The AW Amazon Store
Buy books by AWers

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 73

Thread: New Concepts Publishing

  1. #1
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    14

    New Concepts Publishing

    Has anyone heard anything unsavory about New Concepts Publishing?

  2. #2
    figuring it all out DivaNicoletta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    91
    I have not heard anything about this publisher, but a good place to find out about a publisher is in a book like Writers Market Place, if they are in there chances are they are a pretty reputable publisher. Also you might go thier website and check out what kind of books they publish.
    She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
    And all that's best of dark and bright
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
    Thus mellow'd to that tender light
    Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

  3. #3
    Ooo! Shiny new cover! Absolute Sage Cathy C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Hiding in my writing cave
    Posts
    9,909
    NCP is doing a lot of romance titles, both in contemporary, paranormal and erotica. They don't charge their authors, are actively advertising their titles in print magazines and certain titles with good sales are being moved to print in trade paperback format. From what I've heard from people pubbing with them, their contract is fairly decent and it appears that they're trying hard to do well by their authors. Hopefully, they'll make it! Good luck with them!
    Want FREE reads? Click here!

    Smiles!
    Cathy Clamp
    USA Today bestselling author
    ILLICIT, coming 7/16!
    My Website
    Follow me: Twitter
    Now on Facebook! Come friend me!



    "An entertaining (and occasionally very dark) mystery." -- Locus

    "[Shapeshifter] fans are about to hit the jackpot as Clamp returns to re-energize this amazing series. Searching for layered plotlines and complex characters? Look no further, as Clamp truly delivers!" -- RT BookReviews

    "Cathy Clamp is a visionary author, creating new worlds that are both strong and vividly drawn. Adventure and excitement at its best." -- Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times Bestselling Author

    "A struggling community under attack, compelling action, characters struggling with dark secrets ... FORBIDDEN hit all my favorite notes, and I love the rich world of the Sazi!" - Rachel Caine, New York Times Bestselling Author

  4. #4
    Art is Resistance emeraldcite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    2,465
    Hi there and welcome to AbsoluteWrite.

    I'm going to send this thread down to Bewares and Background Checks. You'll get a whole bunch of responses there.

    Good Luck!
    I Have Measured Out My Life with Coffee Spoons ...
    And I've Found Tea to be Better


    My characters make morally ambiguous decisions in order to advance the plot.

    Twittering -- it's like crack for bloggers


  5. #5
    volitare nequeo AW Moderator veinglory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    right here
    Posts
    27,879
    As I recall there is some info on them here http://www.hipiers.com/publishing.html
    Emily Veinglory

  6. #6
    Preditors & Editors Requiescat In Pace DaveKuzminski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    5,033
    I have been published before by NCP. While my sales there were moderate, I believe they are totally business-oriented in aiming only for books that make the most sales possible. I believe they're determined to be successful as publishers.
    When it comes to PA, the royalty check and the reality check arrive in the same envelope.

    Remember to be kind to writers who step in PA. They really don't know how bad it smells.

    The difference between PA and WLA? None. Both have the stench of dead and dying books emanating from their doorways.


  7. #7
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,061
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  8. #8
    volitare nequeo AW Moderator veinglory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    right here
    Posts
    27,879
    I noticed a few of their books at my local Borders--which is a good sign.
    Emily Veinglory

  9. #9
    Working In A Coal Mine... Sonarbabe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Oz
    Posts
    672
    You know, I have one or two ms that would fit in with them. Hmmm If things don't pan out the way I pray they will the agent I subbed to, then I might see if they would like to take a gander at my stuff.
    The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it. ~ Leo Rosten


    2009 Acceptance Pledge 0/2
    2009 Rejection Pledge 0/10

    Current WIP 46,492/65,000

    Oooh! I have a website.

  10. #10
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin JonquilAries's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    18
    I'll also have to consider this place for future reference. The romance I'm working on just might fit with what they want.
    You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success- but only if you persist.

    -Isaac Asimov

  11. #11
    Gone
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    3,587
    Quote Originally Posted by DivaNicoletta
    I have not heard anything about this publisher, but a good place to find out about a publisher is in a book like Writers Market Place, if they are in there chances are they are a pretty reputable publisher.
    WMP is an okay place to start, but watchdog groups point out that some shady publishers make their way into resource books like WMP, so be sure to further research anyone you find there.
    Winner of Uncle Jim's Whoo Hoo Super Writer Award and Nomad's Most Use of Vowels in a Screen Name Award as well as Maryn's Only Person on AW Whose Name Anagrams to "I, Octane," "Act I (One)" and "Nice tao" Award in addition to batgirl's Culpeper Award for Botanically Erudite Screen Name plus awatkins' AW's Most Creative Srounger [sic] of Rep Points Award not to mention azbikergirl's Arizona Most Awarded Writer Award and also Dawno's Most Interesting Signature Line Award

  12. #12
    practical experience, FTW kristin724's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Mt Laurel, NJ
    Posts
    676
    I've been looking into NCP for a paranormal romance short story submission. They have the Love Bites short story download section, but in the guidelines it doesn't say what authors are paid for a Love Bites sale. Anyone know?

    Kristin

    The Vampire Family - in paperback!
    Fate and Fangs- series on sale now!

  13. #13
    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    25,396
    Quote Originally Posted by kristin724
    Anyone know?

    Kristin
    I'm certain they know. Why not write and ask?

  14. #14
    practical experience, FTW kristin724's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Mt Laurel, NJ
    Posts
    676
    No response yet, James ;0)

    The Vampire Family - in paperback!
    Fate and Fangs- series on sale now!

  15. #15
    ~writes for Him~ Robin Bayne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    ~the old line state~
    Posts
    1,877
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveKuzminski
    I have been published before by NCP. While my sales there were moderate, I believe they are totally business-oriented in aiming only for books that make the most sales possible. I believe they're determined to be successful as publishers.
    I have 2 books published by NCP-- and their books look even better now than they did when I first pubbed with them in 1996. They are very professional.

    Two things--

    1) They were always very hard to reach by email. Just something to beware of.

    2) Their catalog is now very heavily slanted toward romantica/erotic romance/very spicy romance or paranormal romance. I stopped submitting to them when I realized I wanted to write Christian romance (or at least very "sweet" romance) and they said they understood, but that wasn't the direction they were taking the company.

    Their books have won many awards (an anthology I am in, "Shifters" won quite a few including Dream Realm and Eppie).

    I would recommend them!!

  16. #16
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin RedandGold's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    48
    any updates anyone?

    I have read the Piers Anthony Site, and that was slightly negative.

    However thier site, and some research at Fictionwise.com suggested that they might be good.
    Nicola
    I like to keep an open mind, but not so open that my brains fall out.

  17. #17
    Girl Detective Stacia Kane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    In cahoots with the other boo-birds
    Posts
    8,146
    I have a friend (Sherrill Quinn) who writes for them and she likes them a lot.
    http://www.staciakane.com

    FIVE DOWN, a Downside anthology, available now!
    Four previously published short stories and one brand new novella, together in one volume.

    Click here for more details.


    WRONG WAYS DOWN available now!


  18. #18
    Zastruga
    Guest

    Has NCP gone downhill?

    I was considering submitting my manuscript to New Concepts publishing, but I've heard that their response to emails has gotten even worse--like no response to more than 10 emails over the period of a month--and that they have no release schedule, so you have no idea when your book will be published and can't plan promotion. Writers aren't even told when their book is released and have to find out by going to the website.

    I've also heard, from a less reliable source, that their income may have gone down because some of their top authors no longer write primarily for them and they've gone for long stretches without regular releases. This makes me nervous because of the tendency of e-publishers to go abruptly out of business.

    Does someone who is currently published with them know how they're doing? Do they pay royalties on time? Do they do any promotion? Is this a good place to submit a manuscript?

    Thanks,
    Zastruga

  19. #19
    Nefarious Ghost Fan AnneMarble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    2,901
    Has anyone heard more about some of the "rumblings" about NCP? This author's blog entry addresses some of these rumors. The rumors include such things as editing issues, non-receipt of royalties, late tax forms, non-responsiveness, and even a lack of response from customer support. (For example, no assistance if a customer's download link doesn't work.)

    I'd post to the Karen Scott blog entry about this as she posted about this hours ago (according to Google), but her blog has gone down. She has a temporary blog to keep people up-to-date, but the entries haven't been moved. Too bad you can't view the cache on a blog entry. If anyone read that entry, please fill me in. If anyone saved a copy of the post, please send me an HTML file.
    THE Official FreakTM
    That's not me in my avatar. That's Papa Emeritus II and the Nameless Ghouls of Ghost
    -- AARlist2, my romance reader discussion group
    Dubbed "Cool Thread Starter Girl" by JeanneTGC

  20. #20
    I grow my own catnip JulieB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Deep in the heart o' Texas
    Posts
    2,401
    The latest cache on that site is a couple of days ago. Give it until tomorrow morning; you might find the entry is in the cache by then.

  21. #21
    volitare nequeo AW Moderator veinglory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    right here
    Posts
    27,879
    I am trying to collect the comments showing up online, 3 so far including Karen at a secondary site: http://www.erecsite.com/2008/03/smok...veinglory.html
    Emily Veinglory

  22. #22
    Friendly Neighborhood Mustelidae The Otter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    In the room next to the noisy ice machine, for all eternity.
    Posts
    1,052
    Hi. I am a New Concepts author. I've gotten pretty good royalties, and they've always sent me my checks in a timely manner. The biggest problem with them is, like some people have already stated, they're very non-responsive. It seems like most of the e-mails I send are never answered.
    Last edited by The Otter; 03-11-2008 at 09:20 AM.

  23. #23
    Nefarious Ghost Fan AnneMarble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    2,901
    Karen Scott's regular blog is back. Here is the first post on NCP (including comments). And here is the second.

    Rosemary Laurey's comments on the second post are interesting as when NCP was fairly new, I had an issue with how they delivered the ebooks you bought. I never had to wait a week, but I think I had to wait a couple of days more than once. Kinda defeated the purpose of buying ebooks. I've had other issues with them. For example, I once ordered an ebook to be delivered on disk (as the download wasn't available yet), and when I got it, my entire credit card number was included on the letter accompanying it. That was not the most secure way to handle customer cc numbers! (IIRC this was at the time they had ... issues ... with the vendor providing credit card services.)
    THE Official FreakTM
    That's not me in my avatar. That's Papa Emeritus II and the Nameless Ghouls of Ghost
    -- AARlist2, my romance reader discussion group
    Dubbed "Cool Thread Starter Girl" by JeanneTGC

  24. #24
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,061
    For those following this train wreck, the latest from Ms. Scott's blog re: NC has stopped editing their books because it's isn't worth the effort. Further commentary on Dear Author, etc.
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  25. #25
    Nefarious Ghost Fan AnneMarble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    2,901
    Quote Originally Posted by CaoPaux View Post
    For those following this train wreck, the latest from Ms. Scott's blog re: NC has stopped editing their books because it's isn't worth the effort. Further commentary on Dear Author, etc.
    Oh, yes. I saw the original post.


    Now I'm glad I didn't buy as many books from them as I had hoped. Eek. Yuck. Ack ptui! And don't you think readers can tell? Sheesh! Unfortunately readers who don't "do" ebooks will read something like that and say "See! I told you ebooks aren't worth my time." Grrr. This sort of crap could hurt all e-publishers, at least in the eyes of people who are still reluctant to read ebooks.

    (Marble's Law: If you ask someone for e-book recommendations on a mailing list, five people will leap forth to explain that they don't read ebooks, even though that wasn't the question. Then people will end up arguing about ebooks, and no one ever answers the original question. This controversy will only make this worse. )
    THE Official FreakTM
    That's not me in my avatar. That's Papa Emeritus II and the Nameless Ghouls of Ghost
    -- AARlist2, my romance reader discussion group
    Dubbed "Cool Thread Starter Girl" by JeanneTGC

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search