And your comments about "forming a partnership" worry me, because that's the sort of language that vanity presses that don't want to look like vanity presses use. I really hope your publisher isn't modeling themselves like-PA-except-not-a-scam. Because being a scam isn't the only problem with PA's business model. (In fact, PA's business model only works as a scam. Trying to emulate them as an honest, author-friendly business is doomed to failure).
Cherokee, if you do come back, I'm curious to know what it was that enticed you to submit to this publisher. What is it that we're all missing, that you saw BEFORE you became one of their authors, that made you want to submit your work to them? I think that would be useful information.