A member of my writers group shared a letter from an editor at Publishers Place, Inc.. He would charge her $1,800 printing costs. We discouraged her from accepting his, uh, offer. From their submission page (bolding mine):Uh-oh. Another "unique hybrid model."We operate a unique hybrid model that allows authors to share their stories with the world, stories the larger commercial publishers would have neither the time nor budget for.
But—if you have to send them money, it sure sounds like a vanity press. And their bookstore page has links to Amazon, but a couple of their books aren't available from Amazon. Their website is from Wordpress; their contact info is from gmail. No info about who works there or what experience.We are not a vanity press; we’re a small, not-for-profit operation that believes in partnering with the author on book production costs. We strive for New York-quality works and expect the same commitment from our authors.
Enough red flags?