About Motion

Read about the story and history of Motion Publishing.

Phil Simon formally incorporated Motion Publishing on August 19, 2010 as a U.S.-based limited liability company (LLC). Simon believed that, despite the chaos of the publishing industry, there was actually considerable opportunity. Traditional publishing was then—and remains today—ripe for disruption. Nothing in the past five years has changed his belief.

Motion is predicated on speed, quality, and author rights and control. Given the technological advancements in publishing in the last five years, there’s simply no reason for a book to take more than a year to publish, nor should a book cost much more than the market will bear. The word insanity comes to mind. Because of price and timing, many books are dead on arrival, irritating authors.

This doesn’t have to be the case.

There’s a great adage in the software world and it certainly applies to the publishing world: Fast, cheap, and good. Pick any two of the three.

Philosophy and Process

Simon founded Motion Publishing with the knowledge that it’s foolish to compete on price. Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for. Books are no exception to this rule. Those looking for low-cost and low-quality alternatives to publishing should look elsewhere. Plenty of subsidy presses operate like chop shops, but no one can publish a quality book for $2,000.


Publishing a book should be fun.

Watch a video overview of the Motion philosophy from president and founder Phil Simon:
View a brief PowerPoint overview of the company and the publishing process:

On this site, you can:

  • Find out about the company and its model
  • Learn about existing Motion titles
  • Inquire about publishing services