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I haven't worked with them personally, so most of my opinion is based on what I've found on the website alone:
I'm not crazy about the design of the website itself. It sounds like there are no attached fees for getting published here, but the author for the most part is responsible for advertising and getting sales. I'm not a fan of the cover art either, but again that's just my opinion.
Unless Sunbury are offering an advance, I'm not seeing anything on Sunbury's website that would automatically make them attractive. Specifically, they say they do POD print books, which means they may not have supply deals in place with bookstores to stock the same.lweinberg18:
I'm a bit wary as well, but deferred them on to my agent.
I checked their "Bestseller" list, and only one title (out of 11) even showed up in Bookscan (which isn't entirely reliable) with sales at around 150 units. They are "distributed" by Lightning Source.
No offense, but why are you looking for publishers? That's your agent's job to know whom to query.
Priceless- I'm confused, would a small press selling the number you suggested be able to offer an advance? I don't know anything about the actual business so, that's why I ask.
Anyone else have any information?
As for Fireproof, Bookscan (unreliable, but somewhat representative) lists 174 units sold in nearly a year of publication. This company is "distributed" by Lightning Source, so I can't imagine they are going to enjoy huge orders unless the author has a large platform. If they're enjoying good sales, they're not showing up in all the usual places - bookstores, libraries.
Do they even register sales to libraries?
Point is, small presses could be selling thousands of a title through online vendors and show a goose-egg on Bookscan.
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Last edited by priceless1; 12-05-2011 at 12:35 AM.
In any case, I meant only to reiterate that point. But no in store distribution /=/ no sales. Nor does it = no sales teams. Book store sales are great and the vast majority of sales happen through stores, but a savvy publisher can get decent (in the thousands) sales with online vendors.
Writers just have to do their homework - which is what I would advocate with all presses, this one included.
Last edited by profen4; 12-05-2011 at 01:51 AM.
OTOH, if the sales are that lopsided, then it may not take long for the mainstream bookstores to jump on the bandwagon and put through some purchase orders. The long and short of it, though, is that this particular publisher doesn't have a sales distribution channel, so it's going to be harder to know their books exist.
As for Fireproof, when I was offered a contract, I called several local Barnes and Nobles to see if they had any instore. I was really surprised that they all did, to be honest.
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Welllll press releases are as as press releases do. Facts are that many of their books are distributed by Lightning Source, which isn't real distribution. Unless they have a great marketing team, or their authors are great marketers, then I don't see how they have the capability to sell books.