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Tony Wagtar

Coleraine, United Kingdom

***Are you looking for a publisher? It's a drag trying to find one. Here are some questions and answers about our service***
Q: Why would I wish to be published by your company when there are bigger, more famous firms out there?
A: Indeed, but you may discover that the large, mainstream publishers tend to back established writers and celebs. They don't tend to entertain new writers, however talented they may be. We open a door for new writers.
Q: Does my book feature on billboards, magazine, radio, and television commercials?
A: Phew, in an ideal world it would, but regrettably only the huge publishing houses with the books by their non-writer megastars tend to afford such advertising campaigns. Thus, you will be advised to advertise via social networking sites.
Q: Will my book actually end up in the shops?
A: Yes, unlike lots of other publishers who merely promise the pathetic line about "your book will be available on Amazon", when actually all books are "available on Amazon". Instead, we do have books in a host of Waterstones and smaller retailers.
Q: How long would it take for my book to be published?
A: Once your work has been emailed to us, it can take as little as five weeks, and we guarantee no longer than five months. Our service includes proof-reading and also registering your book so that it is available for retail and for the libraries.
Q: Do you charge for your publishing service, and if so, how much?
A: Yes, we charge either 400, you receive 10% royalties and 10 complimentary copies or you pay 500, receive 20% royalties and 20 complimentary copies. By selling your 10 or 20 copies, you already will be recovering your relatively small outlay.
Q: Why do you charge these amounts?
A: For our small fee, 75 plus VAT goes towards the cover artwork. The printers also charge us about 100 for set-up costs. Your ten (or twenty) copies will cost us about 50 (or 100) including delivery charge. Your ISBN is worth about 10 too.
Q: Are you a vanity publisher that pockets a large fee and then cares little for subsequent sales?
A: On the contrary, as we are left with a minimal amount after the aforementioned costs (usually around 150), it is clearly in our interests to ensure lots of sales to increase our revenue and to boost your chances of royalties.
Q: Can you give me one good reason why I should invest with you?
A: You will be the owner of a quality paperback with an eye-catching, laminated cover. Your chances of being taken seriously next time by a larger publisher will increase if you have something in the public domain.
Q: What is the likely scenario after I have invested with your firm?
A: We contact almost 300 Waterstones stores plus several hundred independent retailers plus about a thousand libraries. Your book will sell. Sales figures will clearly be conditioned by the subject of your book and its quality.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit more about your service?
A: We are called GW Publications. We have taken over another company called Parkbench Publications. Our authors include Arthur TS Jackson, Tony Wagtar, Ian Bronderson, and Jimmie Oliver. You can email us at
***Other publishers advertise great offers but are shy at disclosing the small print. We at least publish our fees.***

Interests: Eating; drinking; golfing; sudokuing; reading; running; writing; general knowledge quizzing; youtubeing; listening; laughing; singing; publishing; promoting

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • England Football Team, 1946-2006, A Complete Record by John Bull
  • A Concise Guide To Eighties\' Music by Karl Vorderman
  • The Song For Today by Jimmie Oliver
  • The Ashes, 1945-2005, A Complete Record by Tony Wagtar
  • An Essential Guide To Music In The 1970s by Johnny Zero