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    Bracket Books Publishing

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this, so if it needs to be moved, please let me know....

    Bracket Books is a new small press that focuses mainly on non-fiction that is related in some way to photography. They are looking for new authors who want to be published in print and online (Amazon, etc).

    Their site is at

    http://bracketbooks.com

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    I couldn't find any info about Bracket Books' founder Sam Majors' previous publishing experience, but he's on Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/sam.majors1

    Notice the black and photos by Chad Gayle, who is also the author of BB's only book to date, the novel Let It Be (which will be released in March).

    The website has more than its fair share of red flags:

    The company was established to fill a niche, a publishing void that grows larger as traditional print publishers continue to consolidate, struggle to maintain their narrow profit margins, and hold onto outmoded methods of distribution and old-fashioned book marketing techniques. Our business model embraces digital distribution and online marketing...
    http://bracketbooks.com/about-bracket-books/
    "Mainstream publishing is a dinosaur! We're going to use Facebook and Twitter!"

    What sort of royalties do you offer to your writers?

    As a twenty-first century small press, we want to offer options to writers (and to readers). We are not locked into a standard royalty model, as most legacy publishers are. Instead, we offer royalties (the percentage of gross sales that we pay our authors) that vary depending on the book.

    The standard royalty is 20% of gross sales (after discounts have been applied, in the case of Amazon and wholesale trade), but we also offer 50% and 100% royalty brackets for authors who are willing to share the risk of publishing their books with us. The royalty rate is written into the contract and does not change over time.

    In the digital age, preparing a manuscript for publication is the most expensive part of publishing. We have to edit your manuscript, create a catchy book cover for it, design a layout for the book, write copy to promote the book, and put it all together in such a way that it will look the same regardless of the form it assumes for distribution (printed matter or electronic). This process is time consuming and requires talented, skilled personnel who love what they do and are heavily invested in the craft of bookmaking.

    Publishing a book of any kind is an indulgence of risk, and if an author is willing to share in that risk financially, then we can offer a much higher royalty upon publication. This doesn’t mean that anyone can pay us to publish a book; we’re not a vanity press or a self-publishing service, and we will only publish books that have something valuable to say or which have an important story to tell, a story that is also well told.
    http://bracketbooks.com/questions-an...bracket-books/
    Exactly how much money does Bracket Books put into their partnership deals? And how many novice writers will be tempted to take a chance with their own money in the hope of reaping the reward of 50%-100% royalties?

    Although we publish fiction, our focus is non-fiction, and we’ll be releasing approximately four non-fiction titles for each fiction title we publish.
    http://bracketbooks.com/about-bracket-books/

    Note that we’ll only publish, on average, one novel a year, because our focus is non-fiction. This means that we are extremely selective about any fiction that we choose to publish.
    http://bracketbooks.com/questions-an...bracket-books/
    If BB intends to publish only five books a year won't they be tempted to take on writers who are willing to share the financial risk?
    "There is only one thing worse than being obliged to sit cross-legged on the grass, and that is being obliged to sit cross-legged on the grass near an ant colony"
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    Found this via Google, and here's an update: they had no problem rejecting my novel, which isn't connected to photography per se but does have a photographer as a main character. They weren't exactly prompt, but they were polite.

    I didn't see anything about paying to publish; maybe that has changed?

    Anyway, strike one off my list! On to the next small press....

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    Words "share that risk financially" can only mean that you pay.

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    Still a bit early yet, but no sign of any other book/author than "Let It Be". And is closed to queries.
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    Nope, no further activity.
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