The AW Amazon Store
Buy Books by AWers!

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Muskrat Press

  1. #1
    Always curious. juniper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Forever on the island
    Posts
    4,130

    Muskrat Press

    I've recently come across a local small publisher called Muskrat Press.

    Website here: http://muskratpress.com/home

    They seem very small - 3 books published, none to be released soon that I can tell - and little info on who's running the business.

    Their description under the About tab is this:

    "We started the press because we love novelists. We've met loads of them who aren't gaining traction with literary agents, much less with the traditional publishers. Literary agents are the first barrier to entry for novelists who dream of a traditional publishing contract. Unfortunately, agents are so swamped with query letters that many, if not most, of them don't have time to respond anymore. What are talented novelists to do when they can't get their manuscripts read?"

    I don't know who the "we" referenced are. Is it the 3 authors who have their books listed with them? Are they also the publishers?

    Under the FAQ tab I found this:

    "Do you have previous publishing experience?

    Sure do. And from New York City, no less. Between us, we've been affiliated with words in one capacity or another for over twenty years."

    I like small publishers - and I like supporting local writers - but I have a few friends who were burned by another local small press a few years ago. I'm wondering about this one.

    ETA: Not saying writers might be burned by this particular press.
    Last edited by juniper; 10-13-2014 at 10:33 PM. Reason: ETA

  2. #2
    Independent fluffy puppy. Osulagh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    My dog house.
    Posts
    1,488
    Not the worse one I've come across, but they sure don't help themselves.

    First, it's might be because I have no wish to investigate them, but when they say:

    Do you have previous publishing experience?
    Sure do. And from New York City, no less. Between us, we've been affiliated with words in one capacity or another for over twenty years.
    Which tells us nothing. Nothing about who's working at the press, their exact experience, or what they've done. Quite literally, "20 years in publishing in New York" can mean they have twenty people on staff who have worked one year each in a New York book store. This means nothing if they don't provide exact facts.

    Also:

    We've met loads of them who aren't gaining traction with literary agents, much less with the traditional publishers. Literary agents are the first barrier to entry for novelists who dream of a traditional publishing contract. Unfortunately, agents are so swamped with query letters that many, if not most, of them don't have time to respond anymore.
    Agents that get too many queries can't respond to them? Hmm... It's almost like they're busy.
    Come on, why are you really not accepting submissions right now?
    Honestly, it's because we're a small operation. That's all. We've got our eye on the future, and are pow-wowing about our next steps.
    So, let's refresh: Agents who are too busy to take in books = BAD. Muskrat Press is too busy to take in books = because they're a small press.

    Oh, and I love the next lines:
    We ascribe to the following sage writing analogy, which pertains as much to life as to writing: You don't need to know everything, only as far as the headlights illuminate.
    Which means: Don't think further into "because we're a small operation" or anything we say like a correctly-thinking individual, just believe our exact words. Do they really think we're that stupid? Why not tell us the exact? They're too busy? They're not serious enough to dive into publishing and just wish to dabble in it?


    So, as far as I can see, they don't name names or show faces, and they lie to our faces in hypocritical ways. IMHO, they're bordering scam territory.

    I wouldn't touch them, covers and site look decent enough though.
    Last edited by Osulagh; 10-13-2014 at 11:37 PM.

  3. #3
    Totes Legit Author Becca C.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    near Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    4,536
    I think with this:

    We ascribe to the following sage writing analogy, which pertains as much to life as to writing: You don't need to know everything, only as far as the headlights illuminate.
    They're just talking about that quote about writing that says writing a book is like driving at night: you can only see what your headlights illuminate, but you can drive the whole way like that. Paraphrasing, of course, and I forget who originally said it. Stephen King, maybe?
    MAYBE IN PARIS - YA contemporary - coming June 6th 2017 from Sky Pony Press! Now available to preorder on Amazon!

    Represented by Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary!

    Add my book on Goodreads!

    Facebook - I don't really know what I'm doing there yet
    Twitter - Sometimes I'm funny there
    Tumblr - My blog



  4. #4
    The King and Queen of Cheese BenPanced's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    dunking doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts
    Posts
    15,810
    What are talented novelists to do when they can't get their manuscripts read?
    Keep trying because somebody out there will see it.
    I still poop rainbows.




    I won't steal any of your ideas. I have enough of my own I'm not using.


  5. #5
    Heckuva good sport frimble3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    west coast, canada
    Posts
    4,722
    Quote Originally Posted by Becca C. View Post
    I think with this:



    They're just talking about that quote about writing that says writing a book is like driving at night: you can only see what your headlights illuminate, but you can drive the whole way like that. Paraphrasing, of course, and I forget who originally said it. Stephen King, maybe?
    I know that quote as well, and I don't know which is worse: if they're referring to potential authors, who should just trust them to get it right, a step at a time, or if they're referring to themselves, implying that they're learning as they go along- that now they're doing 'Acquisitions', and don't need to know the rest of the process, and that they'll then turn to 'Editing', and will learn what they need to know when they get there.

    And: "Affiliated with words"? What does that even mean? I open mail for my employers. Sometimes I have to read the contents to find out where they belong. Sometimes I proofread stuff for my boss. Does that count as 'affiliated with words'? 'Cause if it does, I have 25 years of experience, and I wouldn't trust me to publish a book, not even my own.

    If they had anything useful to tell authors, like names or experience, why are they playing coy?

  6. #6
    Wilde about Oscar aliceshortcake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Oop North
    Posts
    1,524
    Muskrat appears to have started out as a self-publishing venture by Jeannie Burt, author of When Patty Went Away. The Muskrat website is registered to her:

    Domain Name: MUSKRATPRESS.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 1679506334_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
    Registrar URL: www.enom.com
    Updated Date: 2013-08-27 09:49:40Z
    Creation Date: 2011-09-28 23:20:00Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-09-28 23:20:00Z
    Registrar: ENOM, INC.
    Registrar IANA ID: 48
    Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@enom.com
    Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252744500
    Reseller: NAMECHEAP.COM
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Registry Registrant ID:
    Registrant Name: JEANNIE BURT
    Registrant Organization: JEANNIE BURT
    https://mawords.com/muskratpress.com
    See also:

    237 SE 17th Ave
    Portland
    Oregon
    97214

    Information about Jeannie Burt

    Jeannie Burt is in the Legal Services business.
    http://www.givingpowerback.com/onlin...ortland/oregon
    And:
    Muskrat Press, LLC
    Portland, Oregon

    Address: 237 Se 17th Ave Portland, Oregon 97214-1504 United States
    Industry: Other Publishers
    http://companies.findthebest.com/l/3...in-Portland-OR
    I'm not sure if "we" refers to the three writers currently published by Muskrat, but if so Lisa Alber has some experience in publishing:

    However, in an attempt at practicality, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in economics, which resulted in two short-lived careers: international finance and book publishing. She loved book publishing but longed to sit on the authorial side of the desk. She currently works as a technical writer.
    http://muskratpress.com/authors
    Last edited by aliceshortcake; 10-14-2014 at 03:14 PM.
    "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)

  7. #7
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,023
    No further activity.
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search