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    FaePublishing

    Does anyone know anything about this new e-press?
    URL: http://www.faepublishing.com/blog1/

    The owner/editor is Theresa Miles; the website is registered in her name. They're looking for both short stories and novels in the F/SF genre.

    What looks good: they pay 5 cents per word for short stories (nearly pro rates!).

    What I see as red flags:
    1. There's no info about advance/royalties for novels, other than their manuscript contest, in which they offer "a reasonable agreed upon rate of revenue sharing".
    2. They're soliciting suggestions from readers of the website as to what type of books they should publish (I expect a small press to have identified an underserviced niche and to specialise in it, not to have total strangers tell them what that niche should be).
    3. Since they've not yet gone live there's no publications I can read and compare to other e-presses/zines.
    4. There's no list of forthcoming publications, which suggests they've not got name authors on board for their launch.
    5. The editor/owner uses too many run-on sentences.
    6. I've never heard of Theresa Miles. Her LinkedIn profile doesn't suggest she has any background in publishing. I'm pretty sure she's not this Theresa Miles, who has published a bunch of books, at least three through iUniverse.
    7. Fae describes themselves as "a new way of doing business in the the Indie publishing industry of Science Fiction and Fantasy."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unimportant View Post
    3. Since they've not yet gone live there's no publications I can read and compare to other e-presses/zines.
    For me this would be the main reason for hesitation. I'd wait until it has been putting books out for a few months, to see what develops (and whether it survives).

    7. Fae describes themselves as "a new way of doing business in the the Indie publishing industry of Science Fiction and Fantasy."
    {{eyeroll}}

    I just despise the term "indie" when applied to publishing. No one knows what it means any more, since it's used interchangeably by true self-publishers, faux self-publishers (iUniverse, etc.), small presses, and, of course, Author Solutions.

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    I was looking for a short story market. This one pays well, but its newness and apparent lack of survival-potential make me leery.

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    I seriously recommend that authors wait at least two years to determine whether a publisher is solvent. It takes about that much time for publishers to burn through their investment money, accept wads of returns, and understand the true rigors of publishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by priceless1 View Post
    I seriously recommend that authors wait at least two years to determine whether a publisher is solvent.
    This.

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    Priceless1 is right. With every new business comes enthusiasm; but once that enthusiasm has worn off, along with the initial wodge of cash which was funding the startup, things can very quickly go wrong. Especially in publishing, where profits are made so slowly and returns can so easily be a kiss of death.

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    I agree for novels. But for short stories -- if they pay well, and publish it promptly on the website, then except for a smaller readership it's not much different to getting into the bigger mags like Strange Horizons: you get your month of exposure, you get your money, and then you look for a reprint market. So for me, the red flags I'd worry about with a novel translate for a short story to: Will they stay alive long enough to publish the short story? And will I get paid for it?

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    I've seen plenty authors get stiffed for their short stories for the reasons I stated above. If my intestines were wobbling with red flags, then it's just not worth it to risk my hard work.

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    Unimportant, when I write shorts I want them to be published in a place where they'll be taken seriously as well as paid for promptly. It's horrible when publishers of any sort go under when the writers they've published haven't got their rights reverted, or any real idea of what they can do with their work once that publisher is gone. Please take care. There's so much more to publishing than just getting your work into print.

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    Yeah, fair enough. I guess because a short story represents a lot less risk (in terms of work hours etc) than a novel, I'm willing to take more chances with a market. But, as y'all rightfully point out, a risky market shouldn't be anywhere near the top of the list -- even if it does pay well!

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    I think credits is another thing to think about. You want to be able to say, "Unimportant has published stories with __________ magazine (or ezine.) Probably wouldn't look good for you to be published with a fly-by-night.
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    Yup. Since no one has come forward with information new to me -- no one has said "Oh, she's another Angela James!" or "Shawna McCarthy is backing this outfit" -- I reckon the info I dug up is all there is to the story, and it tells me what I need to know.

    Pity, since five cents per word would pay the vet bill....

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    FaePublishing

    Anybody know about this one?
    Trying to get back into the game.

    http://writersinprogresswip.blogspot.com/

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    Happy to Answer Any Questions you have for FaePublishing

    Hello, I'm Theresa Miles, the owner of FaePublishing, LLC. Just wanted to let you all know that any questions you have for me, I will be happy to address to the best of my ability.

    Just a note to answer a few of the questions that came up, FaePublishing is an Electronic Publishing company only, so I am not doing paper. Also, I am looking for Freelance editors, both copy and content, so if you know of some who have done great work, please let me know. As I am sure some of you may have noted when perusing my temporary website (I will be launching the new site mid february), I am looking for new authors only, for novel length manuscripts, so no, no name authors are likely to sign up :-)

    Soo, what questions can I answer?

    Thanks
    Theresa Miles - Constructive advice alway's welcome!

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    Why the absolute restriction on "Previously Published Authors, this includes e-books and self-published books" (quote from FP website)? Every publisher is interested in acquiring fresh new voices, but I have never heard of anyone insisting on "no publishing experience whatsoever" (quote marks mine) as a requirement.

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    Why Only New Authors?

    Quote Originally Posted by KathleenD View Post
    Why the absolute restriction on "Previously Published Authors, this includes e-books and self-published books" (quote from FP website)? Every publisher is interested in acquiring fresh new voices, but I have never heard of anyone insisting on "no publishing experience whatsoever" (quote marks mine) as a requirement.

    I do remember one guy I knew in college who wouldn't date a girl who'd ever had a boyfriend before.
    Kathleen, A question was asked in a previous post, in which the poster asked what 'niche' my publishing company is trying to address. For FaePublishing that niche is the introduction of new authors to the fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy. My goal is for FaePublishing to be the premier publishing company for new authors. In order to fulfill that goal, I need to publish new authors. Now this does not necessarly mean that an author will have no publishing experience, as many short story authors have experience, but have not yet published a novel. I honestly believe that there are manuscripts that are worth publishing out there. But, the market for new authors, even those who have an extensive professional short story resume, is limited. I hope to open this market a bit with FaePublishing. Does this mean I will alway's only publish new authors? No, as any business owner knows, plans should always be subject to change, if a business is to succeed :-)

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    Does anyone know what happened to the website? It doesn't seem to exist anymore, nor does the FaePublishing account on Twitter.

    Myself and at least one other author (that I know of... there may be more out there) have short stories *under contract* with this publisher and are unable to contact the editor. Emails are coming back as "failure to send." The contract and all prior communications seemed legit and professional, but we haven't heard anything from her in months, and now we can't find her online *anywhere.*

    If anyone knows anything about this, please PM me, email me, or comment to this thread. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia Sharp View Post
    Does anyone know what happened to the website? It doesn't seem to exist anymore, nor does the FaePublishing account on Twitter.

    Myself and at least one other author (that I know of... there may be more out there) have short stories *under contract* with this publisher and are unable to contact the editor. Emails are coming back as "failure to send." The contract and all prior communications seemed legit and professional, but we haven't heard anything from her in months, and now we can't find her online *anywhere.*

    If anyone knows anything about this, please PM me, email me, or comment to this thread. Thank you.
    I have a story under contract with them too. Back in July I checked their website and it had not been updated since April. I sent an email asking when my story would be published. Never heard anything back and now their website is gone, makes me think they closed down.

    On the bright side I did get paid, which is more than I can say for some other publishers I have had dealings with. And their contract, at least the one I received, had a clause that states the rights to the story revert back to me if it is not published within one year.
    Last edited by ajrobe; 10-06-2011 at 10:24 PM.

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    That's why I reiterate, wait at least two years to make sure the publisher is financially solvent. Too many of these upstarts fold in a very short time.

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    I used to think fledgling markets were a good way to get in, as they might be hungry for material. After an anthology fell off the face of the earth, a paying market became a non-paying market (after my story got in; I at least got my money ), and a magazine I was short listed for announced they were going under a week after rejecting my story, I'm now in priceless1's camp of waiting.
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    What's important to appreciate there exists a mountain of difference between a new publisher who, say used to be an editor for Simon & Schuster, and a new publisher who decided to open up an e-pub company without proper financing, or the slightest idea of how books are sold.

    Authors have to be aware of who is running the joint and whether they're set up to properly edit, market, promote, and sell their books.
    Last edited by priceless1; 10-07-2011 at 02:25 AM.

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