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WestBow Press is just another mask for Author Solutions

iStock_000004259865SmallMany Christian authors have unfortunately been caught in a popular scheme: paying huge amounts money to see their book get into print.  They get caught in a vanity press, where even the simplest services cost thousands of dollars. Most of these vanity presses are now owned by large publishing houses. The largest publisher, Penguin Random House, owns the largest vanity press, Author Solutions, which goes by a myriad of names, including WestBow Publishing.

WestBow, a division of Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, is actually run by Author Solutions. Authors be warned: these vanity presses make their money by selling “publishing packages” to naive, gullible writers who hunger to see their book in print. A vanity press doesn’t make the bulk of its money by selling books; their profits come from marketing to the writer and charging hefty rates for everything from editing to websites, from formatting to distribution.  They even charge for some services that anyone can get for free. Frankly, they will keep coming up with more ways to spend your money until you either run-out or wise-up.

Some may doubt that WestBow is just another mask for Author Solutions, but you need only read WestBow’s own website to learn the truth. Zondervan/Nelson farm-out this business to Author Solutions. A brief quote from their about/ history page:

“Thomas Nelson, the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh-largest trade book publishing company in the U.S., has partnered with Author Solutions LLC, world leader in supported self-publishing, the fastest-growing segment of book publishing, to create WestBow Press.”  (quoted from WestBow’s website About/History page. Read in full by following this link.)


 What other options are there for a writer wanting to get published? Thankfully, there are many options available, from traditional publishing to independent publishing.  Do your research and find out what route will work best for you. However, you should NEVER have to pay thousands of dollars to see your book get into print.

What can Public Author offer to help me get published? We provide publishing services at a fixed rate, everything from book formatting to cover designing, from author websites to distribution assistance. Look around our website and see if any of our services will meet your needs. If not, then do more research to find someone who better fits to your desired route. But, whatever you do, be very cautious around any vanity press, even one that calls itself  “Christian” like WestBow. Become educated to avoid buying services you have no need for.

We hope that we can earn some of your business here at Public Author, but even if we don’t we hope that you avoid going to any vanity press. This is just our opinion, but we hate hearing about authors who have lost thousands of dollars on over-priced “publishing packages.”

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Inexpensive Author Websites

GenuineHR websiteAt Public Author, we design inexpensive websites for writers. Although reasonable in cost, the websites are still professional quality and beautiful. We specialize in WordPress-based websites, which offer robust SEO and the ability for detailed site analysis.

We charge a one-time fee, not a monthly rate. You take over after we are done, so there are no hidden monthly fees or maintenance costs. The annual renewal for WordPress is reasonable and your own responsibility.  However, we don’t abandon you. If you ever need extra support (maybe to update your site or expand it), we can help. And we do so at a reasonable cost.

Take a moment to look over the details of our Author Websites or take a look at some of our past projects in our Website Portfolio. You will learn a bit more about what we can do for you.

Contact us today and we will get started on your new Author Website.

Thank You.

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Help for Winepress Authors

Are you one of the many authors left stranded by the sudden closing of Winepress Publishing?
If so, you might want to look at the services offered by Public Author. We can help you get your manuscripts turned into e-books and print books. We can assist you in setting up accounts with the major online booksellers and uploading your books to those sites. We can also design a new author website for you.

Is your book suffering because of the Winepress closure? There is no reason for your Winepress books or novels to suffer any longer. Let us help you bring them back to the market. And we will do it in a way where you will remain in control of your books, website, and e-books.  We will help you to put the Winepress troubles behind you.

We do all these services for reasonable prices. Public Author never takes a percentage of your future sales. Please look around our website and see the many services we offer. We are glad to help the many authors left hanging by the closing of Winepress Publishing. We are sorry for the stress or confusion you are facing and we hope we can alleviate them for you.

Winepress Authors, please see us to get your books and novels back in print and available to the big bookstores like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. We are Public Author, a service of New Wind Business Solutions.

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Thank you for considering us. We want to help get your book or novel back out there for the public to find.

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