Anyone seen this? He's an ex-authonomy guy with a bad attitude who has started a POD/Literary agency/editing service--all in one.
This was taken from his website. It's since been removed when someone questioned him about it.
If wanting to self publish under the Altair Australia Books imprint the cost will be prohibitive. $3000 including cover artwork by well known Australian artist Conny Valentina. This gets 50 books, 10 of which remain with Altair Australia Books for shipping from website sales -- Altair takes no royalty from these book sales. All future books for author will be sold at cost + 10%. Though we will do this we do not recommend it for works that could compete on the open market - or works that are under developed and the authors is new to the writing business.
Books published via self funded method will need to be of the highest standard due to the number of top flight professionals on our list. If extra editing, beyond reasonable work, is required then a fee of $50 per hour will apply -- most books do not fall into the category. (Average extra time - 10 hours)
We also do not offer free publishing advice - we have spent 11 years learning the trade, many tough and costly lessons. Email advice is offered, but please understand, this is by prior arrangement and is charged at $50 an email.
When questioned he answered this:
that posting is to put people off using AAB _ I get requests every week to do a book with me and it was clear just saying no wasn't enough. $3000 is a rediculous amount and on seeing it would be authors simply go away
He strikes me as an idiot that simply has no idea what he's talking about but it concerns me because some people seem to be believing it.
The link to the autonomy thread is here:
And here's his website. http://www.altair-australia.com/