The Modern Publishing Story


How do I get the services of a traditional publishing house without having to get an agent, and sign onerous contracts?

Good question. It’s one we’ve asked ourselves. Of course most successful Indies have built up their teams of promoters, illustrators, cover designers, ebook formatters and web guys

– but what if you’re just starting out? Maybe you’ve written a couple of books in a series and early feedback is positive. Can you DIY it? Yes, you can DIY almost all of it, but if you’re not cash-strapped and you’re looking for ways to write more, and do less of the publishing stuff… then take a look around because that’s what we’ve built.

Our Story

In mid 2016, Simon asked Al Kunz and Ned Hoste – two professionals he’d met in 2010, in what was then the nascent independent publishing world – to consider becoming partners in a new venture to provide publishing services to indie authors. They agreed, and Modern Publishing Global was born.


Modern Publishing Global

Modern reflects what publishing should be today and in the future; not relying on traditional models.

Publishing independently is the quickest, easiest, and most profitable way to get your book into readers’ hands.

Global because anyone can use our services from anywhere and to anywhere in the world.

At Modern Publishing Global, we’re passionate about freeing you to write. Time is the most valuable thing we have – use it wisely, use it writing.

What’s Your Direction?

We’ve got a really exciting line up of features coming. We’re looking at things like:

  • A full range of Editing Services
    • Proofing
    • Copyediting
    • Developmental
  • Translation
  • Crowdfunding
  • Partnerships 
  • International distribution

First though, our focus is to prove ourselves as having exemplary service. Part of that is a 100% money-back guarantee – no conditions – you’re not happy, we give you the money back; we would prefer to solve any issues and work with you to make you a 100% happy, but our starting position is 100% money back – no quibbles.


Allen Kunz

Ned Hoste

Nick Hawkins

Simon Royle

AL KUNZ

Al’s been an avid reader since the second grade, when he won a contest at school to see who could read the most books. His love affair with the written word saw him later pen music reviews for various websites and magazines, but it was the advent of the Kindle that rocked this bookworm’s world. It allowed him to put to good use his reviewing skills and get stuck into the flood of new indie books hitting the market.

Al started the ‘BigAl’s Books and Pals’ review site in 2011 and it gained almost immediate notoriety when one of his early reviews went viral after an author voiced her disagreement with Al’s thoughts about her book. More than six years later, the site’s still going strong with between 20 and 30 books reviewed each month.

Al is also the owner and administrator of ‘The IndieView’, a website for Indie authors and reviewers and a regular contributor to ‘Indies Unlimited’, which was named one of the top six blogs for authors by ‘Publishers Weekly’.  He has also acted as a beta reader for more than 40 books.

Al brings his expertise from these ventures, as well as the knowledge he has gained as a long-time observer of the changing world of publishing to the Modern Publishing Global team.

Al’s been an avid reader since the second grade, when he won a contest at school to see who could read the most books. His love affair with the written word saw him later pen music reviews for various websites and magazines, but it was the advent of the Kindle that rocked this bookworm’s world. It allowed him to put to good use his reviewing skills and get stuck into the flood of new indie books hitting the market.

Al started the ‘BigAl’s Books and Pals’ review site in 2011 and it gained almost immediate notoriety when one of his early reviews went viral after an author voiced her disagreement with Al’s thoughts about her book. More than six years later, the site’s still going strong with between 20 and 30 books reviewed each month.

Al is also the owner and administrator of ‘The IndieView’, a website for Indie authors and reviewers and a regular contributor to ‘Indies Unlimited’, which was named one of the top six blogs for authors by ‘Publishers Weekly’.  He has also acted as a beta reader for more than 40 books.

Al brings his expertise from these ventures, as well as the knowledge he has gained as a long-time observer of the changing world of publishing to the Modern Publishing Global team.


NED HOSTE FRSA

Ned Hoste started working as a professional designer at the age of 15 when he designed the cover for a national puzzle magazine while still at school. He graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1984 and spent a year as a junior cover designer at Sphere Books before being headhunted by Slatter-Anderson as a designer/studio manager.

In 1987, Ned set up 2H Design, a design consultancy with extensive experience in design for print; from all aspects of book publishing including cover design, publicity, advertising and point-of-sale. 2H also designs corporate identities, brochures, catalogues, national press and magazine advertising and the art of direction and layout of company websites. The company recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Ned is also the co-director of The Big Ideas Collective (est. 2007), a virtual creative communications company that offers organisations more flexibility and creativity in their branding and communications.

Ned spent 10 years doing voluntary work at Huntingdon School in York where he led design workshops for Year 12 students. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

NED HOSTE FRSA

Ned Hoste started working as a professional designer at the age of 15 when he designed the cover for a national puzzle magazine while still at school. He graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1984 and spent a year as a junior cover designer at Sphere Books before being headhunted by Slatter-Anderson as a designer/studio manager.

In 1987, Ned set up 2H Design, a design consultancy with extensive experience in design for print; from all aspects of book publishing including cover design, publicity, advertising and point-of-sale. 2H also designs corporate identities, brochures, catalogues, national press and magazine advertising and the art of direction and layout of company websites. The company recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Ned is also the co-director of The Big Ideas Collective (est. 2007), a virtual creative communications company that offers organisations more flexibility and creativity in their branding and communications.

Ned spent 10 years doing voluntary work at Huntingdon School in York where he led design workshops for Year 12 students. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 
 

SIMON ROYLE

Simon is the indie author of the Bangkok crime series ‘Bangkok Burn’, ‘Bangkok Wet’ and (coming soon) ‘Bangkok Heat’.

Simon created The Indieview in 2010, before transferring it to Al Kunz – The Indieview remains the most visited indie reviewers resource site on the web today.

Simon’s love of telling a good yarn, and frustration with not having enough time to write, lead to the discussions with Al and Ned. Simon’s role is to ensure that the services MPG offers are affordable, deeply relevant and delivered to the highest standards.

SIMON ROYLE

Simon is an indie author, best known for the Bangkok-based crime series ‘Bangkok Burn’, ‘Bangkok Wet’ and coming soon (so he tells us) ‘Bangkok Heat’.

Back in 2010, Simon established The IndieView (now owned and operated by Al Kunz). Simon’s primary motive in building the Indieview was to get sales of his books; which needed reviews. After a lot of hard work the site became the #1 Indie site to find free book reviewers and is still regarded as such today.

In 2016, after having written three books along with the requisite man-handling of all the associated tasks and costs – Simon floated the idea of MPG to Al and Ned.

The history has yet to be written.