Authors Guild


Self-Publishing.com – wonderful article with lots of guidance – here’s a list they featured from another organization:

Vanity Publishers To Avoid 

  • Page Publishing
  • Xlibris
  • Author Solutions

Are you worried that a self-publishing company might be a vanity press or other organization to steer clear of?

You can check out a full guide to different companies at the Alliance of Independent Authors but some of its current red-flagged organizations include:

Abbot Press
Archway Publishing
Author Solutions
Balboa Press
Dog Ear Publishing
LifeRich Publishing
New Century Publishing
Pagoda Publishing
Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers
Raider Publishing
Tate Publishing
Trafford Publishing
VDM Publishing
WestBow Press

Where to Research a Publishing Company
If you’re interested in learning more about a publishing company before you invest your money, here are some worthwhile places to look.

#1 – Science Fiction Writers & Fantasy Writers of America

Writer Beware not only helps to protect authors from vanity presses and other scammers. It also provides information on how to take legal action as well as case studies on ongoing and existing scams.

#2 – Alliance of Independent Authors

The Alliance of Independent Authors is well-known for its meticulous rating of different publishing service organizations. To get a convenient, color-coded guide on the reputation of any organization, check out the searchable Watchdog table.

#3 – The Independent Publishing Magazine

As well as providing information on vanity presses and other publishing services to avoid, The Independent Publishing Magazine offers advice and help for traditional publishers and self-publishers, as well as book marketing information.