Just came across this company (well, they started following me on Twitter). Looks like they're very new. Anyone had any dealings with them?
The AW Amazon Store
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1st sentence & red flag: "Simply put: we’re authors."
2nd sentence & red flag: Use of term "traditional publishers."
3rd red flag: Use of POD as their main model.
Also, they call themselves a "publishing agency" (their own italics) to differentiate themselves from those publishers concerned with publishing (i.e., printing).
I was going to say that, despite all that, the covers on display are pretty nice -- very nice, actually -- however there's a little disclaimer that says those covers "don't necessarily represent our catalog."
Lastly, their tag-line really bothers me:
Or maybe it's just early and I haven't had any coffee. You decide.Join the movement – Get REUTED in a good book.
Hmmm.... They call them themselves a 'publishing agency' and say that their main focus is on the look of the book. I think they are a POD, myself.
Yeah, the whole 'we are a new way of doing things' vibe set off alarms for me too.
And they are all extremely young so how much experience and knowledge can they have?
The founder and creative director of REUTS (pronounced 'roots') is Ashley Ruggirello:
Morningside was published by Cambridge Press US:I started REUTS to try to change the experience authors have whilst publishing their most prized possession, and have really spilled my heart and soul into making it the exact opposite of the experience I had publishing my debut novel, Morningside (Ashley Madau).
So far it sounds like another 'author had a bad publishing experience and felt she could do better' press.Cambridge Press US is part of the Womack Family Publishing Group which includes Charles River Press, Whiskey Creek Ptess, and Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.
I really, really don't think so.With Print-On-Demand services, books now have the same opportunities for recognition and distribution as they once only had with a traditional print run.
Something tells me the authors will end up doing the donkey work:Through these services, we take advantage of both print and electronic distribution, and work hard with authors to get their novels in physical bookstores.
Says editor Gabrielle Upshur:SOME THINGS OUR TEAM PROVIDES.
Multi-round editing made by multiple eyes.
Cover jacket design driven by author input.
Standard 5.5”x8.5” book size typesetting for print and digital formats.
Custom author website hosted on REUTS.com, with complete author access (ex. http://yourname.REUTS.com)
Basic digital PR kit, including: press release, high quality print files, promotional material, etc.
Assistance establishing an online fan base via social networks and blog tours.
An exciting experience from manuscript start to paperback finish.
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"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"
Oscar Wilde (citation needed)
They started following me on Twitter too.
I am confused about what they are looking at their site. They say they are a "hybrid" between self publishing and traditional publishing. (?)
They say they will never charge authors and aren't vanity. They seem to say on one page that they will only take young adult fiction, but don't say that on other parts of the site. They say they will take unfinished manuscripts if you have a synopsis and 20,000 words!!! (???)
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Where did you find the info about them taking unfinished manuscripts? I can't find it in their Submission Guidelines.
Hey, you never know, Fifty Shades came out of a similarly weird outfit, didn't it? Before being picked up by the big dogs.
But IMO, if one feels one has exhausted the big and middle-level publishers, one best try first the established small ones like Musa, Musitup, Wildchild, Zumaya, Rogue Phoenix Press, Solstice, World Child, Divine Destinies, Mundania, Eternal, and the rest who, in spite of their various issues, have actually survived more than a year or two and do have verifiable well-sellers on Amazon, before moving on to new outfits who will do this awesome radical thing and totally help you make it.
Last edited by dondomat; 09-13-2013 at 01:10 PM.
There is a lot about the site that seems cool, but I don't understand why they are mentioning self publishing at all. That was what put me off because it sounded like something a vanity would say.Though they have said they don't charge. I wonder too how discriminating are they in what they take, and if they aren't discriminating then WHY?
Last edited by gingerwoman; 09-13-2013 at 01:54 PM.
Thanks for the link I hadn't found that the first time I looked.
Yeah, I got a request from them from PitMad, but I don't know. They're just too new for my tastes. I'll wait until they have a bit more of a track record.
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They followed me on Twitter too and I checked out their site. I didn't look too closely but I was confused that they claim they're some kind of self-publishing service, but not a vanity publisher. I'm not sure they know what they're doing at all. Certainly their site is geared toward authors, not readers.
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Some of their covers are attractive.
With others, though... there's one where the title is transparent and distorted by the image, and another where most of the cover is just a plain sky, with the title in such a pale color that it doesn't stand out at all.
So their covers are kind of a hit and miss, for me.
Where do you see covers? I'm seeing a "our debut novel hasn't been released yet" message and a blank page.
Oh, you can click it! I just saw the one, so I was confused. Thanks!
A couple are kind of weak, but a couple are really nice.
I saw that too. It sounds contradicting mentioning self-publishing and saying they don't charge. I would be interested in hearing more about them though.
Why doesn't George R. R. Martin use Twitter? He already killed off all 140 characters.
I think some people get confused about this section because the first word is "Bewares" and then they don't notice the recommendations part and the fact that there are publishers threads here where most of the posts are just people talking about submitting. Being listed here means more writers will find out about your press so people shouldn't freak out. I for one am not here to bash any press that isn't exploiting people.
Last edited by gingerwoman; 09-16-2013 at 07:57 AM.
Has anyone heard of this publisher, or have experience with them before?
They sound nice, and are quite new.