About Proving Press - Trusted Book Publisher

Proving Press publishes fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels and children’s books. We actively welcome new authors. Learn more about publishing with Proving Press.

Proving Press is an imprint of Columbus Publishing Lab, and has been producing and distributing exceptional titles since 2014. All of our titles are distributed to all major retailers in print and digital (e-book) formats, including Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, Kobo and more. Audiobook editions are also available for many titles.

We treat all of our authors with honesty and transparency, and pride ourselves on timely, accurate communication. We produce top-quality books that compete at every level of the market.

We are a self-publishing imprint. Authors invest in the production of their books, and retain 100% of all rights while receiving the highest royalty rates in the industry. Learn more about publishing with Proving Press here.

Columbus Publishing Lab

Columbus Publishing Lab

Proving Press is an imprint of Columbus Publishing Lab. We offer the same expert services and resources, including a robust staff of leading experts, fantastic editors, and talented designers. All of our production work is completed in-house in Zanesville, Ohio.

Proving Press employs a proven production system, which closely emulates an independent publisher. Clients who publish with Proving Press can trust that their books are receiving quality editing, design, and production, just as if they were published through a traditional publisher. Our books compete with titles coming out of the Big 5 publishing houses, and our authors earn 10x the royalty rate.

Our Leadership & History

Brad Pauquette
Brad Pauquette, Founder

Our leadership has a history of producing exceptional materials. Emily Hitchcock, the CEO of Columbus Publishing Lab, has earned a reputation as a trustworthy industry expert. All of the Columbus Publishing Lab imprints are recognized in the literary community for outstanding quality, financial accountability, and integrity.

Proving Press was launched in 2014 by Brad Pauquette. Brad is the founder and president of the Ohio Writers' Association, and has a history of successful work at all levels of the publishing industry, including with New York Times bestselling authors, professional athletes, and lots of first-time authors. He built Columbus Publishing Lab and Proving Press to utilize his experience, and make profitable, professional publication available to more authors. Brad believes that if authors produce great work and are willing to invest time and money into their books, just like starting a business, anyone can be successful in publishing. He believes that if you treat people honestly and work hard at a fair price, the rest of the pieces will come together. These are the values that birthed Proving Press.

When you publish with Proving Press, you gain access to our undisputed expertise and commitment to excellence within the industry, which is pervasive in every aspect of our company. Together with Columbus Publishing Lab, Proving Press provides the best editing and design services available, at fair, affordable prices.

Proving Press is an imprint of Columbus Publishing Lab. Proving Press was designed to provide a streamlined, turnkey publishing experience. We make it easy to produce an exceptional book, available in print, digital, and audiobook editions from all major markets.

Our Process

When you submit your manuscript for publication with Proving Press, we'll connect you with a member of our staff who will serve as your production liaison throughout the process. This knowledgeable industry expert will personally walk your title through the full production process, ensuring that every one of the services you've selected is delivered to the highest standard.

Once the production process is complete, your book will be printed and made available to all major retailers, in both print and digital formats, as well as an audiobook if you've chosen to invest in one.