While at a writing class yesterday, I came across a brochure for a local company called The Queue.
The pitch: for $3.50 per page ($350 minimum), they offer a Q-Critique and return a 6-8 page detailed critique of your manuscript. Once your ms has been critiqued, it's considered for their publication line-up. "We will help market your manuscript to fellow publishers while it is 'queued' for a final publication schedule and contract with us." You retain full rights until a contract is signed. If your manuscript isn't picked up by another publisher, the Queue will publish your book.
For an additional $500 (starting price), they will design an author's web page for you.
E-manuscripts are also available. No fee listed.
"Save time & money: Q-Critiques help some authors avoid spending significant funds and time on 'full' editing, marketing, and submissions of premature manuscripts."
Four books are currently in their Queue: two have been published by the same publisher, the other two are available. The Queue and Scarletta Press, who published the two, are based in Minneapolis and listed at the same address.
Okay, maybe I'm jumping the gun but the whole operation doesn't seem to jive with me.