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A note from the editorial board (16.02.2013): This article was published on 01.06.2008. Recently, we have been approached by readers with concerns about the reliability and legality of projects undertaken by Raider Publishing International - see also the comment section under this article. E&M does not endorse this company and we advise writers to conduct thorough research on publishing houses before signing a contract with them.

"We are not only working with clients, but with friends" is one of their main statements. Constant support, commitment and the belief in doing a better job for their authors and readers makes Raider Publishing International an attractive destination beyond national borders. Still, E&M had some more questions. An interview with A. J. Salviani, Company Director/Founder, Raider Publishing International.

E&M: Can you tell there is a financial crisis just by looking at your company? Is the publishing sector in danger?

A. J. Salviani: To be honest, not really. Our book sales have actually gone up quite dramatically since this economic crisis began. I think people have rediscovered books as an affordable form of entertainment... and we're more than happy to meet that demand.

E&M: How European is your company? What is the chance for international authors?

"I think people have rediscovered books as an affordable form of entertainment"

A. J. Salviani: We've published authors from seventeen different European countries and we have a solid EU distribution system. And we're always looking for new authors to join our company. Currently, we're just looking for fiction, novels and poetry, but not for any specific subject matter.

E&M: But diversity can also set demanding preconditions. How do you deal with the different financial backgrounds of potential writers, for example?

A. J. Salviani: We have a wide range of services which vary based on what the author can afford or what services they desire. We do have a flexible payment plan to help those who can't afford to pay our fees all at once. We also advise them on every phase of the publication process.

E&M: Who should actually be interested in the publishing sector?

A. J. Salviani: I think if you have an interest in literature then in many cases publishing is the first field you consider, possibly second to teaching. That being said, it's very easy to get jaded in this business, especially if you expect things to come easily. Of course the worst thing that can happen is that you turn something that you really enjoy into something that you hate. I find that it's a constant balancing act for people like me, who got into publishing for idealistic reasons. As an author myself, I was not treated well by the publishers I worked with. Eventually I was inspired to create a company that gave authors a fair deal and treated them with the respect they deserve.

 

Photo: Adam Salviani
Adam Salviani

E&M: If a young European decided to follow the same path, what should they expect from a normal day at work? What do you do usually?

A. J. Salviani: I'm a very busy man these days! I still work with some of our authors personally, but much of the time is spent running the company and organizing our current projects and ongoing promotions. I'm also heavily involved in our Literary Magazine and our Broadcasting Network and I'm writing two books now: one's hopefully coming out later this year.

E&M: What is the most difficult part of cross-border publisher duties?

A. J. Salviani: The worst part of the job has always been rejecting authors who submit their work to us. It's still very odd for me as I was in their position so many times. There was one point where I got rejected by one hundred and eighty three publishers/agents in a three month period. I'll never get used to being on the other end of that. Other than that, I love my job and it's hard to imagine doing anything else. I've worked very hard to get where I am today and the thought of just throwing that away seems a bit silly at this point.

E&M: Could you give E&M readers a tip, whether they decide for publishing or choose something else: the book and the author that in your opinion are the most extraordinary and thus really worth reading?

"I got rejected by one hundred and eighty three publishers/agents in a three month period."

 A. J. Salviani: I wish I had time to read all of our books! We're releasing about 15-20 a month now, so I just can't keep up anymore. I truly believe that all are unique and interesting in their own way and we are very proud of them. Last year I particularly enjoyed "The Hidden Dream" by Leigh Hinds and "Lassiter Hill" by Daniel Dundon. However, my favorite book that we've published still remains "The Cyprus Event" by Alexander Kirkwood. He's a great author with great pace to his stories. I've also met a lot of interesting writers since the company started, so it's hard to pick just one. Recently I suppose Jack Dunn, author of the award winning book "Babylon's Tablet of Destiny", is probably one of the most interesting people I've met for a long time.

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