Dorrance Publishing Company

Dorrance Publishing Company
Status Active
Founded 1920
Founder Gordon Dorrance
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Publication types Books, ebooks
Fiction genres Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, how-to, business, children’s literature, coffee table books
Imprints I-Proclaim Books
Red Lead Press
Rose Dog Books
Whitmore Publishing Company[1]
Official website

Dorrance Publishing Company, Inc. is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania–based self-publishing company. The company publishes both traditional printed books as well as ebooks.


The company's website reports that they were founded by Gordon Dorrance in 1920. The Catalogue of Copyright Entries for that year lists "Dorrance & company, inc." publishing works The Pocket Chesterfield and Broken Shackles.[2] Dorrance set up the company after a work he was editing did not complete publication with Scribners.[3]

They have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1995.[1] The BBB lists them as having started in June 1989, and also operating under the alternate business names I-Proclaim Books, Red Lead Press, Rose Dog Books, and Whitmore Publishing Company.[1]


Dorrance Publishing is a vanity book printer that offers book production, promotion, distribution, and ghostwriting services.

After publication, authors’ books are made available through the Dorrance Publishing bookstore, and may be sold through other large-scale book retailers, including Google Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Gordon Dorrance, the founder of Dorrance Publishing, was portrayed by actor Pierre Watkin in an episode of I Love Lucy entitled "Lucy Writes A Novel."[4]

Self-publishing contract and Better Business Bureau reviews

Dorrance Publishing does not attempt to hide its charges and makes no claims of selecting clients based on potential for commercial success.[5][6]

As of March 2018, Dorrance Publishing has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.[7]

Selected published works

  • Navajo Code Talkers, by Doris A. Paul[8]
  • 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Day by Day: A Special Season, an Extraordinary Postseason, by Rick Cushing, was profiled in Pittsburgh Magazine[9]
  • God’s Plan for Peons, by Susan D. Criddle[10]
  • The Juggler, by Phillip D. Farrara[11]
  • Unwelcome: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Assault, and Rape in the Canadian Forces, by Captain Dawn Ottoman[12]
  • Hal David: His Magic Moments, by Eunice David[13]
  • No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities, by Jack Hatch[14]
  • New Jersey Mob: Memories of a Top Cop, by Bob Buccino[15]
  • Cooking Soup to Nuts, by Chef Becky Foulk[16]


  1. 1 2 3 "Dorrance Publishing Company Inc Review". Better Business Bureau Accredited Business Directory. Better Business Bureau. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  2. "Catalogue of Copyright Entries 1920". Library of Congress. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  3. "Dorrance Publishing - Reviewed". The Independent Publishing Magazine. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  4. Asher, William (1954-04-05), Lucy Writes a Novel, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, retrieved 2018-01-29
  5. "Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. :: FAQ". Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  6. "Blurred Distinctions: Vanity Publishing vs. Self-Publishing". Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  7. "BBB Business Profile | Dorrance Publishing Company Inc". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  8. Paul, Doris A. (July 1998). The Navajo Code Talkers (25th Anniversary ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance Pub Co. ISBN 9780805945904.
  9. Cushing, Rick (2010-03-30). 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates - Day by Day: A Special Season, an Extraordinary World Series. Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. ISBN 9781434904980.
  10. Criddle; Susan (2013-10-03). God's Plan for Peons. Dorrance Publishing. ISBN 9781434917447.
  11. Farrara, Phillip (2014-02-06). The Juggler. Dorrance Publishing. ISBN 9781434937285.
  12. Ottman, Dawn (2017-03-09). Unwelcome: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Assault, and Rape in the Canadian Forces. S.l.: Dorrance Publishing Co. ISBN 9781480943926.
  13. David, Eunice (2016-11-15). Hal David: His Magic Moments: There Is Always Something There to Remind Me. S.l.: Dorrance Publishing Co. ISBN 9781480931008.
  14. Hatch, Jack (2017-01-22). No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities. Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. ASIN B01MYBCXHY.
  15. Buccino, Bob (2016-09-06). New Jersey Mob: Memoirs of a Top Cop. Dorrance Publishing Co. ISBN 9781480923782.
  16. Foullk, Becky (2016-11-15). Cooking Soup to Nuts: Over 60 Soup Recipes to Mix & Match With Salads and Sandwiches for Mouthwatering Combinations That All Start With a Pot of Soup. Dorrance Pub Co. ISBN 9781480940062.

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