If you’ve encountered Green Shore Publishing, you might be intrigued by an enterprise that describes itself as “The UK and Ireland’s New Standard in Book Publishing,” and touts both its success and (in the little video on its home page) its extreme selectivity.
But wait: Green Shore Publishing isn’t exactly what it seems.
First clue: the Packages page, where you learn that you must pay between £300 and £1,500 for the privilege of publication. OK, so not really a publisher, then.
Misgivings growing, you move on to the Testimonials page, where three video clips from authors who provide neither their surnames nor the titles of their books carry an unmistakable whiff of canned ad script.
On to the Catalog page to check out the books. But wait–there’s no catalog page, even though the home page verbiage, as well as the “testimonials”, suggest that GSP has been releasing books for several months, if not longer. The only books that are even referenced on GSP’s website (on the Publish With GSP page, ostensibly in order to demonstrate GSP’s superior cover design and innovative marketing skills…hmm, not so much) do not appear to exist. In fact, if you search on the various Amazons, you will find that there are no Green Shore Publishing books at all.
Pay-to-play. Unverifiable (and probably fake) testimonials. Nonexistent books. Ready to run away?
In 2012, I blogged about the Raider complaints I’d received, and the many more that could be found on the Web (see examples here, here, and here). Since then, complaints have continued to mount, both in my Inbox and online. Authors–many of whom have paid four figures–report loooooong publication delays (as much as 18 months), lousy quality of finished books, nonpayment of royalties due, broken marketing and other promises, and total silence when they try to get the company to address their concerns. Authors have tried taking legal action, contacting the FBI, sending petitions to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, filing local police reports (despite his fondness for giving his businesses London addresses, Salviani is rumored to live in Newark, NJ), and speaking out (there’s a whole Facebook page devoted to warning about Raider). None of it has made a difference.
At the time of my 2012 post, Raider had an “A” rating from the BBB. Now, thankfully, it has an F. I don’t put a lot of stock in BBB ratings–that “A” is a good example of why–but people do check them, so I’m glad to see a rating that matches reality.
There are no staff names or other identifying information anywhere on Green Shore Publishing’s website to link it with Raider or Salviani. So how do I know that GSP is him? Well, I have copies of contracts from both publishers (the GSP one was supplied by the author who tipped me off to GSP’s existence–thank you!), and there’s fair bit of overlap in language and terms. But the kicker is the signatures:*
Identical, right down to the dotting of the “i’s”. You’d think, if you were going to start a new author-fleecing operation to dodge the bad publicity over your old author-fleecing operation, you’d have the sense not to use a) the exact same scan of your signature, or b) your real name.
Salviani is no stranger to new startups. Previous satellite publishing ventures include Purehaven Press (which acknowledged the connection with Raider) and Perimedes Publishing (which didn’t). Both are now defunct. As for Raider, it may be in trouble. Over at TIPM, Mick Rooney–who has been covering Raider and its offshoots since 2008–reports that only one book has appeared under the Raider imprint since November 2013, likely because Ingram has de-listed Raider from its catalog.
UPDATED 7/24/14 TO ADD: The “testimonials” posted on the Green Shore website are indeed fake. Author and educator Jurgen Wolff has discovered that these supposed Green Shore authors are in fact actors who hawk their video testimonial skills on Fiverr.com for $5 a pop.
UPDATED 8/3/14 TO ADD: As a result of complaints to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, Green Shore Publishing has been referred for a formal investigation.