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    Crossbows and Handgonnes SuperModerator rtilryarms's Avatar
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    Briarwood Publications

    I searched the index and Preditors and Editors but I did not see any information on this company.

    Anyone have experience?

    Mike

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    Yes, that one. They seem legit. Anyone have any experience?

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    From the skeptical perspective:

    - Unprofessional-looking covers.
    - Really poor Amazon sales rankings; in some cases, the books have no rankings at all.
    - Some of their "recent releases" are as non-recent as 2000.
    - Apparently, no reviews from industry publications.

    I am guessing that this is a publisher that mainly sells online and via its own website, with little or no bookstore presence.

    - Victoria

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    Looks like this is relevant.

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    Crossbows and Handgonnes SuperModerator rtilryarms's Avatar
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    Thanks everyone.

    The article linked by JDM tells a little.

    They seem to operate under the radar but my gut is that they are vanity press oriented even though they are not an overr-the-counter service. It kind of looks like thier target authors are well to do and have upper class professions.

    But a real publishing house foots the advertising bill right?

    I also note that the authors typically design thier own covers. That might be the reason for the low quality.

    I wonder if the authors had to invest in more than just advertising?

    Thanks again,

    M

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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    If Amazon is to be believed Briarwood hasn't released any books so far in 2005.

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    Well, according to their submissions guidelines here:

    http://www.briarwoodva.com/index.html

    they are accepting submissions for 2003 publication...

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by robeiae
    Well, according to their submissions guidelines here:

    http://www.briarwoodva.com/index.html

    they are accepting submissions for 2003 publication...

    Rob
    If they can't update their website for two years, imagine what they'll do with your manuscript.

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    Been a long time... OneTeam OneDream's Avatar
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    This publisher is 20 minutes from my hometown. They contacted me a couple of days ago about my book (because it is a local story)and I haven't called them back, after reading this and seeing their site, I'm not too sure if I am.

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    Briarwood

    I met the owner of Briarwood five years ago at a bookfest and assumed that Briarwood was the imprint for her own self-published books. Her books were not well-done--covers came off the two I have. She hasn't been active in local literary activities for last couple of years that I know of.

    The address given on the Briarwood site is 15 miles from me. Mainly a residential area. Briarwood Publishing is listed in the white pages of the 2004 phone book but not in the yellow pages under publishers. According to another listing in the same 2004 phone book, the address belongs to O.L. Turner & Sons.

    That's about all I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PVish
    I met the owner of Briarwood five years ago at a bookfest and assumed that Briarwood was the imprint for her own self-published books. Her books were not well-done--covers came off the two I have. She hasn't been active in local literary activities for last couple of years that I know of.

    The address given on the Briarwood site is 15 miles from me. Mainly a residential area. Briarwood Publishing is listed in the white pages of the 2004 phone book but not in the yellow pages under publishers. According to another listing in the same 2004 phone book, the address belongs to O.L. Turner & Sons.

    That's about all I know.

    Wow, I just checked out your site and I went to Ferrum College!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneTeamOneDream
    This publisher is 20 minutes from my hometown. They contacted me a couple of days ago about my book (because it is a local story)and I haven't called them back, after reading this and seeing their site, I'm not too sure if I am.
    On the other hand, calling them up or meeting with them might provide interesting information. Think of it a research. You might be able to use it in a story.
    --Roger J. Carlson

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    Been a long time... OneTeam OneDream's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger J Carlson
    On the other hand, calling them up or meeting with them might provide interesting information. Think of it a research. You might be able to use it in a story.


    Good point, and I actually did email her today.

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    Site is still up, but hasn't been updated since 2005.
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    Site still moribund. Put out a spate of Kindle editions '13/'14, but nothing since.
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