Yesterday I blasted Xlibris for publishing a book that needed a lot of editing, but did not get any from Xlibris.
I preached that companies like Xlibris need to stop behaving like crack whores who will provide service to anyone who can pay the price. I also said that self-publishing companies need to develop some pride, and to grow some balls. They need to be able to say, "I'm sorry, but your manuscript is just not good enough to be published unless it gets professional editing."
At the conclusion of my blog post I commended Vantage Press, a self-publishing company that does have standards and a conscience. Vantage Press says, ". . . we insist on reviewing your manuscript . . . before deciding whether to accept your book for publication . . . and "each Vantage title receives a thorough copyediting."
I just learned of another, apparently new, self-publishing company, which is concerned with the quality of the books they produce.
Pedernales Publishing says, "Before offering a contract, we review your manuscript to diagnose the level of edit necessary, if at all. Most authors come to us already professionally edited. Pedernales will only request that an author go through the editing process if the work does not meet industry standards. We cannot, in good faith or in a highly competitive market, accept money for a project we know is not yet viable."
The company also says, "We provide a money-back guarantee, and when your book is released for publication, we give you the digital files containing your cover and book interior. We thought there was a need for an honest company that authors can trust, and that can offer a solid set of professional services for a few hundred dollars."
I have not published through Pedernales, nor have I spoken to any of their author-customers. (Here are some testimonials.) I have not even seen any of their books. However, I do like the Pedernales attitude, and I hope the company and its authors will be successful.
It would be wonderful if Xlibris would follow Pedernales' example. A brand name should evoke an image of quality. If I ran Xlibris, I'd rather be thought of as BMW-like, not Yugo-like.