Self-Publishing News: 3.5.2018 – The Company Files!


And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically news from or regarding self-publishing companies!

Starting with some positive news today, we recommend you check out this press release courtesy of Outskirts Press and Benzinga, a premier source for the latest in information on the self-publishing industry (among others). At the heart of this story … well, a lot of heart. A lot of love! Because it’s almost that time of year, isn’t it? And Outskirts Press is determined to ensure that those authors choosing to self-publish this year have the best possible Valentine’s Day ever! This self-publishing company, which has a history of both fantastic deals and long-term contributors to this blog, will be giving authors twenty percent off in a flash sale on its popular Full-Color and Ultimate publishing packages. That’s a pretty sweet deal–almost as sweet as the real and genuine care which this company is reputed to take with those works which pass through its expert services. Of course, we’re a little biased. But Outskirts Press has been voted #1 Publishing Company by Top Consumer Reviews, several years running!

Computing, a scrupulously reputable news engine dedicated to technology (particularly in the UK) is now reporting on further developments in the case against Amazon, which recently shuttered many of its CreateSpace services. Elizabeth covered those earlier developments in a separate blog (which you can read here) several weeks back, but it’s worth noting that the company is rapidly moving from treating its author base poorly to being downright disreputable, and that criminals have found a way to exploit the website without Amazon taking decisive action to shut them down. It’s a complicated story, and one we’ll be following closely. We highly recommend you check out Computing contributor Nicholas Fearn’s full article at the link.


As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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CreateSpace complaints spurred by pedophilia book scam

Author and blogger Kristen Welch tweets, “Dear Lord, @amazon Do you really want the force (a.k.a MOM BLOGGERS) boycotting you? Remove this book,” linking to this book’s page on Amazon: “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct.”

Initial reaction from Amazon was no reaction, but breaking news followed by heated responses among throngs of individuals across various social platforms like Twitter and Facebook prompted Amazon to pull the book and underplay their own association with its publication through their CreateSpace branch.

According to CNN, Amazon’s website provides content guidelines for titles sold through its Digital Text Platform Program. The guidelines say publishers are expected to conduct proper research to ensure that titles are in compliance with all local, state, national and international laws.

Interestingly though, the book was published through Amazon’s own self-publishing arm, CreateSpace.  Are more CreateSpace complaints in store for authors in the future? Does Amazon have a history of these CreateSpace complaints? It appears so according to the LA Times. It would also seem that no human being in Amazon’s largely automated self-publishing organization actually has much to do with the submission and acceptance process.

While the access to free availability of information gathering and dissemination on the web has created a dramatic democratizing effect, it remains important that content be monitored. In this case it appeared that no monitoring took place by Amazon or CreateSpace before or following the October 28 release of the pedophila book. Instead, it was the public outcry. Just two hours after Techcrunch posted news of the ebook on its site, the $4.95 ebook went from a sales ranking of 158,221 in the Kindle store to 5,668, with a stream of commentary following. Public perception ranged from outrage, to free speech support to “FBI conspiracy”.

Other books written by the same author and also published by CreateSpace remain for sale on Amazon, although the reviews for said books are taking a hit due to association alone.  Are other CreateSpace authors poised to be judged by the company they keep?

Regardless of what may be true of the book, it is important we hold integrity among the publishing community and that manuscripts be vetted through a thorough manuscript review process.  Ultimately this is one facet that separates the “free” do-it-yourself companies in the industry from the higher-quality professional, full-service self-publishing providers. It is in the best interest of authors, publishers, and the public.

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