Hi Freddie, I’ve come across two publishers that operate this kind of deal. I was thrilled a few years ago when I had my science fiction manuscript ‘accepted’ by Austin Macauley. However, upon further inspection, it was really a deal in which I would pay the upfront costs of publishing and they would help with the promotional work. I didn’t go ahead because it wasn’t the sort of way I wanted to get published. Maybe I was too proud! Anyway, later I saw another company, Olympia publishers, offering a similar kind of deal.
I would be interested to read about the experiences of anyone who went down this route. Is it better than just self-publishing on your own? There are some excellent P.O.D. deals out there now.