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    Absent Willow Publishing, LLC / The Absent Willow Review

    I am a member of Nittany Valley Writers' Network, and I write the monthly newsletter. Our group frequently receives info and releases on new upstarts--agents, but mostly publishers. Some quickly reveal themselves as organizations or companies we would not wish to encourage our members to contact.

    I have just received a notice on a new publisher and I can't get any info on them (no doubt, because they are very very new.) I'm hoping some of the AW posters have feedback here. In its entirety, here is the email I received:

    Hello Nittany Valley Writers' Network,
    My name is Bob Griffin. I have just started a small publishing company
    that will be publishing fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. Listed
    below is my company's first press release. If anybody in your organization
    is interested in submitting their works of fiction please visit us at
    www.absentwillowreview.com.

    Thank you for your time,
    Bob Griffin
    Rochester, NH

    PRESS RELEASE
    OCTOBER 31, 2008
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    New Hampshire Authors Launch Publishing Company.
    Rochester, NH - New Hampshire authors Rick DeCost and Bob Griffin are proud
    to announce the launch of their publishing company and its online presence.
    Absent Willow Publishing LLC is an independent book publisher that will
    provide its readers with high quality stories of horror, fantasy and
    science fiction. Its online efforts include The Absent Willow Review. The
    Absent Willow Review plans to publish fictional stories in the horror,
    fantasy, and science fiction genre while allowing its readers access to the
    magazine anywhere in the world. Additionally, the Absent Willow Review will
    publish paperback anthologies from their collected works. "Wešre huge
    fans of the genres we publish," remarked Griffin. "We started this
    company to find greats works of fiction and to locate the next generation
    of great writers." With its online magazine spotlighting new works and
    its print publications soon to be available through Amazon.com and other
    retailers, the Company is planning to renew interest in short works of
    fiction. "For new and established authors of short fiction in the horror
    or fantasy vein, the market is light," DeCost added. "We are hoping to
    change that." Absent Willow Publishing LLC is located in Rochester,

    NH USA MEDIA CONTACT: Rick Decost & Bob Griffin
    Absent Willow Publishing LLC
    PO Box 66
    Rochester, NH 03866







    Some here may also see bells and whistles that I don't see. Any info or feedback or advice you may have is greatly appreciated. I am going to wait until the February newsletter to decide whether to include this in our announcements. Please let me know.
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    WIPs, with working titles:
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    Fahley's Rhyme (Mystery Short): Complete at 10,200, in revision
    The Lessor of Two Evils (Mystery Short): 5,000/10,000

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    Looks nice enough. No pay except for the Editor's Choice "prize", but if the editing's good, it could grow into something worth submitting to.
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    -Neither one appears to have any publishing experience. Never a good sign.

    -I'd like to know what Independant book publisher means. I'm not sure if legit businesses use it, but it sounds a little odd.

    -They seem (though it might just be me) that they're trying to subtly play that old angle of tons of great works not being published.

    So far, from what I see I wouldn't advertise this company just yet. Especially not with the obvious lack of experience so far. They may turn out to be one of those few who do right, but best to wait and see.
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    Looks to me like it's what them thar Netscape 1.0 futurists used to call a "zine".

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    MRJ, an independent publisher is one not owned by a media conglomerate. It's a common term occasionally overused by folks wanting to make themselves out as stickin' it to The Man, but it's not in itself anything to be concerned about.
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    rofl. Yes, it's a 'zine. We're aware of that. They also call themselves an independent book publisher that will be publishing anthologies. Just trying to find out if anyone knows if they're legit before I include their link in our newsletter.
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    WIPs, with working titles:
    MATG (Full length MG, Fantasy/Mystery): 49,000/On Submission
    Fahley's Rhyme (Mystery Short): Complete at 10,200, in revision
    The Lessor of Two Evils (Mystery Short): 5,000/10,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaoPaux View Post
    MRJ, an independent publisher is one not owned by a media conglomerate. It's a common term occasionally overused by folks wanting to make themselves out as stickin' it to The Man, but it's not in itself anything to be concerned about.
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    Apart from any other issues, it's risky to hook up with a small publisher before it has shown some staying power. Small publishers start up and go bust at an alarming rate. I'd suggest holding off for a year or so, and seeing if they last long enough to actually publish anything. This would also make it possible to evaluate important issues like quality and marketing.

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    They've survived their first year (yay!) and still look nice. Anyone do business with them?
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    They rejected a short story of mine, but gave me really nice feedback.

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    Bummer. Just got an email saying the mag is closing down. October 16th will be the last release, but every story they've ever accepted will be up on the site until 12/1/11.

    Too bad.
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