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Thread: Maple Lane Books / Red City Review

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    Plodding around into things. grizzletoad1's Avatar
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    Maple Lane Books / Red City Review

    Anyone ever hear of Maple Lane Books? They contacted me on E-mail about a contest, but they also offer critiques of existing works. I can't find much about them, but they are from Pittsburgh. Wondering if they're related to Dorrance Publishing. If so, stay clear!
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    FWIW... All submissions (other than for their magazine) must be through their contest only... and there is a $50 entry fee...

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    Well, that solves that.

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    Founded in 2012, but they've published only two books to date. They also own a review-selling service. Big red flags!

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    Their literary magazine/review service, Red City Review: http://redcityreview.com/
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    [Magazine] Red City Review

    Hi guys. Been a while. I recently got an E-mail from some outfit called Red City Review. They were promoting a contest to enter my novel into. Cost $75. They say all entries would get a 200-300 word review of their novel and mention in their magazine. First prize winners get a $125 prize and a feature in their magazine. The Grand Prize winner gets $500 and a cover story about your novel. My question is, is this legit? Would this be worth my while as a last gasp effort of my novel to get any kind of buzz beyond what I've done so far. It seems that it's done now. I've had no sales in two months despite a major promo push on Facebook. Thanks guys.
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    If you're doing it for the (potential) publicity, no. A journal that few people have heard of is not the place to get that.

    If you're willing to pay $75 for a review or a blurb you could maybe use to help sell your book, then go for it, because that's all you'll likely get out of it.

    But be aware that there are other pay-for-review sites (Kirkus, for example) that are better-known. I'm not sure how much they charge, though.
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    Here's a link: Red City Review.

    I don't really understand what the contest is supposed to accomplish, other than to put additional money in RCR's pocket. You can pay them $40 for a review, or pay them $75 for a review and a chance to win their contest. They have six categories with a Grand Prize and First Prize winner in each. The grand prize is $500, being featured in their magazine (which I've never seen for sale, anywhere), a framed certificate and a roll of stickers to put on your books. First prize is $125 and a slightly lesser version of the perks the Grand Prize winner receives.

    If you think a paid review is going to help bump your sales, then buy the $40 version.
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    Obviously, a free review by a well-known critic who could deliver a huge increase in sales is more desirable. Seems to me if you pay for a review, it's not much better than if I had my book published by a vanity press. I went indie because agents all rejected me, most on the basis of the query letter alone. I'm not going to revisit how my Q may not have been written in a way that interested them. That boat sailed a long time ago. I just really had a very hard time boiling a 300+ page novel into a 250 word letter. I sold about a hundred copies of my novel on Kindle, Smashwords and Create Space over the last year and a half. And I've had 19 reviews on Amazon averaging 4.2 stars. Not bad, but as I said before, my sales have dropped to zero. I'm still thinking this book has a lot more left in it. If only I could get publicity for it. Where do I get that on a budget of $0?
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    From what I've heard re: other indie writers, the best way to get the sales of your old novel going again is to write something new that captures people's attention. Then, if they like your writing, they'll dive into your backlist.

    I don't really have any other ideas, but I'd say that the Red City Review review is probably not worth it.

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    You say Facebook, does that mean you've not used twitter? I've heard a few success stories there. To be honest, I've heard some failures. However, it could be worth the 0 dollar cost to build your network there. I've no personal experience, but I'm hopeful.

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