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    Question [Publisher] Varsity Prints, LLC

    I'm up here in the boonies of Maine. I am getting a regular inquiry from 'press' firm called Varsity Press. Anyone have any history or expierence with them you'd like to share ? Somehow the old adage 'Too good tobe true' in terms of timing is a nagging little bell ringing.

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    Link?

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    Varsity link ?

    Not a chance I am going to open up my system to them. But the inquiries keep on coming. Lots of e-mail requests for submission (the whole document, not just the 1st 3 chapters for evaluation), lots of promotionals and 'perk's' when 'accepted for development' and the like. Again the 'look's too good to be true' syndrome seems more than a little appilcable.

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    They don't appear to have a web presence. I'm not finding a link.
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    Wonder if they're related to WLA, and that mess? Maybe another name for them to use to canvass for writers to swindle...
    What url are they sending you emails from?
    Last edited by Maddie; 05-09-2010 at 07:31 AM. Reason: an added thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.R.J. Le Blanc View Post
    They don't appear to have a web presence. I'm not finding a link.
    Neither could I.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Woods Writer View Post
    Anyone have any history or expierence with them you'd like to share ?
    Again, we need a link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Woods Writer View Post
    But the inquiries keep on coming. Lots of e-mail requests for submission (the whole document, not just the 1st 3 chapters for evaluation)
    They're emailing you asking for you to send them stuff?

    No wonder bells are ringing.
    You are more than welcome to take anything I say personally, whether it was intended that way or not.

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    Commercial publishers do not solicit manuscripts from strangers.

    Commercial publishers do not offer an author "perks" for signing with them.

    Can you share the content of these emails, Deep Woods Writer, or provide a link to the publisher's website? It sounds that this is a vanity outfit.

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    Varsity link location

    Got the link via a 'header' on my g-mail account as well as an undecipherable link address in a seperate e-mail. Last time I tried I wound up in some website in India showing Urdu. If anyone can find a link that's actually readable, please, feel free to share it.

    From my viewpoint, Varsity is a vanity press up there with PA until someone proves me wrong or shows me proof of an actual publishing house existing beyond the 'hype'. Please, anyone, feel free to prove me wrong.

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    We can't help unless you give us some clue which of the several "Varsity Press"es you're talking about.
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    Deep Woods Writer,

    Could it be this one?
    http://www.ivpress.com/

    As Momento Mori suggests, you really are going to have to give us more to go on, like the email address they contacted you with; is there a business logo in the email? Are there external links from the email? How do they ask you to reply/contact them?
    Last edited by MickRooney; 05-09-2010 at 08:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Woods Writer View Post
    Got the link via a 'header' on my g-mail account as well as an undecipherable link address in a seperate e-mail. Last time I tried I wound up in some website in India showing Urdu. If anyone can find a link that's actually readable, please, feel free to share it.

    From my viewpoint, Varsity is a vanity press up there with PA until someone proves me wrong or shows me proof of an actual publishing house existing beyond the 'hype'. Please, anyone, feel free to prove me wrong.
    Can you copy and paste the link here from your gmail header?

    Beyond that, we really can't help you without knowing which company you are referring to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Woods Writer View Post
    Got the link via a 'header' on my g-mail account as well as an undecipherable link address in a seperate e-mail. Last time I tried I wound up in some website in India showing Urdu. If anyone can find a link that's actually readable, please, feel free to share it.

    From my viewpoint, Varsity is a vanity press up there with PA until someone proves me wrong or shows me proof of an actual publishing house existing beyond the 'hype'. Please, anyone, feel free to prove me wrong.
    Correct me if I am wrong, but so far all you have is some spam mail coming from a publisher (that may or may not exist) named Varsity Press that leads you to some site in India.

    If this is correct, then the only thing you have here is a warning to writers to be aware of spam mail coming from a company that may or may not exist named Varsity Press that leads to some site in India.

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    I think you're probably looking for this place. They advertise on craigslist under "writing gigs."

    http://varsityprints.com/Home_Page.html

    Here's a sample of their current ad on craigslist:

    Varsity Prints is looking to publish fiction and non-fiction works of interest to young adults of all backgrounds, sexual orientations and ethnicities.

    We are currently looking for high-quality, short to novel-length fiction that meets our current needs and requirements. If you are interested in publishing your work, please visit our For Authors page for more information.
    Last edited by juniper; 05-09-2010 at 11:02 PM. Reason: move url to top

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    Varsity Prints

    JunieKat, thanks. You found the link. And for everyones benefit, please, read their SPECIMEN CONTRACT. Very informative and a great guide to seeing how badly you can get screwed if you don't read-and-heed. If there was ever a reason for lawyers to exist, this contract is it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Woods Writer View Post
    If there was ever a reason for lawyers to exist, this contract is it.
    If there ever was a reason for getting the name correct and providing a link, this thread is it. Crikey, what a waste of time searching the name you provided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianm View Post
    If there ever was a reason for getting the name correct and providing a link, this thread is it. Crikey, what a waste of time searching the name you provided.
    Well said, Brian, best laugh I've had today so far. What a pointless runaround!

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    From Google cache:
    As of March 31, 2011, Varsity Prints will be going out of business. All of the affected authors have been notified via postal mail. If you have any questions, please email contact@varsityprints.com.
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