Fantasy Writing – Tamworth 6th March

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Avoiding Publishing Traps

Constantly amazed that having completed the hard graft of writing a book, many authors don’t research indie publishing and end up paying large sums to predatory companies whose main income comes from authors rather than readers. So my response to a Facebook request for information on using Author House (or any other such company) is reproduced below:

‘First rule is don’t use predatory publishers whose business is making money out of authors rather than readers. Explore and understand indie publishing online with KDP. If you then feel learning publishing skills is too much find a publishing co-operative like us which doesn’t charge you, understanding that marketing your book will be a shared responsibility.’

This approach should mean as a writer you don’t shell out money unnecessarily, you have a realistic view of likely sales, and you get a good quality book out reasonably edited and with a good cover, and available at a sensible price people might be prepared to pay  (paperback £5-£8 eBook £1-£3). Job done and nobody feeling scammed.


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AUTHOR CITY (Birmingham) 2022

APS Books is co-hosting the UK’s biggest and best author signing event ever alongside the opening of the Commonwealth Games. The date is Saturday 16th July 2022 from 9am to 5pm in the amazing Banqueting Suite at Birmingham Council House (Victoria Square behind the Floozie In The Jacuzzi) followed by an evening’s fun and games for attending authors including Authors Afloat, an alcohol-fuelled narrowboat tour of a city with ‘More canals than Venice’.

We are now sold out but have set up a reserve list (for half tables at £45 each) because inevitably some pre-booked authors will drop out before the event – email

Image by Jon Jones from ‘The Floozie In The Jacuzzi’ (APS Books 2019)

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And then there were four…published in the series!


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Another huge step forward for APS Books – our first ever hardback – a lovely job by Inky Finger Printers – silver embossing on grey cloth-bound hardcover. Really pleased with look of it and the content – a complete compendium of Andrew Sparke’s Verse. Only available direct from us at £15. See the UK Book Buy page.

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Predatory Publishing Sharks!

Author warning! Talk to New Street Authors or the Alliance of Independent Authors or someone like us ( Whatever you do avoid like the plague all the companies listed below which only exist to make money out of authors: AuthorHouse, Gatekeeper Press, Novum, United p.c., Austin McCauley, Tate, XLibris, America Star Books, Author Solutions, Archway Publishng, Westbow, Balboa Press, Delle Arte Press, Abbott Press, Lulu, Choir Press and many many more  you’ll find listed under Self Publishing on every search engine going.

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Book Catalogue

Four years work – over 160 titles. For copy email

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