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    Neverland Publishing

    This small press appeared on my radar.

    And welcome to the dawn of a new era in the world of book publishing. We, the small, independent publishers, are the future of publishing. While the once-reigning kings of the publishing world have lost sight of the true value of good writing and fallen victim to their own greed, we are poised and ready to surge ahead and bring a new, more innovative plan of publishing to fruition.

    Item 9 in their submission guidelines earned a from me:

    ETA: They have a "sister" company offering publishing services. Huh.
    Last edited by Bubastes; 04-04-2015 at 12:00 AM.

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    Georgia, USA
    I swear I've seen parts of that questionnaire before on another press with an even longer one--same press that wanted folk to write a free short story they could put on the website as "promotion". What was their name?

    Question nine seems to be an attempt to get an essay out of submitters so they can gauge their writing skills, I guess.

    I like how they point out first impressions are important, and then proceed to scoff on snail mail queries and fantasy writers (theirs are the only books which have to be well-written and intelligent, you know.) My first impression? Not so good.
    Last edited by tiakall; 04-06-2015 at 07:21 PM. Reason: d'oh typo

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    Grumpy writer and editor Absolute Sage Gillhoughly's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
    Getting blitzed at Gillhoughly's Reef, Haleakaloha.
    The idiotic, unprofessional questionnaire is enough to send me running.

    1. Contact information (your name, address, telephone number).

    Fair enough, that's necessary information.

    2. Tell us a little about yourself.

    Er--why? Just read my book and see if it's something you can sell to our mutual benefit.

    What are your motivations in life; your dreams and aspirations?

    To make money selling books. Why do you want to know?

    Have you written any other books?

    Shouldn't that question be "Have you SOLD any other books or writing? Has another editor paid you money for your words?"

    If you are a new author, please share with us when and why you started writing.

    Why are you asking this? You should be reading my submission, not getting my life story.

    3. Why have you written this book? This should be the easiest question to answer. If it isn't, maybe you should reconsider your next move.

    I covered that in part two. Yes, you better believe I'm reconsidering my next move, ace.

    4. A brief description of your book. It doesn't have to be very long; just give us an idea of what it's about.

    Fair enough. This should have been your second question.

    Please also tell us if your book is complete and, if not, the expected completion date.

    If the book's not finished, then I shouldn't be trying to shop it and you should mention that in your guidelines.

    5. Who is your target audience and what genre(s) do you feel your book fits into and why?

    Fair enough.

    6. How does your book differ from the works of similar writers and what makes it stand out? What known authors would you compare your writing style to and why?

    Fair enough, but that's in my query / cover letter.

    7. Marketing is very important. Please tell us, honestly, what efforts you will make to self-promote your book and yourself as an author.

    Fair enough. What will you do?

    8. Please include a brief one page outline of your book.

    Fine, here it is.

    If this seems too difficult, again, perhaps you should reconsider this whole writing thing.

    If you're going to imply ("seems too difficult") that I'm some kind of idiot, then I am absolutely reconsidering, not writing, but submissions to your business. Your level of professionalism is underwhelming. Sheesh.

    9. Please answer one, or more, of the following questions:
    Who is your favorite Beatle and why?
    What is a fardel and do you have any?
    When was the last time you spoke to a stranger?
    Where would you rather be right now?
    How would you get there? (Please see previous question.)
    Why are you the person you are today?

    Have you somehow mistaken this questionnaire for a time-suck Facebook wall post?

    Publishing is a business and your only concerns are:

    A) Is a book good enough to publish and sell?


    B) There is no "B." "A" covers everything.

    Anyway, your FAQ page has a singular lack of information on payment to authors. Most small presses are up front about the percentages, which is more than one would expect from a "big" house, but less than a writer can get by going indie. How much do you pay, when are the checks cut, and what do YOU offer that makes you a better choice than going indie or subbing to a commercial house that pays an advance?
    Last edited by Gillhoughly; 04-04-2015 at 02:17 AM.

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    Widely Regarded as a Bad Move DanielaTorre's Avatar
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    Mar 2011
    The Desert Planet of Jakku
    From Predators & Editors:

    Neverland Publishing: A publisher. Reports of emails being ignored from contracted authors. [5/14]

    FYI, the address for the publisher is a residential address, and they work as a print-on-demand publisher which means that you won't see your book at a brick-and-mortar store like B&N unless the bookstores choose to order them. Not very likely.

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