What I think of Austin Macauley Publishers – Honest review

This is an honest unpaid review of an uprising book publisher that caught my attention lately. Austin Macauley Publishers, a publishing company found in 2006 who has its offices in London, Cambridge, New York, Sharjah and they are also opening another office in Sydney.

Why write about Austin Macaulay?

Before becoming a mom, I use to read a little more than I do know, and finishing one book per week during my commute times and bed times was the norm. I read all the time while on my maternity leave and finished two books a week. I promised my self once the baby is born I will buy him two books every month. I failed so badly at that, my saving grace are the total three books I received on my baby shower (have written a review on all three). The friend that gifted those three books (I don’t know what were her merits though) picked two books from Austin Macauley Publisher and one from another publisher called Little Bee. Ok, So, it happened that I read couple of self help books and motivational book from this very publishing company named Austin Macaulay Publishers.

For this reason, the name stuck in mind and when a friend asked for recommending a small publisher who will take her I thought of Austin Macauley automatically. They have some good children books and self help books, don’t they? But before recommending to her I decided to do my research, and that’s where things got interesting …

Online reviews of Austin Macauley

Although I have had some decent books from Austin Macauley Publisher sitting on my book shelf (and I am sure one is under my bed somewhere, and one I forgot at my doctor’s office – never got it back or finished it even), online reviews said otherwise. From (my own) reader’s perspective books were good quality but online reviews from author’s point of view were mixed. While their own website and social media displayed happy authors, other places other were even called scammers. However, I found it hard to believe that scammers could function under the same name for so long and still grow into a company functioning world wide with head offices in four major countries. So I decided to dig even deeper.

Austin Macauley Publishers has a YouTube channel of their own but there are other mentions of them on Youtube. There is one author (who use to self publish) C T Mitchell who said he has received a traditional contract form Austin Macauley Publishers (which by the way no scammer offers), and copy of the contract earned him a membership in The Crime Writer’s Association. The guy was really excited about it. An other YouTube channel named book reviews and more shared author Tim Wotton was awarded People’s Book award.

Final Word for Austin Macauley

So I decided to tell my friend to send her manuscript to Austin Macauley Publishers, with worst case scenario, they will try to trick her in paying them some crazy amount which she can decline and move on to other publishers on her list. She did and surprise! surprise! She got an answer from them in two weeks. They suggested a few changes to the plot line and agreed to offer her a traditional contract only if she agreed to the suggested changes. Although she was actually offered a traditional contract, the amount they were offering was not enough as per suggested by some authors on You Tube and my dear friend was not ready to make the changes suggested. Although it was totally her choice to make, (she declined their offer and moved on to self publishing her books) but if I were here I would have taken the offer as a first time author.

28 thoughts on “What I think of Austin Macauley Publishers – Honest review

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Hi,
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    Pay to publish.Did your friend get offered similar. This has been helpful.

    thank you
    OJ

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    I do not understand why you removed the earlier comments. Are you looking for better and more pleasing comments about Austin Macauley?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    Waste no time trying to praise these Austin Macauley criminals. They are thieves, crooks, scammers on their way out. Why waste time when the ONLINE is replete with negative stuff about these thugs.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    Goofy stuff for goofy purposes in a goofy manner. This promotion of the activities of a vanity press gang is very sad. Absolute stupid nonsense. Syeda Saher is goofing and wasting her time and compromising her seriousness, if she is serious at all. What a lack of purpose?

    John King In New York

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    These crooks of Austin Macauley vanity press scam lie a lot.They claim to have a wide network of marketing for their kind of books and that their kind of books are sold in bookstores. Which bookstores? This is a total lie. Their kind of books are only advertised on Amazon. Authors, please, avoid them like the plague. They are only out to steal your money and are to no good whatsoever for you. Don’t let the louts to bamboozle you

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  • October 4, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    No glowing comments for your propaganda review of the Austin Macauley scammers yet? What a pity that you should waste your time with this useless effort which aligns you with AM thieves, crooks and louts, warts and all! First of all, I don’t understand why you removed the ones that some individuals had written. Was it that they were not sweet enough for your propagandizing aims? You are lost soul and strange bedfellow of the AM scammers.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    Hi Syeda,
    Thanks for your review! I was in doubt accepting AM’s offer to publish my book, because of some negative reviews from Authors on the net… My friend recommended them to me, but still… Thanks for giving some objective information and another confirmation that I will be doing the right thing… Where do you live btw?

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  • October 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    Has anyone anywhere in the world ever seen books by Austin Macauley (AM) stoked and being sold in bookstores? If no, why not? And why should anyone waste time writing promotion for such a company as Gurru does, unless the promoter himself or herself is a member of Austin Macauley.

    Authors should avoid vanity or charging presses like AM, as with it they will go nowhere because it is a waste of time, talent and money to try to do business with such a scam. Remember that publishers should pay authors and not authors pay publishers. If a company claiming to be publishers asks to be paid upfront as AM does with authors, such a company is a scam and authors must avoid it like the plague.

    Louis Tom Kelly in New York, September 14, 2019

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  • December 12, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    I dealt with Austin Macauley publishers.
    Liars!, thieves,! Bullshitters!
    The left hand does’t know what the right hand is doing.
    I got trapped into their web and they keep one lie on top of the other.
    No one the knows what the other-one is doing..They pass you around like a ping-pong ball.
    I live in Canada and they know that I can’t reach them physically, but I do have connections who will take care of the matter for me
    VERY UNPROFESSIONAL .

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