $30. They publish online, but also do audio recordings in the form of free MP3 downloads. They care more about the stories than the author's name, and reject more than 98%. They have an online submission engine where authors copy-paste the text of their story into the website. August 2014 update: They remain open for submissions.

UNTREED READS PUBLISHING — www.untreedreads.com. A report that they are friendly and answer all questions. June 2010 update: I heard from the publisher's editor-in-chief, who appreciated the mention here. He's a fan of mine. I like to think that this implies a superior person, and therefore a superior publisher. I hope it proves out. August 2010 update: They are now accepting submissions in all genres except erotica, romance, and poetry of any length; they prefer quality rather than size. All net earnings are split 50-50 with the author. May 2011 update: a very favorable report on their treatment of an author. August 2011 update: They seem to be open for submissions in a number of categories. September 2011 update: And now a very unfavorable report of lack of promotion, overcommitment so they can't do right by what they have, and lack of response. August 2012 update: They say they received so many excellent submissions that they're full for 2012. July 2013 update: They have a Call for Submissions for an anthology. August 2014 update: Ditto.

VAMPLIT PUBLISHING — http://vamplitpublishing.ning.com/. I had trouble figuring out whether this is a publisher or a club. Apparently you can post your material there, but there's no money for it. August 2011 update: Not Found

VAMPLIT WRITERS' EZINE VAMPLIT WRITERS' EZINE — http://vamplit.com/. A magazine for readers and writers who love the night. To submit your writing for publication you must be a member of the site. They are now accepting short stories, poetry, reviews and articles on the vampire culture. July 2013 update: Server not found.

 VANTAGE PRESS - www.vantagepress.com/. This is a well-known subsidy publisher. I figure that if I'm listing self publishers, I should list subsidy, also known as vanity, publishers too, though I don't recommend them. They tend to cost far more, but if you have the money, they'll do the job. August 2008 update: Now I have their web site: www.vantagepress.com/. It is informative and reasonable, but they decline to give prices, saying every manuscript is different. That is misleading; most manuscripts will have very similar costs, depending on author preferences, so a general range could readily be given. But I will give you this word: if they want to charge you more than $500—and they surely will—don't commit until you have checked out a regular self publisher, or Lulu, or Create Space, which is close to free. Royalties are 40% of the retail price. July 2013 update: I got an interesting message: “Directory Listing Denied. The Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed.” That suggests that this publisher is out of business.

VAN GOACH BOOKS - www.vangoachbooks.com/. Out of business The link now leads to Barnes & Noble.

VANILLA HEART PUBLISHING — www.vanillaheartpublishing.com/. Despite the name, this seems to be a general ad site.

VENUS PRESS - www.venuspress.com/. February 2008 update: The site reappeared in January, but seems not really functional, so it's probably the server's error. Its manifestation was a shock to me and a number of other writers, somewhat like encountering an awkward ghost or zombie. We prefer that the dead stay dead. April 2009 update: "The VP family is happy to announce their (sic) soon reopening." They promise new releases soon. The page is under construction, but their Submissions link works, and says they are open and pay 35% of gross (cover price). Length ranges from 5,000 to 80,000 words. I presume authors left in the lurch when they faded out before are not included in the new order. I was one of those; I took my book to Phaze.

VEROBELLE - www.verobel.com/.  August 2007 update: The Domain is for sale. 

Vignette - www.vignettepress.com.au. It used to be Wannabee Publishing, but no longer does self publishing. "We publish quirky books and magazines with a literary bent that are focused on promoting writing that is fresh, diverse and unique." August 2009 update: They are celebrating they May Madness Sale. They don't seem to have updated since then. August 2010 update: They seem to be out of business. August 2011 update: Then again, maybe not. The site is back and they are open for submissions, or they were through July 2011. Lisa, who I gather was the founder, is leaving, but the press continues without her. July 2013 update: They are seeking now work for their Mook anthology. August 2014 update: Server Not Found.

VINTAGE ROMANCE PUBLISHING - vinspirepublishing.com. This set up in February 2004, specializing in vintage romances set in the 1920s to early 1950s. They promise fast and good service to authors, with good promotion and contests, and they will never be closed to submissions. But I found no information on terms.
August 2004 update: It is run by four women. They are looking for manuscripts 35,000 to 75,000 words, or novellas of 25,000 words, and true-love non-fiction, old fashioned romance without controversy, undue erotic content, violence against women, sex crimes, or gruesome murders. Their "Pet Peeves" section is a good guide to how not to write for any publisher. But I still found no information on royalties. April 2005 update: Royalties are 40% for download and 10% for print. They do seem to move fast, and market actively. February 2006 update: now they are all-print, no longer selling ebooks.  August 2007 update: They are closed to submissions until the fall of 2007. August 2009 update: I had trouble loading their newsletter, but they do remain active as of June, 2009. But they remain closed to submissions. August 2010 update: They have a new name, Vintage Reflections Publishing. August 2011 update: now they seem to be Vinspire Publishing, but I saw no entries after 2010. August 2012 update: They are open for submissions in Highlander Romances, Fantasy,Paranormal Romances, and Science Fiction without romance. July 2013 update: Server not found. August 2013 update: I had an outdated site address, now corrected. August 2014 update: But I got a blank screen.

VIRTUAL BOOKWORM - www.virtualbookworm.com. Accepting manuscripts in all genries that aren't too far out. Publication ranges from free to $50, depending, with royalties of 50-60%. I was told that their basic program costs $190, but did not find that on their site. June 2003 Update: My system timed out trying to reach them. I don't know if that means they're not there. There is a complaint against "virtualbookroom" which I assume means this outfit: they tend to be nonresponsive.
August 2004 update: Found them okay this time. Royalties are 50% of net proceeds, paid monthly if they exceed $25 (this is reasonable) but it may take up to 90 days to get the money in from outside sales. October 2005 update: I have a very negative report on them, including failure to deliver on paid-for services. February 2006 update: I have a response from the publisher, saying that they try to be sure to complete all services that an author contracts for, and asks that any authors who feel wronged contact them directly, and they will be sure everything is taken care of. This strikes me as a fair response. August 2010 update: The site is still there. They proffer a free publishing guide. I presume that means that the guide, not the publishing, is free. August 2014 update: They remain in business, but I did not find details or costs, just a general discussion about what to look for in a publisher.

VIRTUAL LIBRO - www.virtuallibro.com/. June 2003 Update: They seem to be gone.

VIRTUAL PUBLICATIONS - www.virtualpublications.com. October 2006 update: they seem to be gone. 

VIRTUAL PUBLISHING GROUP, INC - www.eBooks2Go.com. August 2004 update: this now seems to be a search engine.

VIRTUAL TALES - www.virtualtales.com/. They publish novels in installments of 1,500 to 2,500 words in a variety of fiction genres, but not erotica. Author gets 60% royalties. They are looking for artists, too.  April 2006 update: they are the evident inheritors of the late KeepItComing, but need editors; they won't begin evaluating authors or stories until they have a full slate of competent editors. They want their stories to be a professional as possible. The split for subscription proceeds is 60% for the author, 20% for the editor, 10% for the cover artist, and 10% for site maintenance.  August 2009 update: They are currently looking for talented authors, editors, and artists to help them add to their fiction catalog. January 2011 update: a report indicating that they are not bad, but not great. August 2011 update: I am told they closed in early spring. August 2012 update: Now the link leads to Barking Rain Press.

VIVISPHERE - www.vivisphere.com/. I had a report from one of their authors that this is a print-on-demand publisher, but its site says it is traditional small press and is not at the moment accepting manuscripts. Yet it is part of Netpub.net, which is a POD publisher. UPDATE: The publisher contacted me to correct my typo flubbing of its address--my fingers got on the wrong keys, and evidently my proofreading too--and with a clarification: they are traditional in the ways that count, manuscripts accepted, editing, contracts, cover design, copyright, book registration, return policy, and general quality, but do use the POD technology. They are hurt when bookstores ignorantly condemn them as being without standards. They are a small press using Internet technology. They do have a point; the use of the Internet or POD is a method of publication, not a definition of it. It would make about as much sense to say that all physical bookstores are warehouses, because some buildings are warehouses.
UPDATE: Not considering new submissions at present.  October 2006 update: they are now considering submissions only in Bridge and Science Fiction. Nothing else.  August 2009 update: Still considering only Bridge and Science Fiction. August 2011 update: The connection timed out. that's not a good sign. August 2012 update: They are there now, and open for submissions, but I found no information on terms. Since they're a traditional publisher, they may be standard. August 2014 update: They remain open for submissions.

WAKESTONE PRESS — I don't have the site address, but do have a report of failure to acknowledge manuscripts. It may be a startup that didn't work out.

WALTSAN PUBLISHING - www.waltsan.com/. October 2006 update: they folded as of the end of 2005. 

WANNABEE PUBLISHING - www.wannabee.com.au/. August 2009 update: gone at this address.

WASTELAND PRESS - www.wastelandpress.net/. A self publisher offering publication for as little as $200 or as much as a scant $2,000. "Wasteland Press makes money from your book—not you!" This set me back; why should a writer go with a publisher that makes all the money, leaving none for the writer? Until I realized that they mean they make their money as a share of the earnings from the book, not by charging the author up front. They charge for printing copies only, they say. Royalties range from 15% to 30% depending on the package. So despite their protestation, I would say they do charge up front and along the way, like any other self publisher. Otherwise there would be no royalty scale; the author would get 100% after buying the copies. August 2014 update: They remain in business, saying they are the least expensive full service press without sacrificing quality.

WATERMARK PRESS - see POETRY.COM

WEAVING DREAMS PUBLISHING - www.weavingdreamspublishing.com. I got a last-minute warning about this one, and have not yet looked it up. The complaint is that it operates in an unprofessional manner and may be under-reporting sales. November 2013 update: I looked it up. They describe themselves as a small traditional publishing house. But there's nothing traditional about the complaints. They claim to donate a portion of royalties to a national nonprofit organization, but they appear to have never given any money there. To get rights reverted it seems you need a lawyer. Royalties are not being paid, and those who question this are advised that the books are no longer in print due to lack of sales. How can authors be sure of that, without auditing the publisher's finances? It is claimed that the wording of contracts gets changed at the publisher's convenience. So concrete evidence is hard to come by, but there's a smell. August 2014 update: Page is now under construction. This is not a good signal.

WEBOOK - www.webook.com/. "WEbook is a revolutionary book publishing company, which does for the industry what American Idol did for music." They provide an interactive writing platform that enables writers, editors, reviewers, illustrators and others to join forces to create great works. They believe that there are millions of talented writers whose work is ignored by the exclusive world of book publishing. Okay; such a system could work, depending on the quality of the participants. There's the rub: self-selected talent is not necessarily of the level believed. August 2014 update: Server Not Found.

WE-PUBLISH - www.we-publish.com. A self publisher. $578 for 5.5" X 8.5" size book, 50-300 pages. $748 for a 6" X 9" size book 50-300 pages. They offer publication within three months. They have a free Book Writer's mini-course to help you deal with writer's block, writing a synopsis, and writing a book that sells. 7 weekly email lessons, no exams. April 2004 update: they tell me that they appreciate the referrals they have been receiving from this website. They have been in business 4 years; their fees include cover design, ISBN #s, 5 free copies for the author, electronic and printed proofs, listing on Amazon.com, the author's web page for selling books, and more. June 2005 update: now they have ESP--Economical Self Publishing--a rapid publication process for $187. August 2010 update: You can publish your 50-300 page paperback sized book for $498. July 2013 update: It says “Earn 60% Royalties on Your Self-Published Books” They'll show you how.

WEST BOW PRESS — This is the self publishing division of traditional print publisher Thomas Nelson. $999-6,499, or specialty packages up to $19,999.

WHEATMARK - www.wheatmark.com/. "Wheatmark is the only self publishing service that is also a publishing house." $799, and their copyediting service for two cents a word. August 2008 update: royalties 40% through Wheatmark, 20% via third parties. They will invest their own money on your book if you sell over 2,000 copies. Lotsa luck there! Editing services are $.02 per word, with a $100 minimum. Excellent customer service.

WHISKEY CREEK PRESS - www.whiskeycreekpress.com/.    A number of genres, ranging from Inspirational to Erotica Romance, but no porn. They are looking for novellas up to 35,000 words and novels 40-50,000 words. I did not find information on royalty rates, but they are said to be good. June 2005 update: No charge for epublication, but if you want a trade paperback edition, there is a one-time charge of $90 by the printer. August 2005 update: I have a favorable report from an author: they are good to do business with, and prompt on royalties. Royalty is 7.5% on print books, 30% on downloads. February 2006 update: Now I have an extremely negative report on them not paying some authors.  April 2006 update: a report that they fouled up a royalty report, but fixed it when questioned. Another report is very positive.  December 2006 update: I have a report that 30% of the net from third-party sales turned out to be very low, more like 3%. Net is after assorted publisher expenses and deductions, so perhaps it can be abused. The publisher is said not to respond to the emails of disaffected authors.  April 2007 update: And another positive report, finding them responsive, prompt, and polite. But also another very negative report: abusive when questioned about royalties, sending an uncorrected edition to the printer instead of the right one, suspicion that they are stealing royalties from authors. It seems their latest contract allows books to be pulled early for a fee of $550. So I don't know what's true here. December 2007 update: A serious complaint, devious in detail. It seems that WCP uses its printer, Paw Prints, to produce the POD format of its books. But Paw Prints charges the author a $90 set up fee. (I have it listed at $99, but they may charge WCP less.) Well, one author decided not to go POD, then discovered that the book had been printed anyway and was being sold on Amazon via Paw Prints as a “Storefront” outlet. It seems that lessens the high price Amazon charges otherwise. Nothing appeared on the royalty statement, and there is no indication in the contract. It seems the division of the money is in this order: Amazon, Paw Prints, WCP, and finally the author, who apparently receives no accounting. Okay, this situation obviously deserves clarification, but a call to the owner of WCP was met with immediate hostility and abuse. The essence was that it was none of the author's business what they did with the books(!) and was not a contract violation. To a request that the author's books be immediately removed from the storefront, the answer was No. So here is my summary of the author's summary: WCP is not at all Author Friendly; questioning them makes you a Problem Author. They refuse to correct errors made by their editors, refuse to run reviews on the backs of the books (only one self-written blurb), and may not even send out books for reviews. No actual accounting on their royalty statement how many books are sold, and they refuse to answer questions about this. I suspect that there are few complaints about this because most authors simply don't know it is being done. I have not contacted the publisher directly, in part because I suspect that my next call thereafter would be to a lawyer with a lawsuit on my mind. If the publisher contacts me, politely, I will listen. Otherwise, to borrow from a lovely line on the "NCIS" TV series, if there is to be a pissing contest, bring an umbrella. Meanwhile, be wary; there is a noxious odor here. February 2008 update: the publisher and others did contact me, politely. I think I have it straight now. According to their contract the author is given a choice: pay a set-up fee for a print edition and receive royalties on those sales, or decline. If the author declines, but the publisher feels there are print prospects, it can do the print option at its own expense. In that case the author does not receive those royalties. So it is contractually legitimate. Okay: I suggested to the publisher that there be two things. First, the author should be notified that the publisher is doing this, so she doesn't think her book is being pirated. Second, if the set-up fee is earned out, subsequent royalties should then be shared. Otherwise the publisher could try to stifle electronic sales, on which it pays royalties, in favor of print sales, on which it does not. This sort of thing has happened with traditional print publishers; there was a lawsuit. Now there will be no set-up charge for printing, if enough copies are selling. Just as well, because sometimes the author pays and the publisher loses the record so doesn't report. Meanwhile I have more than one additional very positive report of good editing, on-time royalty payments, review copies sent out, and prompt correction of errors. Also of polite and professional treatment. The consensus is that this is a top publisher. One person makes a good point: authors who tackle a publisher "with attitude" are more likely to reap a negative response. I do have more positive reports, but also more negative ones. In one case there was significant re-editing done after the author's final approval. That's a huge no-no. So reports continue mixed. October 2008 update: Further on editing: the author felt she was given two choices, to allow abusive edits, her own editing having been refused, or pay a $500 buyout clause in the contract. This is not a simple matter; she showed me some of the publisher's edits and explanations for them, and they generally made sense to me. I know that arrogant editing can be absolutely maddening; I have eliminated it when I have had the chance on republication elsewhere, and I left my top publisher, DEL REY BOOKS, because of it. But I can't say the WCP editing is ignorant; they seem serious about having a good product. So while I condemn the seeming arrogance of their approach, I do not feel they are harming the manuscript. I suspect an author's best course is to accept the editing, then place her next book elsewhere if she feels she is not being allowed to have her own voice. It is one of the necessary compromises in publishing. And a complaint of low sales. June 2009 update: WCP Torrid is looking for new sensual/erotic romance submissions. August 2009 update: They are currently accepting submissions in all genres, but are especially interested in Romance, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. January 2010 update: New author there was very favorably impressed. March 2010 update: Another report of their being professional and responsive, with extremely good editing. But they seem to be taking longer to publish what they accept. April 2010 update: I got hold of a leaked document clarifying the print option: they have a year to put a book into print (that is, physical) if they are going to; thereafter the print rights return to the author. If an author wants to be assured of print, s/he can purchase 50 copies or more at 40% off the set retail price, plus shipping. This actually is reasonable; there are expenses in physical print and a publisher needs ways to cover them. So the author can cover them by buying 50 copies. Otherwise it is the publisher's option whether to print at no charge to the author. It's a fair compromise. May 2010 update: An author did a calculation of likely royalties and concluded that it came to less than 1.5% on a print book. That's mighty low. July 2010 update: "So far they are no better than Publish America." It seems most authors have had good responses, but not all. August 2010 update: But a report of changes made in the text after the final edits were completed, without the author's approval. That's not good, because if the author does not have final approval, it is no longer the author's novel. October 2010 update: They're still making changes without telling the author. May 2011 update: I heard from the publisher with a copy of their print option. It is as described above, straightforward and I think fair. June 2011 update: I heard from yet another disaffected author: no 1099 forms, no statements, book still listed for sale despite reverting to the author three years ago. A shoddy operation throughout. July 2011 update: A complaint about their failure to post reviews, thus nullifying the author's effort obtaining them. July 2012 update: Another complaint of refusal to end the contract on a low-paying book without a $500 termination fee, which suggests the publisher makes its money from such fees rather than sales. Authors should check contracts, and not sign when such unreasonable fees are attached. I was also sent “Reports on Whiskey Creek Press” that runs my reports and others, such as an author wanted to correct errors and being bawled out as a horrible writer with a bad attitude who should buy out the contract. That strengthens the case that the publisher wants termination money rather than doing the work of publishing quality books. Another rated WCP as F. Writer Beware says that $500 termination fee is a red flag. You bet! August 2012 update: I heard from an author who is doing an audit. I will report on the result of that investigation when I learn of it. This could be interesting. October 2012 update: folk are interested in that audit, but the publisher is stonewalling and progress is slow. One writer is pushing the matter, but others have similar complaints. I will report on this at such time as I get any information. November 2012 update: A report from a new author that the publisher did what it said it would, though it did mess up some along the way. July 2013 update: they are open for submissions in all fiction genres. July 2014 update: I am told that this publisher has been sold to Start, and that they want authors to sign away their copyrights. Don't do it.

WHISPERS - www.whispershome.com/. Erotic Romance: spicy, sensual love stories that leave a reader breathless. Intense plots, spicy males, strong heroines, sizzling dialogue. Consenting adults. But no homosexuality, bestiality, or anything illegal. 35,000 words or less, minimum 10,000. Any subgenre is okay at present.  August 2007 update: They are not seeking M/M or F/F at this time. Now if only I knew what those letters stand for. Oh -- could it be male on male, female on female? I have a very positive report from one of their authors. December 2007 update: a report of relatively low sales, but good to work with. As they grow sales may improve. December 2008 update: a 20K novella sold over 50 copies in the first week. March 2010 update: Professional, responsive, with monthly royalties, but very low sales. August 2012 update: They are open for submissions in alrl their sub-genres except GLBT romances or mainstream fiction. May 2013 update: I am told they are shutting down June 30, 2013. August 2014 update: Indeed, it has become a search site.

WHITE PICKETS  August 2008 update: The site seems to have gone. October 2008 update: Trish advises me that they have closed.

WHITE SCHOONER BOOKS - http://whiteschoonerbooks.s5.com/.   October 2008 update: They have closed.

WHITMORE PUBLISHING COMPANY - http://www.whitmorepublishing.com.  Their site is remarkably uninformative about terms or royalties, and I have a report that a writer who queried them later received a solicitation from subsidy publisher Dorrance. It turns out they are affiliated. Whitmore is a traditional commercial imprint, Dorrance a subsidy publisher that receives leads from Whitmore. 

WHORTLEBERRY PRESS - http://whortleberrypress.com/. I have a very good report on them. The site was very slow loading, and did not load completely, so I have no report on their terms. June 2005 update: They have moved to http://whortleberrypress.com. But their site crashed my browser three times, so I don't have fresh information.  October 2006 update: submissions are closed the rest of 2006. Royalties are 50%.  August 2007 update: they seem to be gone. August 2009 update: they seem to be in business, but their writer's guidelines are for March 2009. August 2010 update: they seem to be current now. August 2011 update: Connection timed out. August 2012 update: They are there in good order now. They pay $10 for stories that hew to a PG standard, minimum length 4,000 words for anthologies on assorted themes with different deadlines. Check their site, as new ones seem to be popping up.

WICKED INK PRESS — an imprint of Keith Productions.

WIDO - http://widopublishing.com/. I was queried about this one, so am listing it, but have no information on their merit. They seem to be soliciting writers for submissions, which is unusual. July 2013 update: They are currently accepting manuscripts, email only, especially Young Adult and Fantasy. Response in 6-8 weeks. Royalties are 10% of the retail price of a print book, 40% for ebooks.

WILD CHILD - http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/.   An online magazine since 1999. Pays royalties of 40% on electronic formats, and currently does not print publish. Nonfiction and most genres of fiction, but no pornography, hatred, or fan fiction. Books are 50,000-100,000 words. Responds in 2-3 months. High standards. Check their requirements for format; they want only RTF or text files. I agreed to do an interview; this does not necessarily imply support.  August 2006 update: they are assembling an anthology for the benefit of Shelter for Abused Women and Children."  February 2007 update: now they do have print novels. A clarification: it's their Romance branch, Freya's Bower, doing the charity anthology, not WCP. August 2007 update: royalties are 10% on the wholesale print price. I think that means net, not gross, so actual royalties could be half that. August 2008 update: All submissions must be in English at this time. August 2011 update: They are closed to submissions from author not already signed with them of Freya's Bower, through September 2011. January 2012 update: Their royalty rate is 15% of the wholesale price. My caution about wholesale instead of retail price remains; this is a low rate. February 2012 update: detailed bad report of a two year experience wherein things seemed to be progressing, but the process went on and on, and when the author finally balked at seemingly endless changes, the contract was canceled. Editing lasting two years? August 2014 update: Internal Serve Error. Not a good sign.

WILD HORSE PRESS - www.the-wild-horse-press.com/. E-book and print publisher of Romance, Erotic Romance, and some other genres, starting in July 2009. Royalties of 40% on ebooks, 10% on print. Currently closed to submissions; check back in September 2009. April 2010 update: I understand they have reopened for submissions. I have a favorable report on their responses and payments, though sales are low. July 2010 update: Another favorable report or their responsiveness. August 2010 update: They remain open for submissions. August 2011 update: Closed to submissions until summer 2011. That should be any time now. May 2012 update: A very favorable report on them. August 2012 update: But at present they are closed to submissions. July 2013 update: The site has links to other sites. It looks as if they are out of business.

WILD HORSE PRESS - www.wildhorsepress.com/. I got confused by the similar names. This one publishes books that will help preserve the history of rodeo.

THE WILD ROSE PRESS - http://www.thewildrosepress.com/. A new small electronic and print publisher of Romance. Currently accepting submissions in all subgenres, all lengths. Check their site for information on category editors, so as to select the right one for your piece. The usual restrictions. I did not find information on royalties. August 2007 update: They are still accepting submissions in all romantic sub-genres and in all lengths, with the usual restrictions. October 2007 update: Two favorable reports. They are professional, friendly, and quick. Royalties seem to be 40%. June 2008 update: But not a report that they can be very slow, taking a year to get into the editing process. August 2008 update: And a mixed report: there were problems, but they seem to be doing better now, though still very slow. Then an evident campaign: I received a cluster of seven letters telling me how good they are, the essence being that they are prompt, responsive, and easy to work with. October 2008 update: more reports. Their contract currently specifies publication within one year of signing of the contract. Royalties are now 30% ebook, 7% print; sales can be low. Another report that they can be slow with edits, but are quick to respond to emails. And from editor-in-chief Rhonda Penders: they have clearly defined timelines, replying within 45 days to a query, 60 days for a partial, and 90 days for a full manuscript, then one year to publish. She posted a note to her authors that if anyone experienced delays, let her know. That should take care of it. December 2008 update: a complaint about low royalties. I addressed this matter in my OctOgre 2008 column, after investigating, showing that such royalties may not be erroneous. A writer clarifies that they publish one year after the edits, and the edits can take many months. August 2009 update: They remain open to submissions at all times, but limited to Romance, in many sub-categories. August 2011 update: Still open for submissions. July 2013 update: They are now open to queries about submissions other than Romance, such as women's fiction, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, and erotica. October 2013 update: A favorable report on their information, editing, and delpfulness.

WILDSIDE PRESS - www.wildsidepress.com/. They are looking for published books that are out of print. They must be in English, and the rights must be available. They take essentially all publishing rights worldwide in the English language, to prevent other editions from competing with theirs. They're looking for Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Suspense, and Classics. They pay 50% of net revenues after expenses. The contract is for a four year term, automatically extended unless someone objects, and it has an auditing clause: overall, not a bad deal.
August 2004 update: I received an unknown host message. That may mean they are out of business. December 2004 update: No, they are still there.  October 2006 update: They are announcing a mass-market paperback line. That's a different league, if they can swing it. August 2008 update: Several of their imprints are currently closed to submissions, but Juno Books and some story magazines remain open. August 2009 update: 99% of their titles are POD, so sales are small. July 2013 update: I note with peripheral interest that one of their editors is Robert Reginald, whose Borgo Press is now an imprint here. I know him from way back when he published my novel Hasan. I take his presence here as a good sign.

WILLOW MOON PUBLISHING — www.willowmoonpublishing.com/. "We strike to produce classics in literature, no matter what the genre." I did not find information about terms. I have a very bad report on them not paying royalties. July 2013 update: at this time submissions are closed, but check periodically as they can reopen as reading time allows. span class="update">August 2014 update: Still closed to submissions.

WIND RIVER PRESS - www.windriverpress.com August 2010 update: gone.

WIND RIVER PUBLISHING - www.windriverpublishing.com    "Dedicated to providing quality publications for readers of general interest, religious works and family fiction for all ages." They offer author services such as syntax & grammar, flow and style analysis, and complete analysis for one to 2.5 dollars a page; reader reviews for $40 per reader, but do not charge for straight submissions. I did not find information on royalties. August 2007 update: They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. First make a Project Proposal, and they will solicit the ms if interested. August 2009 update: They are a traditional publisher and do not accept submissions via email, but do have an online submission form. August 2010 update: They now have four imprints, and will consider electronic manuscripts. August 2012 update: At present they are focusing on books by their current authors, and are not accepting submissions. July 2013 update: Still effectively closed to submissions. August 2014 update: They are closing.

WINGS ePRESS — www.wingsepress.com/. An electronic publisher of Romance and General Fiction. 50,000 to 150,000 words, depending on genre. They are actively looking for Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult. No erotica. Query first. I did not find information on terms. I have a good report on their treatment of an author. January 2010 update: I am told this is the same as Wings Press, despite the different addresses. August 2011 update: They are actively looking for submissions in all genres, but do query first. July 2013 update: They are actively looking for submissions in all genres.

WINGSPAN PRESS - www.wingspanpress.com/   A self publisher, costing $499 and up depending on the package.  October 2006 update: Author keeps all rights and 100% of the profits. August 2008 update: a positive report. Upfront charges and services, questions answered promptly, flexible, produced a quality book, author's copies available at one third price. "David Collins made me feel like I was his only client." They let the author set the published price of his book, in contrast to some other self publishers. Royalties are now 20% of the book's retail price, paid quarterly if the balance is greater than $25.

WINGS PRESS INC - www.wings-press.com/. They plan to publish excellent fiction and establish a writer's community. Query first; no simultaneous submissions. Romance of all types, any genre with an older heroine (40 up), young adult, middle reader, general fiction in a number of genres, but no erotica. 50,000 to 150,000 words. I found no information on terms. June 2004 update: royalties are 30% of download price; 35% if the author provides own cover art. Very positive report by an author. August 2005 update: Electronic publishing is free, but they charge a $90 setup fee for POD books.  October 2006 update: Another positive report from a satisfied author. But also a negative report that while some authors are happy, others are dissatisfied. Editing can be shoddy, cover design going downhill, slow and inadequate responses to authors' concerns. Submissions for General Fiction are closed until January 1, 2007. December 2006 update: Another bad report, where they spelled the author's name wrong and did not answer queries. Apparently if all goes well, authors are happy, but if there's a foul-up, it doesn't get fixed.  October 2007 update: another very favorable report: outstanding service, high quality books. February 2008 update: I have a report that as with Whiskey Creek Press, copies may be sold on Amazon in the printers' section without the author's knowledge. February 2009 update: I have a report that Wings authors are well aware that the printer lists their books on Amazon, and they do receive royalties on books sold. August 2009 update: "Be prepared to wait up to six months for the submission process." August 2011 update: the link took me to Wings ePress, so they are the same publisher.

WITTYBOOKS - www.wittybooks.com/. A new self publisher, saying they are fast and personal; your book can be published in weeks. Author retains all rights. No pornography, hate, racism, child abuse, or other communally sensitive subjects, or books that could incite legal action against author, publisher, or printer. $450 or 19,000 rupees. Or you can simply advertise your book on their site for $20.  October 2006 update: They have moved their advertising to www.author-world.com.  August 2007 update: As far as I can tell, they no longer publish: instead they provide links to other self publishers and services.  August 2011 update: Yes, the domain may be for sale. July 2013 update: Gone.

WORLD WIDE EBOOKS - http://worldwideebooks.fiction4all.com/. I received an email saying that I or any of my author friends can publish non-erotic books as e-books free here. August 2008 update: Gone.

WORDBEAMS - www.wordbeams.com/. Closed--but they are doing it in a decent way, maintaining their site and listing their authors with their electronic addresses and new publishers, if any. So I looked up Ellen Anthony (no relation to me; she was early in the list and there is something about the name that appeals to me) and checked her advice on how to find a good electronic publisher. In essence: see where they sell their books, see if their Web site is intelligible, order a couple of their books to see how their service is, check their sample contract, and check with some of their authors. So though WORDBEAMS is done, I like its manner of expiring. It is in sharp contrast to that of most others.
Now featuring Bodendorfer.net, which appears to be a straight bookseller. UPDATE: Susan Bodendorfer, the proprietress, is recovering her health and resuming activity at Bodendorfer.net, in limited fashion. August 2007 update: I'd say this has become a personal web site. 

WORDCLAY - www.wordclay.com/. As I understand it, this is essentially a self publishing tool for authors, also offering editorial services, content design, cover and graphic design, channel distribution, and marketing support. The publishing tool is free; I'm not sure about the other services. August 2008 update: yes, they do seem to charge for other services. For example, copyediting is $.02. I assume that means per page. December 2009 update: I understand this has now been added to the Author Solutions complex.

WORD WRANGLER PUBLISHING INC. - www.wordwrangler.com/. I did not find information on their site for author guidelines. Their "books" link took forever to load, and when complete, was a blank screen. UPDATE: My click on information for writers turned out to be a link to Midwest Book review, a reviewing service. So I think this is not a publisher. August 2008 update: This time I got the message "The new and improved Word Wrangler coming soon." So maybe we'll learn more, soon. August 2009 update: Same message. Okay, I'll wait. August 2010 update: Page Not Found. August 2011 update: Back to the prior message. August 2014 update: Now it's an ad site.

THE WRITERS COLLECTIVE - see the Services section.

WRITERS EXCHANGE - www.writers-exchange.com/. Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children/Young Adult, Mystery, Western, Action/Adventure/Thriller/War, Humor, Writing Advice, Parenting, Christian, Self Help/How To. They do electronic and print on demand books. For the latter there is a one-time set-up fee, variable depending on what their cost is. Author receives 60% of the cover price, or less, depending on what the publisher has to pay for, like cover art. Contract has no specified time limit; the author merely cancels it at will, giving 90-day notice. There doesn't seem to be an audit clause, but there is a dispute-resolution clause. The proprietor Sandy Cummins tells me that they won the "Inscriptions Engravers award for Best E-Publisher." Indeed, the site has pretty pictures. She's a Xanth fan, so must be legitimate. 2003 UPDATE: They intend to be open for submissions for two to three months, then close for about six months to get through the submissions. Thereafter they should be open twice a year. So check the site to see if they are in phase before submitting. August 2004 update: they are currently open for submissions. So act quickly, before the window of opportunity closes. June 2005 update: They are still open. February 2006 update: They advised me that they have revised the site. It looks clear enough. They are currently open for submissions, but it may take 12 months for an acceptance.  October 2006 update: Royalties are 50%. They remain open for submissions. August 2008 update: They now have the acceptance time down to 5 months, and expect to bring it down more as they clear their queue. June 2009 update: now at www.readerseden.com. It seems it is now a bookstore rather than a publisher. In due course I will simplify the listing to reflect this, if it is confirmed. August 2009 update: They have moved to www.readerseden.com/. They are currently open to submissions. August 2010 update: They remain open to submissions. January 2011 update: A report that they do take a long time, but can be very nice, even when rejecting a manuscript. August 2011 update: The site is there, but I found no submission information. October 2011 update: I heard from the publisher, who says that on the front page there is a list of links in a blue bar, where Submissions is. Okay, I looked, and didn't find it there, but did find it under Wish List, and it's a thoroughly detailed discussion including a sample contract and rules of syntax. This is surely worth some time, for new writers.

WRITERS PRESS - www.writerspress.com/. This seems to have become a referral service. 

WRITE WAY PUBLISHING - www.writewaypub.com/. June 2003 Update: gone.

WRITE WORDS INC - www.writewordsinc.com/. They used to be Ebooks on the Net; now their print division is Cambridge Books. They do not consider unsolicited manuscripts, but will be happy to look at queries, and will consider any genre. "We are always open to good work." I have a very favorable report from an author, who gets paid quarterly and on time. August 2009 update: "We never consider paper submissions." August 2011 update: They remain open for submission queries. August 2012 update: Now they do print editions also. July 2013 update: They are open for submissions, but only by query.

WRITTEN BY ME - www.writtenbyme.com/. June 2003 Update: gone.

WTF MAGAZINE - www.wtfmag.ca. This is a new literary magazine launched in January 2007. They accept worldwide submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. August 2008 update: Their main entry is for their July/August 2007 issue, so I fear for their future. August 2009 update: Server not found.

XC PUBLISHING - www.xcpublishing.com/. They seem to be out of the publishing business. 

XLIBRIS - at www.xlibris.com. February 2009 update: Xlibris has been sold to the complex that owns Authorhouse and iUniverse. My investment has been repaid, and I am no longer associated with it. I understand that the surviving self publisher, which will control the vast majority of this business, will be called Xlibris, but it is under new auspices. No, Xlibris was not in financial trouble; I believe it was by a significant margin the most successful self publisher extant and was profitable. The purchaser met our price. August 2009 update: I received a flyer; Xlibris Book Signing at the 2009 Miami Book Fair International," November 13-15, 2009. Xlibris authors can promote and give away their books there. March 2010 update: I have a report from a formerly satisfied client that Xlibris has declined in service in the past year, with many calls necessary to handle artwork, edits, proofs, marketing material, ads, timing, delivery, hidden charges and so on. He had to repeat himself, or ask for the same change to be made that was supposed to have been made before, and protest sloppy work. I fear that once the original management left, they farmed out chores to less-informed personnel who may not have the same dedication. There is evidently no longer an author's personal representative to speak for him. Sigh; I had hoped that other parts of the conglomerate would be elevated to the Xlibris standard, instead of Xlibris downgraded to theirs. Yes, Xlibris sometimes fouled up before, but I know they cared. But royalty statement and payments continue to arrive on schedule, and mine had a Royalties Newsletter for December 2009 (received February 17 2010) announcing that they have an aggressive global expansion program, opening new offices in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, thus adding two more continents. "Please contact your friendly Author Representative for more information..." So it seems they do have author representatives. They now have an ebook upgrade. In my day they had ebooks, then stopped; it seems they are back, and that's good, but I suspect you have to pay extra. So the situation seems mixed. May 2010 update: I received a detailed report from a regular Xlibris author. It was mixed, with Xlibris generally good but not necessarily the best. Royalty payments are supposed to be made within 30 days of the end of the quarter, but actually are paid in 45 days. I suspect the new owner put in its standard procedures without reference to the actual contract terms. "The marketing services are WAY overpriced for what one gets." September 2010 update: a complaint that a 2,000 copy print order was fouled up, and their regular "Rep" isn't responsive. When I was associated I would bypass nonfunctional aspects and get it fixed from the top. I can't do that now. So it seems Xlibris is not what it was. October 2010 update: Another report of decline in service, with copies arriving so late they missed the launch of the book, months for the marketing package to arrive, and a struggle with the management to get anything accomplished. This does not look good. June 2012 update: And another, of having to fight a perpetual runaround to get royalties on known sales paid. I am sorry to see it. November 2012 update: And another, this one named: Grace Redmond at rubygrace@bellsouth.net has struggled for six months to get her royalties, and is finally turning to law. Any other authors with similar problems here can contact her directly, especially if they are interested in a class-action suit against Xlibris.

XoXo PUBLISHING - www.xoxopublishing.com/. This is a division of Ninni Group Inc. I received a stern letter demanding removal of my entry on this publisher, which I had not heard of, so naturally I am now adding it. It seems they confused me with Preditors and Editors. I set them straight. Unfortunately, my system doesn't have the software required to read their site, so all I can tell you is from their letter. They appear to be open for submissions, and their lawyer is working on their contract. They threaten legal action against reports they don't like. May 2010 update: A very negative report of their lack of competence and attitude. Be wary. November 2010 update: and they haven't been paying owed royalties. Authors are leaving. December 2010 update: I heard from one of their authors. They had an Acquisitions Manager who was misbehaving and sabotaging them. Now her replacement is trying to sort out the mess, but it is taking time to undo the damage. Also, some new authors have unrealistic expectations. Royalties are being paid per the contract. There may be a question whether a hate campaign is underway. The letter is persuasive, and I suspect that patience here will be rewarded. I also heard from the new Acquisitions Manager herself, who is a fan of mine who shares my late daughter's name. I therefore have trouble believing that she can be a bad person. February 2011 update: but I have a report of lack or organization amounting at times to chaos. March 2011 update: And a rebuttal from the publisher. “...it is some AUTHORS who prefer to give us a hard time, and not the other way around... Our company has guidelines, which we follow to a 'T', and some authors do not like this...” A former employee did sabotage their company and is still causing mischief with fake submissions. “We here at XoXo Publishing, believe in honest work, trusting those we work with, and having the ability to be different in the publishing world, as much as we can... Some authors just don't really care who they hurt.” May 2011 update: I have a report of non-communication. They seem to be a good publisher, but may still be distracted. August 2013 update: They are open for submissions from 6,000 to 150,000 words in a number of genres.

XULON PRESS - http://www.xulonpress.com/. This is a Christian self publisher, rates from $999 up. Interesting manner of paying authors: 100% of bookstore sales, minus the cost to print the book. It appears that their overhead costs are thus factored in on a per copy basis, and the author of a $20 book might receive $2 to $5 per copy sold to wholesalers, and up to $7.50 per book sold directly to individuals. That translates to an effective royalty rate of 10% to 35%, depending. Does this seem a bit deceptive for an openly religious press? Well, they are based in Florida, and the local better business bureau says they have a satisfactory record dealing with complaints, but the company has been inactive with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations since September 15, 2006. They remain very much active, however, saying they are the world's biggest publisher of Christian books. I would be cautious; don't let your religious sense blind you to the ways of those whom Jesus might prefer to throw out of the temple. October 2010 update: I have a detailed report that they delivered as represented, but seem to make their money through services. The author registered his own copyright online for $35, the received an offer from Xulon for the same service for $200. Advertising opportunities run from $300 and up. Converting to e-format would cost almost $400 and take 6-8 weeks to complete. He did it himself using Mobipocket's free software, in about half an hour. He also tried the Kindle conversion, which also took half an hour, free. So while Xulon does a nice job, chances are you can do better elsewhere. Another problem is that Christian publishers can have such tight standards that they would reject the Bible as inappropriate, so getting good distribution may be a long uphill battle.

YARD DOG PRESS - http://www.yarddogpress.com/. This is a small print press. This list is primarily for electronic publishers, but I will list others as I come across them, without pretending to be remotely comprehensive. "Our mission: To bring to the attention of the reading public the talent of authors who haven't earned the 'big numbers' yet, so therefore get little or no attention from the corporation giants. These are often great story tellers with equally great stories to share. We think it is shameful that there is no forum for their work." Well, now; I like their attitude. So if you have been shut out of the big ones, here is a small one to try. August 2008 update: Royalties are 50% of net profit. That's fair, but could be a small figure. September 2009 update: They are open for submissions, but want no porn or hate fiction. August 2011 update: They express themselves bluntly. "...come into the YARD, grab a chain, pull up a tree, and bark at the passing cars." "What we're reading for...Absolutely nothing right now." Except what they specify on this page.

YOUNG WRITERS' SHOWCASE - see THE YOUNG WRITERS' SHOWCASE

YOUR EBOOK STORY - www.yourebookstory.com. I received an email saying “If you have a manuscript, finished or in progress, we will publish it FREE as an Ebook. For questions check the site or call 760-323-9374. The Subject lines says “$500 for your story.” So I looked it up, and learned that it is run by Winner's Circle. The deal is that they publish your manuscript free, but take the first year's royalties before you get any money. After that you get your royalties. So if you have a runaway best seller, with most of the money coming in that first year as would normally be the case, they will do very well compared to you. For regular success it may be a fair deal, however.

ZANDER eBOOKS - http://zanderebooks.com/. August 2004 update: I got an Unknown Host message.

ZANY BOOKSS - http://zanybooks.com/. They are now accepting submissions. No sci-fi, romance (without zany elements) or pure porn. Send the first page of novel only in text of message to submissions@zanybooks.com. Their ebooks are available in all formats, including LARGE print. August 2008 update: They are open to submissions only of completed novels. Remember, even their horror novels have a zany element. August 2010 update: They remain open to submissions of novels with zany elements. August 2013 update: They're selling books, but there's no indication they're buying them.

ZEUS - www.zeus-publications.com/. Australian. This is a subsidy publisher, paying royalties of 20%. Costs start at $1,800 Australian and go up depending on the length of the book, the editing required, photographs, and additional services. August 2008 update: Now costs start at $2,200 Australian.

ZULU - www.zulu.com. This lists a schedule and nothing else. I don't know what to make of it. June 2005 update: Now they have access for those with passwords, but I find no indication that this is a publisher.

ZUMAYA - www.zumayapublications.com/. "If it's a great, well-written story, we'll publish it." Currently accepting submissions for science fiction, fantasy thriller, horror, mystery, historical, nonfiction, western, romance, erotica, mainstream, paranormal, young adult--well, really it seems to be everything. Manuscripts should be 65,000 words or above for Adult fiction, 35,000 to 60,000 for Young adult. Send the first 5 chapters and a one page synopsis in Word format, Times New Roman 12 font, single spaced, as an attachment to an email; provide author's name, address, phone, word count, and genre. Takes all electronic rights plus trade paperback. Pays 40% of the net profits. Two year contract, renewable. No audit clause. So this looks pretty good, but ask for an audit clause. June 2003 update: The publisher wrote to me with further information: they are based in British Columbia but have "offices" in Austin, Texas, and in California. They enter their second year of serious dedication to publishing all the wonderful books nobody else wants. Technically they are now closed to submissions, but do read queries, so if you really do have the best novel of the year, make your pitch; their No might become Yes. But if you're looking for a place to dump junk, stay well clear. August 2004 update: As I looked through their contract, I noted an interesting clause: if the author receives an offer from a traditional publisher, Zumaya will relinquish all rights in exchange for 20% of the advance the traditional publisher pays. Since a traditional publisher may pay an advance of $5000 to $25,000 or more, this seems a fair compromise: take the money, pay off Zumaya, and be on your way to fame. It's fair, because Zumaya will be taking a loss on the investment and promotion it put into your book, without which you might not have gotten the traditional print offer. October 2004 update: I understand they are scheduling into the year 2008. That's a long wait. June 2005 update: They are closed for submissions until September 2005.  October 2006 update: "After a yearlong hiatus, Zumaya Publications is now open for submissions." Minimum lengths are now 45,000 words for Young Adult, and there is a general maximum of 150,000 words, unless they can break it up into smaller volumes. I have had a private dialogue with Elizabeth Burton, who is running it; she seems to know her business.  August 2007 update: They are open for submissions in many genres, but your book may not see publication until 2009. August 2008 update: One of their imprints is closed, others open, so check their site before sending. September 2009 update: A very negative report of repeated rescheduling without publication, for years. October 2009 update: Another bad report. Their contract doesn't expire until two years after publication, but it seems there is no deadline for publication, so they can and do stall in some cases for years. Make sure your contract has a deadline that automatically reverts the rights to you if they don't publish by a certain date. If they balk at that, don't sign. August 2011 update: I clicked their submissions guidelines link, but that page was blank. It was last updated March 13, 2011. This is not a good sign.

SERVICES:

This is the second part of the Survey of Electronic Publishers, this part devoted to Related Services. I had to divide the larger file (on my computer) because it got too cumbersome for my system to transmit. This was updated as of May 1, 2014, with spot updates as called to my attention.

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1 PLACE FOR ROMANCE — http://1PlaceForRomance.com. This is the new name for 1 RomanceEbooks. September 2012 update: Closed.

1STAUTHORINTERVIEWS — 1stauthorinterviews@gmail.com. This is a new site, launched June 1, 2011, aimed at getting authors more attention. All authors are welcome, whether print or ebook, new or established, and the interviews are free. August 2011 update: They will be introducing a Premium service, but will always have the free service too.

3POORTEN — www.3poorten.nl/links. See De Drie Poorten.

ADRON J SMITLEY BLOOGSPOT — www.adronjsmitley.blogspot.com/. This is actually a book you can read on the site, A Stranger Comes to Town, by Adrion J Smitley, subtitled The 13 essential steps for plotting your novel. It proffers advice intended to be comprehensible, so that you will know what to do.

AJW CELEBRITY SERVICES - www.ajwcelebrityservices.com. I received a solicitation to enlist with them to make public appearances. They are booking agents. Fill out a form, send it in. They take 15% of what they make for appearances and 10% on any production services they book. I did not respond, but list them here in case anyone else is interested. September 2012 update: Not found. August 2013 update: they are back in good order.

A-W PUBLISHING - www.a-wpublishing.com.  September 2009 update: I checked their listing on Bullying, and they have a slew of related links. I checked their section on Subsidy Publishing, and again they have a number of listings. Book Publishing Internet has many links. So they may be useful to run down outfits of interest. September 2012 update: All Chinese symbols. My guess is it is no longer in the business it was.

ABIKA.COM - www.abika.com. This houses one of the Internet's largest collections of online books in pdf format, with over 5,000 titles available. The downloads are free, so it seems to be a library, thus a service to readers rather than writers. Writers who wish to make their books available free should check here; they are looking for more titles. They will also list books for sale, for a fee of $4.95 a month.
UPDATE: now it seems to be all reports' I couldn't find the library.

ABLE MUSE/ERATOSPHERE 30 DAY WRITING PROGRAM - www.ablemuse.com “Looking for a dirt-cheap but highly effective writers' workshop/conference/retreat? Here comes, online, the Able Muse 30 day writing program (for poetry, fiction & nonfiction), designed to (re)kindle your writing?” Course date: September 1-September 30, 2011. So you're already late for this one, but maybe there will be others hereafter. There are three addresses: www.AbleMuse.com, www.AbleMusePress.com, http://eratosphere.ablemuse.com. February 2012 update: Their current course runs from February 1 to March 10, 2012. September 2012 update: They would like donations to support their efforts.

ABINTRA PRESS - http://abintrapress.com/. This is a personal site by Ed Howdershelt, and I am listing it for two reasons. The official one is that it has useful advice on the Epublishing Info page on marketing your manuscript, including on ISBN numbers and registering copyrights. The unofficial reason is that Ed came to my house, installed a modem, and enabled me to get online at last and this is the first entry verified and done on my own system instead of on my wife's Windows system, Mayhem 28, 2008. I'm free of Windows at last, at least for browsing. So click his link, visit his site, and thank him or bawl him out, depending on whether you are pleased that he helped me get better access. You might even consider buying one of his books. September 2012 update: Interesting note about the pirating of his books: seems there was a $2 trial-for-one-day membership to download pirated books free. But that $2 was upgraded to $40 without notice and those who tried it now have their email addresses used to promote sex-aid scams and outrageous charges on their credit cards. He didn't do it; he was a victim. But there's a certain smugness about those so eager to steal books who got shafted themselves. “What's the word for thieves ripping off other thieves?” he suggests “Funny.”

ABOUT.COM - www.about.com/. This really isn't a writing site any more. It's a general advice site.

ABSOLUTE WRITE - www.absolutewrite.com/. They offer on-line courses in all manner of writing, and say they have a list of more than 180 agents. They have a newsletter, offer editing services, and so on, for a price. This could be good for a writer who is not sure how and why to proceed. June 2012 update: I heard from their administrator: my entry was well out of date. The site was founded in the 1990s by Jenna Glatzer, who sold it to MacAllister Stone in 2006. In 2007 she ceased publishing the newsletter and also ceased offering classes. They do list them, but are neither affiliated nor paid for them. There are several thousand legacy pages that are being curated as rapidly as possible. The primary purpose of Absolute Write is to provide a community for writers via the Absolute Write Water Cooler forums. So now it is a comprehensive informational Website for writers of all levels, with articles and information about fiction, nonfiction, screen-writing, freelancing, and copyrighting. They also provide information about editing, publishing, agents, and market research, with links to other services. In sum: this is a likely place to visit first, to get your bearings. Yet there is also a negation: it seems literary agent Barbara Bauer sued, and the MacAllister residence turned out to be a storage unit. The charge is that the site is making money by pretending to run an honest critique board and garnering huge traffic, running hundreds of Google ads, and that instructors are not being paid. But some charges are from anonymous sources and the truth is uncertain. September 2012 update: They remain in business, no sign of any problems. But caution is in order. August 2013 update: This time they have among other things the Seven Deadly Sins of Freelance Writing: Not Following Up, Being Ignorant, Being Careless, Being Self absorbed, Unoriginality, Close Mindedness, Social Aversion—that is, don't treat fellow writers as competition, but as peers, teachers, and friends. August 2014 update: A report that some very bad things are happening at this forum, and I understand that a number of other sites have sprung up to address them.

A CAPPELA - www.acappela.com/. Advice on all aspects of writing, directing the aspiring author to various fee-charging services. September 2012 update: They remain in business. “Get published in 2012.” span class="update">August 2013 update: Now it's get published in 2013. Plus other resources for writers.

ACAPELLA BOOK COVER DESIGN - www.acapellawebdesign.com. Jennifer Givner is a book cover artist and illustrator with over 14 years experience. Reach her at acapellabookcoverdesign@gmail.com.

ACME IT SOLUTIONS - Sillayas@gmail.com. They do data conversion, data entry, data pnrocessing, image scanning and indexing. They say they have 25 experienced staffers.

ADULT FANFICTION - http://FANFICTION-www.adultfanfiction.net/. This seems to be the counterpart to Fanfiction.net, for the fiction too racy for the mothers of teens. Writers can join and contribute their pieces for others to read and rate. I randomly sampled several entries and found little actual sex, mostly folk getting into fantasy situations that might become sexual farther on. So like most fiction, it takes time to get into the hard stuff, but it is surely there somewhere. I would say the emphasis is on fiction rather than sex; it's not a porn site. Probably a good place for authors of risque fiction who want to get reader responses about its merit. Some established frameworks are borrowed for settings and characters, like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter; I'm not sure how the proprietors of those series feel about that. October 2004 update: I checked a story written by the proprietor: full hard anal sex. This sort of fiction seems to be far more common today than it was a generation ago. August 2005 update: when I clicked it said Error 400--Bad Request. Maybe anal sex blew the circuit. October 2005 update: they are there in good order, but now have a notice that all stories must have disclaimers or will be deleted. The disclaimer says that you do not own, or are not making money from the story.  October 2007 update: now there are layers of warnings about not entering the site unless you are an adult. You must give your birth date and swear under penalty of law that it is correct. I tried to fill in my information, but it got complicated and I did not succeed in entering the site. But something is obviously there. October 2008 update: This time they accepted my sign-in. They say they have more than a hundred million page viewers per month, but are in need of money to continue. I guess more folk are interested in erotica than are willing to pay for it. September 2010 update: they accepted my sign-in. No minor could get in here except by bald-faced lying. I randomly checked a story, found a lot of summary, no actual sex. September 2011 update: They accepted my sign-in despite that I typoed it (recent shoulder injury) “Piels Anthony.” So they are taking my word rather than doing a background check. Which is fine. I sampled a story: high grade amateur with a promise of all manner of wild sex. I suspect that if you want well-written erotica you still have to pay for it. September 2012 update: All I got was Internal Service Error. August 2013 update: Ditto. This is not a good sign.

AGENT RESEARCH & EVALUATION - www.agentresearch.com/.  This is a paid service for locating the right agent for you. For $75 you can get their New Agent List containing 40 agents appearing since 1998. For $210 you can get a complete report on five agents who handle work like yours. For $330 they'll research the best agents for you and give you the information. Or ask them about a particular agent and they'll give you the poop on it, free. There are other services. They don't guarantee you'll get an agent, but at least your search will be well informed. At first blush, I'd say this is worthwhile, because finding the right agent may be more important to your future than finding the right spouse, if you are a serious writer. If I were looking for an agent, I believe I would try this service. October 2004 update: They say their agent database includes more than 2,000 active agents, none of whom charge reading fees, and they have information on the $ made on deals. October 2008 update: Now the fee is $360. The right agent would certainly be worth it. September 2011 update: They are still there. I still don't need an agent, but if I did, I think I would try these folk; I'm curious what they would come up with.

ALLBOOKS REVIEW - www.allbookreviews.com. I received an email ad for this. Their complete promotional package is $49.95, or $6 more Canadian. They will read and review your book and submit the review to various publications and websites, and least 5, among other things. You may be able to get a free review. September 2009 update: You can advertise there for $75 a year, which is half their usual price. September 2011 update: Their complete promo package is now $49.95. Their sample review is impressive.

ALLIANCE DATA - www.alliance-data.org. They are based at Union Territory, a former French colony on the shore of the Bay of Bengal in South India. They provide mass data entry and typesetting. They say they have 25 years experience, with 99.99 percent error free delivery, promptness, and attractive rates. They can handle any text, including mathematically. They have an impressive list of publishers for whom they have digitized text, starting with the Oxford University Press. September 2010 update: I got the message that additional plug-ins are required, so I couldn't verify it, but the site does seem to still exist. September 2011 update: this time I had no trouble reaching their site.

ALLZONE DIGITAL - www.allzonedigital.com. This provides a complete range of digital publishing needs such as typesetting, ebook conversions, fixed-layouts, ebook enhancement, e-learning and customized Apps. Plugins are needed, so I was unable to verify the site.

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS - www.allromanceebooks.com. They have experienced unprecedented growth, sometimes stifling their site, but have upgraded and should be okay. They are a distribution site for electronic romance books, not a publisher; they sell books for more than 100 other publishers and imprints. Very wide range of sub-genres, at five heat levels. An email circular announces that Preditors and Editors awarded them Best Book Store of 2007. Published authors in their catalogue-I'm one-may be considered for their Free Reads program. April 2008 update: they are evidently doing promotion, because I have received several email fliers. August 2008 update: They will sponsor a booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair on September 28, 2008, and are seeking authors who would like to participate. The fee to participate is $20 per author. The Book Fair anticipates an attendance of 25,000 readers, so it's pretty good exposure. They are also launching a weekly radio program What's Hot in Romance. October 2008 update: Now there are two new spots on their site to promote your books through video. The home page has a featured spot available at an introductory price of $30 per week. There is a secondary page for videos at $30 for two weeks. Such spaces will be filled on a first-come basis. July 2009 update: Now readers can go into their library at All Romance and post reviews, in addition to rating books on a scale of 1-5 for overall enjoyment and sensuality. August 2009 update: Submissions call for a Charity Project, 28 stories chosen from submissions between July 1 and October 31, 2009. They are also announcing the launch of OmniLit.com, a new site dedicated to the sale of fiction and nonfiction ebooks. November 2009 update: Now you can download their titles to your Android Smartphone with the Aldiko Application. January 2011 update: as of now, they are lifting the requirement that sellers maintain a minimum number of 10 books in their storefront. They feel this will lead to a more diverse selection for customers. July 2011 update: Submissions for their Just one Bite short story contest are open from July to through September 1, 2011. 32 stories will become semi-finalists and go on from there. First prize is $1,000.

AMAZON - www.amazon.com/.  Known primarily as a bookseller, Amazon now does do some publishing of its own. I don't yet have reports. February 2008 update: I understand the Amazon Kindle program started in November 2007, downloading to the Amazon reading device. Author receives 35% royalties on books sold this way. April 2008 update: They are making a gross power play, refusing to sell the POD books that are not printed by their BookSurge subsidiary. Authors and small publishers are generally outraged. October 2008 update: for their publishing program see Create Space in the Publishing section. It seems to be the best self publishing deal extant. February 2009 update: Amazon has a feature, Sponsored Links, that is a service to readers, providing links to additional sources or information about the authors. But some authors are upset, because some of those links violate their privacy by providing personal addresses, phone numbers and such, and Amazon will not remove them when requested by the authors. I checked Piers Anthony, and a Sponsored Link was for Docks and Piers supplies. No joke; you can check it yourself. Just be advised that I endorse no Docks or Piers; buy them at your own risk. That does not violate my privacy, but does show that this is an automated thing, not necessarily relevant. So authors should be warned that more than their books may be for sale here. I certainly don't want my street address or phone number available for any kook who figures to erase me and take my place, figuring that no one will know the difference. My ghost would be really annoyed if no one noticed, though. September 2010 update: an author can now get 70% royalties if he makes the right deal. July 2012 update: I heard from them. They allow users to list, sell, and collect payment on products all on one platform. This could be handy for writers interested in selling their books online. They also provide a list of resources and how-to guides.

AMES ON-DEMAND - www.amesondemand.com.   Jose Colon is an account executive with 20 years experience in Production. He is offering On Demand Printing with Client Solutions. He uses the latest digital technologies, so can handle a variety of printing projects on short notice with rapid turnaround. September 2010 update: I was unable to load the page. September 2011 update: it has become a general purpose site.

An Insider's Guide - see PUBLICIZE YOUR BOOK

APEX BOOK MANUFACTURING INC — nyki@apexbm.com. I received an ad inviting me to explore the benefits of digital printing. I haven't done so, but am listing them here for the benefit of those who want the books printed in quantity. They have a 15% off sale on orders of 75 books or more.

APHELION - www.aphelion-webzine.com/ This is an online magazine that doesn't pay for material but should be a good market for exposure of your fiction. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, or Poetry. Stories under 7,500 words are sent to one editorial office, and longer ones to another. They have a "Mare Inebrium" category; I don't know whether there's any connection to Xanth's Mare Imbrium, who brings daydreams. October 2008 update: I learned something I didn't know: "Fan Fiction" is not fiction written by fans, as I had thought, but is anything that involves copyrighted characters or institutions from Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. That is, fictionalizing about copyrighted characters or settings.

APOLLO'S LYRE - www.apollos-lyre.com/ September 2010 update: Server Not Found.

ARTIST FIRST NETWORK - www.artistfirst.com   I received an email flier promoting this. It says that ArtistsFirst World Radio is offering a new show series exclusively about independent and undiscovered authors, entitled Authors-First. They are a Web Radio station sending out a constant worldwide FM signal. They will do a pre-recorded one hour program about your book. There is no fee, but you are requested to make a donation whose size you determine. This looks very  August 2004 update: they invited me to do a series of one minute opinions for them to broadcast. I pondered and passed it up, as I have my own site for opinions.  October 2007 update: The site was slow loading, then played music. Obviously it is functioning. September 2010 update: They are still there in good order.

ARTPAC - www.artpac.co.kr. "We are a leading printer in Seoul, South Korea and are specialized for printing of all kinds of paper products." Contact them for a quote.

ARTS AND EDIT - www.artsandedit.com.   October 2007 update: And now it's a search engine.

A.R. YNGVE HOMEPAGE - http://clik.to/pankrator. - A R Yngve of Norway advised me of his site, where he has published his own books and has a Writer's Column, all free for reading and feedback. This is not a market, just an example of what a frustrated writer can do for himself that others may want to emulate. There are useful links to genre and other sites. He believes the Web will change publishing. I agree. October 2003 update: I received an email update, but their screen remains blank black. October 2004 update: It is there now, though the text of my screen seemed to be in Norwegian. Nice pictures, though. August 2005 update: Now it's in English. September 2009 update: Server not found. September 2010 update: Damain may be for sale. September 2010 update: Domain may be for sale. September 2011 update: This time I got persistent ads that would not close down. So it has become a nuisance site.

ASCOT MEDIA GROUP — www.ascotmedia.com. I received an invitation to use their promotional services for my books. It costs $3,500 per month. I think I am not in their league, but I list them in case you are. April 2009 update: Now they have an "intro" plan for authors: $2,000 reduced to just $750 a month. In fact Viral One can be had for one month only for $700. November 2009 update: They are repeating their $750 offer for the months of November and December, 2009. February 2010 update: They say that some of their clients hit the New York Times best-sellers list in 2009, and they hope to do better in 2010. June 2010 update: "We have put several authors on the NY Times best-sellers list and are continuously booking our clients on national television and radio and getting them in national print." February 2012 update: I continue to receive promotional emails from them; they remain active and positive. "We do not lock you into long term agreements. You sign on a month-to-month basis—which says a lot. We are also a member of the BBB, which says it all."

ASK ANN - www.speculations.com/rumormill/archive/arc200.htm. October 2008 update: they are no longer in the business of publishing market information for writers. SPECULATIONS will go dormant a while, then presumably revive. September 2010 update: It seems to be reviving now. September 2011 update: They are still working on reviving. September 2012 update: Still working on it. August 2013 update: Still working on it. I suspect they are really still dormant, but dreaming.

ASSOCIATION OF AUTHORS' REPRESENTATIVES (AAR) - www.aar-online.org. These are the legitimate agents, the ethical ones who won't rip you off. You don't want any other kind. Good general information here, but it may not help you much if you want to get an agent. August 2005 update: Now they invite you to search their database if you are looking for an agent. So I typed in my own agent, and they couldn't find him. Okay, not every agent belongs, not even every legitimate agent. October 2008 update: But their general advice about agents is good, and this is a site worth checking for information regardless whether you are currently seeking an agent. They say most agents will answer only snail queries. In my experience, many don't even do that; it's a wonder how they ever find clients. If I ruled the world, there would be stiffer standards for agent attitudes.

@VENTURE - www.atventure.com. "@VENTURE is a site where comic book writers can publish prose fiction, and where readers can find it."    UPDATE: this now seems to be a search engine.

AUTHOR & BOOK PROMOTIONS — www.author-promotion.com. They promote literary works by best-selling and new authors wanting greater online book publicity. They are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorpromotion. November 2011 update: "Our mission is to bring as much publicity to Authors of all stages and expose their books to readers around the world.!"

AUTHOR CAMPAIGN AGAINST UNDESIRABLE PUBLISHING COMPANIES - Authorscampaign@aol.com. Membership of 98 authors who investigate publishing companies that do not pay due royalties. The notice I received discussed Cool Publications, listed in the Publishing section. No Web site yet, but they are working on it. If you are suspicious of your publisher, this seems to be a place to check.

AUTHOR CONNECTION -   see The Author Connection

THE AUTHORS DESK - www.theauthorsdesk.net/. This is the Web site of author Jozette Aaron, editor-in-chief of DeSilva's News, a tool for writers to meet their creative needs. It caters especially to aspiring authors. December 2006 update: her newsletter has been discontinued so she can devote herself to writing, but the site remains active. October 2008 update: Now it seems to be an ad site for furniture. It wants to sell an author a desk, literally.

AUTHOR DIRECTORY - www.authdir.com/. This is a listing of a squintillion writers, artists, and models in alphabetical order, listing birthday, age, and site and email addresses, with links. It lists four Anthonys but missed Patricia Anthony. For me it listed an AOL email instead of my real one; curious, I clicked it, as I never had that address. Sure enough, it gave an error message. It lacks the age for some writers. It also listed a second site address which leads to the Xanth Thread, which does not appear to be fully operative. So this list may not be complete, or completely accurate, but it's a dandy way to locate writers. I list it here though it's not a publishing service, as folk might want to check the sites of their favorite authors to see where they get published. October 2008 update: Now it has six Anthonys, including Patricia, but still does not have my correct address. So it's a big list, but sloppy on detail. September 2009 update: I tried clicking an author link, but it told me I did not have permission to access it. It actually said FORBIDDEN. Curious, I then tried clicking on my own name. Same response. So as a public service, this site has a bad attitude. What are they up to?

AUTHORLINK - http://authorlink.com/. This seems to be a general publishing information site worth checking out. It has news, information, and marketing service for readers, writers, editors, and agents. October 2007 update: But to get that information, you have to subscribe for $7 a month. October 2008 update: Now it's $15 a month, after a $30 first month. September 2009 update: I tried clicking on an article, but apparently my system is too old to get it.

AUTHOR NATION - www.AuthorNation.com. The Online Community for Authors, Writers, Poets and their Readers. They expect to have half page ads in print magazines, middle of October 2007. They are setting up sections for different genres. February 2008 update: I have an extremely negative report, calling the site a total sham. Employees of Infinity Publishing Company (a self publisher listed in the Publishing section) run this site and pose as regular members, controlling the forums and freely insulting others. Protesters are banned. I'll be interested to see what feedback this notice inspires. Meanwhile, I'd be wary. June 2009 update: I heard from the president of Infinity Publishing, Tom Gregory, owner of Authornation.com, giving the name of the one he suspects is my informant. "We do none of the things he alleges and the site is free to all who join and has been very successful in bringing a community to Author's and wannabe Authors." September 2011 update: The site is down for maintenance. It is supposed to be complete by 8-28-2011, but wasn't when I checked it that day. Maybe soon. September 2012 update: The site is there, but they are still working on the upgrade. August 2013 update: “This domain has just been registered for one of our customers!” I suspect this is no longer an author community.

AUTHORS DEN - www.author'sden.com/. An authors' promotion site, with membership dues. September 2009 update: Server Not Found.

AUTHORS-SPEAKERS - www.authors-speakers.com/services.html. October 2004 update: gone

THE AUTHOR'S ASSISTANT - www.authorsassistant.com. UPDATE: Got an "Unknown Host" message, so it's gone.

AUTHORS GUILD - www.authorsguild.org. This is a traditional writers' organization that you can't join unless you are selling traditionally, but I'm listing it because it has a web site and some online writers might qualify. It just issued a Model Trade Book Contract and Guide that includes Electronic Rights Clauses, so can be relevant to electronic publishing. It is a fine guide. The site has news of interest to writers. UPDATE: Announcement of their quarrel with Amazon.com about the way it offers used books for sale cut-rate almost as fast as the new ones, depleting new sales. This fracas has made the NEW YORK TIMES and WALL STREET JOURNAL, with hot accusations relating to free speech, lawfulness, and misrepresentation. I suspect Amazon is already sorry it took on Author's Guild without weighing its words. So who has the right of the case? I would say technically Amazon, but it's a shitty thing to do to writers. August 2003 UPDATE: Clicking this link made my browser crash, thrice. Does a hacker have a grudge against this legitimate organization? October 2004 update: This site still makes my Konqueror browser crash. I assume Author's Guild still exists, as I just renewed my membership by snail mail. December 2006 update: the site seems to be working now. October 2008 update: I am now using the Firefox browser, and it didn't crash. The site seems functional and informative. September 2012 update: They really don't like the Justice Department's ebook antitrust lawsuit, because it will make Amazon the master of the publishing universe. My own feelings are mixed: traditional publishers have bullied authors for centuries, but do we want to put in place a new bully? I wish it didn't have to be one or the other. August 2013 update: The site is running daily news updates relevant to writers' interests.

AUTHORS OF LITERARY EROTICA - www.mindcaviar.com/literotica.html. This is a Web Ring hosted by the erotica webzine MIND CAVIAR. You must be a legitimately published erotic author to join; then you can share the company and camaraderie (but they misspell the word) of fellow writers who share your interests. August 2005 update: Got this message: "Forbidden -- You don't have permission to access /literotica.html on this server." Interesting; I have published very solid erotica, notably Pornucopia and The Magic Fart; if I don't qualify, who does? Some outfits seem unduly arrogant. December 2006 update: Now the site loads without complication. October 2008 update: They spend a lot of space specifying exactly whose sites they will not accept. But if you think you qualify, you can email their ringmaster and make your plea.

AUTHOR ZONE - www.authorzone.com. Now being launched. "A complete authors and writers community 100% interactive!" You get your own homepage, biography section, books page, new submission page, events announcement section, and so on. $1000 worth of services free. Well, the price seems right. March 2010 update: A notice of Account Suspended. September 2010 update: Now the message is: Will be back soon." September 2011 update: They do seem to be back. September 2012 update: But this time Server Not Found. August 2013 update: Now it's a search site.

BABY NAMES - www.www.babynames.com/. So why is this listed here? Because coming up with character names can be a hassle. I have a collection of baby names books I use. This online collection should be convenient for those who don't want to invest in physical books. My Konqueror browser crashed twice trying to look at this; maybe that's coincidence. December 2006 update: It is working now, at least with the Windows browser, so I tried looking up my own name. It has a phenomenal list of names, including Pierce, Pier, and Peers, but not Piers. Hmm. October 2008 update: Their listing is very pretty, with boys in blue, girls in red, and unisex in green. September 2010 update: Now they have Piers, in blue, meaning I'm a boy. May 2012 update: Also see EBABYNAMES.com, farther along, under E.

BABY NAMES 4 ME — I am unable to run the site address as such, which is web dot babynames4me dot com, because several times it has trashed my file. This site has 34,000 names all with meaning and origin. I did find it difficult to navigate; you have to tediously stair-step to get where you want.

BABY NAME TRAIN — www.babynametrain.com/. The proprietor called my attention to this one in April 2011. It seems to be a competent list which does include “Piers.” They have a special service for writers: a random name generator that pulls up 5 boys and 5 girls names at a time, first, middle and last. I tried it and it worked. They also list the most popular names. At the moment that's Jacob and Isabella, based on 2009.

BABY NAMES WORLD - www.babynamesworld.com/. Another list of baby names, with 11,000 names you can use to name characters, and maybe even a baby or two when the occasion demands. This one includes "Piers." October 2008 update: It no longer includes Piers. Was it something I said? September 2011 update: This took a long time to load on my dial-up system; they seem to have half a slew of sections, and it's much more than just a names site now. They do have Piers.

BARNES & NOBLE — www.barnesandnoble.com/. They are primarily a bookseller, but they bought Fictionwise, so are evidently now also a publisher, though their site doesn't seem to say so. So I'm compromising by listing them in the Services section. I will list reports as I receive them. They used to run iUniverse, so have been in publishing before. November 2009 update: they seem to be censoring the material they sell, by deleting the works of some erotic publishers, like eXcessica. Yes I have a personal interest, as my story "Serial" seems to be among those deleted.

BART BAGGETT'S INTERNET MARKETING FOR AUTHORS, SPEAKERS, & PUBLISHERS - www.internetbookpublishingsecrets.com/. This is a hard sell for a $297 online course and books the author says can make you duplicate what he made last month: $11,989, or $144,000 in a year. His discussion is interesting, but I take it with a ton of salt. My guess is you'll be fortunate if you make back the course fee. But who knows?  December 2006 update: I don't know whether the site has changed, but certainly it has worthwhile points for writers to ponder. October 2008 update: He lists myths: that the Internet doesn't sell books, that your book will sell itself, that your books must be available in bookstores, that you really believe that being on Oprah will make you an overnight bestseller, that it takes luck to be a bestseller, that you should advertise Amazon on your site (because Amazon will not share customer information with you). Buy his book and prosper. September 2010 update: Site not found. September 2012 update: But it's back now.

BEACH BOOK FESTIVAL - BeachBookFestival@sbcglobal.net. BEACH BOOK FESTIVAL-BeachBookFestival@sbcglobal.net. Call for entries in their 2008 annual program. $1,500 first prize and a flight to Atlantic City. Many genres.

BEMOP - www.bemopub.com/. Stands for Be My Own Publisher. September 2010 update: This is now a banking information site.

BETTER FICTION - www.betterfiction.com. I clicked the link, and the connection was refused. Then they gave me on alternate link and I got there. This is a collection of forums relating to improving your writing. I agreed to contribute a spot essay, but haven't tried to look at it online because I'd need to be a member to get there. The other comments I saw seemed to be informed and relevant. Aspiring writers need feedback so they can tell whether they are on the right track. This is a way to get it. March 2010 update: but I am informed that the link seems dead for the past year or so. September 2010 update: The site is there, but no longer seems active. September 2011 update: Now it's there, and says their anthologies will be published by Marion Margaret Press. The Forum is open to anyone pursuing growth as a writer.

BLACK ON WHITE - www.blackonwhite.on.ca/. September 2010 update: It's hard to tell what's what here, but the site does not seem active. September 2012 update: Not Found.

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS - www.bookannouncements.com/. They offer several promotional packages. For $195 they will do electronic distribution of your press release to 2,000 bookstores, 2,000 librarians, and 3,900 media contacts. For $325 they'll circulated a full-color ad to 20,000 librarians and booksellers. There are several other increasingly expensive packages, depending on how big a blast you want to make. It seems you can certainly make you book known to the trade. October 2004 update: Now they have an introductory package for $175, and other services for different prices. October 2008 update: The domain has been temporarily disabled. September 2009 update: Now it seems to be assorted other announcements, like wedding or baby shower.

BOOK CANDY STUDIOS — www.bookcandystudios.com. They help authors promote their works through trailers, blogs, review boards, top social networking sites, newsgroups, and even author tours. "We offer a wide range of promotional services—none of which will break the bank." But when I clicked their site, it had music, colored blank books, and a message "Get Ready." Otherwise it was blank. August 2008 update: I received an email saying that this fall they will publish the "Book Candy News Wrapper," a media communications platform that will go out to more than 68,000 magazine editors and multi-media producers. Their goal is to help authors get the word out; there is no charge. Unfortunately, all submissions had to be received by July 31, the day before this update. Maybe there'll be another push at a later date. October 2008 update: got music with a blank screen. Then a push for their program: $400 for two days. June 2009 update: They inform me that my last update is in error; it related to a temporary client they no longer represent. "We are a viral marketing company. We produce very nice trailers." They seem to be very enthusiastic about their projects, such as Brenda Novak's annual fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research. They are now offering short-form trailers in 3-, 6-, and 12-pak configurations that can be time released or run all together for an added burst of marketing. September 2010 update: the site is active, with a number of entries discussing books. I don't know how effective this is for promoting sales.

BOOKCROSSING - www.bookcrossing.com/.  This is a book club, a reading group that makes the whole world a library. Book reviews, ratings, recommendations. 61,000 members, 23 million hits a month. October 2004 update: now they have 293,755 members and 1,432,845 books registered. October 2007 update: Now it's 591,353 people in more than 130 countries. October 2008 update: Now it's 711,322 people. September 2009 update: 800,697 people. September 2012 update: They don't seem to list their membership any more, but my guess is it's over a million.

BOOK ENTREE - www.bookentree.com. They have two programs to increase orders to libraries, via newsletters,  costing $35 and $15.  October 2007 update: They are not accepting new submissions at this time. October 2008 update: Now it says Cassandra Vaughn. I'm not sure how she relates. September 2009 update: site disabled.

BOOKHABIT - www.bookhabit.com/. "Bookhabit is devoted to fostering the love of reading and writing, connecting those who share our passion for books, and providing opportunities to discover and be discovered." Writers can post books on the site free, retaining all rights, and receive 40% of the sale price. On average every site visitor looks at 8 books. Bookhabit also offers a forum where you can discuss your work or writing experiences with readers and other writers. Such feedback can be useful, if not always pleasant. So this would seem to be a site where novice authors can get relevant experience. September 2011 update: Now it's about getting better CD rates and handling money. That's a different kind of books.

BOOKHITCH - www.bookhitch.com. A new marketing alternative for authors and publishers, who can list an unlimited number of books free. December 2006 update: Premium service is $19.95 per book per year. September 2009 update: Now a message: "bookhitch.com is a search engine for books." You can still list your book there.

BOOKMAN MARKETING - www.bookmanmarketing.com/. December 2006 update: "You are not authorized to view this page."  October 2007 update: now it simply says "Hello World." The rest is blank. October 2008 update: Server not found message. September 2009 update: Now it is back, providing links. September 2010 update: Now it links to www.mania.com/, with many links to books. September 2011 update: Gone.

BOOK MARKETING NEWSLETTER — see Substance Books

BOOKMATO - http://bookmato.com/. I received an email promoting this as a user-friendly, hassle-free platform to sell your books online. You can post your book free, and receive 80% of proceeds from sales. You can set chapters to be free or non-free. August 2013 update: Got a blank screen.

BOOK REVIEW SERVICE - www.burlingtonnews.net/. This is a paranormal site strong on UFO information. I received an email saying it has a new free book review service, but I did not find it at the site. September 2009 update: Now the link leads to BUFO RADIO, hosted by Mary Sutherland.

BOOKS2MENTION MAGAZINE - www.Books2Mention.com. "We are currently offering authors six months of advertising for $25.00 per book." Authors are encouraged to visit their site to learn more about their magazine. December 2007 update: they now have other offers, ranging from $10 to $125. August 2008 update: Now they have a joint venture with Ulban echoes entertainment, the parent company of Ghostwriter Extraordinaire, GWE, which is becoming a leader in video trailers for authors to promote their books. $99. September 2010 update: Site needed additional plugins.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS - www.booksandauthors.net. For $250 you get a personal interview page with your photo, bio, book summary, short book reviews, etc. They will send press releases to 1,000 booksellers. December 2006 update: This now seems to be a collection of links relating to writing. 

BOOK SERVICES - www.eBookServices.com. They are located in India. They cater to both organizations and individuals. They have multi-lingual typesetting, page composition/design/layout, Desktop Publishing in almost all international languages, format conversion, formatting of manuscripts, keying in, scanning, and OCR,XML coding, Website Design and Development. They indicate that you can cut your costs by at least one third without compromising quality. September 2010 update: But when I checked E Services, it led me to Loans. September 2011 update: But not it is book related again. August 2013 update: It continues relevant.

BOOKS JUST BOOKS - www.booksjustbooks.com. This says it is the #1 self-publishing site on the Internet, with over a hundred million books in print. But it seems complicated to get information on costs. I gather you sign up for assorted services you choose, rather than getting a package deal. August 2005 update: Now there are per-book prices starting at $3.41 each for 100 copies and descending to $.71 for 3,000 copies. Color printing costs more.

BOOKS TO FILM - www.bookstofilm.com. I received this as spam, but it may be of interest. They publish a semi-annual catalog distributed to over 2500 film producers, directors, studios, and film agents nationwide. You can buy a full page ad for the fall issue for $250. Okay, speaking as a writer who has had a number of film options over the years, I have to say that this looks to me like a long shot. Certainly you are not guaranteed getting your book made into a movie. But since the movies, like publishing, seem largely closed to newcomers, this may be a way to express your availability. Maybe you'll be the one in a thousand whose ad evokes pay dirt. December 2006 update: This is now Network Solutions, the site under construction. October 2008 update: Now you can download full movies for as low as $1.99. That does not seem like an author service. September 2010 update: The account has been suspended.

BOOKVIEW - http://hometown.aol.com/bookviewzine. This is an online nonfiction book review magazine. The proprietor, William Tienken, notified me that he was reading my autobiographies, so I checked the site, and thought others might be interested in reviews of nonfiction books. September 2009 update: It has been shut down.

BOOKWHIRL - www.BookWhirl.com. I received an email solicitation for this service, which says their company has many great ideas. I haven't actually clicked the link, but list it for anyone interested. October 2008 update: I received an advisory from Xlibris: this company has been soliciting their authors for promotional services. That must be why I heard from them. Xlibris researched them and found that the address listed on their website does not exist; it's a vacant space. FedEx can't deliver to them for that reason. Xlibris recommends exercising caution. For sure. Naturally their site does not mention this caveat. June 2009 update: I received another solicitation for their services. September 2009 update: I have heard from others who have been solicited. Be cautious. October 2013 update: I received a To Whom it May Concern email from them asking to be listed. I replied that I have listed them for five years, and their reputation is not good.

BOOK WORLD - www.bookworld.com/. This appears to be a general search engine for book related topics, including online publishing. I list it because it may be getting flak that is actually directed at BookWhirl.com, above, because of the similarity of names.

BOOK WRITING - http://www.ability.org.uk/book_writing.html. "A UK-based page of links supporting book writing for disabled people. I've checked out some of the links, and they seem excellent." MW October 2004 update: I sampled their section on dealing with criticism. It opens with a painfully insensitive sample of negative criticism, and has several snippits of good advice before becoming a listing of ads. Here is a sample: "The only thing worse than being criticized is finding out that nobody cared enough to correct me." Yes, we hate criticism, but need it. September 2010 update: Now it's a list of sites relating to book writing.

BOOKZONE - www.bookzone.com/. This appears to be a service to promote self published e-books. "We help small publishers and first time authors seeking self publication to SELL MORE BOOKS." Hosting setup is $309 to $399, plus a monthly hosting fee of $59 per title. They set up your domain name, submit to at least 45 search engines, include your titles in the BookZone SuperCatalog, and have other services; check their site for full information. October 2004 update: This seems to have become Wheatmark, Inc., with a similar service. September 2010 update: But now it's a list of sites. September 2011 update: Under Construction.

BOOST SOCIAL MEDIA - info@boostsocialmedia.net. They enable you to buy Facebook likes, Twitter followers, Google +1's, YouTube views, Pinterest followers. I'm not sure I approve of this sort of promotion, but it's an available service.

BRIEFSMART - www.briefsmart.com. October 2004 update: I got an Unknown Host message. August 2005 update: Now it's Men's apparel.

BROAD LINK ENTERPRISE LIMITED - www.brolink.com. I received an email from Jane Yi, marketing executive, describing their services. This is a printing and bookbinding manufacturer in China with an administrative office in Hong Kong. They do a wide range of books, including board books, puzzle books, flip-up books, picture books, and game sets.

BRIEN JONES, Author Consultant - www.bookmanmarketing.com.

BRYONY ALDOUS - dunresearchin@yahoo.co.uk. If you don't have the time to do your own spot research, he will do it for you. His services are free at this time, but will be charged when he has more experience.

BULLYING - www.bullying.org/ - This is not a publisher, but a site dedicated to awareness of bullying and the related problems, trying to help eliminate it. I list it here because you can send stories, poetry, images, music, audio stories, animations or videos here to be posted. They don't divulge author's names. So if you have something to say about bullying, you can say it here, anonymously. December 2006 update: lovely quote there: "Whoever said 'Don't run from your problems' never faced a bully." September 2011 update: Now it addresses cyberbullying too. I did not see information on submitting material here, though. October 2012 update: they announce the tenth annual Bullying awareness Week, November 12-17, 2012. The theme is Stand Up to Bullying. But when I clicked their Submissions link I lost the site.

CANADIAN E AUTHORS - http://ceauthors.com. This is to feature, showcase, and promote Canadian writers who have published electronically. October 2008 update: Notice that this site was last updated in July 2005. October 2009 update: unchanged from a year ago. I'd say this site is not active. October 2011 update: Ditto. I'm giving up on it.

CANDLELIT MAGAZINE - http://candlelitmagazine.wix.com/candlelitmagazine/about-page. “Candlelit—where creativity and inspiration meet.” This is a side project rather than a publishing house or magazine. It's a non-profit effort to help writers improve their skills. September 2013 update: No site.

CANDLES OF CREATIVITY - creativitytoexcel@firemail.de. 2003 UPDATE: Gone.

CAN WRITE WILL WRITE — www.canwritewillwrite.com/. This started out as a service to showcase books in the hope that publishers will see them, be impressed, and buy them. Now they are branching into publishing themselves, so look for them in the Publishing section.

CARNIVAL OF WICKED WRITERS - http://freezenerve.proboards.com/. It promotes Horror and Dark Fantasy, and wants to create a serious writing forum for writers to share ideas and information. There is relevant material here, and it seems worthwhile. It lists Horror fiction markets, and really sharp screenwriting information.  October 2007 update: Now you have to log in if you want to see anything. I don't do that, but presume the site remains functional for those who do. October 2011 update: Site remains, so if you care to log in, go to it.

CATALYZER ONLINE JOURNAL - http://www.catalyzerjournal.com.   This is a nonpaying publisher run by a high school student, covering topics such as war, peace, social justice and others. October 2008 update: this seems to consist of links to assorted articles on a number of subjects. I glanced at one and it seems informed and objective. October 2009 update: Not Found. September 2010 update: Now it leads to Economy Bites, with cooking recipes.

CHEAP BOOKS - http://www.easybooksearch.com.    This compares the prices of books at more than 100 bookstores. As a general rule, I list publishers and services for writers, rather than for readers, so this and Fetch Book may be as far as I go here. December 2006 update: "This page cannot be found."  October 2007 update: It is back in business. September 2010 update: It's back.

CHILDRENS LITERARY AGENCY - http://www.childrensliteraryagency.com/.   This is said to be a somewhat shady outfit, but some writers do have positive experience there. December 2007 update: a writer showed me their response. I have to say this was a well reasoned statement of their service and expectations. They use an independent critique to evaluate a manuscript, and go on from there. Since the great majority of amateur -- and many professional -- manuscripts have some problems, this makes sense. They talk the talk; whether they walk the walk remains to be seen. October 2011 update: Fill out their form, and they will decide how to represent you. This makes sense, but I still have no feedback on their actual performance.

CHIMAERA'S WRITER'S PARADISE - http://pub18.ezboard.com/bchimeraeswritersparadise. A reader asked me about this, so I checked it. Unfortunately it seems to be chimerical as far as writers are concerned, being a forum whose topics may have no content. "Career" turned out to be spam-type ads. No paradise here. UPDATE: this time I found some content. It's a discussion group, with many genres of fiction represented. October 2007 update: the link took me to Yukufind, a search engine. October 2008 update: All I got was a list of the most common tags in the last 7 days. This does not seem useful. October 2009 update: unable to connect. October 2011 update: Ditto. October 2012 update: This time I got a notice that the address request was being redirected in a way that will never complete. I take that as a review of the value of their service: it leads nowhere.

CHERRY CREEK DESIGN GROUP - www.cherrycreekdg.com. September 2010 update: Now it's in Chinese characters. October 2012 update: Ditto.

CK MARKETING - http://www.authors-speakers.com. They offer to get your book reviewed, or help you promote a book signing event, or get more exposure and publicity for your book, for a variable price. October 2004 update: I got the Unknown Host message. August 2005 update: Now it's a Debt Consolidation service. October 2007 update: And now it is selling books on heart health. October 2008 update: This time all I got were pages of numbered boxes. September 2010 update: Another Chinese characters site. October 2012 update: Ditto.

CLAY TABLET PUBLISHING - www.claytabletpublishing.com. October 2007 update: It's a search engine.

COLORSPLENDOR PRINTING CO LTD - www.colorsplendor.com. They print books, catalogs, calendars and other things. October 2011 update: Site not found.

COMMIAB - www.commiabindia.com   An e-learning firm based in India that undertakes graphics designing, animations, rendering photographs, converting material to electronic form, and transcribing audio files. (But the site stopped working). October 2007 update: It seems to be a dead link.

CPS WEBMART - see BOOK POD

CREATEWRT.NET - www.createwrt.net/. "Housebound and Disabled Writers—Children's Section and Surfers all Ages—Stockport Creative Writing was formed to help in writing and poetry etc. Originally to help over 50s we found that many requests came from Housebound Disabled who could not attend our meetings so we set up Createwrt.net, so we can all keep in touch. We now welcome Writers of all ages plus Disabled Groups and now cover all U.K. plus Overseas being read in over 60 plus Countries. As we expand please remember we are all volunteers." October 2012 update: I tried to sample their offering “Odd Thoughts of a Septuagenarian” because I'm one—that is, in my 70s—and got it after a couple of tries. The thoughts are fun. Such as “If I had wings I too would fly south for the winter.” “She wasn't built like the Titanic, she was built like the iceberg.” “Money isn't the root of all evil, evil is the root of all evil.” So if you're housebound or disabled—and even if you aren't—this may be a fun site.

CREATIVE COMMUNICATION - www.poeticpower.com. They work to motivate young poets. They have a free newsletter for teachers on tips for teaching poetry. They have a poetry contest for students in grades 4-12. They award over $70,000 in prizes for each contest. Contest deadlines are December 1 and April 5. Poems submitted should be 21 lines or less. No entry fees. They do reject poems; there are editorial standards. So if you're a young poet, check this out. UPDATE: They are expanding to include grades K-3 and Adults. That would seem to make any poet eligible. October 2009 update: This time a got a partitioned blank screen. It may be that my system is not able to read their site. September 2010 update: They are back in good order. October 2011 update: Now they also have an essay contest.

CREATIVE SERVICES - http://creative-strategies.com/. This is a book publishing consulting company. They offer a wide array of services to aspiring authors, from coaching on writing to self publishing, for a price. They will give a price quote to interested writers. If you have a book, and money, and no idea what to do, this could be a place to start.  October 2007 update: There's a little circular diagram labeled Energy Critique Creativity and nothing else. October 2008 update: Now there's a description of how it will teach students to be creative. October 2012 update: They are still there in good order. September 2013 update: “Error establishing a database connection.”

CREATIVE TECHNOLIGY - www.creative.com.np/. This is a data conversion service based in Nepal. I gather they can take your manuscript and render it into other formats.  October 2007 update: This time a got a blank screen. October 2011 update: Got the notice that additional plugins are required. October 2012 update: This time I get this message: “Oops!!!! The page you are looking [for] is not present.” I wonder where it is? September 2013 update: Server not found.

CREATIVE WRITING HELP —www.creative-writing-help.com/. This is run by Tracey Tressa, to provide creative writing tips. It features an interview with me and other information. October 2011 update: There's a lot of information here for new writers. For example, it lists the top ten ways to become a writer, such a read and write a lot, set daily goals, study and practice your craft, find a mentor, believe in yourself, and #10 is never give up. Speaking as a writer who has been the full route, I say these are good advices. Um, I see that I am quoted in #6, Find Support, where I say have a working spouse. Well, it's still good advice.

CREATIVITIY WORKSHOP - www.the-creativity-journey.com.  December 2006 update: Not found. 

CRESCENT BLUES - www.crescentblues.com. I learned of this online magazine when it requested an interview. In the past it has interviewed Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Kevin Anderson and others, so should be of interest to fantasy genre readers/writers though it is not limited to that. So I list it as a service, on the assumption that the opinions of established writers may help hopeful writers. They pay ½¢ per word for 300-500 word reviews of books, movies, videos, CDs, games and such, and buy first electronic serial rights for one year. This would be chicken feed for pro writers, but a chance for amateurs to get into useful print, if your reviews are accepted. Many reviews; I checked the one for The Dastard and got the impression that the reviewer doesn't like puns and takes it out on the novel. All he sees is panties and puns, and isn't aware of any story in the novel. Par for the reviewer course; don't blame the magazine.  October 2007 update: They are no longer making regular updates, but are maintaining the magazine as an archive. October 2012 update: They remain there, five years later. September 2013 update: they are no longer making regular updates, but plan to maintain the magazine as an archive.

CULT OF THE GREAT OLD ONES - vicky@communalconstruction.com. I don't have a site address for this yet, so give the address of the one who contacted me. They plan to have visitors submit chapters to an unfolding story. Each month three chapters will be posted and the chapter with the most votes is chosen as the next installment. They hope to create a novel of publishable quality. They asked me for feedback, but I have participated in such projects before, none of which have succeeded, so I didn't comment. I hope it works out; it should be good experience.

CUNE - www.cunepress.com/. Founded in 1994 to explore innovative ways of bringing superior writing to public attention. The name derives from "cuneiform," as in ancient script. Yet, oddly, they misspell "Sumer," where that script was used. They propose that writers, independent presses, and mission-oriented large publishers make common cause to lift public taste.   2003 UPDATE: One of their goals is to publish thoughtful books by Arab, Arab-American, and American authors. They seem to have a strong pro-Arab, and perhaps anti-Israel stance. This would seem to be a convenient site to get the other side's version of current history. October 2011 update: The site is there, but when I clicked About Us I got Page Cannot Be Found. However there are subsections that are functional, ans they do seem to remain in business. October 2012 update: This time About Us was there in good order.

CURTIS - www.curtisagency.com/. This is a Parnassus agent who is worth reading. I know him from way back. He's got an attitude somewhat like mine. He has always fought for the rights of writers and tried to get improved and sometimes innovative contracts. He is Richard Curtis.This site is spare, no longer containing provocative articles on the business. Curtis is no longer accepting fiction queries from new writers. Thus he joins the closed shop, to my regret. August 2005 update: They are now considering only non-fiction submissions. Responses take 4-6 weeks. October 2008 update: Now not even non fiction. You have to be an already established author. September 2010 update: Blank screen. October 2011 update: Ditto. I know Curtis still exists, because I am doing business with him, but he may be out of the agenting business.

DAWN TUCKER - www.geocities.com/skyclad@ameritech.net/writestuff.html?1068080775260.  Dawn Tucker is a freelance writer who does ghostwriting, brochures, fliers, greeting cards, personalized "on hold" messages and such. Her site has information on writing contests with no entry fees, writing groups, and projects. I would hesitate to take all this on faith, but she says I'm her favorite writer, so how can I resist?  December 2006 update: Page not found. Darn; I liked her. 

DE DRIE POORTEN - www.3poorten.nl. They have a printing service. I did not look them up, so don't know their terms. October 2011 update: This time I did look them up. The site is in German, and though I took two years of German in high school, I almost flunked out because of it, so I can't translate. But I gather they have many types of printing.

DER SKORPION — I received a solicitation to let them send me a sample issue free. Apparently they are an international magazine with more than 25,000 subscribers, but they don't pay their authors. I did not find a viable web site.

DEARBORN SYSTEMS - www.dearbornsystems.com.   Typesetting, Information Technology, and Data Conversion. They promise instant communication and response. October 2008 update: gone. October 2009 update: They are back, but I did not find any content on the site. October 2011 update: Gone again.

DEVIANT ART - www.deviantart.com.   I haven't looked at this yet, but am told it has a massive repository for creativity of all kinds including an active and supportive critiquing and writing community. It includes free and paid membership, with the usual restrictions. It is said to be a great help to authors and artists.  October 2007 update: This time I looked at it. A site full of pictures, some odd, not sexy or ugly, just odd.

DEWAR EMPIRE FILMS - www.dewarempirefilms.com.    They are in the business of creating motion picture book trailers (short promotional films) for literary authors based on their fiction or non-fiction books. An innovative new form of marketing and promotion. But I suspect it costs.  October 2007 update: it played music and gave another button to enter. It offered to download a Quicktime player: I declined, being on slow dialup, so was unable to watch anything. I presume these are samples of what the company produces. October 2011 update: I got the additional plugins message.

DIGITAL PUBLISHING - DigitalPublishing@yahoo.co.uk. I received this ad: "PageWhiz the 3D page turning eBook wizard easily create professional 3D page turning eBooks, eBrochures, eServices, photo albums, invitations. Much, much more PageWhiz--Simplicity has never been so powerful." No Web site given.

DIY BOOK FESTIVAL - www.DIYConvention.com. The letters stand for Do It Yourself. They consider books in many genres for awards, charging a $10-$50 entry fee for each book. They have regular contests, so if you miss one deadline, try for the next. Anything published from 2005 on is eligible, including self published (POD) books. Their grand prize for the Book of the Year is $1,500.

DO IT YOURSELF PUBLISHING - www.livingbeyondreality.com. This is a book, by Diane Lau, subtitled A Blueprint For Publishing Your Own Books. The author has been freelancing erotic romance anthologies, Soulful Sex, for nearly three decades, got screwed (pun intended) by the system, and decided to do something about it. As she says, if you are an aspiring author you may be frustrated by lack of success in finding a publisher, and appalled at the charges of self publishers, and wish you could just do it yourself--this is the book for you. She did it for herself, and is spelling out the process for you. Her writing is clear and her points are accurate, in my experience. Even if you're not contemplating true self publishing at this time, this is worthwhile material that may affect your outlook. It costs a pittance, $2.99. I heartily recommend this book.

DOCUMENTARY FILM - www.ara-production.com. I received an email describing this. “Documentary Film represents a highly effective medium to deliver your communication messages effectively to a large group of audience.”

DRAGONCUB - www.dragoncub.com. "We can promote and sell your books of all kinds to the general public over the internet." Their usual charge is 20% of your retail price for their Internet marketing service. But for 2009 it will be free, as they build their reputation. July 2009 update: now they can set you up with your own book selling site complete with shopping cart and other features you may want. October 2012 update: They say they will not charge any commission on your book sales until June 2010. Their site remains, but obviously needs updating.

DreamE Info Network - http://mirror.dreame.cc/search/infonet.html. 2003 UPDATE: It is now advertising the domain name for sale.

DREAM WRITERS — www.dreamwriters.org. Inspired by the Nanowrimo effort to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, this site sponsors a similar effort every month, buttressed by trying to do something with that text once it has been written. I was asked to contribute a pep talk relating to editing, and did so, but it was not acknowledged and I don't know whether it was used. So I ran that pep talk in my FeBlueberry 2009 HiPiers column. October 2011 update: Gone.

EBABYNAMES — — www.ebabynames.com. Another site for names. Their lists are comprehensive, but they do not have Piers, just Pierson. October 2012 update: They still don't have Piers, but I could add it if I wanted to make the effort, so I can't complain, technically. September 2013 update: I tried to find the page where Piers might be listed, but got the message that there was no such page. Sigh.

EBOOKAD - www.ebookad.com/.   Bankrupt. October 2008 update: Yet it is still selling books.

E-BOOK ARCHITECT - www.zizzoo.com/guides/ebook/index.php.    This site is devoted to an ad for a book and program for $39.99: "How to create, publish and sell your ebook online for large profits." Good deal, if it works. October 2009 update: You can get a lower price if you order by October 12, 2007. Since that's two years ago, I'd say this site is not getting updated often. October 2010 update: Uunchanged. October 2012 update: The domain name has expired.

EBOOK EXPLORER - www.ebookexplorer.com.  "We are the first and only site to offer a summarized directory of niche ebooks and how-to-guides on hundreds of specialty topics." I regard this as a peripheral call, but hope it is useful to writers.   December 2006 update: I was unable to connect. October 2007 update: But it's there now. October 2011 update: Still there in good order. September 2013 update: some of their niche books sure look interesting, such as How to Become an Alpha Male and have first date secrets that lead right to sex, or What Husbands Can't Resist, telling wives how to seize power in the marriage. If I were a girl I'd read the first before that first date, so as to know what was coming, and ditto for the second, as a husband. But these books are way too late for me.

E-BOOK EXPRESS - www.m-pro.demon.co.uk.   UPDATE: Gone.

EBOOKS4KIDS- www.ebooks4kids.org. This site offers downloads for children's ebooks, ages infant through 12 years. Authors can sell their books here by getting listed on the site, then selling through their own websites. This is not the same outfit as the defunct EBook4Kids.com. October 2008 update: Now it seems to be a collection of links, not for children. June 2009 update: But now there is an EBOOKS4KIDS LTD. See the Publishing section. October 2010 update: Not Found. October 2011 update: But back again. October 2012 update: Server Not Found.

EBOOKSNBYTES - www.ebooksnbytes.com/. October 2008 update: gone.

EBOOKSTAND - http://ebookstand.com. See Publishing section.

EKONVURS - “We specialize in Content Digitization for all types of clients.” They are based in India.

EDUBOOK - www.edubook.com/. This is an article publishing site that freelance writers can contribute to. As yet it seems spare, but they do have items on Internet article marketing, travel articles, civil liberties, and Ask a Dog Vet Online Now. I suspect that as more writers post more articles, it will become a source of popular and obscure information. October 2011 update: Now it is selling laptops.

EGGPLANT PRODUCTIONS - www.eggplant-productions.com/. See Publishing section

ELECTRONIC AUTHORS GUILD INTERNATIONAL - www.eguild.org. UPDATE: Seems to be gone; the site now leads to a Casino.

ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, by Karen Wiesner - Available from Avid Press, www.avidpress.com. - August 2005 update: This is an excellent book, but at present I don't know who publishes it. October 2010 update: Theoretically, Avid Press does, but that domain is for sale.

ELFWOOD FANTASY ART GALLERY - http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/elfwood.html. This is a site for display of works, both art and writing in science fiction and fantasy. It's not really publishing, and not intended for making money, just as a way to get comments from viewers/readers on your work. Lovely art, though of course it takes time to load. There are a huge number of guided tours. I checked #231 Bad Girls of the Woods (I can't think why such a notion should interest a dirty old man like me) - ouch! It shows a busty virgin running a sword through the head of a unicorn. I conjecture that he tried to devirginate her with his horn, and she would have none of that. Ah, well.
UPDATE: still there, letting creative people show their art to the world.  October 2007 update: They had to close for a week or so for maintenance, but are now moving ahead. October 2011 update: They remain there. I turned off my pictures, because they take forever on dial-up, but bet there are some beauties there.

ELITE SKILLS - www.eliteskills.com/writing_scams/. This is an aspect of a larger site featuring various things like handwriting analysis; this link is to their section on publication scams. For example they really don't like Poetry.com, but they do list other fraudulent outfits too. They urge folk not to link to such sites, because links increase their presence on search engines. I have a bit of a problem with this, as I call a spade a spade, but put links so folk can go there if they disagree. Non-listing can also be used against legitimate sites, and whistle-blowers; its been used against me. So check this site, and make up your own mind. October 2004 update: They sure don't pull their punches. Scams seem especially prevalent in poetry publishers. But their writing advice sections seem scant. October 2010 update: The link now leads to Jimmy Ruska's Video Tutorials. I presume the Elite Skills site annoyed someone and now it's non-listed. October 2011 update: Not Found. September 2013 update: Back in good order.

ENAGO - www.enago.com. This is the world's leading English editing company for scientific and academic papers, offering services to authors whose native language is not English.

ENCHANTED ARTWORKS ARTIST ASSOCIATION - www.enchantedartworks.com/. They have a magazine, and run interviews, among other things; I agreed to be interviewed, though I'm a writer rather than an artist.  October 2007 update: I got a page cannot be found message.

eONLINE BOOKSTORE - www.eonlinebookstore.com/. They are dedicated to promoting online business. They offer Internet marketing ebooks at low cost. If you do a newsletter, they may wish to publish it for their readers to access, with a link to your site. October 2009 update: could not be found. October 2010 update: But now it's there in good order. September 2013 update: Not Found, again.

EPIC--Electronically Published Internet Connection - www.epicauthors.com. This is a nonprofit professional organization for electronically published authors and print authors interested in electronic publishing. They have annual EPPIES awards for the best fiction in several categories. This Survey received a special plaque as "Friend of EPIC" for 2003.   UPDATE: now they have their Model Contract available for anyone to see. It's a kind of choose-your-clause, fill-in-blanks document that is well worth perusing, especially if you have been offered a contract and want to know how it rates. And yes, the Model has a good audit clause. This is a good site for writers; check it, and consider joining EPIC. (No, I haven't joined, trying without much success to remain an objective outsider.)   October 2004 update: Now they also have a "Red Flag/Yellow Flag" list of contract clauses you should be wary of, whether doing electronic or traditional publishing. This is well worth reviewing. They mention some stunts that even I have not encountered, such as the author having to pay a "kill fee" for failing to renew the contract when it expires naturally, or the author being required to buy the books of other authors from the same publisher as a condition for earning royalties on his own book. Maybe we need a Royal Turd award for such outrages. October 2007 update: it is now located at .com instead of .org, same address. October 2011 update: Still there in good order, this time with a list of the finalists for the 2012 eBook Awards. Winners will be announced in March 2012. October 2012 update: But this time the site is simply a page saying that the material is coming soon. This is not a promising indication. It may mean it is going soon. September 2013 update: Now it is in Chinese characters. Damn; I'm afraid EPIC has foundered. October 2013 update: I am told I have the wrong website; it changed. So I corrected it. They are still there.

EQUILLBOOKS - http://www.equillbooks.com. They offer free manuscript conversion, authors' websites, Equill email addresses, along with a written critique of the author's work during their first month of business, ending September 1, 2007. Thereafter their rates will be among the lowest in the industry.  October 2007 update: Now they are a small publishing house. October 2008 update: Now they are listing investment books. October 2010 update: I glanced at the review for How To Become A Billionaire, in case I should ever want to do that. It says that luck is a huge factor. Wow! That's the same as it is in marketing novels. November 2010 update: Yes, I am told these are per title sales. October 2012 update: But the most recent comment I found is almost four years old. This site may not be currently active.

EREC site - http://www.erecsite.com. The proprietor is compiling and listing sales figures for erotic romance publishers, as well as warnings about publishers behaving badly. October 2008 update: It says the average erotic romance ebook sales are 222 copies the first month, 404 in the first year. October 2009 update: Now they have the average monthly sales for a number of electronic publishers this year. For example, if I understand it correctly, Ellora's Cave is 675 copies of 58 books; Samhain is 287 copies of 26 books, and Loose Id 210 copies of 50 books. That suggests about 10 copies sold per title for Ellora's Cave and Samhain, and 4 for Loose Id. I must be misunderstanding, as this is chicken feed. If they mean those sales are per title, that's better. October 2010 update: Their survey of sales continues. Now the average first month sales of erotic romance books is 280 copies, and 619 the first year. Ellora's Cave and Samhain remain first and second. But compared to traditional print publishing, this remains minuscule. October 2011 update: Now this seems to be a publishing search site. September 2013 update: Connection was reset. It must be gone.

EROTICA READERS & WRITERS ASOCIATION - www.erotica-readers.com. This is an international community of those interested in erotica of all types. They have a monthly newsletter, an email discussion group, and information. The interest of this HiPiers listing is in markets for writers rather than pornography, but for those interested in browsing, there are some nice pictures and pieces here. This strikes me as a cut above dirty pictures; there is intellect here too. I did not find an actual listing of erotic publishers, but am told it is a thorough one. It certainly seems to be a nexus for those interested. UPDATE: This time I found the listing, thanks to the help of a reader: click Author Resources, then Call for Submissions, and it's there on the left side. Many Gay and Lesbian markets are included. It's not completely up to date, but comprehensive. October 2008 update: This time I couldn't find Author Resources, but the site has a lot of listings, including movies. October 2009 update: Okay, now it's Writers Authors Resources, also Call For Submissions, listing similar markets. October 2012 update: Still going strong.

EROTIC ROMANCE BLOG - http://www.eroticromancepublishers.com. The proprietor is compiling and listing sales figures for erotic romance publishers and posting results. This seems to indicate that a typical erotic romance will sell about 100 books in the first month, and 300 in the first year. Such sales wouldn't even make the chart for traditional print, but may be good for electronic. October 2008 update: Now it says that the first month is 180, first year 360. But some publishers do better than others. Samhain and Loose ID seem to sell 600-700 in a year. October 2010 update: Not Found. August 2013 update: I had an outdated site address, now corrected.

ESCMAGAZINE - www.escmagazine.com/. The PDF version of this magazine is available for $3, with older issue free to download. It's for amateur writers and artists of all kinds. They get paid only in one hard copy of the magazine. So this would be a showcase for aspiring artists.   August 2003 Update: Gone. October 2004 update: They're back, and are now accepting submissions for future issues. Fiction from 2,500 to 5,000 words, poetry, and artwork. October 2011 update: They're still there.

ESPAN--The Electronic and Small Press Author's Network- http://espan-rwa.tripod.com. August 2003 Update: Gone.

ESSAY WRITING - www.essay-writing-1.com/.    I received an email ad for this one, with an invitation to exchange links. I didn't answer; this is not a links-exchanging site, but a service to aspiring writers. Nevertheless, the subject may be of interest to writers, so I'm listing it here.

EVENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES - http://www.event-management.com/.   This is a publicity firm whose stated purpose is to help companies become well known. Presumably this would apply to publishers too. Unfortunately it was called to my ,attention as a site that collects email addresses for spam distribution.  October 2007 update: it locked up my system. October 2008 update: I'm using Firefox now and it didn't lock up. October 2010 update: Now the link is http://emsincorporated.com, but it seems to be the same outfit. September 2013 update: connection reset.

eWritingCenter.com - www.ewritingcenter.com. "Our premier website with a collection of stories written by authors all over the world. It is a free service for young, amateur, and professional writers. It is also a site for avid readers."
UPDATE: I think this has changed its nature; now it offers many services, I presume for fees, such as "How to write a book in 14 days or less... Guaranteed." In my book, the point is not velocity, but quality; unless it's a very short book or a tight formula, if it is done in two weeks it's bound to be bad. October 2004 update: It offers links to self publishers. October 2008 update: Now it is a Yellow Pages phone book.

EXPERT EDITOR — www.experteditor.com.au. An Australian based editing company that is about launching a book editing service, with talented freelance editors on the team, available for both Australia and international writers.

FABSOLUTE WRITING FORUM - http://absolutewrite.com/forums. This is a general public input discussion group relating to electronic publishing. As I understand it, anyone can start a topic with a statement or question, and others respond with positive, neutral, or negative input. They rake some publishers over the coals, and entries can be fascinating. For example one person asked if a given publisher had any legitimate reviews of its books. A response listed a number of very impressive reviews. A response to that indicated that there were no such reviews; the listing was bogus. Well, now. If you are pondering publishing your opus, go here and look around; you are bound to find something interesting, and you might change your mind about some prospective publishers, or have some input if you have experience with one that others are pondering. This seems like a great service for writers in doubt, or for those who have no doubt and need it. December 2004 update: I randomly checked their feedback on an agent, and was impressed. This is exactly what a new writer needs to know. October 2005 update: they have moved to ABSOLUTE WRITE at www.absolutewrite.com/forums/. October 2012 update: Still going strong, with a huge number of forums. I checked one more or less randomly, and all the entries were in 2006, so obviously it's not current. Probably they shut them down after a term, leaving them for archive reference.

FANFICTION - http://www.fanfiction.net. "Unleash your imagination and free your soul." This seems to be a site where short amateur fiction is run without charge and displayed for anyone to read. I couldn't find a description of its nature on the site, just listings of many stories. It is theoretically ad-free, but ads popped up when I checked it. I received an email from a writer who objected to its policy of deleting all "lemon" pieces. I gather a lemon is a story that is rated R or worse, having elements your maiden aunt would not care for. The email spoke of freedom of speech, but it seems to me that a site can run what it wants, and if it doesn't want lemons, it can legitimately delete them. I speak as one who would much rather read a lemon than a sanitized story. I had some trouble at this site because my system was not equipped for protocols it employs. See also www.adultfanfiction.net for the R rated stories; this may be the naughty companion site. December 2004 update: They report that a serious bug corrupted many of their entries, but they are working to recover, and have just done a large technical upgrade. I sampled randomly, and their material seem good.  October 2007 update: The site now seems to consist of news updates on their upgrading, bug fixing, and features. October 2008 update: I tried to fathom what this site is about, and conclude it may be a review site. October 2010 update: They are performing upgrades again. October 2012 update: They are there in good order now.

FANSTORY - www.fanstory.com/. This appears to be a site devoted to publishing fiction and nonfiction in a number of genres by members for reviews and feedback. They have a system of ratings, but I was not willing to sign up as a member so don't know exactly how they operate. It should be good for new writers looking for exposure and reader feedback, however.  October 2007 update: They list a number of poems and stories, with reader ratings, all of which are Excellent or better. So I clicked on one, and learned I would have to buy it to see more. So I'm not sure I understand their system. October 2008 update: All the rankings still seem to be Exceptional. So I still don't understand it. October 2010 update: Everything they show is still listed Excellent or Exceptional. Either there's a whole lot they aren't showing, or this is puffery, because I have read some amateur fiction myself, and it is seldom better than mediocre.

FANTASIA FROG DESIGNS - http://fantasiafrogdesigns.wordpress.com. They do cover art, mainly for ebooks as well as for blog headers, blogskins, bookmarks, postcards, etc, pretty much anything the author comes up with for new promotional material. Custom designs as well as premade designs. October 2011 update: It no longer exists. August 2013 update: We had the website wrong by a letter; the owners of the site alerted us to our error.

FANtasy today - www.fantasytoday.com/. This is the home of the Internet Fantasy Writers Association, IFWA, a group of published and unpublished fantasy writers. It is intended to be a crossroads for writers to meet and exchange ideas, and more. The prior update survey discovered comprehensive lists of research links, so it is getting there. There's a Writer Talk section, and a Research section.
UPDATE: this hung up indefinitely, making no contact, so may be out of business. December 2006 update: not found. October 2011 update: Under construction. September 2013 update: Still under construction two years later.

FANTASY WRITERS WANTED - www.FantasyWritersWanted.com. This is a link to the eGroup of newbie fantasy writers set up by my collaborator James Richey. If you want to be a fantasy writer, but are girt about by uncertainties, stop in and inquire. October 2005 update: I got an unknown host message. December 2006 update: now the site is there, but no content.  October 2007 update: Now it is there and functioning, but seems to consist of links to related sites.

FEAR OF WRITING - www.fearofwriting.com/. This is a book by Milli Thornton for anyone who suffers this malady. It has cute graphics and seems sincere. It is self published at Xlibris; I list it because it has its own web site and could be a help to nervous writers. There's a message board, a sample chapter, and other things. I looked at the sample Chapter One, which concludes "Writing is a torture chamber invented specifically with you in mind." Exactly. October 2007 update: Now there are a number of pieces by other writers, all on the subject of the challenge of writing. This remains worthwhile for anyone nervous about writing. October 2011 update: It is still there, still looking good for writers who hesitate to start. Good company here. Sampling entries I find an apt comment about the standard advice to just keep writing: what if what you write is not as sharp as you want? What if writing has become work rather than fun? Well, there are ways. “I LOVE the idea of using my fear for something other than self loathing,” says Jenni Bartels. I'd like to kiss her, though I don't suffer from the syndrome.

FERRET & DOVE SANCTUARY - www.myspace.com/ferretanddove. This isn't a publisher or related service, but I'm adding it because its a volunteer-created page for folk who love small animals, and folk might want to see what's going on, including publication of a children's book. October 2011 update: Now additional plugins are required, but some information remains.

FETCH BOOK - www.FetchBook.info/. This is a price finding service for buyers who want to locate the cheapest edition. I tested it by typing in my own novel Key to Havoc with no other information and it immediately gave me a listing of prices at various online bookstores, ranked in order of cheapness, as well as providing the author's name and the book number, and making it easy to click to order it at any of the listed stores. I believe there were even links to reviews. No complications at all; this service works.

FICTION PRESS - www.fictionpress.com/.  "What is FictionPress? FictionPress is a growing network of over 144,000 writers, hundreds of thousands of readers, and home to over 890,000 original works. As a writer, this is a place to showcase your creativity and for a reader, FictionPress is an opportunity to feast to your heart's content."  December 2006 update: now it is half a million writers/readers and 900,000 original works. October 2008 update: The site took so long to load -- about 10 minutes -- that I gave up on it. October 2009 update: but no problem this time. October 2010 update: Now it's a growing network of over 1 million writers/readers, and home to over 1,200,000 original works.

FIRST EDITION DESIGN EPUBLISHING - www.firsteditiondesignebooks.com. I received a note from the publisher. They convert and eformat files, and distribute to thousands of points including libraries and schools and top Internet retailers worldwide. They also provide other author services.

FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS — http://floridabookawards.wordpress.com/. "Did you have a book published in 2010? you may want to consider submitting it to the Florida Book Awards!" They began in 2006 and are committed to celebrating the amazing Florida literary community. They are the most comprehensive state book awards competition in the country, and the only one with a Spanish-language category. Deadline for 2010 entries is Monday, January 3, 2011. Soon they will have author interviews, reviews and other features. They are also on Facebook and Twitter. October 2011 update: Yes, it's an annual event. Current deadline for submission is December 1, 2011. October 2012 update: Still there, and listing further submission dates seems pointless, as they are a continuing operation. October 2013 update: there is a $50 entry fee.

FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION, at www.floridawriters.net/. "Welcome to Florida's first and only statewide, nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to the support and networking of both aspiring and published writers in any genre." They will strive to encourage and inspire writers throughout the state with group workshops, meetings, panel discussions, book fairs, bimonthly magazines and annual conferences. They have a slate of directors and committees. They say they are the fastest-growing writer's organization in the south, and are looking for new members and leaders. December 2006 update: I participated in their FWAConference November 10-12 in Orlando, Florida and found it good. See my Conference Report in my December 2006 HiPiers column.  August 2007 update: Their Royal Palm Literary Awards Contest deadline has been extended to August 1, 2007. Unfortunately this update just misses it, but maybe there will be other times. October 2008 update: No, my update continues to miss their deadline. October 2009 update: Ha: this time I'm in time to mention their 8th annual Florida Writers Conference, October 23-25, 2009, at Lake Mary, Florida. October 2010 update: This year it's Oct 22-24, 2010, I think in Orlando. October 2011 update: They continue in good order. September 2013 update: And continuing.

FONER BOOKS, at www.fonerbooks.com/. Last August I was told of this, and promised to get right on it-and lost it in my chronic shuffle. So, belatedly, I looked it up, and there's some interesting material here. Such as "Interview with a Vampublisher" and "Print-On-Demand Book Publishing." I'm listing this in the Services section as it seems more informational than practical, but I understand he does have advice on how to start a self publishing company. October 2012 update: Now they lead off with computer troubleshooting and laptop repair, but they do have information on publishing.

FREE FICTION - http://www.free-fiction.com. Gone.

FREELANCE WRITERS - www.freelancewriters.com. December 2006 update: yes, it's gone. 

FREE SOFTWARE - freesoftware-1136n08@yahoo.com. I received an email ad from this address for digital publishing tools. I don't know how useful it might be.

GET BOOK REVIEWS - www.getbookreviews.com/. They will help a writer to find book reviews, and have a book review newsletter. When I checked they didn't have many reviews, but presumably they'll be expanding.   August 2003 Update: They show six featured books that do look interesting, such as Seduce Me and The Cult Around the Corner. If I had more time I'd love to get free copies to review. But I'm not clear how many readers will see such reviews. The cost for an in-house review is $275 per book; they post the review online and distribute it to the media, but that doesn't necessarily mean the review will be published or widely read. December 2004 update: Introductory package for $175.  October 2007 update: Now they have a Rapid Review Service for $150. December 2008 update: they have a Press Release Special for $99. A Rapid Review is $150. the Combo Package of all their services is $350. November 2011 update: Combo package is now $299. September 2013 update: You can list your book, making it available for review, for $25.

GHOST FOREST - www.ghostforest.com/. This is actually a fantasy novel for children, available free for downloading, for now, with pictures and a history of the project. Perhaps of interest to those who want to see how a fantasy novel can come to be. October 2007 update: I got a notice: This Account Has Been Suspended. December 2008 update: It remains in business, and should be of interest to children. October 2009 update: This time I got a blank screen. October 2010 update: Still that ghostly blank screen. September 2013 update: Now it is there in good order.

GLOBAL SALES - globalsales@isla.net. George Rodriguez & Associates translate books from and into 29 languages. This is a email address, not a web site, so I didn't check for prices and have no way to know competence. So if your manuscript is in Greek and you want to translate it to Basque, there's the service.

GLOBAL TALK RADIO - www.globaltalkradio.com/ I received a notice that they have launched a new promotional service. You can get your own URL, a professional 5 minute interview available for on-demand listening, your picture, a 1-3 paragraph description about yourself, your mission, or your book. December 2008 update: They have a special Host Your own Talk Show for $99 per month. October 2012 update: Still there and current.

GRAMMARLY — www.grammarly.com This is an online tool that corrects and explains grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes that abound in self published works. The proprietor offered to send it to me so that I could try it and review it, but I demurred, as my prior experience with such things has been negative—I know more about the subject than they do—and I operate mainly offline. I'm sure many writers could really benefit from something like this. (Web underling's note: A free trial period allows you to evaluate the service. The pricing page on Grammarly's website states subscription rates from $37.95 monthly to $174.95 annually, with various discounts offered.) September 2013 update: The site says this is trusted by more than three million people. That's a good recommendation.

GREEN BOOK FESTIVAL — www.greenbookfestival.com. I received an email announcing that the 2009 Green Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual competition honoring books that contribute to greater understanding, respect and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. They will consider published, self-published, and independent publisher works of all types. Entries can be in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Italian. Grand prize is $1,500 and transportation to the April 2009 Earth Day celebration in Los Angeles. But I'm not clear on the deadline for entries. October 2010 update: And it's on for 2013. November 2011 update: Maybe I typoed it before, because now the call is for 2012 entries. I still can't find the deadline. October 2012 update: And the call is for 2013. Ha: I finally found the deadline: April 25, 2013.

GROPEN ASSOCIATES - www.gropenassoc.com. A consulting firm, which you can hire for as little as 30 minutes. Marion Gropen works primarily with very small publishers and includes quite a bit of information writers might want. Listings of publicists and self-publishing e-communities. Listservs: pub-forum, publish-I, self-publishing. December 2005 update: Marion Gropen says "May I suggest that the PMA Newsletter is also a wonderful resource for those who are interested in the world of small publishing? As is the annual seminar series that PMA throws just before BEA." In my jammed schedule this time I lacked time to look these up, so relay the suggestion on faith. December 2008 update: This site was given a "Truly Useful Site" award by Preditors and Editors. November 2011 update: their services are $200 an hour by phone or email, but they work to ensure that your profits improve more than that.

GUIDE TO FICTION ON THE WEB - www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/2465/index.html. October 2010 update: No Longer Available.

GUTENBERG PRESS - http://sailor.gutenberg.org. They make public domain books available online in text format, free.   Huge listing. October 2005 update: I got a blank screen. June 2006 update: it seems I had the wrong site address; they're still going strong. October 2007 update: There are over 20,000 free books in their catalog, and 100,000 via their Partners, Affiliates and Resources. December 2008 update: Now they have over 25,000 free books. October 2009 update: And it is up to 30,000 free books. November 2011 update: Their founder, Michael Hart, passed away September 6. They continue, with over 36,000 books. Through related services there are 100,000 more. October 2012 update: Now it's over 40,000 free ebooks. September 2013 update: Now over 42,000 free ebooks. It keeps growing. They also help authors self publish.

HASMARK SERVICES - www.hasmarkservices.com. I received a flyer saying join any or all of their upcoming campaigns this year and you have a chance to win the ultimate bestseller campaign. They say that over the past five years they have become the leading authority in the book marketing business. I haven't checked them out, but list them here for those who might be interested in their promotional services. November 2012 update: a plugin is required to view their content. I don't do those, being on dialup. But this site seems similar to Wise Bear, listed below.

HAVE YA HEARD? -  See Zyonair.

HOLLY LISLE - www.hollylisle.com/. Author of more than twenty published novels. Her site has general advice for writers, workshops, articles on writing, news items, reader input. There's a good deal there, for browsing. December 2007 update: This time I checked her comment on agents, and it is apt. To find one, she recommends first, check with a writer you know for a recommendation. Second, go through the most current edition of Insiders Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents or a similar guide. Third, check the Association of Authors; Representatives. My private caveat is that you should be prepared to have none of these give you the time of day; locating an agent is hardly the same as signing on with it. December 2008 update: She has a quiz for writers: "How Much Do YOU Know About Writing Fiction?" I checked the longest category, Over Five Years (I've been writing and selling for over 45 years) and the first question is "What goal do you have for your writing?" with answer options ranging from it being a hobby to wanting to use it to support your family. My goals go beyond that, but this seems like a worthwhile exploration for early writers. August 2010 update: I have learned of her publishing venture, REBEL TALES, now listed in the Publishers section. November 2011 update: Now you can sign up for her weekly tips on writing, which she says are complete mini-lessons. October 2013 update: This has all manner of comments, contests, and stuff of interest to writers. I suspect this is a good place to browse, to get in the mood for writing.

HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL - HollywoodBKFest@aol.com. They have issued a call for entries to their annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game, and multimedia communities. They mean to spotlight literature worthy of further consideration, and facilitate getting those works to the proper hands for consideration by the entertainment industry. They will consider published, self-published, and independent fiction, non-fiction, and just about anything else. The grand prize is $1,000 and a flight to Los Angeles.

HOLT UNCENSORED - www.holtuncensored.com/. This is mainly about traditional publishing, tracking its follies. As such, it can be an education for starry-eyed aspiring writers. Worth checking on general principles.   Read a sample column; I suspect that fans of my monthly HiPiers column will like Holt, too. December 2004 update: Random sampling took me to ten mistakes writers make, and it is an excellent discussion. Holt remains well worth reading. December 2006 update: It is on hiatus now, because of family health concerns, but the site remains with its original material. December 2008 update: it is active now, with a list of three things he'd like to see, the first being Online Royalty Accounts for Authors. It make sense, but traditional publishers seem stuck in the 19th century and are loath to try the 20th, let alone the 21st. November 2011 update: It remains active. November 2012 update: There's a lot here, with archives going back over four years. October 2013 update: This time there's a long review of Narcopolis, which seems to be a savagely graphic anti-woman novel. Then sour comments about the hugeness of the Random House complex. And Amazon. These are matters worth pondering. Holt is one cynical man.

HORROR MASTER - www.horrorfind.com. This is a search engine specializing horror, with information on anything relating, including contests and conventions. HiPiers.com is listed. June 2009 update: they have a Premium Listing deal, where you can get 8 months for the price of 4, saving $320. October 2013 update: It remains, this time featuring Haunted Houses, trails, woods and similar attractions.

HOW TO DO THINGS - www.howtodothings.com/. This is a site with a library of articles about writing. "HowToDoThings strives to solve people's everyday problems by compiling reliable information from experienced contributors in over 250 categories." They invited me to contribute, but I'm satisfied to contribute my notions to my own site. But this should be a useful source of information and advice for questing writers. December 2008 update: They need writers to contribute articles. "Help others, gain recognition and get paid!" October 2013 update: the site remains, but I saw no articles about writing. I suspect it has become a general purpose search engine.

HOW TO WRITE A BEST SELLING FANTASY NOVEL - www.ozcomedy.com/fantasy.htm.    UPDATE: gone  December 2006 update: now it is an adult friend finder, featuring some pretty sexy female anatomy. This is a public service announcement. December 2007 update: Alas, the anatomy is gone. November 2009 update: The link now leads to Vision Personals, a search site for men seeking hot women. I have pictures turned off, to save time checking sites, but get the impression that the anatomy is back in quantity. October 2010 update: Not Found.

HOW TO WRITE A BOOK - www.jojaffa.com/guides/writeabook.htm#kit. Practical advice about how to write a book. It assumes that you have no idea what to write, so takes you on an intellectual tour of deciding. November 2009 update: Now it has forums and recommended books on the subject, together with advice. November 2011 update: It lists three ways to inspire yourself: take a day off to do something fun, take a bargain holiday, go find a cause to support. October 2013 update: it also tackles self publishing for profit, and continues with general advice. This is a good site for an aspiring writer to browse.

ICANWIN2 - www.icanwin2.com/macbeth25win. December 2006 update: Now it's a job search site.

IFICTION - www.aburt.com/ifiction/. This is a free service to authors. They can sell their stories to readers directly. They are paid by PayPal, which takes a fee of 30 cents plus 3% from each translation. The author gets the rest; iFiction takes nothing, being run by donations. The proprietor is Andrew Burt, a science fiction author who runs an online workshop for science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Remember, authors are responsible for the details publishers normally cover, like copyright registration and marketing, and there are no covers: the story has to sell by its own merits.

IMAGES AND WRITERS — http://imagesandwriters.com. November 2009 update: The site can't be found.

I'M A PUBLISHED NOVELIST?...HA! HA! HA!--the email address is too complicated for me to type without fouling up, so this is just a mention, not a link. It is somewhere on The Vines Network (which I understand will be going out of business). Lisa Maliga has done a light-hearted article detailing her humiliating experience with an epublisher. This is a warner for whoso would be warned: success, riches, and fame are not necessarily eagerly seeking the new novelists out. But I can give you her home site, which does have related material in its "essays" section: www.lisamaliga.com/. UPDATE: Lisa says she has established an e-publishing page for other e-published writers, at LISAMALIGA, below.

IMPRINT BOOKS - www.imprintbooks.com. This is a sales service, not a publisher. December 2007 update: Now it's a collection of relevant links.  

INDEPENDENT BOOK - www.independentbook.com.  November 2011 update: The domain is for sale.

INFINITE WORLDS OF FANTASY AUTHORS - www.iwofa.net/. This is an organization of published writers in the speculative fiction genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, alternative history, dark romance, dark fantasy, or magic realism. "We build dreams. Come journey with us." Membership is free. October 2013 update: Now it warns that the site is intended for adults only; those under 18 are asked to stay out.

INFUSION - www.stickbull.com. Gone.

INKED IN - http://inkedin.ning.com/?xgi=6uW4Gpa. INKED IN-http://inkedin.ning.com/?xgi=6uW4Gpa. "You are invited to join the creative people who share Inked In, the social community for writers, musicians and artists from the Burry Man Writers Center." November 2012 update: Currently undergoing maintenance. October 2013 update: Not Found.

INKSPOT - Shut down, but its place is being taken by WRITING-WORLD, which see.

INSTANT PUBLISHER - www.instantpublisher.com/. This offers Print On Demand software that will take your manuscript and print 25 to 5,000 copies in 7-10 days. The price per book varies, depending on book size, number of pages, front cover design and binding style. For example it might cost $4.92 per book to produce 200 copies of a 200-page book.   August 2003 Update: Gone. December 2004 update: Back the same as ever. November 2012 update: Still there. If you want to do it yourself, they offer the options.

INTEGRATIVE INK - www.integrativeink.com/. This is an editing and publishing services company that recently moved to the Tampa Bay area. It exists to assist both established and beginning authors in self or e-publishing, helping with editing, manuscript formatting, and design, plus a number of free services. They accept Windows files and also OpenOffice and StarOffice (the kind I use). They associate with Lulu.com, whose entry is elsewhere in this survey. I checked their charge for Extensive editing: one to two cents a word. Less for moderate editing, and you can get quotes for other services. So if you have a manuscript and fear it is buggy, these folk may help you, for a price.

INTERNET ARCHIVE - www.archive.org/. They are compiling a library of research materials open to all, but also seem to have some fiction. So if you want your book to be available free, this is the place. November 2012 update: They have a wide compass, covering Video, Live Music, Audio, and Texts. How relevant it is to authors seeking publication I'm not sure.

JONATHAN CLIFFORD'S advice on Vanity Publishing. "Worthwhile reading for anybody just discovering writing (and publishing) for the first time." MW

KNO - — www.kno.com/. I received a note from an eTextbook company with this address. It required additional plugins to get full information, so I couldn't get full information, but gather it is an application that will enable you to buy and read textbooks on various platforms.

KNOW BETTER - www.knowbetter.com/. A site covering everything relating to the electronic book business. Free ebook directory where authors and/or publishers can list their titles free of charge; 11,000 already listed, from 160 publishers. A Forum where folk can discuss books, post reviews, announcements of new ebooks available. Interviews, reviews, columns. Seems worth checking out. October 2005 update: when I routinely checked it, surprise, there was a review of Key to Havoc, and double surprise, it was quite favorable. Naturally I won't let that affect my judgment of this site...much. November 2011 update: I got a “Configuration Error” notice, whatever that means. November 2012 update: This time there was only a message: “Watch this space for new stuff.” October 2013 update: Not Found.

KS PRINTING - www.ksprinting.net. This is a printing house in China with 30 years experience that does global business. They can print children's books, magazines, novels, catalogs, calendars and other softcover and hardcover books. High quality printing at a reasonable price. They also mention “copyright trade” which I presume means getting copyrighted in China.

LADY ORACLE - www.ladyoracle.com/. Gone.

LARSEN-POMADA LITERARY AGENTS - www.larsen-pomada.com/ December 2007 update: Site Not Found. December 2008 update: Still not there, so I'm deleting most of the entry. October 2009 update: I learned that the link I had was too complicated. The agency is still there. November 2011 update: It says that three ways to make yourself irresistible to any agent or publisher are 1. Understand, 2. Develop, 3. Commit. Presumably their writers conferences clarify that obscurity. November 2012 update: Server not found.

LEAKING PEN - see THE LEAKING PEN

LEGAL FICTION - www.legal-fiction.com. December 2007 update: This seems to have changed its nature, and is now a general relevant links site, legal issues not mentioned. November 2010 update: This is now a healthcare site.

LISA MALIGA - www.lisamaliga.com/. Lisa has epublishing and essays subsections. She is disgusted with eNovel for low standards and lack of promotion there. At one point her book ranked #48 in sales there, of almost 400 titles--and it had sold only one copy. Unfortunately, this may be typical of a number of epublishers.
UPDATE: The site seems to have filled out, with a list of epublished books, and general advice for writers. There are a number of links to sites of interest to those considering epublishing. October 2003 Update: Lisa tells how one of her articles was pirated/plagiarized, and the perpetrator will neither remove it nor respond. I'm with her; this sort of thing in plain stealing, and should be punished. June 2004 update: she is putting up more of her epublishing tales. Her new novel North of Sunset has been published. December 2004 update: Soothe your aching feet with whipped shea butter; she's a figure skating fan who makes this. Lisa is a fun gal; she even gives a link to this site of mine, and she sent me a bar of her chocolate flavored soap. I have surely been rendered nonobjective. December 2008 update: But I don't see anything relevant to electronic publishing any more. November 2010 update: under epublishing she has a discussion of her experience with Publish America. I am quoted therein, from when I reviewed her novel North of Sunset, which I liked. Her discussion is well worth reading, regardless. November 2012 update: Now it's a lovely reddish brown background, but a plugin required to read some of it. October 2013 update: connection reset; that may be bad news.

LINICK GROUP--(no address given). I received a warning about this. The proprietor claims he will pre-publish your novel, get sales and testimonials on it, and then get you a publisher that pays royalties. My informant says he got hoodwinked for $15,000 and his attorney learned that this outfit was charged on 13 counts of literary fraud in New York in 1980-81. It advertises in The Literary Market Place, a book stocked by most libraries. Beware.

LITERARY AGENT - www.literaryagent.com/. UPDATE: gone.

LOADS OF ODES - www.loadsofodes.co.uk/. This is a British site for "real life poetry" about the world and the people in it that it seems anyone can contribute to. December 2006 update: not found.  December 2007 update: It's there now. November 2009 update: Now it seems to be a search site, mostly for poetry publishers. November 2010 update: They continue with their annual contests in many genres. November 2012 update: And now it had comment on credit cards, and additional plugins required.

LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL - http://londonbookfestival.com. They have issued a call for entries to their 2007 program. They will consider just about anything, including self published books. A panel of judges will consider the story-telling ability of the author, and the potential of the work to win wider recognition from the international publishing community. Entries can be in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Italian. Enter by November 25, 2007. There is a fee of $50 per submission, and the grand prize is $1500 and a flight to London or Los Angeles. December 2008 update: similar for 2008; it's an annual thing. Deadline for 2008 is November 25, so this entry is too late, but there will surely be more for 2009. November 2010 update: They continue with their annual contests in many genres. November 2011 update: Deadline for their current contest is November 25, 2011. November 2012 update: and this year's contest is on.

LONDONGLUE - www.londonglue.com/. I received an invitation to place an ad with them. I didn't, but feel they may be relevant to aspiring writers because they run poems, stories and scripts. They say the site is accessed by thousands of Londoners every day. They have a wide variety of community interests. November 2011 update: Server not found.

LOVENPOETRY - www.Lovenpoetry.com. Gone.

LOVEWRITING - www.lovewriting.co.uk. Individual authors and independent publishers can feature a title for £100 a year—about $150—so that readers can download and read extracts and decide whether to buy. Books will be categorized by genre. Lovewriting has formed a relationship with self publisher Matador for those who wish to use it. (I don't have its address yet.) This service is at the Beta Test stage at present. December 2008 update: It seems to be fully functional now. November 2011 update: It continues. But when I clicked Terms and Conditions, it just put me back at the head of the home file. October 2013 update: Now Terms and Conditions is operative.

LULU - www.lulu.com.    See Publishers section.

MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIA ARTIST & WRITER RETREAT - www.magmagnolia.com/literary_arts1.   This appears to be an ongoing contest for aspiring writers, with no entry fees. It has entries with interesting automatically scrolling text samples. December 2006 update: now you must email; the site is blank.  November 2009 update: Site can't be found. November 2010 update: Now it's a search engine.

MAKE MILLIONS MAKE CHANGE — www.makemillionsmakechange.com. There's more to money than just making money.” This book will help you start or expand a business. I checked it on the assumption that it was an audio book resource, but I'm not sure of that.

MANUSCRIPT DEPOT - www.manuscriptdepot.com/. UPDATE: This now seems to be a general search facility; I didn't find anything about writing. December 2008 update: Now they list Agents, self publishers, and a subsidy publisher.

MANUSCRIPT EDIT - www.manuscriptedit.com. “We specialize in providing services in English editing & proofreading in all subject fields of science, medicine, technology, engineering, academic, humanities and social sciences.” They say they have the highest standard of professional English editing and proofreading, and highly qualified and experienced expert subject editors from top universities. Fast, reliable and timely delivery. Competitive pricing.

MARY WOLF'S GUIDE TO ELECTRONIC PUBLISHERS - www.maryzwolf.com. The original list does not include fee-charging self-publishing facilities, but a new category does. If you check all the sites I list, and none suit you, this guide has some I have not yet caught up with, though I'm trying. Mary Wolf says that she was about to start her own epublishing company when she was proffered a deal for Hard Shell. So she became its owner, and has been too busy since to write her own books. I have a notion how that is. The Internet is like an alluring siren; it can tempt an unwary person into destruction. (Nothing personal, Mary Mermaid.) UPDATE: now it also has a separate list of epublishers that have gone out of business or merged into others. There's also a list of other epublishing information sites, though it doesn't list this one. Maybe Mary's giving me the silent treatment. December 2008 update: The site does not appear to have been updated since 2004. November 2011 update: Now the link leads to Moonspinners Writers Page.

MEANIES AND WEENIES - http://meaniesandweenies.blogspot.com. This is a blog run by "Dunn Hadenuff" that focuses on bad stories about the writing industry. December 2008 update: One entry is titled "Been Snubbed" by an author or other publishing professional. Seems it happen a lot. I hope never to appear on such a list, as I do answer my mail. November 2010 update: I see nothing more recent than 2007. October 2013 update: Still dated 2007, but the material remains interesting.

MEET REAL PA - www.freewebs.com/meet_real_pa/. This is an even-handed expose of PUBLISH AMERICA by Betsy Markman, running her dialogue with them. Those considering this publisher should read this. She was, in the end, sadly disappointed.

MIC DESIGNS 4 YOU - www.micdesigns4you.webs.com. Michelle (that would be the "mic") just opened a new website for authors to purchase marketing materials, such as book trailers and ad placements.

MRLASERS EBOOK FORMATTING AND PRODUCTION SERVICES - ebooks@mrlasers.com. They specialize in a hand-crafted approach to formatting and conversion for all major eBook formats for publishers and independent authors.

MR WEB EDIT — www.mrwebedit.com. I received a notice: "We are an on-line service provider for all journalism and publishing activities—original articles, ghost writing, editing, magazine management etc." October 2013 update: Plugin required, but the site remains.

MULTIMEDIA SOFTWARE - www.presentware.com/. This is software for creating CD-ROMS, and some are using it to publish e-books and multiple pdf files. So if you wish to publish this way, they say this is extremely easy to use.  November 2009 update: This site has been temporarily disabled, I would guess from nonpayment of the rent. November 2011 update: Now it is in Chinese symbols. November 2012 update: Server not found.

MUSE MEDIA - www.musemedia.net. "Publishing Publicity and Public Relations" -- your one-stop shop. December 2007 update: Page Not Found. December 2008 update: It's there now, but does not seem to relate to publishing. November 2009 update: Not there. November 2010 update: There again, but largely blank. November 2011 update: There are Chinese symbols. November 2012 update: Now in english, but says it is Sedo's Domain Parking.

MY BLUE SHOES - www.myblueshoes.com/. Custom web design, Internet marketing, online publishing. This is supposed to contain the best tools, resources and links that may be useful for writers. October 2013 update: The site remains, but is copyrighted 2004-2007. There have been no advances in six years?

MY FREE READ — www.myfreeread.com. This is a free marketing tool, and they may have profit-sharing from their advertising revenues. They are looking for good quality eBooks, eZines, and self published articles for their new website. November 2011 update: Server not found. sale.

MY WRITER TOOLS - www.mywritertools.com/. This is software listing for $29.95, introductory price $19.95. A program to help writers produce and clean up their documents. Works with Microsoft Windows Word. November 2012 update: This time I didn't see a price.

NANOWRIMO - www.nanowrimo.org. This is the National Novel Writing Month, challenging writers to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, quality no object. I haven't listed it before, because it's a once a year effort, but now I am, in part because I am one of the established authors who gives a pep-talk for November 2008. Just writing a short novel on a short deadline is no breeze, as this annual effort shows. November 2009 update: November is the month. So if you're participating, quit surfing HiPiers and get with the program. November 2011 update: It continues this year. November 2012 update: And every year as far as I know. They have good general advice that I suspect would help even those not participating in the annual writing frenzy. October 2013 update: They list the total collective word count for the year 2012 as 3,319,909,353. That would make about 66,400 50,000 word novels, if my spot math is correct. Many folk are doing a lot of writing in a month.

NATIONAL WRITER'S UNION (NWU) - www.nwu.org. This requires a bit of explaining. First, yes, it really is a union, UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO, so if you don't like unions, this is not for you. Second, if you are serious about writing, you can join. Most writer's organizations require a writer to have had something published or sold recently to be eligible; NWU recognizes that the vagaries of sometimes whimsical or mean-spirited editorial decisions are not the definition of a writer. If you are writing, you are probably eligible for membership, and not on a standby or second-tier basis. If you have written a novel, or stories, or articles, and have tried to get them published, in any genre, or if you have written a movie or TV screenplay and it wasn't a joke, or poetry, or whatever, you are a writer. Maybe an unsuccessful one, but you still do bleed when editorially cut, and NWU cares. It is your dedication and effort that count, your dream and heart, not the luck of the editorial draw. I understand some writers organizations refuse to consider Internet-published writers; no need to be concerned. In short, NWU is doing for writers what the Internet is doing for publication: opening it up so that the common grunts can play too. There is no elitism here. It will cost you, however. Annual dues are $95 or more, depending on your writing income. So why should you join? Well, you shouldn't, if you are not serious about writing. But if you have any notion of making any money at writing, let alone a living, you should join. Other writer's organizations may or may not help their members when there is mischief, and may actually hurt a writer; I have been the route in spades. Some do good work, but on a higher plane; your objection to getting stiffed on a payment for an article may be beneath their notice. But NWU is really there fighting in the trenches. For example, it sued to salvage electronic rights for writers, so that publishers could not stiff writers on the Internet. It actively goes after errant publishers. In terms of protection for writers, this is an attack dog. Its membership is growing rapidly; it is now over 6,000 and not cresting. It maintains an agent database that includes negative as well as positive input. In short, if there is an organization with an attitude much like mine, it is the NWU. I have been a member since 1993. It is not illustrious, but in gut terms it may be the most influential writer's organization extant. If you are a writer and can join only one organization, this is the one. NWU won the big lawsuit: publishers can't grab electronic rights without contracting and paying for them. This is highly significant, though it is now being appealed. But it did drop the ball on a complaint about an Internet publisher stiffing its authors. What use to salvage electronic rights, if writers are not similarly protected from errant electronic publishers? So its record is stained, unfortunately, in an embarrassing way, considering that lawsuit. December 2004 update: There are many useful things available to anyone, on its site, such as grievances against some publishers. June 2005 update: NWU announces that an $18 million settlement has been reached in the class-action case of Gerald Posner against databases and publishers illegally selling articles over the Internet without the authors' permission. "The Supreme Court in New York Times vs. Tasini had a very simple solution for companies that want to market a writer's article: pay for it." December 2007 update: I was a member, but they dropped me. I'm sure they are still doing good work, however. December 2008 update: They say they have nearly 2,000 members. I guess they don't miss me. November 2009 update: Now they mention having 1,500 members, so maybe they are dropping other writers as they did me. They are addressing the Google Copyright infringement Settlement, urging Author's Guild to withdraw from it. This is a complicated issue, but authors do need to pay attention, because otherwise they may discover that their works are being borrowed and used without regard to copyright protections. November 2010 update: Now they have 1,200 members. Apparently they are still dropping members like me. I wonder why? November 2011 update: Still at 1,200 members, so maybe they have stopped dropping them. I admit to being bemused by being thus dumped after I had contributed several tens of thousands of dollars to their efforts. November 2012 update: The site has information on the publisher's settlement with Google, objecting to the secrecy of its terms. I should think so. October 2013 update: I was unable to reach them; the connection kept being reset.

NERVE - www.nerve.com. This bills its contents as "literary smut," and I must say that my check of its site showed interesting material on nudity, nude photos, and sexy notions. It's the kind of place for a dirty old man to browse. If only I had more time. What makes it interesting, apart from the obvious, is that it is offering Name writers a package of stock options in addition to money. But evidently not for beginning writers. It seems to be primarily a magazine. November 2011 update: All kinds of provocative new items, but I'm not sure how well it relates to actual writing or marketing.

NETSENSE - www.netsensegs.com/. The site is still under construction, but will offer conversions of many kinds for cost-effective solutions. November 2012 update: It is functioning now, offering many kinds of service, but publishing, editing, or marketing advice don't seem to be included.

NEW-AUTHOR.COM - www.new-author.com/. UPDATE: I got a black screen with the message "Coming soon." October 2004 update: it is back in business. April 2005 update: a report says they have little material and did not respond to questions. December 2007 update: Site Not Found. December 2008 update: the site is parked. Apparently it is out of business. November 2010 update: But now it is functioning. It says it is a unique Internet publishing service that charges the author nothing and he gets all the income from sales. They are doing this because they just want to help. I will be interested in feedback from authors to verify whether this is for real. November 2012 update: Now it seems to be a search site related to books. October 2013 update: A message: “If you feel you have reached this site in error...” This does not bode well.

NEW BOOKSELLER - http://NewBookSeller.com. December 2008 update: "This domain may be for sale."

NEW CENTURY PUBLISHING - www.newcenturypublishing.com. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It's an Irish publisher, founded in 1997, whose publications range from glossy magazines to leaflets. It seems to be a self publisher. I did not find rates.

NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL - http://newyorkbookfestival.com. It is calling for entries to its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the world's publishing capital. It will consider published, self-published, and independent publisher fiction, non-fiction, children's teenage, how-to, audio, comics, e-books, science fiction, romance, biography/autobiography, or wild card (anything goes). Entries can be in English, Spanish, French, or Italian. Grand prize of $1,500 and a flight to New York for the awards. Deadline is April 25, 2007. Entry fee $50 for each submission. My comment: this looks interesting, but I am wary of that charged submission; it may or may not be legitimate. December 2007 update: They have issued a call for 2008 entries, same terms, same prize. Deadline is May 25, 2008. 2008 update: It's an annual event. October 2013 update: It continues.

NOAHIDE BOOKS - www.noahidebooks.com. I received an email: "For something different, try a Noahide Book. Totally free of charge to read online." I haven't checked it; could be a bookseller. November 2010 update: Page could not be displayed. November 2012 update: Not found.

NOKBOK - https://nokbok.com/how-nokbok-works. This is a new website where authors must pay $4.99 per month to post their literature. Readers can also pay $4.99 per month to read online. Authors get paid 60% of Nokbok's revenue. Or authors can post for free but not get paid. I haven't looket at the site, but am told it explains how it makes the 60% calculation.

NOW WRITE! - www.nowwrite.net/. I received an email describing this, but I'm not clear on its nature. It describes three Now Write! anthologies: You Can't Make This Stuff Up: the Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction—from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between, by Lee Gutkind; The Essential Guide for New Writers, From Idea to Finished Manuscript, by Valerie Storey; Riding the alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing (and not getting eaten) by Pen Densham. These look like good references for those in need.

NUEVA SCHOOL - http://nuevaschool.org/~debbie/library/reading/yngwrite.html. This lists online opportunities for young writers, such as Inkspot and online publications that accept student submissions. UPDATE: couldn't connect. February 2008 update: I had left out a /; now it should work. November 2010 update: but it wouldn't connect. November 2012 update: Not found.

OCEAN GRAPHIC CO, LTD - http://www.oceangraphic.com.hk.     This is a printing company based in Hong Kong with factories in China that provides printing and color separation services. October 2005 update: They say they are now offering very attractive prices. Considering the competitive pricing of other Chinese products, I suspect they mean it.

OMNIFIC PUBLISHING - www.omnific.com/. "Omnific is a full-service advertising and marketing agency that offers traditional and digital media solutions for advertisers of all sizes." I was queried about this, so looked it up, but am not sure it relates to electronic publishing. Regardless, reports are mixed.

OMNILIT - see All Romance Books

ONLINE BOOK PUBLICITY — http://online-book-publicity.ning.com/. I received a flier on this. It seems to be an aspect of Substance Books, which see.

ONLINE ENGLISH DEGREE IN THE 21st CENTURY: THE ROLE, IMPORTANCE, AND POWER OF WORDS - www.onlineenglishdegree.com. If you want to write books, it helps to know how to use the language. Whether getting a degree will help you I can't say; I got a BA in Creative Writing on the way to developing my career as a writer, but there are many who made good as writers without degrees. But this should show you where to go to get into such studies. The site is a discussion of what English is, what to look for in an online English school, what levels are available, how long it takes to get an English degree, examples of online English courses, available areas of specialization (such as Creative Writing), what you can do with an English degree, what is a Writer, and What does a Writer do? That last includes Author, Copy Writer, Editor, Technical Writer, and Reporter. In sum: there's much to learn here, even if you don't want a degree.

ONLINE REVIEW OF BOOKS & CURRENT AFFAIRS - http://www.onlinereviewofbooks.com. This is an electronic journal that intends to review all books, not just traditional print ones. They accept all independently published books in any format. They are looking for reviewers. The March issue has a good article on independent book publishers, small press, and POD. October 2005 update: This time my sampling found a two-fisted liberal political commentary. I presume they do other slants too; the point is they are not pussyfooting when it comes to a free press. December 2007 update: They remain as ornery and outspoken as ever, this time taking off on Hillary and Mother Teresa. No, it's not mindless, it's thought provoking. December 2008 update: And on Obama and the rightist agenda to "starve the beast." November 2010 update: This time criticizing Obama for being too easy on the Big Banks that continue to screw homeowners. November 2012 update: This time commentary on the old TV series “Bonanza” and how attitudes have changed from its ideals. Food for thought continues.

OPEN MIC VOICES - www.OpenMicVoices.com. “The Internet's foremost social website for poets, fans of poetry, and venues for poetry” debuted February 1, 2012, and now has registered members in 40 countries. “A platform for self-expression and friendship.” September 2012 update: I received a Press Release. "An all-inclusive social network for sharing your poems and poetry." I suspect poetry authors can get lonely, and this seems to be the place to find friends.

ORANGEBERRY BOOK TOURS - http://orangeberrybooktours.com. They do virtual book tours, consisting of bloggers who will read and review your book, and post the reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and on their blog with a book blurb. They have more than ten years experience. “Allow us to promote your book to a roaring success.” Tours range from a one-day book blast to a 90-day tour with prizes to award new readers. Prices range from $12.99 to $192.99 for a collection of promotions. They have sales on their promos, so you may get them cheaper.

ORGANIZED WRITER, THE - www.organizedwriter.com/. I learned of this via an Xlibris newsletter. This is a book ad site, for the book by Julie Hood, but it gives a lot of information. The thesis is that any writer can do better if he/she organizes his time well. The site is replete, by no coincidence, with numbered organization steps suggesting how to get started and how to proceed, such as Six Rules: Work with, not against, yourself; Focus; Invest your Time; Create Habits; Use the Right Tools; and Work Forward. It makes the point that writers tend to think of themselves as creative rather than organized, when they should be both. As a highly organized writer, I agree. I don't need this site, but if you're disorganized, you do.

ORION INFO SYSTEMS - www.orioninfosystems.com. UPDATE: couldn't connect.

PAGE ONE LITERARY - www.pageonelit.com. I received a notice for this as spam. It seems to be a promotional site. For $250 you get a full personal interview page with your photo, bio, and listing of your titles. The site says it has received over 14 internet awards for content and design, and was selected as one of Writer's Digest best sites on the Internet. 450,000 unique visitors per month, and over 32,000 subscribers to its weekly newsletter. The site has ads for publishers such as iUniverse, and services. I sampled the "Writers Wisdoms" section and found apt quotes about writing.

PAINTED ROCK at www.paintedrock.com. The site disappeared, but reappeared in successive surveys. It provides services to writers published and unpublished. It has book reviews and many links. The January update found it gone again.
UPDATE: it's back in 2002. October 2003 Update: I'm not sure this remains as a service to writers; it's there, but just has ads for products and courses. October 2013 update: The link took me to Clearance Outlets. I don't think we're in Kansas any more.

PANTONE BOOKS — www.indianprinterpublisher.com. Online Trade Magazine for Printing, Publishing, and Packaging Industry including relevant news and information. I haven't actually clicked the link. December 2008 update: it remains in business, printing for south Asia.

PARAGON -www.geocities.com/onlineediting/index.htm. 2003 UPDATE: I am belatedly informed that the proprietress died, but that similar services are offered at www.sff.net/people/alicia/.

PASSIONATE PEN - www.passionatepen.com. This is a resource for Romance writers. They list publishers, traditional and electronic, except for self publishers, with some feedback from users, and agents. Such lists can be very useful for authors; it's why I maintain mine. They also have links to articles relating to writing. In sum, a worthwhile site.

PAW PRINTS - www.pawprintspod.com. UPDATE: gone, shunted to a commercial site. April 2006 update: I was advised to check its revised address, and it's there. This in a print-on-Demand outfit. They have a one-time set-up fee of $99, or $124 if an ISBN number is needed. They charge fixed amounts depending on the length of the book, plus shipping. November 2011 update: Now the site is under construction. November 2012 update: they are back in good order.

PEN WRIGHTS - http://penWrights.com. This is an online forum open to everything--poetry, stories, or whatever works. The site is in partial remission, but says it will resume activity soon. December 2004 update: It is active again, but would not let me into all of its sections. December 2008 update: "penWrights is a community of writers who meet online to read, write, and critique each other's work."

PLUMBELL PUBLISHING - www.plumbell.com. This is an author site. I list it here because the title suggests it's a publisher. Only for one author, Lew Paz. October 2013 update: Page Not Found.

POETRY BOX - www.poetrybox.com. They say they have 6,000 members and give out prizes. December 2004 update: There are sample poems and a $50,000 poetry contest. November 2009 update: "This page cannot be displayed." That's not a good sign. November 2010 update: But they are back in good order. November 2011 update: Now they even have a joke of the day. Today's joke relates to the difficulty of understanding women: easier to build a highway across the ocean to Hawaii than to fathom women. November 2012 update: Blank black screen.

POWER OF WORDS — See TRANSFORMATIVE LANGUAGE ARTS NETWORK

PREDITORS & EDITORS- www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/. "A guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers." Also composers, game designers, or artists, to consult for information, regardless of genre. Their "sole purpose is to provide writers with information and contacts for the purpose of seeking publication of their work." They also give out awards as acknowledgment of superior effort or achievement on the part of others. It is actively managed on a weekly basis, which makes it considerably more current than this bi-monthly HiPiers listing. They post warnings about anyone who treats writers shabbily. "P&E is not a court of law. It does not have to give anyone the right to confront a complainant when P&E makes a negative recommendation. Nor does it have to consult with anyone first before making its recommendations public." Exactly; I have the same policy. There is an enormous amount of information here, and anyone wanting a thorough listing of publishers with blunt pro and con recommendations should start here. Agents, publishers, chats, conventions, opinions--phenomenal material. I sampled an opinion about why fiction magazines often fail, and found it right on target: they're not dedicated to finding what their readers want. Yes, P&E highly recommends this listing of mine, but it doesn't play fair with self publishers: it lists ones like iUniverse and 1stbooks as self publishers without other comment, but describes Xlibris as Not Recommended, as if it's a rip-off outfit. I know something about self publishing, especially Xlibris, and P&E drops the ball here. I'm tempted to say that in this instance, their rating is Not Recommended. Apart from that lapse, this is a wonderful site for writers. December 2004 update: the lists of publishers and agents are huge, and positive or negative assessments are blunt, but spare; you really need to check elsewhere to learn much about them. December 2007 update: But they have never updated their bum note on Xlibris, nor are they current on iUniverse, which has been sold to Authorhouse, now another of their Not Recommended publishers. It just doesn't like self publishers. I find this attitude unfortunate. April 2008 update: Now it seems P&E is being sued by Publish America, and can use financial help. While I have my differences with P&E, I respect the service it provides, which is similar to this ongoing survey of mine, but more comprehensive, and believe it warrants support. I am not conversant with the details of the suit, but suspect it's a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) effort, intended to stifle honest criticism. P&E does have a blistering, documented expose that would turn off anyone considering this publisher. Those interested in making donations can do so at http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/penulist.htm. December 2008 update: the lawsuit continues, and they are asking for donations to mount a legal defense in court. There's a hell of a lot of useful information at this site. April 2009 update: I understand that P&E lost the lawsuit, though an appeal is possible. This is not a good signal for expose sites. November 2009 update: They remain in business, but will accept contributions for legal defense. Telling truth about publishers is a dangerous business; I'm in a position to know. November 2010 update: The site remains up, and the savage report on Publish America remains. November 2011 update: the site remains, and so does the report on Publish America, which is an amazing document. So evidently the lawsuit did not achieve its objective. October 2013 update: Still there, with comprehensive listings, many more than I have here. But I can't be sure how current the listings are.

PRESSMART — www.pressmart.net/. They specialize in creating digital editions of newspapers and magazines, and they help publications monetize their print content online. They have served more than 350 publications across 38 countries in more than 22 languages. June 2009 update: I heard from their webmistress. They are also at www.pressmart.com, "A leading print-to-digital delivery service for newspapers, magazines, journals and catalogs," with other useful services. July 2009 update: I heard from them again: "Please change my link as 'Magazine Publishing.'"

PRESS PUBLISHER - www.PressPublisher.com. This is software designed exclusively for online publishers. It is currently tailored for magazines, but in the next two months they will release a free online book publishing software. November 2012 update: Which they seem to have done. You can manage a Magazine, e-Zine, Newsletter, Journal, or other periodical.

PRINT HOUSE INDIA - www.printhouseindia.com. They are a print production house for small and large scale prints. They say they have best quality output at an affordable rate.

PRINTING SERVICE - www.printingservice.cn. This is TianHong Printing in China that can handle just about any kind of printing.

PUBLIC BOOKSHELF - www.publicbookshelf.com/. “PublicBookshelf.com is now open for fiction and non-fiction book submissions. We pay 70% Google ad revenues on each page of your book. Take advantage of our million+ annual visitor traffic to get your book read, earn money, and promote yourself.” December 2008 update: they say you can read many of their books free, and also say they publish you online at no cost to you and pay an advance of up to $500. I'll be interested to see feedback from authors who try them, and this comes under the probably too good to be true heading.

PUBLICIZE YOUR BOOK: An Insiders Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention It Deserves--www.publicizeyourbook.com. This teaches authors how to create effective publicity with or without the support of their publishing houses. Marketing plan, bookstore appearances, how to get media coverage, etc. Publishers Weekly says that it is "easily the most incisive and expert guide to book publicity ever."  $15.95.

PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - http://www.publishers.org.uk/paweb/paweb.nsf/pubframe!Open - November 2009 update: File Not Found. They seem either to have moved or to be out of business.

PUBLISHING TRIANGLE - www.publishingtriangle.org The association of lesbians and gay men in publishing. "We are now accepting nominations for the best in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction." Six different awards. Okay: this is a limited-interest site, but it does a competent job, and the interests of gay authors and straight authors overlap: they all want to get published, and the System is a common enemy. So unless you're a homophobe, check their general advice under "resources" for writing and marketing; it's a good spot course that steers you straight.  

PUBLISH MY WORKS - www.publishmyworks.com/. I received an email: "Authors needed! Brand new social network for Authors...Promote your book." They promise a free site, the ability to share videos and photos, join and start groups, and talk with friends and family all for free. December 2008 update: This now seems to be an advertising site. October 2013 update: blank white screen.

PULPBITS EBOOKS - http://www.pulpbits.com   November 2009 update: The domain may be for sale.

QOOP - http://qoop.com/. They do POD for publishers as well as photo printing. Their site has a huge number of artists represented, with their art for sale. The service is free, and you start with the base price of your material, add your royalty, and add 20% of your royalty to make the retail price. This applies to photos, art, designs, documents, books, manuals, articles, stories, poetry and more. For books they need a single upload in PDF, and they can make a hand-sewn book. November 2010 update: The site timed out twice, so I could not reach it. November 2011 update: Reached it this time. They remain in business. November 2012 update: But now they are closed.

RADIO INTERVIEW 101 - interviews@cadio-media.com. I received a solicitation to try their service, but it came with a Phishing warning. I did not follow up.

RALAN CONLEY'S SPECFIC & HUMOR WEBSTRAVAGANZA - www.ralan.com. The proprietor called this to my attention. He likes to write, but had the usual difficulty finding a publisher, so he did some research, and this is the result. This is a powerhouse listing of markets what seems like thousands of markets, plus agents, author organizations, book stores, jobs, writers' chats, places for copyright information, courses, critique groups, and sources for information on what writers should beware of. Much more -- it just goes on and on -- and every entry has a link. If you are serious about writing, and want information, you could spend a week following the leads Ralan provides. If you are unsatisfied with the information that this survey of mine provides, go to Ralan and become surfeit; if there is a better site for sources for writers than this one, I'll be amazed. It also links to author pages, including HiPiers. It has more than fifty author links. December 2007 update: It was easier to find my way around this time: entries were in different colors, alphabetically listed. But I was unable to locate electronic or small press publishers like Mundania and Phaze. They are surely listed somewhere, but this suggests that the seeming simplicity of the listings may be deceptive. December 2008 update: This time I was unable to find the listings at all. I'm sure they exist, but all I saw was material about Ralan's Spectravaganza contest winners and how to join the mailing list. So I have to say that the usefulness of this site has plummeted. It may be that since for efficiency I don't load pictures, that key aspects of the site are not showing. April 2009 update: Ralan wrote me, saying the material is too all there. So I put my browser into picture mode and tried again, and lo, there it all is. Under Book Publishers he lists electronic and traditional print, so this is one comprehensive tally. I also checked Adult Markets, a separate listing, but did not find Ellora's Cave therein. That's curious. Then I turned off the pictures mode and tried again, and there were no words in the market listings. That's why I missed them before. I tried clicking the blanks, and got the listings. So the site certainly works, and remains perhaps THE most comprehensive market listing. Those who use this Piers Anthony site to shop for markets and don't find what they want should go to Ralan's before giving up, because there's a lot more there. December 2012 update: the site seems to have been redesigned since I last checked it, but is just as comprehensive. November 2013 update: still there in good order, with its huge amount of information.

RATIONAL STREET PERFORMER PROTOCOL - http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/rspp. This is a system rather than a site. An artist posts online the fact that he/she has a new work for the public, and asks for money in the amount he thinks the work is worth. People make donations or commitments, such as a flat $100 or agreement to donate $1 for every $50 donated elsewhere, up to $20. When the artist feels its okay, he releases the work onto the Internet, perhaps providing those who donated with physical copies. Thus the artist gets paid, and the public gets a new work. December 2007 update: The site has moved to a new address. December 2008 update: the site was updated in November 2002. That makes me uneasy.

RAVENOUS ROMANCE - www.ravenousromance.com/. "Ravenous Romance publishes the hottest, most exciting stories on the Web..." They do both ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, and may sublicense for print. I did not find information on terms on the site. So far, so good. But I have a report that they can be cavalier about honoring the terms of their contract, which is a dense 13-page document that can be modified. For example they reserve the right not to send a quarterly royalty check unless more than $100 is due. That needs to be changed to their issuing statements regardless of the figure, and the cutoff should be lower, like $50 or $25. Otherwise the author may never receive royalties and be unable to prove that any are owing. This is not theoretical; it happened to me, in traditional print publishing; I had to get a lawyer. They may not respond to queries, or to a request for withdrawal of a submission. From here, this looks like a bad act. December 2012 update: I did not find information on submissions or terms. Plenty of intriguing titles available, though. November 2013 update: Site remains in good order.

READERS AND AUTHORS RESOURCES - www.readerandauthor.com. This is a link website that lists genres and the website links of authors who write in those genres, and for Authors it has links to resources. December 2008 update: Blank screen.

RED JACK THE SEARCH ENGINE - www.redjack.net/. October 2003 Update: gone.

REJECTION COLLECTION - rejectioncollection.com/. If you have ever smarted over a rejection, this site is for you. It runs rejections, and the writers' reactions to same. I think the writers generally have the right of the case, but of course I would, being a writer myself. I regard this as a service in the sense that writers need to see what other writers have been suffering, and to share their own experiences. December 2007 update: I clicked the “Read 'em and weep” link and got a 'You don't have permission' message. It seems I was cruelly rejected. December 2008 update: Now it's there again; I have been unrejected. December 2009 update: it took so long to load that I gave up. December 2010 update: Now it seems to be a school information site.

RESEARCH FOR AUTHORS - www.ttgnet.com/bft/bft/html. UPDATE: gone

REVIEWS - A reader sent me a list of Romance genre review sites. Apparently there are some shady practices, such as competitors reviewing books. That's an opportunity to trash a book unfairly, and it seems some do, but it can be objective if the reviewer is honest. So I'm not sure whether to list review sites, and am not sure I want to get into this. Let me know whether they should be listed here.

ROMANCE DIVAS - www.romancedivas.com/. This is a writer's resource website and discussion forum with more than 2,500 active members. They offer writing challenges, a mentoring program, up to date information on the writing industry, and support and networking for writers of romance and women's fiction. It caters to aspiring writers, established authors, and everything between. I expect to participate in their online Q&A event October 10-11, 2008, in my fashion. That is, because I am on dialup that uses our single phone access, I will check in at intervals to address questions. So it may not be fully "live" for me, but I'll do my limited best. There will surely be other fantasy writers there who can be more attentive. December 2008 update: I did participate, but two things messed it up: I was in the continuing throes of flu-like side effects of medication that depleted my energy, and the site refused to cooperate for my system, not necessarily posting what I entered, and displaying "page cannot be displayed" notices. So I did it by email. It felt like attending a convention only to come down with the flu, and having the hotel refuse to honor your credit card. But it seemed like a good event, even viewed through that frustrating filter. December 2012 update: Their discussion forum is currently closed to new membership, but their site has interesting comments about Romance writing.

ROMANCE FORETOLD - www.romfort.org/. UPDATE: and now it's gone.

ROSEDOG.COM - www.rosedog.com/. This is very interesting. It's not a publisher, it's a service, and it's free. You can put your material online here, for prospective agents and publishers to look at, and if any are interested, they contact you. That makes it about as easy as can be. It operates on the assumption that agents and publishers are eagerly looking for new writers. In my experience, they claim to be looking, but in fact are usually stiff-arming new writers. But let's find out; if I am wrong, this outfit could be the salvation of future writers. Certainly it's an experiment worth trying. December 2006 update: a writer advises me that this is actually an imprint of Dorrance Publishing, a subsidy publisher. That rather changes its nature. December 2011 update: They seem to have two departments, one for showcasing manuscripts, the other for self publishing. That seems legitimate. December 2012 update: RoseDog Books is currently not accepting new manuscripts, but refers writers to Dorrance Publishing.

ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD - see Florida Writers Association.

RPI PRINT ON DEMAND - www.rpiprint.com/. This is a 24 hour, 7 day a week commercial printing company in Seattle that can handle just about anything. The company was founded in 1979 and seems solidly established. I did not find prices, but presume they would vary with the job. They specialize in fast short-run (trade) paperback novels.

SCHIEL & DENVER PUBLISHING — www.schieldenver.com. This is a book publishing services company. They implement "sustainable demand driven printing technology" with a "strong ethical dimension." They asked to be listed here, and say that for more information they have an entry in Wikipedia. June 2010 update: a negative report of contract violation—i.e., failure to issue royalty reports—and extreme difficulty locating the moving target that was the home office. My judgment is that this is not a legitimate publisher.

SCHRITZ COFFEEHOUSE - www.schritz.com/coffeehouse.  December 2008 update: Now it's an ad site.

SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS OF AMERICA -- SFWA - www.sfwa.org. I am not a member of this organization, having quit it in disgust over thirty years ago when its officers sided with a wrongdoing publisher instead of the injured writer, me, and I got blacklisted for being right. It never apologized, and officers have badmouthed me since, so I'll probably never rejoin. But I have to give credit where due, however reluctantly, and the organization does on occasion serve a useful purpose. For example, the WRITER BEWARE section warns of bad literary agents, book doctors, subsidy publishers and others. Their discussions of Electronic Publishing and Print on Demand are also apt. There's a lot of extremely relevant material here, and I recommend this as a source of information. Fortunately you don't have to join SFWA to get it. December 2009 update: This time I followed up on their reprint of an article on the distinctions between self publishing and vanity publishing. Essentially, it is that regular publishers assume all the expenses and risks, self publishers charge the author for everything but the author gets all the profits, and vanity publishers charge the author and take maybe half the profits. Okay, as far as it goes; a problem is that vanity publishers claim to be self publishers, and there are different types of self publishing, ranging from free to vanity prices, so the distinctions are fuzzy. November 2013 update: this time I noticed their comment on the Great Erotica Panic of 2013. It seems that many titles are being deleted as porn, when the distinction between erotica and pornography is fuzzy. I've had some trouble myself, relating to my story “Serial,” which concerns a woman who serial rapes men. I gather some folk don't like that turnabout.

SCIFI-FANTASY-INFO - www.scifi-fantasy-info.com/. December 2009 update: Page Not Found. December 2011 update: Now it's in Chinese script.

SCI FI GUYS - SEE THE SCI FI GUYS

SCRIBENDI - www.scribendi.com/. "We edit, critique, rewrite, compose, check, design, produce, translate and publish all types of manuscripts and documents." They charge one tenth of a cent per word to review your manuscript and give you an opinion about its viability. So checking a 5,000 word story costs you five dollars. Proofreading costs eight tenths of a cent a word. And so on, different fees for different services. This could be worthwhile for a beginner. December 2004 update: Now their fee seems to be 1.2 cents per word. December 2006 update: now prices start at nine tenths of a cent per word. December 2007 update: they offer a free five page sample edit. A full edit will cost you $.009 a word. Maybe I misread the rate before. December 2008 update: now editing prices start at .015 per word. July 2009 update: they remind me that they offer a full package of services: proofreading, editing, customizable query packages. November 2013 update: They remain in business.

SELECT-O-GRAFIX - www.selectografix.com. This is for book cover design, book trailers, and other promotional materials.

SELF PUBLISHERS PLACE - www.selfpublishers-place.com. "Book lovers, independent publishers and self-published authors welcome. For absolutely no fee on any kind you may display your book's cover, a blurb and a link to your own website. Book lovers deal directly with authors cutting out the expensive middlemen." December 2009 update: Not Found.

SELF PUBLISHING - www.self-publishing.com. UPDATE: blank screen

SELF PUBLISHING REVIEW — www.selfpublishingreview.com/. This is an online magazine dedicated to the subject. This would seem to be a good place to start if you're interested. My glance through the site suggests that the information is hard-nosed and accurate. For example, it tackles Amazon's refusal to sell books not printed by its subsidiary, something authors need to be aware of before committing. December 2011 update: there are spot reports on aspects of self publishing. For example one says that self publishing on Kindle can attract negative reviews. I hadn't thought of that, but it could be true, as those without much talent can really resent those with the courage to show theirs. November 2013 update: Now you can buy reviews for $75 up. I suspect they are veering into another kind of service.

SELL MORE BOOKS - www.SellMoreBooks.net.  December 2004 update: blank screen.

SEXY NOVELS - www.sexynovels.com. This is the web site of Alexandra Adams, author of erotic electronic novels, who sells them here. This HiPiers listing is not intended for personal sites, but this one is a nice example of self marketing that others might profit from, and the proprietor seems responsive to those marketing similar material. So if you need advice, a query here might help. December 2006 update: Now she sells her novels via Double Dragon, not at her site, but you can still see their covers and descriptions there. December 2011 update: The personal site remains, describing her novels, but I don't find advice for others.

SHANGHAI PROMUS PRINTING CO LTD - www.promuscorp.com.  They are interested in being your printer and publisher in China. October 2005 update: they have a comprehensive list of services, but I did not find prices. December 2009 update: I got a blank screen at the site address.

SHARING BOOKS - www.sharing-books.com/. This seems to be a site for posting your material free, to get exposure. Unfortunately I have a report that when an author wished to take off stories, there was no response. December 2009 update: now readers can pay if they want to, as much as they want to, and the money is shared evenly between the authors, the site, and Room to Read; I'm not sure what that last is. December 2011 update: The site was so slow loading I gave up. December 2012 update: Now it's there in good order. November 2013 update: It remains there.

SHARI'S WORD PROCESSING - www.sharissolutions.com. This is a small secretary service that provides professional typing, editing, grammar check, transcription, and proofing for all types of projects. "You will find my service to be accurate, timely and second to none." December 2009 update: Blank screen. November 2013 update: But it's there in good order now.

SHARP WRIT BOOK AWARDS - www.bookawards.org. I heard from the Coordinator, a fan of mine. Their awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in writing. They were originally affiliated with MENSA, the organization for smart folk, but are now independent. Printed and eBooks are eligible, in English, published in 2008 or later. Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir/autobiography, Young Adult, Childrens, all genres. December 2012 update: Now it seems to be a writing search site.

SOBOL AWARD - www.sobolaward.com/.  An annual award open to unpublished fiction writers. Each manuscript will receive two reviews from experienced readers. Substantial prizes, starting with a $100,000 first prize. December 2007 update: They did not receive enough entries, and are shutting down. Their $85 entry fee is being refunded. December 2012 update: Not Found.

SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS - www.scbwi.org. This seems to be THE organization to join if you are writing or illustrating for children. It acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and others involved with literature for young people. They sponsor two international conferences on writing and illustrating for children, and dozens of regional conferences and events across the world. There's a newsletter, awards, grants for works in progress, and it provides information on the art and business of writing and selling written, illustrated, and electronic material. They also present the Golden Kite award for the best fiction and nonfiction books. December 2004 update: I got the site, but got a blank screen for any of its subsections. December 2006 update: Now the site presents okay. December 2011 update: Additional plug-ins required, so I didn't enter the site, but at least it is still there.

SPECULATIONS - www.speculations.com/rumormill. This is a bulletin board for writers of speculative fiction, reported to be quite useful. It has unflinching data on some of the bad outfits, such as Edit Ink. If you are in doubt about a literary agency or service, this could be a very worthwhile site to check. December 2007 update: They have lists of traditional print novel and story publishers. December 2008 update: "As of 2 March 2008, Speculations is no longer in the business of publishing market information for writers." They plan to go dormant for a while, then spring forth with new plans. December 2009 update: They are still pondering what to do next. December 2011 update: They remain there, but are still speculating what to do next. November 2013 update: And still speculating.

STALLION PUBLISHERS - www.StallionPublishers.com. They specialize is converting PDF files to digital online editions.

STEVEN MANCHESTER - www.StevenManchester.com. Book editing services including spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, plot, character development, scene setting and dialogue. Reasonable costs, not specified in the notice I received. He has a complete publishing kit for $150, and an ongoing service for $20 a month. December 2012 update: It seems to be all about what a great book Twelve Months is, a story about a man who has just twelve months to live. Okay, but what about the book editing service? November 2013 update: the site is pushing books and promo about the site, but it remains unclear to me whether the editing service remains.

STEVO'S BOOK REVIEWS - stevo@mzinga.com. This is a book review and promotion service. For $300 a book will be featured for the month, viewed by as many as 250,000.

STICKLER EDITING — I am unable to give the site address directly because of a computer problem that trashes my files when I do, but it is web dot sticklerediting dot com. Provides fast and affordable professional editing and proofreading services for writers of fiction and nonfiction.

STIMULATING CONVERSATION -— www.stimulating-conversation.com. Also http://JustFinished.com. They are redesigning their Author Marketing Toolkit, which they trust is a useful easy-to-follow guide to start authors on the road to productive marketing. They asked me to provide feedback on it, but I have been so jammed that I couldn't get to it. However, such a guide could be useful, and I recommend that aspiring authors check it out. "Authors are brave people!" they say. "It is our objective to create cohesive, effective author strategies at affordable prices. Every author's story should stimulate conversation." December 2011 update: They are still there, with a free Author Marketing Kit. “Our purpose is to see you succeed!” But their last entry seems to be dated May 2010. December 2012 update: I could not get the site: Internal Server Error.

ST LITERARY AGENCY - www.stliteraryagency.com/. ST stands for Sydra Techniques. Check them in FABSOLUTE WRITER'S FORUM, above. December 2007 update: I sampled their wares under Writers and the first listing was Dorrance, a subsidy publisher. This seems to be an ad site.

STORIES ONLINE - www.storiesonline.net/. This is a free story site featuring mostly sex stories but not limited to them; it was called to my attention by a SF/Fantasy author who posts there. Anyone can join, post, and read, free. They do require you to log in if you want to participate, and there is a strenuous introductory warning: if you are too young or conservative for sexy stuff, go away. So anyone who gets freaked out and wants to blame the site has no third leg to stand on. I did not log in, as that requires accepting cookies, so am not fully conversant with its aspects; I merely Previewed. But my impression is that this is a damn good site to post your material, if you aren't looking for money and have a problem finding a paying market. I did not read any of their sex stories so can't speak for their quality; maybe next month when I have more time. December 2011 update: You have to register to read their stories, and I'm too busy to get into it anyway, but the site is active. November 2013 update: still there in good order.

STORIES, TALES AND SAGA - http://clik.to/stso. gone

STORY PLUS - www.storyplus.com/. "StoryPlus was conceived with a clear aim--to promote children's literacy, to help children read better." This is a Canadian publisher of original children's stories in English and French, in text, illustrated text, audio, illustrated audio, and even animated formats, for all age groups, selling for $1-$3.50 depending on type. A selection of their stories is available free. They also feature a compilation of many useful articles on reading-readiness, dyslexia diagnosis, and related topics. They believe the new technologies are useful in helping children with disabilities read better. Sigh; where were they when I was taking three years (1940-42) to plow through first grade because of reading problems? WARNING: this site refuses to let you shop if you don't allow it to set cookies. December 2007 update: But they do offer some sample free stories to read. December 2011 update: Additional plug-ins required.

STORYSLINGER - www.storyslinger.com. December 2007 update: Site Not Found.

SUBRAMANIAM BROTHERS LTD - www.sbpaper.com. -   "We have highly automated offset printing facility right from pre-press to post-press facility." They are prepared to undertake any kind of printing job on a contract basis. They sound foreign, but their address is in Mobile. December 2010 update: Their new address is www.sbproduce.com.

SUBSTANCE BOOKS - www.substancebooks.com/. -    I received a solicitation from them about promoting my ChroMagic series. This is an online publicity network in business since 2001, claiming to be the biggest found on the Internet. I declined, but it could be worthwhile for other writers. April 2008 update: "The new 44th issue of Book Marketing Newsletter is ready and waiting for you." www.substancebooks.com/book-marketing-11.html. February 2009 update: Their quarterly online publication seems to be going strong. April 2009 update: the 48th issue is ready. August 2009 update: And their 49th issue. December 2009 update: You can get your title featured on the first page of Google for $180 annually. December 2010 update: Now it's $220. April 2011 update: I still receive their notices about their marketing newsletter, whose current issue they says covers BookExpo America 2011, interview with an online book publicist Hajni Blasko, and reference to their 10th anniversary. August 2011 update: Another flier: free issue of their Book publicity Ezine is available. November 2011 update: They are offering a $20 fee discount to anyone who "likes" their Facebook publicity page. December 2011 update: Now their book publicity campaign is $300 annually, but you can test it free. November 2013 update: Good discussion on why you need promotion, the essence of which is that there are so many self-published titles now that yours is lost in the throng. They promise to fix that.

SWIFT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES - www.swiftitech.com. This is a professional data conversion house. They say they offer one of the lowers rates in the industry, about half the cost of comparable conversion houses. They do data entry, scanning, digital typesetting, document management and more.

TALENT TROVE — www.talenttrove.com/. I received a solicitation to join their Expert section, that will include a variety of hand-selected professionals who will be given a platform to upload articles, resources, and information applicable to their industry. Industries included will be Dance, Photography, Artists, Comedy, Writing, and others; it's a broad canvas. I respectfully declined; I prefer to do my own thing at my own site. But folk who want to check in with assorted experts may find this site a useful avenue. They say they get over two million unique views a month. December 2010 update: Now it's Lafango—everything Talent. Http://lafango.com/.

TALKABOUTBOOKS - http://pub22.ezboard.com/btalkaboutbooks. All about authors and books, setting up a number of discussions relating to books, poetry, recommendations, self-help forums, and shared writing. It flashed a notice saying I was their 1,000th visitor and could get a free Sony PS3. I passed it by, because I don't know what a Sony PS3 is-Poor Sucker #3?  December 2007 update: Most of their forums seem to date from 2003. December 2008 update: But two date from 2008. December 2009 update: They do have a May 2009 post. December 2011 update: I was unable to reach the site. December 2012 update: This time the link took me to www.yuku.com.

TAPESTRY - www.fantasywebs.com/tapestry/. "A weaving of erotica and romance from authors who wish to support feminine interests." So what is this doing in this survey? Because of this notice: "Wanted Publish your fantasies." I see no indication of payment, so presume this is a place to make your naughty short pieces available free. This is definitely spicy material, and seems to be an avenue to really hot stuff if that's your interest. So be warned, if you object, but check it out if you have material that is too sexy for regular publishing.
UPDATE: this site leads rapidly into "dirty" pictures: bare breasts, bottoms. This time I couldn't find information for writers, so maybe it has gone to straight porno. The cookie requests came in several clusters of five or six together.

TASK DIGITAL - www.taskdigital.com/. For book typesetting, design support, and related services. But it seems you have to contact them for a quote. December 2011 update: Website temporarily unavailable. December 2012 update: back in good order now.

TECHNICAL WORLD - www.technicalworld.co.uk/. "One of the leading pre-publishing service companies..." with every kind of related service from data conversion to copyediting. November 2013 update: Plugin needed.

THE AUTHOR CONNECTION - www.theauthorconnection.com/. This is a publicity and marketing service for authors and publishers. $550 for 15 weeks promotion or your money back. Of course publicity does not necessarily result in sales, but at leas you are trying. December 2006 update: the domain expired 11-7-2006, pending renewal. That's not a good sign. December 2007 update: Now it seems to be a limited search engine. November 2013 update: And now it is in Chinese symbols.

THE AUTHORS THINK TANK - www.theauthorsthinktank.info. This site opened May 1 with all its features. It's not for money, and its staff will be all voluntary; there will be no requests for donations. It expects to post peoples' ideas and thoughts, such as for stories or novels, so they can get early feedback. The first contribution is a shocker: she danced with her friend Mike, but next night he didn't show. Because he had driven drunk and crashed and was dead. December 2008 update: The site seems defunct, but with several links of related interest.

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING SCIENCE FICTION - www.dragonmoonpress.com.  This is a good collection of articles, to which I contributed. December 2007 update: I read the book, and it is indeed a good guide. December 2008 update: Now it seems to be Dragon Moon Press promotion.

THE LEAKING PEN - www.geocities.com/The_Leaking_pen/. UPDATE: Last updated 2/28/2003. Maybe the pen ran out of ink. December 2006 update: File not found. December 2007 update: Announcement: it is soon to be reborn at www.theleakingpen.net. December 2009 update: but is no longer available.

THE MILLION DOLLAR PUBLISHING COMPANY IN A BOX - publishers1000@yahoo.com. I received an email ad for this December 10, 2000, which I quote entire: "Wouldn't it be great to give your loved one the gift that puts them on the road to financial independence. If you know someone that is interested in making a lot of money The Million Dollar Publishing Company in a Box is the perfect gift. Read below to find out how your quick response can put the perfect present under their tree by the holiday." There was nothing below. I did not respond. I assume it is a service, if not a joke. UPDATE: gone. December 2004 update: Now it's there, for you to email.

THE NEXT BIG WRITER - www.thenextbigwriter.com/. This is a place where writers can upload their novels, short stories, and poems to receive feedback, recognition, and rewards. Some novelists have received over 400 reviews. Password protected; writers keep all their rights. Any writer, new or old, can participate. So if you want reactions to your piece, this seems to be the place. Remember, such feedback is not necessarily positive.

THE EBOOK CREW - Self publisher. See the Publishing section.

THE ROMANCE REVIEWS — http://theromancereviews.com. "The Romance Reviews has opened its doors for a soft launch! ... We are aiming to make the review site the central depository for romance book news, reviews and updates, and also the place to interact and chat with authors and readers." Membership is free.

THE SCI FI GUYS - www.scifiguys.com. This is an informational site, a science fiction e-zine that does news, reviews, opinion and humor, and will be doing interviews. Its main focus seems to be on movies and TV series. December 2007 update: They ran out of time, so are on indefinite hiatus. December 2011 update: Still out to lunch four years later. November 2013 update: Still out.

THE SCOTTISH DUDE - http://thescottishdude.tripod.com/. He is giving away his short stories. UPDATE: gone.  October 2003 Update: now it's a bookseller. December 2004 update: Now it seems to be a straight site for his books. December 2007 update: It took forever to load, and seemed to have no content, just a few ad-links.

THIS MAGNIFICENT LIFE - www.thismagnificentlife.com/. This is an online magazine that offers authors a chance to talk about whatever is magnificent in their life, whether it be person, place, or thing. It doesn't have to be about their current work. Articles should be 300-500 words. So this is not a paying market, but more of a publicity vehicle.

TINYURL - http://www.tinyurl.com/. December 2009 update: Page Not Found. February 2010 update: but I received a notice for promotion deals, so evidently they remain in business. I may simply have the wrong site address. (Web underling's note: TinyURL functions as a way to present cumbersome Internet addresses in a more compact, type-able fashion. These shortcuts last only so long. We'll work to identify the actual address intended, and post it.)

TOWERBABEL - www.towerbabel.com. This is a new social writing site. They want Writers, Authors, Screenwriters, Comic Book authors, Illustrators, E-Book authors, and lovers of books. It is a social collaborative network where professionals can finish projects, new writers can share advice, and everyone can read. Casual writers who want to record their own stories, and can invite friends to create that story together. Professional writers who can use the platform to collaborate with other authors, editors, artists, proofreaders, and so on. Bloggers who want an easy tool to export their journals and publish the content in a book. Readers who want a place to discover stories, share and discuss about them.

TRANSFORMATIVE LANGUAGE ARTS NETWORK - www.tlanetwork.org/. This is a conference to be held at my alma mater, Goddard College, in Plainfield Vermont, September 3-7 2009. It brings together writers, storytellers, musicians, educators, activists, healers, health professionals, community leaders and more to explore how the written, spoken, and sung word can bring transformation to individuals and communities. The deadline for proposals was January 15, 2009, but perhaps there will be other conferences hereafter. December 2009 update: next Power of Words conference is September 23, 2010, at Goddard College. December 2011 update: Their next conference will be October 24-26, 2012. November 2013 update: Site remains, but took so long to load I gave up.

TRIGGER STREET PRODUCTIONS INC - www.triggerstreet.com/. This is a service for screenwriters. Since I'm an ignoramus about this subject, I'm glad to provide a link to this site for those who need it. The company was founded in 1997 by actor Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) to develop and produce entertainment in a variety of mediums. He sought a way to help others find their way, just as I am doing with this ongoing survey of Internet publishing. Triggerstreet.com was set up in January 2002 as a web-based filmmaker and screenwriter community, providing access and exposure to help new filmmakers and screenwriters. This looks like THE place to bookmark, if you're starting out in this medium. Be warned, however: it requires Flash 6 (downloadable), or it won't show you anything. Flash has never worked for me and still doesn't on my Linux system; I had to go to (ugh) Windows. Beats me why sites require turnoff software for special effects that aren't that special. But evidently others don't have such problems; they claim to have 38,000 members. December 2008 update: This time the site loaded on my Linux system. It seems to have plenty of material. December 2011 update: Still there, no trouble loading. I hope it is helping hundreds of screenwriters.

TRIHEDRON INFOTECH - www.trihedroninfotech.com. This is a company in New Delhi, India, that makes animated CD's, K-12 modules, and ebooks for children's books and educational subjects for top publishers, also movie animation in 2D and 3D. They look large and competent.

TRIPLICITY - www.tri-pub.com. I was asked about this, so am listing it. They appear to be a print and e-publisher with standard policies. “We are a general interest publishing company specializing in: fiction, non-fiction, LBGT, and children's books. Including the sub-gernes: romance, intrigue, crime, murder mystery, action/adventure, history, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, biography, auto-biography, and how-to.” I don't have direct information on their terms, but understand they offer 30% royalties for electronic, which is modest, and 20% for print, which is high. They take 4-8 weeks to evaluate a submission. You need a Skype account. Their site and attitude look professional. Time will tell.

TRUSSEL - www.trussel.com/. This is a general information site, of interest to me because it has a comprehensive list of pseudonyms, including mine. UPDATE: I couldn't find anything relating to writers.
However, a reader advised me that here is a good deal of material listed under their Books & Collecting topic in the left column. I checked that, and there is, mainly a listing of publishers. December 2007 update: the list is titled Searchable Booksites and seems to be a list of book search outfits, for collectors. This would seem to be not relevant to authors seeking publication. December 2011 update: Still there, and still has my pseudonym, so I assume it remains current on other authors, too.

THE_TYPEWRITERS - http://The Typewriters.com. Gone

THE WRITER WITHIN YOU: - a Step by Step Guide to Writing and Publishing in Your Retirement Years, by Charles Jacobs. This is a book published by Carcos Books in 2007, 321 pages, $19.95 in paperback. It quotes W Somerset Maugham: "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

ULTIMATE SCIENCE FICTION WEB GUIDE - www.magicdragon.com/UltimateSF/SF-Index.html. It seems to cover science fiction in all its guises, including movies and TV. It is not a publisher, but one of the interests of a writer is information about who and what else is out there, so this is a research source, with links. It claims to be the largest online encyclopedia of science fiction authors known to exist. It does list many, many writers, and claims over 6,000 links to science fiction resources; I didn't know that many existed. But their entry on me does not get out of the 1970s; if that is typical...   October 2003 update: this time the author listing links didn't work, so I couldn't verify them. October 2005 update: most of them still don't work, as far as I checked. December 2007 update: Their Movies entry says it has 85 links, last updated 18 July 1999. Their list of authors was last updated 22 August 2004. Need I say more?

UNIQUE ENTERPRISES — http://uniqueenterprises.com/. I got a very bad report on this small epublisher, so looked it up, and got the message that the domain was for sale. So it seems nature has already taken it out. June 2008 update: apparently they remain in business, with websites under their imprint names: Bygrace Publishing and Moonlit Romance. The report remains bad.

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES - www.unsolvedmysteries.com.
This is a site for amateur stories, and it has a lot. "Wow! Over 200,000 stories" it says, and it may be so. I glanced at one, and it wasn't close to professional level, but that's fine for those who need experience. Free.

VENDERPRO - www.VenderPro.com. They solicited me for distribution of my books such as Key to Havoc, so I checked with Mundania, who publishes that. I learned that they charge a large fee per month and don't necessarily deliver much in sales. December 2006 update: blank screen. December 2007 update: links for Perry Como music and other things. I think they're out of business.  

WELKYN SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS — www.wattpad.com/. “Wattpad is the world's largest community for reading and writing. On Wattpad you can read free on your phone and share your own stories.” I received an invitation to join; I didn't join, but am listing it here for those who might want to. Sharing sites seem to be multiplying.

WELKYN SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS — www.welkynsolutions.com. “We are a publishing service company providing Prepress, XML, eBook conversion (ePUB, Mobi, AZW, PRC, etc & Fixed Layout conversion (iPad & Kindle Fire) services to publishers round the globe.”

WICKED WRITERS - see Carnival of Wicked Writers

WINNING EDGE - http://win-edge.com/SelfPublish.shtml. "Books on self-publishing. Supposedly well-recommended. I can't find a copy in my local library." MW   October 2003 update: It's an ad for How to Self-Publish & Market a Winning How-To Booklet, with testimonials by readers. Probably a good place to start, if you're interested. 

WISE BEAR - www.wisebearbooks.com/. I received a flier. This looks very similar to the Hasmark Services listed above. Become an award winning author. Enter now and save up to 25%. That means it's a paid service.

WORD-LINK LTD - http://www.myersfiction.com/wordlink.php. December 2007 update: site not found.

WORDS R U — www.wordsru.com/. This is a proofreading and editing service. They are canny about costs; you have to fill out a form to get a detail quote. Such services are normally not cheap, however. December 2009 update: Server Not Found. February 2011 update (inadvertently omitted by Web underling until April 2011, sorry!): I heard from them. They don't mean to be canny; their pricing is variable, depending on the edit level required by a document, which a Chief Editor reviews prior to quoting. Their site is up 99.9% of the time; I must have hit a fluke spot last time. November 2013 update: Indeed, they are there in good order.

WORK WITH LANGUAGES — www.workwithlanguagesblogspot.com/. “Fast and effective translation of texts Spanish-English-French for Resumes, Handbooks, Documents, Bibliographies, Biographies, Captions, Publications, etc.” December 2011 update: Could not get them.

WRITE HERE IN FRANCE - http://www.writehereinfrance.co.uk/. They offer a six day creative writing course in scenic rural France. The course is in May, June, and September, costing £455 if you share a room, or £510 if you occupy a single room. I presume it is in English, though it doesn't say. December 2007 update: they now have courses in France and Italy. It now costs 680 pounds. December 2008 update: Now it costs 900 Euros. December 2009 update: Now they say they are holding their prices at 2007 levels.

THE WRITER'S BLOCK OF DREAMS - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Writers_Block_Of_Dreams/. This is a forum for creativity. 

WRITERS CAFE - www.writerscafe.org/. I received an email saying that here you can share your writing, get reviews, enter contests, join writing groups, and befriend other writers. I haven't actually visited the site. December 2008 update: This time I visited it, and its is functional, but you need to register to participate. December 2012 update: Still there in good order.

THE WRITERS COLLECTIVE - http://www.writerscollective.org. The proprietor, Lisa Grant, was offered a contract for one of her novels by a traditional publisher, realized it lacked somewhat, and did a year-long search for a better way to publish a good book. The result is this site, a virtual room filled with everything a writer needs to professionally self publish, electronically, print on demand, whatever. They take none of your income from the book, but do charge $50 for the setup fee for the printer and $175 for publication.  October 2003 update: This time I couldn't verify the charges, but the site remains active. December 2004 update: It seems to cost $275 for a year's membership, and $125 a year thereafter. October 2005 update: Site is currently being renovated. December 2006 update: it is up and running now. I checked the FAQ section and found an interesting discussion arguing the thesis that ALL publishing is subsidy when you think about it. That is, somebody pays for it, and somebody makes a profit, not necessarily the author. December 2012 update: It is still there, with feisty comments.

WRITERS' CORNER - http://www.sff.net/people/alicia/. Alicia Rasley has a free newsletter of writing advice, and offers online classes in writing as well as individual coaching and editing. $40 for a two week class, $80 for a four week class. December 2008 update: I looked at the Top Ten Writing Problems. #1 is a passive or undermotivated protagonist. #9 is Boring Beginnings. It's good discussion. December 2009 update: Good material continues.

WRITERS DISPLAY -  December 2004 update: gone.

WRITERS LITERARY AGENCY AND COMPANY - www.writersagency.com

WRITER'S LITERARY AGENCY & MARKETING COMPANY - www.wlwritersagency.com. "We specialize in previously unpublished authors." Or published authors who lose their publishers. Now it is best to be wary of advertising agents or the equivalent, or those who seek inexperienced writers, but these folk talk the talk, don't charge reading fees, do take a 10% commission on what they sell for you. That's good, considering the standard commission is now 15%. If they are for real, they could be very good for new authors. I hope to get some feedback from authors who use them. June 2008 update: and an author report: they can require round after round of edits, each costing hundreds of dollars. So maybe an edit isn't a reading fee. Still, there's a smell. They may also refer authors to POD publishers without asking, who can then solicit the authors. February 2009 update: another author report indicating that they told him that his finished piece needed polishing, at a charge of $70-$90 for a critique. This looks like a reading fee by another name, and is a signal of illegitimacy. Beware. April 2009 update: Another negative report: the critique costs $90, but may recommend further editing for hundreds more. Then they may say there's a publisher interested: Eloquent Books, a self publisher with whom they evidently have a tie-in, or traditional Strategic Book Publishing, which seems like another masked self publisher. There may be authors who can use these services, but it would be better to check out straightforward self publishers first. December 2012 update: plugins required.

WRITERS NET - rhondamcbride9@ael.com. This one was not on my list, but I have received complaints about it, that they don't want anyone posting by proxy and are banning some without giving reason. I'm not on the scene, so must guess that they could have had trouble with people posting comments under multiple names, to distort particular issues, so are trying to prevent that, and are banning those who insist on still doing it. But it could just be personal spite. One person joined their forum one day, and next day received this message: “You have been banned for the following reason: No reason was specified. Date the ban will be lifted: Never.” I'd say, save yourself trouble and ban this outfit from your participation. And one more item: a moderator at what I gather is a rival site Where Writers Meet says that their administrator has been mentioned repeatedly in ugly and derogatory fashion on Writers Net, by folk there in retaliation for being banned from Where Writers Meet; he wants the libel halted and is prepared to take legal action. So it seems that what we have here is a street fight between forums. My impression is that instead of allowing sensible debate on the issues, they simply ban those who do not support a given site. How useful this is for the craft of writing I can't say, but I am extremely wary of those who employ such tactics, having been the object of similar campaigns in pre-Internet decades. May 2012 update: I heard from the administration. First they asked me to delete my prior report. I refused. Then they made their case, and in fairness I have to say that they do have a case. They say that they are under siege by one person whe uses anonymity to antagonize and attack the writers.net community, creating multiple websites and blogs and email addresses to harass members. When they ban such fabricated profiles, they are accused of being hostile. "We suspect the 'several' people you have heard from is only one person..." As it happens, I suffered decades ago from similar attacks stemming from a publisher who was outraged when I demanded an honest accounting, and I seem to remain in bad repute in some quarters because of the lies spread about me. So I know it happens, and I know how difficult it is to get along when third parties are as likely to believe the lies as the truth. I am ornery, yes, but I never lied or cheated anyone. So this explanation is credible. I don't know the truth, but at this point my advice is to join if you are interested; you may find a worthwhile contact. June 2012 update: Another report, this one of general foul-up-edness. Members have to sign up twice to post on the forums, and can get locked out of their accounts. So it would seem that not all of the problems stem from a vengeful former member. One report is that that member was maligned but now seems to be hitting back. "Things were always nasty there, but now they've turned downnright ugly and lethal." In fact I have half a dozen reports, some calling out other forums where the problems at Writers Net are being discussed. The consensus seems to be that the moderators of this forum have been arbitrary and dictatorial and have run it into the ground. They believe it is finished. As I said, I don't know the truth, but if anonymous folk are harassing this site, it makes sense to be extremely cautious about its membership. But in the process they may be banning legitimate members. If you are interested, I think all you can do is register and see what happens. At worst, you won't be admitted. July 2012 update: It appears to be dead.

WRITERS PUB — www.writerspub.com/. This is a free web site designed for all types of writers — novelists, screen, story, technical, whatever, who can publicly show their work, and critique the work of others. A given writer can set up an account, create an avatar, and start uploading his work.

WRITERS OUT - “The first ever free professional networking and sharing community for writers and readers of all kinds.” Now you can share your books, blogs, poetry, and other writings. August 2011 update: “Writers Out was created to put the author in the driving seat, giving them the opportunity to build a solid fan base through the power of social media.”

WRITER'S RELIEF - http://www.wrelief.com. They offer a number of services for fees of $45-$60 an hour, helping writers edit, proofread, market, keep records, and so on, so that the writer can focus on writing. They'll even word process your work if you don't have a computer. This could be good, but the fees could mount up. December 2007 update: rates are now $50 - $70 an hour.

WRITERS REVOLUTION - www.writersrevolution.com. This appears to be a service that leads into IMPRINT BOOKS. October 2003 update: gone.  

WRITERS VISION - http://writersvision.com/Quills/index.php.   December 2004 update: gone.

WRITER2WRITER -   "How much money did you make from your writing this week? Cheryl Wright is a working writer earning regular income from her writing. She is the owner of this website and wants to help you to make money from your writing too!" Tips on writing, marketing, submitting--anything that will help you make money from your writing. It lists books on writing you can buy, has a subscription newsletter, and workshops for writers at all levels. In short, this is paid advice, surely a good source if that is what you seek.

WRITERS WEEKLY - www.writersmarkets.com/. This offers advice from "Angela", who I understand is Angela Hoy of BOOK LOCKER, set up to help writers who are wronged by publishers.   October 2003 update: This now offers general writing and marketing advice. December 2004 update: this seems now to be at www.writersweekly.com. When I checked for complaints against Xlibris it gave me complaints against PUBLISH AMERICA. Hm. April 2008 update: She has a long discussion of Amazon's power play in disabling the "buy" button of any POD books that are not printed by their subsidiary BookSurge. You must read this. June 2009 update: read the he said, she said discussions in my June 2009 column and her May 27, 2009 entry on me. Pretty good blowout here. December 2009 update: This time when I clicked the link the first entry was titled "Piers Anthony's Anonymous Source is a Liar By Angela Hoy." Need I say more? December 2010 update: That's still the lead entry. December 2011 update: The site appears not to have been updated since May 2009 with the diatribe against me. She is very free about calling others liars... November 2013 update: ditto.

WRITER WRITER - www.writerwriter.com. December 2006 update: the domain may be for sale by owner, so it seems this outfit has folded. 

WRITING ACADEMY - www.writingacademy.com/. This provides online workshops and writers' retreats in California, for a price. My impression is that if you are serious about writing, and can afford it, this could be good. Even if you don't make it into print, it could be a rewarding experience. December 2004 update: Their regular fee for the Ten Day Course is $149, but for a limited time, $99. October 2005 update: Now their 6 week course is $119. November 2013 update: The site still seems to be there, but I gave up waiting for it to load.

WRITING SOLUTIONS - www.writingtechniques.com. UPDATE: Gone.

WRITING WORKSHOPS - www.creativityexploration.com/writing. They have assorted writing workshops in Florence and Barcelona for $1,750-1,850. They look like high power deals, working on developing character, telling your story with emotional depth, and using "dreamstorming" and memory work to discover voice and story. "Writing, whether it be fiction or memoir, is a way of expanding consciousness and re-seeing our most private selves."  December 2007 update: gone.

WRITING-WORLD - www.writing-world.com. This is the reincarnation of Inkspot, which got bought out by Xlibris, then shut down when the dot.com crash forced Xlibris to retrench. It is run by the same folk, and has a huge array of things of interest to writers: 340 articles on aspects of writing--fiction, nonfiction, freelancing, greeting cards, international, etc., and over 500 links to other resources, market information, 50 contests, and more. It has 400 pages of information, and a free biweekly newsletter. Go there and see what interests you. October 2003 update: I sampled one of their articles: why publishers use form rejection letters, an irritation to many writers. It made absolute sense. Assuming this is typical, I highly recommend this site. (Oh, why do they? Because some writers like to argue rather than learn, and this wastes time and patience.) December 2006 update: still chock full of features, really worthwhile.  December 2009 update: Still going strong. December 2012 update: Ditto.

XEROXASPIRING AUTHORS CONTEST - www.xeroxaspiringauthors.com.  October 2005 update: This now appears to be a straight Xerox site.

X ZONE - www.xzone-radio.com. They say they are always looking for interesting guests to entertain their international radio audience, including authors, which is why I'm listing it here. It could be good publicity for your book. They cover all aspects of the paranormal, including UFOs, alien visitations, ghosts/hauntings, urban legends, new age spirituality, alternative science and religion, ancient and unsolved mysteries, lake monsters, Bigfoot, witchcraft, mythology, angels, folklore, government conspiracies, and quantum physics. As a nonbeliever in ghosts and flying saucers, I find this comprehensive. This may not be widely known, but Florida has a variant of Bigfoot, called The Skunk Ape; it hangs out near where I live, though I haven't met it personally. December 2007 update: the site took so long to load that I gave up. December 2009 update: this time it loaded, and still seems packed with information. December 2012 update: plugins required.

YOU WRITE ON - www.youwriteon.com/. This is a British non-profit peer-review service for writers. They say you can publish with them for 42.99 pounds, but an author who tried to sign up for their initial free offer was ignored for months. So I'm listing this as a service rather than a publisher, for now. December 2009 update: Now you can publish with them for 39.99 pounds. November 2013 update: Testimonials galore, but not much else on the main page.

ZEAL - www.zeal.com. December 2006 update: Zeal has shut down, and recommends that you go to www.Furl.net/ for online service.  February 2010 update: and Furl.net seems not related to publishing.

ZIZZOO - www.zizzoo.com.   They publish digital learning packages, including one on how to sell ebooks, so it is marginally relevant to this listing.

ZONE OF PLENTY - http://pub8.ezboard.com/bzoneofplenty. Proprietor Kimberly "Kymmee" Parsons called my attention to this site, which has comments on books and authors. Yes, my books are included. It was gone for a while, but now is back; it turned out to be a temporary interruption as they changed servers. October 2005 update: I was not able to get in. December 2006 update: It is active again, with a huge array of discussion forums. February 2010 update: site disabled. December 2012 update: Now it goes to Yuku.

ZYONAIR - www.zyonair.com/. Founded in 2003 by Yvonne Pierre, who looks cute in green. This is a listing to promote your book. $450 for six months, plus $50 per additional title. Three full pages of your bio, book synopsis, press releases, and book reviews. Yvonne promises to introduce you and your work to the people who GET YOU SEEN: over 1,000 professionals in the media, book clubs, event planners, and more, nationwide. April 2005 update: But now the site doesn't seem to lead anywhere. Except for a link to Have Ya Heard magazine, which relates to Down Syndrome. December 2006 update: Now it seems to be a consulting and marketing service for small businesses, self published authors, independent film makers, etc.  February 2010 update: page under construction. December 2010 update: It seems to be functioning again, in a limited way. December 2011 update: Additional plugins required.

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