Dorrance Publishing

#1

This company is labeled to offer self-publishing services and I was contacted by a publishing consultant. Have you ever heard of this company and are they legit.

Note: They want me to send my manuscript BEFORE sharing the pricing on the packages.

Please answer, thank you.

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#2

Sounds sketch.
Legit businesses will have a basic estimate for number of pages and book size.

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#3

Never heard of it, though it doesn’t look bad (and anyways, I’m in Europe, not America, where they are: Dorrance Publishing. I’ve just looked it up, and there seems to have been a scam/whatever in 2012 and 2015, so I don’t know.

#4

yes i agree

#5

I also cannot find a single positive review, only articles about Dorrance Publishing being a scam, and complaints.

#6

So, what I found out in my short research:
Dorrance Publishing is legit. Some authors feel like they have been ripped off, but nobody has the full details. They do not provide their author contract online, which makes things a bit harder as we’re accustomed to being able to get all our information online.
They will also (obviously) own the distribution rights.
Basically, they’re not a scam, but you have to be very thorough, and careful, when working with them, and make sure you get everything black on white.

#7

They’re a notorious vanity press - one of the oldest scammers in the business. Run, don’t walk, in the opposite direction.

You might find this article helpful - it has a good list of the warning signs of a scam: https://annerallen.com/2018/10/legitimate-publishers-or-bad-guys/

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#8

I just discovered that they have a commercial, but the reviews online are all negative.

#9

Thank you Mr. Pemberton!

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#10

They’re sketchy and untrustworthy.

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#11

Why don’t you just self publish?

#12

Businesses advertise to the people who (they think) are their customers - i.e., the people who they want to give them money. If you see a publisher advertising itself to writers…

#13

From the research I am doing, I agree.

#14

Personally, I want too
Financially, I can’t

#15

If you publish with Kindle Direct it doesn’t cost you anything.

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#16

stay away?

#17

I have heard of that. But I just haven’t met anyone that has published with Kindle Direct to ask about the process.

#18

I’m published with them. It’s easy and free. You do have to put in the hard work though with regards to editing your work to perfection, and getting a cover done.

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#19

It doesn’t cost anything to put the book on Amazon (or anywhere else). It definitely costs money for editing and a professional cover.

Self publishing is cheap and easy. Self publishing WELL is expensive and hard work.

Guess which one is more likely to make more than a few dollars?

#20

What about the rights and etc