Saw this today: Grey Wolfe Publishing.
They go on and on about their "good" intentions for their "Pack" of authors.Grey Wolfe Publishing is an independent, small press publishing house headquartered in Michigan. We have embraced a "hybrid" approach to publishing, in that we aim to provide authors with the services of the "big" houses, with the attention to detail and affordability the "vanity" presses don't provide.
And what, you might ask, are the "sacred texts of our age"?We believe in assisting those who wish to write well, and those who desire to read well, celebrate the sacred texts of our age.
Sometimes people neglect their important crevices.The term, Sacred Texts, does not solely apply to religious doctrines and the selected works of political processes. Indeed, Sacred Texts are the all-inclusive writings of society. Those instructions, parables, and poems guide people through the important crevices of life and living.
This sounds like a formula for Golden Word Syndrome. You can't effectively edit something if you're too busy worshipping it.Grey Wolfe Publishing believes that what you write is Sacred Text. We see it as our calling to ascribe reverence to your written word through the partnership of our publishing process
For me, that's exactly the wrong order of priorities.We're Writers... Just Like You! Grey Wolfe Publishing is proud to proclaim that each of our team members – from our publisher on down to our office staff and bookkeeper – is a writer first and company team member second. Publishing Philosophy
Because $1250 isn't a large payment at allWe are just as committed as you are toward achieving success. Yes, we expect an author investment in order to publish your book, but it is minimal when compared with the “vanity press” business model which expects a large payment for very little return.
And then there are all the other little things you as a Pack member have the privilege of splurging on:
Also, from the "Author Publishing Agreement":Facebook set-up and a single daily posting, with daily reply maintenance: $60/month
250 Custom Bookmarks: $50
Personalized Marketing Mentoring: $50/hour
One, three-minute book trailer: $300 and up (price based on level of complexity).
Arrangement and scheduling of Personal Appearance (book reading & signing): $25/each
Custom Cover Design: $350
Another day, another vanity press.The term of this Agreement is three (3) years. If at any time, from the date of this agreement, before the term has ended, should the Author choose to terminate this Agreement, a severance payment of $2,000 shall be paid from the Author to the Publisher.