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    WestSide Books

    Anybody have any dealings with this publisher?
    On their website they say they are publishing YA only:

    http://westside-books.com

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    Parent Company: http://www.everbind.com/

    Unfortunately, this bit from their submissions page:
    We also want to point out that self-publishing your manuscript does not improve your chances of being accepted by a traditional publisher and it can actually be a deterrent.
    ...could be interpreted as either "don't send us your self-pubbed book" or a hint they're pay-to-play. Too early to call, IMO.
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    There's a pretty article about WestSide here:

    http://www.publishersweekly.com/arti....html?nid=2788

    I tried to contact them, but the provided email address bounced.
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    Bounced for me, too.
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    And the typo in their marketing email sends it to an entirely different West Side Books (http://westsidebooks.com/).
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    I tried submitting again today. It didn't bounce this time.
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    Are they a publisher or a bookstore? The link in the last post suggests bookstore.

    ETA: okay, never mind. I got it. www.westsidebooks.com is a bookstore. www.westside-books.com is a publisher. Gack.
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    I was browsing around the site and also read the PM article. I kind of like what these folks are trying to do with YA fiction right out of the gate.
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    Killer Cows (Echelon Press) - Paperback or kindle at www.amazon.com Ebook: www.fictionwise.com .
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    Westside request a synopsis and the first 10 pages of my YA disaster novel. We'll see what happens.
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    Killer Cows (Echelon Press) - Paperback or kindle at www.amazon.com Ebook: www.fictionwise.com .
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    With the Wicked (on submission)
    The Dark Ride - WIP

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    After a few months with a request partial, Ms. Fazio has requested the full manuscript of my YA novel. As a YA author, I like the idea of a publisher trying to place their books in schools and libraries, and am pretty excited about the prospect of working with them. Of course, I'm jumping ahead of myself.
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    Killer Cows (Echelon Press) - Paperback or kindle at www.amazon.com Ebook: www.fictionwise.com .
    Shaken (Echelon Press)
    With the Wicked (on submission)
    The Dark Ride - WIP

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    Any update, D.M.? I'm still waiting to hear back on my full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubasteve4 View Post
    Any update, D.M.? I'm still waiting to hear back on my full.
    They've had my full since 5/16. Still waiting, though I requested an update about a month ago and Ms. Fazio hadn't finished it yet, but she said at that time it would be another week or so. I haven't heard back since then.

    When did you submit your full?
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    Killer Cows (Echelon Press) - Paperback or kindle at www.amazon.com Ebook: www.fictionwise.com .
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    With the Wicked (on submission)
    The Dark Ride - WIP

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    I submitted mine around the same time as you. It looks like their fall lineup is set to launch November 7th, so hopefully after that we'll hear something. Good luck! Keep me posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubasteve4 View Post
    I submitted mine around the same time as you. It looks like their fall lineup is set to launch November 7th, so hopefully after that we'll hear something. Good luck! Keep me posted.
    Good luck to you too. I'm somewhat encouraged we submitted around the same time. I'm hoping it means they're still considering rather than not interested.
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    Killer Cows (Echelon Press) - Paperback or kindle at www.amazon.com Ebook: www.fictionwise.com .
    Shaken (Echelon Press)
    With the Wicked (on submission)
    The Dark Ride - WIP

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    Unfortunately, Ms. Fazio ultimately passed on my novel, but offered more feedback and critique than any other editor or agent I submitted to thus far (and even offered to look at it again if I made satisfactory revisions).
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    Killer Cows (Echelon Press) - Paperback or kindle at www.amazon.com Ebook: www.fictionwise.com .
    Shaken (Echelon Press)
    With the Wicked (on submission)
    The Dark Ride - WIP

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    They asked for a full from me for Eye of a Fly. Although the protagonist is 16, the novel is very dark (murders, graphic language and situations).

    Logline:Raised by slum-dwelling alcoholics, an autistic teenage boy struggles to complete college and woo a handicapped girl — with bittersweet results.

    I didn't think of it as YA (i.e, unsuitable for young people --- it certainly was unsuitable for me when I lived it), but if they decide to publish it, I'll be ecstatic. I've noticed that a lot of their stuff is quite dark.
    As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be
    Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth." --- Johann
    Wolfgang von Goethe http://www.justinwordsmith.com

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    WestSide Books has announced that it's up for sale.

    What a shame -- they produce quality books for diverse young readers (including Chery1 Rainfie1d's Sc@rs) and they had seemed to be doing well. I hope they find a buyer who keeps their editorial mission and helps distribution too.

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    West Side Books

    FYI
    This company (a subsidiary of Everbind) stopped producing new books many months ago, although its website is still up and they still have submission guidelines posted. Looks like they are selling off their inventory, since they are still listing the books on amazon. Just a note in case anyone is considering submitting to them. Don't waste your time.

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