'The catwalk of romance novel vanity publishing'
AHoP doesn't actually launch until 12th December, but Executive Managing Director/Founder/Cover Designer Danielle-Claude Ngontang-Mba has big plans.
I was unable to find any information about Ms Ngontang-Mba's book, but if the standard of English on the AHoP site is anything to go by I'm relieved to hear that she isn't also an editor. But wait...The Angone House of Publishing will specialize in self-publishing romance novels but only as ebooks format through several distributors...As a writer myself I understand the challenges of wanting to get your manuscripts published or even finding a suitable agent to represent you. I decided to self-publish my book and others like mine because I knew I wasn't the only one in this predicament...I will be responsible for the ebook format conversion, the cover design and all the promotional marketing campaigns.
Or as the submission form puts it:Make sure that your manuscript has been copy edited and proofread. We do NOT provide this service and will not accept your manuscript otherwise.
So there's no quality control - AHoP is publishing the slush pile.I confirmed that my manuscript have been proofread copy-edited
What exactly does AHoP offer?
I'll let the experts deal with this one as I have no idea how much it costs to genuinely self-publish an e-book. Of course, what AHoP is doing isn't really self-publishing as they provide the ISBN.SIGN UP WITH US NOW and we will send you a 25% off voucher for Our Incredible 2 Ebooks deal £243.75 instead of £325.
Well, I suppose it depends on how you define success.With the way this industry has been trending this past couple of years, self-publishing ones novel has been a really successful way to get your creative input heard!
In case you were wondering what "a group release with full marketing and key dates" is supposed to mean, here's what AHoP has to say about distribution:We will offer...a 2 ebooks publishing deal for the price that most self-publishing companies would advertise for only 1 ebook deal and without including marketing.
We will also not randomly publish your ebooks into the wild world of "ebooks trading market" but will do a group release with full marketing and key dates as well as classify the ebooks in different lines/themes to better target our audience.
You will have about to keep 75% of net royalties.
And a 'targeted online group marketing campaign' includes...what?An ebooks group release schedule every 8 weeks: the ebooks will be distributed with the Amazon Kindle, iBookstore and more...all other the world!
The author(s) mini bio will be available on the Angone House website site
A targeted online group marketing campaign.
You won't be surprised to learn that Ms Ngontang-Mba has no previous experience in publishing. She may have the best of intentions, but budding romance novelists are unlikely to build a career by publishing with a company whose founder describes it as both a self-publisher and a vanity press. Indeed, the fact that AHoP admits that its books are out-and-out text dumps means that they won't be regarded as publishing credits.