In 2012, I posted a warning about Raider Publishing International. Founded by former (and disgruntled) PublishAmerica author Adam Salviani, and presenting itself as an independent publisher, Raider is basically a publishing service (not a publisher) in the Author Solutions mold, with some added (and highly dubious) bells and whistles.
Raider began to become a problem in 2012, with mounting author complaints. Here’s what I wrote at the time:
Over the past few months, I’ve begun receiving a steady trickle of complaints about Raider, where before I only received questions. I’m not the only one; as a result of the negative feedback he’s gotten from Raider authors, Mick Rooney of The Independent Publishing Magazine has revised his once-positive review of Raider to “not recommended.” Other complaints can be found online–at Ripoff Report, for instance, and Scam Informer (I always take websites like this with a grain of salt, but in this case the complaints are quite consistent, and the problems reported reflect the reports I’ve been getting).
Author complaints received by Writer beware include publication delays of up to 18 months (according to Raider’s FAQ, books are published six to eight months after contract signing, unless you pay for a fast-track option; several of the authors I’ve heard from are still waiting for publication and fear their money is lost); quality issues (poor editing, poor design, finished books full of errors); trouble getting royalty statements and/or payments; communications problems (being shuffled from email address to email address within the company, or not being able to get any response at all; several authors say that as soon as they sent in their fees, communication ceased); and broken promises (repeatedly missed publication dates, author copies never received, promised marketing services not provided, substantial delays despite payment of the fast-track fee).
Since then, negative information has continued to accumulate. If you take a look at the comments on my 2012 post, you’ll see many examples, leading right up to this year; another 55 complaints appear at Scambook, and there are more at Absolute Write. There’s a Facebook page devoted to warnings about Raider. Raider now has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau. At least one petition has been filed with the Internet Crime Complaint Center. In 2014, the BBC Radio 4 program You & Yours did an expose of Salviani and Raider, featuring an interview with Salviani himself in which he denied the allegations of defrauded authors.
In 2014, Writer Beware added Raider and related operations to our Thumbs Down Publishers List.
In true deadbeat fashion, Salviani has made several attempts to escape his reputation, as well as to resolve his own financial issues. He established several new publishers with different names: Purehaven Press and Perimedes Publishing (both defunct), and purportedly UK-based Green Shore Publishing, about which I posted a warning last year. (GSP is still active, but as a result of an investigation by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, Salviani was forced to remove numerous fake testimonials from its website.)
In September 2014, Salviani declared personal bankruptcy.
He also put Raider on publishing hiatus toward the end of 2013. However, possibly as a result of resolving his bankruptcy case, he appears to be ramping it up again. Last December, Raider pumped out 12 titles in quick succession, and has published one title so far in 2015.
Given this renewed activity, it seems a good idea to post a second warning. Writers, beware of Raider Publishing International.
UPDATE 2/22/17: Following his personal bankruptcy in New York, Adam Salviani moved to Brattleboro, VT, where he soon attracted notice–and not the welcome kind. Two articles, one from independent newspaper Seven Days, and the other from the Brattleboro Reformer, detail the multitude of complaints about Salviani and his various publishing ventures (I’m quoted in both).
UPDATE 8/12/21: Adam Salviani is now living in Hawaii and working for a medical practice. I wonder if he disclosed any of his previous business ventures?