Okay, I just wandered across a mention of this online, and had to share. I am really, really uncertain of how I feel about this one. Link.
It's basically a self-publishing venture for children and teens, and it looks like the packages start at about $250 dollars. Obviously, I'm sure this would be mommy putting out for it, and not little Billy.
They seem pretty upfront about being a self-publisher, as in they don't really hide it, they admit to limited distribution, etc., but it still seems...well, kind of sleazy to me.
I can understand how cool it would be for a ten year old to have a book, and I'm not dismissing that. I could see it being a beneficial boon to see something you worked hard in put into actual print so you can have a nice pretty copy. However, that could be done at Kinkos.
This makes it sound like it's banking on the same dreams sold to adults, but aiming at children who aren't going to have the industry knowledge to know how this works. I'm concerned that children would think this is how all publishing works, or that a person serious about their writing might inadvertently screw up future career ambitions by choosing to self-publish works when younger, particularly teens who might be serious about finding publication.
I don't really know enough to know if this is okay, not okay, or if they're doing a good thing or a bad thing. I just know that it set some alarm bells ringing, so I wanted to bring it over here and see what the more knowledgeable folk had to say.