Here is their URL: http://www.peppertreepublishing.com/
I desperately need information on this publisher for someone in my writers' group. A few things are sending up red flags for me:
1) She said they told her she gets to choose the illustrator (it's a children's picture book). I do non-fiction, but I thought that for kids' books the publisher chose. But if you're paying, i.e. vanity, it would make sense that you get to choose. Made me think is might be vanity.
2) In looking at their site, they say in their description of the process that the writer gets to say yay or nay to the edits. I haven't got that far with my own book yet, but I thought the publisher pretty much had that say. But again, if you're paying then YOU would.
3) Their website is centered around recruiting writers rather than selling books.
4) They offer other professional services, like editing.
Am I just being paranoid or is this a vanity press? I can't find any direct reference on their site to the author paying, nor does google or a search here at AW turn up anything.
I tried to convince my friend that if she really wants to self publish rather than seek a commercial publisher, Lulu is much better than vanity. She says with Lulu she'd have to pay an illustrator and with Peppertree she wouldn't, which I don't necessarily think is correct (yes, yes, I've already tried to convince her to try to sell the book to a publisher, but she has specific reasons for just wanting to take a quick route).
Help and facts much appreciated since I have a gut hunch here and can't find anything to back it up!