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    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
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    Universal Publishers, Inc.

    06-16-2006, 11:45 AM
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    Universal Publishers

    I found a book on Amazon that is published by Universal Publishers. When I looked them up I found that they charge a publishing fee. I thought publishers don't charge fees which is why they can be selective in their search for work. Any thoughts?
    06-16-2006, 01:09 PM
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    It appears there are several Universal Publishers.

    One is an Australian map company. The website looks like one from a legitimate map publisher - of course, vanity map publishing is a pretty rare niche.

    Then there is a fee-based POD service by the same name. Their website claims that they specialize in niche nonfiction that has an audience too small to be commercially viable. Such an enterprise is not a scam; they help fill a particular niche in the book world. Their specialization may (or may not) indicate that they have a staff of editors with expertise at proofreading non-fiction. It's probably not a good idea to go with a fee-based POD for a book that you expect to sell more than a few hundred copies or need to have distributed in bookstores, though - Uncle Jim posted a classic example of the sort of work where this publishing approach is appropriate.
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    06-16-2006, 03:57 PM
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    Any more knowledge about Universal Publishers? Not much is written about them lol

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    Tired and Disillusioned Momento Mori's Avatar
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    Are you asking about Universal Publishers Pty Limited or Universal-Publishers, Inc?

    The former is a large, Australian map printing company.

    The latter describes itself as a "co-publisher" and requires you to pay $495 up front with another $100 for cover art. It's aimed at the non-fiction, technical and academic markets. The contract is a joke - 2 paragraphs long. The author will basically do all the marketing and there's nothing to indicate books are available in stores.



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