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I say -- wait, I'm not allowed to use that kind of language on a public board.
They're up front about what they do, but their prices are astronomically high.
And I can't see anything they do for writers which writers can't do for themselves. One way or another. And usually, for a much better price.
The good news is that it's a registered English company.
The bad news is that it's listed as a small company, which means that it meets at least two of the following conditions:
annual turnover must be not more than £6.5 million;
the balance sheet total must be not more than £3.26 million; and/or
the average number of employees must be not more than 50.
That means it's not capital rich, which is a problem as publishing is capital intensive (which is probably why the buggers want 2 grand of your money up front).
Then there's the fact that its share capital is apparently only £1. That means that if the company goes bust, the owners only lose a quid. It's particularly interesting because this came about after the company did a share buy back last year so the share capital would have been higher at some point.
The company looks to have been going since 2005 and it looks like it's a one officer company - Mindy Gibbens-Klein being the only name that's listed as current on Companies House.
Registered address looks to be a residential address (owner's apparently paid £345,000 in 2007). Also registered (or listed) as being a business at that address is this one:
Coincidentally, it's also run by Mindy Gibbens-Klein and has a pitch remarkably similar to that of Ecademy Press.
There's also a property development company called Property Services and Development Limited registered to the same address, the only named director I could find on Companies House being Philip Gibbens-Klein.
Nothing wrong with a husband and wife running different businesses from home, but you have to ask whether it's good for authors.
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