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    Lucky Excentrique Publishing

    http://www.luckyexcentrique.com

    Someone recently sent me this link so I wanted to post it here anyway.

    Their facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/LuckyExcentriquePublishing

    Description from facebook as their website is hard to navigate:
    We are an e-book publishing company based in Portland, Oregon. We are devoted to working with talented and creative writers to bring quality e-books to the general public.

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    Have you worked months or years on a novel, only to have countless agents and publishers reject it? Do you want marketing and publicity that most publishers do not provide? Then Lucky Excentrique Publishing is for you.

    With competition stiffer than ever in the writing business, it is hard for an unrecognized author to receive attention. At Lucky Excentrique Publishing, we are devoted to working with unknown writers to produce quality e-books.

    We also publish an anthology featuring short stories and poetry, Quirk of Simplicity. All profits go to charity.
    I found out they use printing services of:
    http://www.magcloud.com/

    And are run by a teenager from this group:
    http://figment.com/groups/7328-Lucky...que-Publishing

    I'm guessing one to avoid then?

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    Ok well this is one definitely to be wary of

    http://figment.com/topics/203524-Hav...sh-your-novel-

    Oregon. We have no employees, currently, since it's a small independent company. And as for offices, right here
    Yes, advances are used by traditional publishers, but we like to think our writers aren't in it for the money. Obviously, none of them can make a living off of this, but this is directed towards teens who just want to get their words out there.

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    It sounds like a perfume.
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    Her profile says she is thirteen. So I foresee a problem with creating binding contracts, amongst other things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veinglory View Post
    Her profile says she is thirteen. So I foresee a problem with creating binding contracts, amongst other things.
    Is it possible this is a school project and not meant to be an actual publisher?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terie View Post
    Is it possible this is a school project and not meant to be an actual publisher?
    No I don't think so. She says in one of her groups she's in the process of getting the company registered in Oregon and she's advertising for novel submissions and creating an anthology.

    This reminds me of those teen web hosts that came out a few years ago.

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    Pretty good at copy writing for a prepubescent, though, huh?

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    Pretty smart for a 13-year-old, playing on the basic fears of n00bs:

    Have you worked months or years on a novel, only to have countless agents and publishers reject it? Do you want marketing and publicity that most publishers do not provide? Then Lucky Excentrique Publishing is for you.

    With competition stiffer than ever in the writing business, it is hard for an unrecognized author to receive attention. At Lucky Excentrique Publishing, we are devoted to working with unknown writers to produce quality e-books.

    We also publish an anthology featuring short stories and poetry, Quirk of Simplicity. All profits go to charity.
    BEWARE: serious lime green ahead.

    Troubling discussion in the Figment link above. Somebody asked some hard questions and the responses became typically petulant before the thread was closed.
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    Ben, I think it's a bit unfair to call the responses in the Figment link petulant (or maybe I'm just hardened by the regular BRBC cries of "Karma", "You only say that because you're all anonymous", "Publishers talk, you know" and "Rather than speculating, why don't you ask?").

    This has disaster written all over it. If she, or her parents, or whoever is signing the documents are reading this, please, for the love of everything, make it clear on your website that this is a "by teens, for teens" operation which should not be confused with a "proper" publishing house (ie, one which pays my gas bill).

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    As a professional enterprise - this has disaster written all over

    But I'm still impressed if there is a 13 year old kid behind it.

    This will fail - but as long as she learns a few things then she could be a force to be reckoned with in a decade's time.

    If you stop thinking about it as a publishing company and start thinking of it as a good old fashioned teenage-run zine (but with books instead) - then it sounds like a laudable enterprise.

    Good on 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac H. View Post
    As a professional enterprise - this has disaster written all over

    But I'm still impressed if there is a 13 year old kid behind it.

    This will fail - but as long as she learns a few things then she could be a force to be reckoned with in a decade's time.

    If you stop thinking about it as a publishing company and start thinking of it as a good old fashioned teenage-run zine (but with books instead) - then it sounds like a laudable enterprise.

    Good on 'em.
    While her enterprisingness is undeniably laudable, I don't think it's right to commend her (and/or whoever is advising her). When the whole thing goes down in flames, as it inevitably will, it will take down the rights and dreams of other people with it.

    The failure of a publisher hurts more than just the principal(s) of the company. It hurts writers. Which is what this forum at AW is all about: helping writers to get informed about publishers so they can make the best possible decisions about their work.

    As for me, I can't commend someone whose business risk means hurting other people.
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    Yeah, I'm joining the "this looks bad" group too. This just has a bad vibe all over it.

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    It is a good case in point for illustrating that it is unwise to judge a publisher by first impressions of the website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tpridgen View Post
    Pretty good at copy writing for a prepubescent, though, huh?
    It reads like a compilation of Greatest Red Flags of the Eighties.

    Seriously, "publisher" is not an entry-level position.

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    I think she may get bored of this in 6 months lol. And I agree with you about publisher not being an entry level position.

    I noticed she compares business to http://www.pubslush.com/.

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    Updating URL: http://purplestar.wix.com/lucky-excentrique-publishing

    Although the first volume of the anthology was published, there's no sign of the second mentioned here, nor of any activity after mid-'12.
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