Buy books by AWers

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Jackson Publishing / Hollywood Weekly Magazine

  1. #1
    Lobelia Overhill
    Guest

    Question Jackson Publishing / Hollywood Weekly Magazine

    I got this email the other day

    We are a Hollywood based firm looking to represent foreign screenwriters in the USA. Please visit our web site at http://www.jacksonpublishing.com. Thank you for your consideration.
    anyone, anyone, bueller, anyone?

  2. #2
    The late, the great XThe NavigatorX mdin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    2,375
    tells you all you need to know here:

    (all formating theirs)

    All scripts will be professionally evaluated by our consultant. Only scripts that receive a "Recommend" grade will be submitted by Jackson Publishing. Scripts that fail will undergo revisions until they are improved. See sample coverage. All participating screenwriters will receive a complete package consisting of: a written Synopsis, Summary and Comments on ways to improve their script. A Quarter Page Ad in the Hollywood Weekly magazine, featuring the screenwriter's bio, optional photo, and abridged synopsis of their script. Click here for sample

    A FREE copy of the Hollywood Weekly, and Guaranteed Representation by Jackson Publishing Company!

    Our firm charges a One-Time Fee of $195, plus 15% commission. We do NOT charge any additional fees.


    My Art

  3. #3
    Lobelia Overhill
    Guest
    so, they're legit?

  4. #4
    Nefarious Ghost Fan AnneMarble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    2,901
    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelia Overhill
    so, they're legit?
    If they charge a fee, it's a bad sign.

    Also, if you didn't ask them for the e-mail, and they sent it anyway, that's a bad sign. It puts them in the same company as those crummy companies that keep sending me messages about Cialis and Rolexes.
    THE Official FreakTM
    That's not me in my avatar. That's Papa Emeritus II and the Nameless Ghouls of Ghost
    -- AARlist2, my romance reader discussion group
    Dubbed "Cool Thread Starter Girl" by JeanneTGC

  5. #5
    Preditors & Editors Requiescat In Pace DaveKuzminski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    5,033
    Hmmm, what's that sound I hear? Could it be? Yes, it must be the sound of Hollywood agents stampeding over to Jackson Publishing! I must move before they trample me.

    But first I think I'll take a nap. Wake me in a decade. The stampede ought to be close enough by then that I'll actually have to worry.
    Last edited by DaveKuzminski; 05-28-2005 at 04:38 AM.
    When it comes to PA, the royalty check and the reality check arrive in the same envelope.

    Remember to be kind to writers who step in PA. They really don't know how bad it smells.

    The difference between PA and WLA? None. Both have the stench of dead and dying books emanating from their doorways.


  6. #6
    Star Gazer
    Guest
    A little late but wondering if you have any more info on Jackson Publishing.

  7. #7
    Who's going for a beer? waylander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    6,634
    What more do you need to know than is in the previous posts?

    Their angle is that they are trying to sell you their worthless critiquing services.

  8. #8
    Star Gazer
    Guest
    Tossing personal thoughts around is one thing, but it would be useful to know if anyone has actually had positive feedback from the company. Or a negative experience. Or knows of anyone who has. Even legit agencies call for screenplays at times, and some actually charge a fee. And spec script sights invite agents etc to contact the writer, do they not?

  9. #9
    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    25,396
    The question you should be asking isn't "Are they bad enough to cross off my list?" The question should be "Are they good enough to put on my list?"

    So, are they?

    What scripts have they sold? To whom? Were they produced?

    I don't know. You can ask them. They should be happy to answer.

  10. #10
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,060
    They specialized in Black media and briefly published both the Hollywood Weekly and The Fox Hills Digest. Looks to be defunct.
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  11. #11
    Star Gazer
    Guest

    Exclamation Jackson Publishing Company

    In 2005, Prather Jackson of the Jackson Publishing Company in LA, the socalled editor of the 'Hollywood Weekly' magazine, offered a very dubious 'agency service' for screenwriters at a price. Seems he's no longer interested in duping screenwriters but has switched to offering aspiring authors a book publishing deal called 'YOU TALK, WE WRITE' at a greatly inflated price!

  12. #12
    Writer Beware Goddess Absolute Sage victoriastrauss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Far from the madding crowd
    Posts
    6,668
    StarGazer, could you provide more details and backup of your statements? Links to a website would be fine.

    - Victoria

  13. #13
    in a bulletproof vest... travNastee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    with the windows all closed
    Posts
    466
    It's simple vanity publishing, but it seems particularly aimed, and maybe, depending, might not be that bad of a deal, if that's truly what your looking for.

    If you look at the web site that they have, (http://www.jacksonpublishing.com/pages/5/index.htm) it's not for aspiring authors, really. This is more of a "I'm gonna make a family history, or tell a life story that only my close friends and family will want to read but I'll need it in book form" type of thing.

    The question really is how good is the transcription service, as they want you to send tapes, not your manuscript.

    If you're making a family history, you're not going to be concerned with profit, so $13 a book isn't half bad, again, depending on transcritpion and book quality, although you are only allowed to get 100 at a time. And that's IF you get those 100 copies as part of your price. 6 weeks turn around time, though, wouldn't give me confidence.

    I don't see it as a scam per se, but I haven't seen any of the actual books themselves. I would say that would determine the scam or not.
    Last edited by travNastee; 01-11-2006 at 11:19 AM.
    Bones sinking like stones
    All that we fall for
    Homes, places we've grown
    All of us are done for

    Take the 2006 rejection pledge. . .
    I took the pledge: 30/42

    Best Rejection: TOO WEIRD FOR ME (in all caps)

  14. #14
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,060
    Wow. Just last week their site was only available through Google cache. I guess they're gearing up for another run.
    Last edited by CaoPaux; 01-18-2010 at 11:43 PM. Reason: threads merged, link moot
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  15. #15
    Writer Beware Goddess Absolute Sage victoriastrauss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Far from the madding crowd
    Posts
    6,668
    OK, merging threads.

    - Victoria

  16. #16
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,060
    The new Hollywood Weekly is up and running: http://www.jacksonpublishing.com/
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  17. #17
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,060
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search