Preditors and Editors
A guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers since 1997.
Promotional/Marketing Services - A
These are services that attempt to publicize your work once it's published or to give you an idea of how your work can best be marketed.
Some of these businesses work differently in that they promote unpublished works (primarily on the Internet) to actual literary agents. So far, P&E has heard that one of these sites claims to have assisted some writers place their manuscripts with agents or sell to publishers. We do not know if this is the beginning of a new way to do business in the literary industry or merely a fad. As always, P&E recommends using caution.
Ratings criteria for all sections of P&E are listed on the P&E's Rating Criteria page.
ABC Banners: Site features free banners and tools for making them.
ABS Publishing Consultants: "serves only as a consultant to help writers find printers, marketing specialists, book designers, et cetera so they can self-publish their own book. We do not have any association with any one printer or out-sourced service and all services are sent out to bid and chosen by the client. We are paid an hourly fee for our services as consultants and receive no commission or royalty or any remuneration other than the consultant fee."
Active Books: Reviews of books on current social activism.
Ad-A-Jingle(tm): Promotional site. Link reported broken.
Adam's Book Reviews: Dead. A book review site.
AdDesigner.com: "a unique FREE service that gives you the power to design and download professional-quality, animated banner ads quickly and easily. In seconds, you can create top-quality, optimized banner ads that are perfect for your favorite banner exchange, a paid advertising campaign, or anywhere else."
Ahmed A. Khan's Index of Online Fiction: "resource for researchers of online literature (particularly genre literature)." Each month, this site rates short stories published online.
Airleaf Publishing and Book Selling (formerly Bookman Marketing LLC): Defunct. Strongly not recommended. Features marketing and editing services. Link broken.
- 11/05/07: Recently issued an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance by the Indiana Attorney General requiring Airleaf to return nearly $7,000 to two authors.
- 11/10/07: In a recent Airleaf Victims newsletter, a former Airleaf employee revealed that their bosses would order employees to do something on any client projects for which they'd received notice of legal intervention so that they could show action was being taken and not have to refund the client's payment. Because of this, P&E regrets that we don't have a stronger warning to issue against Airleaf.
- 5/8/08: Indiana Attorney General suing Airleaf Publishing. We wish the Airleaf Victims see a quick victory and express our thanks to Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter and his staff, especially Tom Irons, for their efforts.
Albee Agency, The: Not recommended. A promotion company.
Alphabet Street: A book review site. Link reported broken.
Alternative Worlds: A science fiction and fantasy book review site.
Amrita Poetry Pages: Modern poetry and book reviews.
Apex Reviews: Charges fee. Not recommended. A book review site based in Durham, NC.
Armchair Interviews: Charges for some services. A site featuring book reviews and author interviews.
ArtistFirst: Charges fee. Not recommended. An online "radio" program promoting artists and authors.
Ashton Book Review: A listing of recommended books in Business, Computers, Genealogy, Children's and Parenting, Mysteries, and Non-Fiction.
Australian SF Online (formerly Oz: Science Fiction and Fantasy): Australian page dedicated to demystifying Aussie speculative fiction. Has other non-Aussie stuff and listing of Aussie speculative bookstores, too.
Author Autobahn: A promotion site.
AuthorHive: A marketing service operated by Author Solutions.
Authors Den: Lists authors and their works along with links to booksellers.
Authors On The Rise: Not recommended. A site featuring various packages for signings, web site presence, and getting books into stores. P&E is skeptical about some of these packages.