I just joined, however I have been a reading lurker in the bushes for awhile now. I have seen alot of opinions here, and advice to new authors that as someone who is published, and has has moderate levels of marketing success I find more than a little worrysome. There seems to be alot of bad press (sorry for the pun) towards publishers who charge for their services. I want to offer my opinion and make two key clarifications. As far as publishers who charge for their services being POD, or are not worth their salt. I disagree... I was self published, and I also went to a pay to publish operation and got hosed for alot of money. However I also now am at one that is great. There are publishers out there that do charge for their services and they will market your book, set signings up for you, and file Copyright for you, and do editing etc. They will do everything a traditional larger publisher will do. And they are not a POD operation. I think there are a lot of shady operations out there, and there are a lot of "publishers" out there that frankly are nothing more than glorified printers. As far as the opinion of any publisher who charges money to publish your book is a fraud. This is an absolute false statement. There are alot of publishers out there that charge a fee for publishing. These are sometimes called "Vanity Presses" however this is a wrnng word for "some" of them. They offer a frankly needed service, as most of the larger publishing houses tend to ignore the smaller author. Now saying this I make this one caveat to my statement. Before moving forward with a publisher who charges ensure their reputation, and also track record. NEVER deal with someone that works out of their home. Ask for references. Look their authors up on Amazon and so on. Dilligence is key. Demand to see samples of their books they have done, and contact their local chamber of commerce and BBB to ask about issues. See my other post on checking publishers out.