AW Amazon Store

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.


 

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

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 33

Thread: WolfSinger Publications

  1. #1
    Ditching the pseudonym V. Greene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Georgia, USA
    Posts
    52

    WolfSinger Publications

    I've checked the index and done a search, and Wolfsinger seems to be mentioned only in passing. Has anyone had any experience with them?

    Guidelines page and contract terms are at http://wolfsingerpubs.com/Guidelines.html

    Thanks!
    I am officially ditching my pseudonym.

  2. #2
    aka Sadistic Mistress Mi-chan M.R.J. Le Blanc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    At the computer
    Posts
    2,184
    Micropress, they seem to be pretty upfront about the fact and don't look like they're trying to overextend themselves. They seem to do both epublishing and print books, how well that works out I'm not sure.
    Follow me on my Blog
    I'm also on Facebook
    I have a Dragon Cave

  3. #3
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    198
    I've worked with Carol Hightshoe via Lorelei Signal and Sorcerous Signals, her two ezines. A few of the anthologies come from the Best of votes for stories and poetry in those two mags.

    Anybody thinking of ebooking through a small publisher certainly will have a good experience with Carol. I don't know about sales, but I'm sure Carol would answer any questions anyone might have.

  4. #4
    I grow my own catnip JulieB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Deep in the heart o' Texas
    Posts
    2,401
    I was solicited for one of their anthologies (I happen to know the particular editor) and turned it down simply because I didn't think i could come up with an appropriate story.

    They seem on the up-and-up.

  5. #5
    writing soapdish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    At the portal to the Pacific
    Posts
    17,180
    *bump*
    Did anyone submit anything to WolfSinger's All About Eve Anthology?
    I did and haven't heard anything back. Plus I never got a confirmation originally that it was even received. I probably should have followed up sooner to ask--but I am still so new at this I didn't want to bug them.

    It says on their site that it's tentatively scheduled to be released in Nov/Dec 2009. So I figure I would have heard something by now....
    I looked on Duotrope and there isn't much info. And WolfSinger Publications have a MySpace page where they say you can keep up with them--but it hasn't been logged into since Jan.????

    Anyone know anything?
    And by came an angel who had a bright key,
    And he opened the coffins and set them all free. -- "The Chimney Sweeper" -- William Blake

  6. #6
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1

    I submitted to All About Eve

    Hi,

    I submitted to All About Eve, back in August. Not sure I even got a response. It has been on my mind. I'm thinking about emailing them to see if I get a response.

  7. #7
    writing soapdish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    At the portal to the Pacific
    Posts
    17,180
    Quote Originally Posted by tlbarrett View Post
    Hi,

    I submitted to All About Eve, back in August. Not sure I even got a response. It has been on my mind. I'm thinking about emailing them to see if I get a response.
    Yeah that's the same as me...
    Anyone else?

    to AW by the way!
    And by came an angel who had a bright key,
    And he opened the coffins and set them all free. -- "The Chimney Sweeper" -- William Blake

  8. #8
    Inarticulate Herb MumblingSage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in a certain state of mind
    Posts
    2,291
    I also submitted to the All About Eve anthology, back in July, and have recieved no response yet. I did get confirmation, though...

  9. #9
    writing soapdish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    At the portal to the Pacific
    Posts
    17,180
    I just went out to their site again today and this is what it said:

    Sorry I've been out of touch for a while.
    This summer has been a bad one with my mother-in-law's death at the end of June. My uncle's
    death in October and a couple of bouts of depression in between.

    Things seem to be getting back on track and I will be diving back into the slush pile and working
    through it as quickly as possible.

    Working on getting Arcane Whispers finished up next week along with Mystic Signals 4.

    Working on reviewing the subs for All About Eve should hopefully have the first round completed
    by the end of next week.

    Again apologies for going dark - I'm back and working on getting caught up as quickly as possible.


    We are currently closed to all submissions as I work to get caught up.
    So looks like we will hear something soon. Too bad about what's been going on with them though.
    And by came an angel who had a bright key,
    And he opened the coffins and set them all free. -- "The Chimney Sweeper" -- William Blake

  10. #10
    Inarticulate Herb MumblingSage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in a certain state of mind
    Posts
    2,291
    Okay, a few updates from my personal experiance & their site.

    First, both I and soapdish have recieved replies to our Eve submissions--both acceptances, btw (contrats, soapdish!). Cover art is up, contracts are out, it all looks good.

    Second, a somewhat odd experiance I had this morning--apparantly one of my stories, which I had submitted and given up on months ago, was accepted by Sorcerous Signals and appeared on the site in November. I was only aware of this fact when I recieved a link to the writer's free download of the print issue becuase I had a story in it! I'm not unhappy, since I hadn't done anything else with this story (reprint) and because I always love the story art you get with WolfSinger's publications...but it's a bit odd. I don't know if Ms Hightshoe forgot to send the contract to me or if I misplaced the acceptance email in my inbox. I did query about the story at least once. Since I haven't signed a contract, I'm emailing her right now and asking about it.

    Lastly, I see WolfSinger's site says they're looking for volunteer slush pile readers. I imagine that'll help keep things more organized when the editor has personal troubles, not to mention it might be a good opportunity for the slush pile readers. I'd volunteer myself if I didn't have a manuscript awaiting review there...

  11. #11
    Inarticulate Herb MumblingSage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in a certain state of mind
    Posts
    2,291
    Few more items that may be of interest:

    First, I never did hear back about the story in Sorcerous Signals, though I did query. It's possible that emails were lost in the aether along the way. If it weren't a reprint, I'd query more agressively (as in more often, not in a ruder or more confrontational way), but as it is, I'll let it slide. While odd, the experience wasn't enough to turn me off to Wolfsinger, partly because--

    --the novella I had awaiting review there was accepted and will be published in 2011. The contract I signed is pretty much like the sample on their site (75% royalties sounds very high, but it's what was in the contract--something to look out for?). The only thing that might be a red flag is I'm expected to write my own back cover copy. I don't know how usual that is even for small press operations.

    Also, while the MySpace page looks pretty much dead their Facebook page has been updated every few days since they started it a few months ago. They seem to be working on expansion right now.

  12. #12
    writing soapdish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    At the portal to the Pacific
    Posts
    17,180
    I so appreciate your homework here, MumblingSage. I think their MySpace page is abandoned. But it's encouraging to see that they are using FB now, regularly too. I'm just (im)patiently awaiting the release of All About Eve. I really hope your novella deal goes through without any snags. Your mixed experience with WolfSinger has me biting my nails though.
    And by came an angel who had a bright key,
    And he opened the coffins and set them all free. -- "The Chimney Sweeper" -- William Blake

  13. #13
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    198
    I have also abandoned MySpace mostly, so I don't see a problem there. I'm friends with Wolfsinger on FB. I also have had more than one story published by Lorelei Signal and Sorcerous Signals. I'm happy to have a relationship with the editor. I hope to continue the relationship in the future.

    If people want to be published by only the big names, then don't bother with the small presses. You're setting up a self-fullfilling prophesy. Please leave these quite legit small presses to those of us who appreciate them.

  14. #14
    volitare nequeo AW Moderator veinglory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    right here
    Posts
    28,025
    It might be wise of them to take down a site they are not planning to use.
    Emily Veinglory

  15. #15
    writing soapdish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    At the portal to the Pacific
    Posts
    17,180
    Quote Originally Posted by Marva View Post
    I have also abandoned MySpace mostly, so I don't see a problem there. I'm friends with Wolfsinger on FB. I also have had more than one story published by Lorelei Signal and Sorcerous Signals. I'm happy to have a relationship with the editor. I hope to continue the relationship in the future.

    If people want to be published by only the big names, then don't bother with the small presses. You're setting up a self-fullfilling prophesy. Please leave these quite legit small presses to those of us who appreciate them.
    Yeah, I think lots of people start MySpace/Facebook/Misc. Social Networking sites and abandon them later because it's a lot to keep up on, but I'm glad to see they are using their FB page because their website isn't updated all that often. It's reassuring to hear that you've had good experiences with them. This is my first experience with them, so I'm just along for the ride at this point.
    And by came an angel who had a bright key,
    And he opened the coffins and set them all free. -- "The Chimney Sweeper" -- William Blake

  16. #16
    Hates Marketing. Loves Writing. The Grump's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    566

    Exclamation Update

    Since I'm talking about it elsewhere, I thought I'd mention WolfSinger Publications accepted a novelette from me [Taking Vengeance] and gave me a contract for publishing it in 2011.

    I had published writers in the Northern Colorado Writers check the contract before I signed, and they said it was a decent contract ... even if the advance was a little low. They also said the press had a decent distribution network for an e-publisher.

    Now I'm faced with learning how to promote it. For many of you, this is routine ... but maybe I might post here about my progress [if appropriate].
    My Book Blog: me muttering at Lessons from My Reading with fantasy book reviews from a writer's point of view.

  17. #17
    writing soapdish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    At the portal to the Pacific
    Posts
    17,180
    Quote Originally Posted by The Grump View Post
    Since I'm talking about it elsewhere, I thought I'd mention WolfSinger Publications accepted a novelette from me [Taking Vengeance] and gave me a contract for publishing it in 2011.

    I had published writers in the Northern Colorado Writers check the contract before I signed, and they said it was a decent contract ... even if the advance was a little low. They also said the press had a decent distribution network for an e-publisher.

    Now I'm faced with learning how to promote it. For many of you, this is routine ... but maybe I might post here about my progress [if appropriate].
    The Grump! I have enjoyed working with WolfSinger. And I am looking forward to doing more with them. The advance is nice, though small, at least it's something. But you are right, promoting it will be the key to making anymore money off the book--something I struggle with as well. For some reason, when I am lucky enough to have something published, I have a tendency of not wanting to talk about in front of anyone. This probably makes me the worst promoter around.

    I think you should definitely post here about your progress, both working with WolfSinger and also your strategies for promoting your book. I really should aim to do the same.
    And by came an angel who had a bright key,
    And he opened the coffins and set them all free. -- "The Chimney Sweeper" -- William Blake

  18. #18
    Hates Marketing. Loves Writing. The Grump's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    566
    The whole social networking thing goes against the way I was raised. "Keep your business to yourself".
    My Book Blog: me muttering at Lessons from My Reading with fantasy book reviews from a writer's point of view.

  19. #19
    The Little Aspie That Could KaiaSonderby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    229
    Hey, I have a question for those who've worked with WolfSinger and particularly The Lorelei Signal.

    I had a story accepted for The Lorelei Signal back in December (for the April issue). I signed and sent the contract (which goes to WolfSinger) in December, too, but I haven't heard anything about whether or not they received it.

    Should I have? Or does their turnover time just take a while? Does anyone know? I don't want to leave it too long before checking, but I don't want to be paranoid either.
    Damsel to the Rescue: Fun, feminism, and fantasy!

    Dream: My short fantasy story, published in The Lorelei Signal.

    Testing Pandora: Free science-fiction novella WIP staring an autistic protagonist. Come see the world through someone else's eyes.

  20. #20
    writing soapdish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    At the portal to the Pacific
    Posts
    17,180
    It's not uncommon for them to go for long periods without contact. But they are very nice, I don't think you need to worry about emailing and just checking. Maybe give it another week or so? Your story is already accepted--so I don't think you need to worry about bugging them...it's the contract, I'm pretty sure they'd appreciate you following up on it in case it got lost in the mail. But that is just me MumblingSage has had more, and more recent, experience with them and may have inside info If she's around she'll probably pop in and answer.

    And congrats, btw!
    And by came an angel who had a bright key,
    And he opened the coffins and set them all free. -- "The Chimney Sweeper" -- William Blake

  21. #21
    Inarticulate Herb MumblingSage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in a certain state of mind
    Posts
    2,291
    Quote Originally Posted by brightlyiburn View Post
    Hey, I have a question for those who've worked with WolfSinger and particularly The Lorelei Signal.

    I had a story accepted for The Lorelei Signal back in December (for the April issue). I signed and sent the contract (which goes to WolfSinger) in December, too, but I haven't heard anything about whether or not they received it.

    Should I have? Or does their turnover time just take a while? Does anyone know? I don't want to leave it too long before checking, but I don't want to be paranoid either.
    From my experience with WolfSinger (by the way, I believe we will be on the same TOC in April, yay you and me!), they don't do any follow-up once they've received the contract. Payment and publication have arrived on schedule so far, and the pdf copy of Mystic Signals is emailed as soon as it's put up online. It isn't the most communicative market I've been with, but in my experience it is reliable. It probably won't hurt to check in if you're worried (also, if your story is ever out for a long time you might need to follow up) but I don't think there's anything for you to worry about.

    Congrats again on your sale!

  22. #22
    The Little Aspie That Could KaiaSonderby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    229
    I see. Do you know when about payment should arrive? I don't really know.

    And thanks! It's the first story I've sold, so I guess I'm kind of twitchy about it.
    Damsel to the Rescue: Fun, feminism, and fantasy!

    Dream: My short fantasy story, published in The Lorelei Signal.

    Testing Pandora: Free science-fiction novella WIP staring an autistic protagonist. Come see the world through someone else's eyes.

  23. #23
    Inarticulate Herb MumblingSage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in a certain state of mind
    Posts
    2,291
    Payment is on publication.

  24. #24
    Hates Marketing. Loves Writing. The Grump's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    566
    Hi ... I mentioned I'd update once my novelette was published. As you can see from the cover, it has.

    After the big gaps of silence, the piece was released in about the time I'd guessed at. The small advance quickly followed, but I haven't seen any announcements except for my own weak efforts.

    Must also say, that Ms Hightshoe was very easy to work with. She changed the font on the cover when I couldn't read the first font chosen. Also, her artist was very easy to work with.
    My Book Blog: me muttering at Lessons from My Reading with fantasy book reviews from a writer's point of view.

  25. #25
    Inarticulate Herb MumblingSage's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    in a certain state of mind
    Posts
    2,291

    My experience with my book

    Well, my novella was published by WolfSinger in print and ebook editions at the end of December, after being accepted in January 2010. I submitted the manuscript there because I'd already had short fiction published in WolfSinger's magazines and anthologies, and I wanted my novella to go to print as well as being released electronically.

    Things have gone as I expected, with no unpleasant surprises, although there are long bouts of silence in between communications from the publisher. Since it's a micropress, the editor's personal schedule determines much of the publishing and promotion schedule, and in the end it looks like most WolfSinger authors do most of the promotion themselves. I wrote the back cover blurb myself without help in editing it, and there wasn't much detailed editing before publication (compared to the rigorous editing I've received at larger publishers like Dreamspinner Press and Silver Publishing). Still, the finished product looks clean, with very readable format. My cover art was done on short notice, but I was able to discuss my preferences for it with the artist, who took them into consideration--although it went straight from the artist to the publisher afterwards, without a chance for me to review it. Again, this may be because my book came out in a bit of a rush over the Christmas season.

    The advance arrived on publication. As for sales, they've seemed respectable for a micropress-published novella. Many of them have come from friends and family, but I've also gotten a 4-star review on Amazon from a reader I don't know.

    I'm still waiting on information about how to recieve an authors' discount and files of the book in some ebook formats to send to reviewers, after sending an email about a week ago. This is longer than I'd expect at a commercial publisher, but again, since it's a micropress I'm not surprised or dismayed. WolfSinger delivers on its end, but its authors also need to be very patient and prepared to communicate and do promotions work themselves.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

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