However, one thing I did notice when I took another look at the company's details is that it's not actually listed as carrying out publishing activities (instead it's listed under "9305 - Other service activities"). In itself that means little because so far as I'm aware, that's a broad category, but it does seem interesting that not even the company owners want to describe it as a publisher.
And how precisely
is a company that appears to have no publishing experience and seems to only make books available through its own website (which the company is having to resort to spam in order to promote) "the answer to many unpublished writers' dreams", Julia
If that's the case, why don't you list those sponsor and government funding bodies on your website?
In any event, any funding that Catcher Limited has with regard to its schools/college programme does not in any way legitimise your self-publishing business. Indeed, I would suggest that operating a self-publishing business at the same time as doing whatever it is you do with schools and colleges could itself be a conflict of interest, particularly if you're promoting that business to the students you're supposed to be educating.
I can't say why other people are cynical about Catcher Limited, but the reasons why I'm cynical about them are listed below:
- Julia Heron
does not cite any publishing experience that would give me faith in the fact that she or her company knows what it's doing.
- There is nothing to indicate that Catcher Limited is in any position to sell books to the public. At present they talk only about making books available through their own website, which they're having to use spam in order to promote.
- They're charging £45 for the privilege of being published by them. Commercial publishers don't charge money because they know how to sell books to the public.