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April 16, 2015

Warning: Raider Publishing International

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

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 self-publishing service 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.


Pat Dilloway said...

A name like Raider ought to tell people something.

pamela daccache said...

I thought I was the only one until I found this blog! Thank you for the warning, although it's a bit too late for me, at least I understand now. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid I have also been taken for a ride by Raider Publishers. What I would like to know is what can be done about it. I am a pensioner and I feel so defeated as I truly believed and trusted Mr Saviani. I have sent several e-mails and to no avail. No reply. I was truly delighted when I was told that my books would be published as I put a lot of effort, time and work into these books. Yet, even though he has not responded to my latest e-mails I still find it hard to believe that he would not honour our agreement which was signed by both of us. Crazy as it may seem I still want to believe that he will honour his side of the contract. That he will come back to me with some reasonable explanation.

Anonymous said...

As well, same thing happened to me, but i have a new company agreeing to publish my books.
Do i have to get a release from him before i sign with the new company, he is not answering my emails.
I already sent an email saying I do not want him to be my publisher.
I appreciate someone's answer.


Victoria Strauss said...

Anonymous 8/06:

You aren't alone. I've heard from many authors who sent their money to Raider and never had their books published. Unfortunately, I don't think you can expect Adam Salviani to honor your contract, or to respond to your emails, and he can provide no reasonable explanation because he has none. I'm so sorry for what this man has put you through.

Victoria Strauss said...

Anonymous 8/14:

What you can do depends on whether the contract you signed granted publishing rights exclusively or non-exclusively.

If exclusively (i.e., Raider is the only one with the right to publish), you cannot publish elsewhere unless you can terminate the contract with Raider. The problem isn't that you'd get in trouble with Salviani--he probably wouldn't notice--it's that a new publisher won't want to publish a book whose rights aren't completely free and clear. Even self-publishing platforms require you to warrant that you can grant publishing rights--which, if an exclusive contract is in force, you can't.

If non-exclusively (i.e., you can publish elsewhere while publishing with Raider), you can self-publish anywhere, but I doubt you'll be able to find a publisher that will be willing to take you on as long as your contract is in force. Most publishers want exclusive publishing rights.

Heneleen Stewart said...

I posted my travails with Adam and Raider some time ago and do not want to repeat them here again. However, Seeing that Raider has forfeited its rights concerning royalties etc on my book "Moses was a Liar" and in the face of continuing sales, where do the royalties go now? Most of my sales have been via Amazon but to date I have not received one cent.Can anyone advise me?
ALSO: If I wish to publish Edition 3 (Raider has no further rights): can anyone recommend a publisher?

Pls inbox me at

Victoria Strauss said...

Heneleen Stewart,

As the process should work, all income from book sales goes to the publisher, which takes its cut and sends the author their royalty share. In this case, it seems as if Raider is simply keeping that share, and not paying anyone.

Writer Beware doesn't recommends publishers, but our Small Presses page offers information and resources. If self-publishing is what you prefer, I usually recommend that authors start with the free or low-cost services with good reputations in the self-pub community: Createspace, IngramSpark, and Lulu if they want to do print as well as ebooks, and Smashwords, Draft2Digital, and the direct-to-ereading-device services (Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble's Nook Press, and Kobo's Kobo Writing Life) if they want to do an ebook only.

Anonymous said...

i just recived an email from Raider publishing calling for new authors to send in their manuscripts to be published.... i hope people are aware that the scam is still going on..

Victoria Strauss said...

Anonymous, would you share that email with me? beware [at] . Thanks.

Chris said...

To Anonymous (re rights)
Does your contract not have a clause where the rights revert to the author if publication isn't within a specified period? (I know mine does - it's nine months in my case)
My publisher is only a small independent 'one man' outfit but I assumed his contract was fairly standard (He's not a vanity publisher… He takes the risks).

Viraj - A Citizen of India said...

Thanks Victoria,

I got valuable information from your blog, and found myself among many writers, getting bad experiences with Raider. I think myself to be lucky for at least my book got published :) While I suffered many of the frauds mentioned.

Thank you. :)

Viraj Nasare

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