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    Question Amberjack Publishing

    Does anyone have any experience or know anything more about these folks? I just received a full request from them, but I'm hesistant to submit because they only have a few books listed on their site, and they offer expensive, a la carte editing services on the side (although they say their authors don't pay a thing).

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    Red flags abound. Be very, very, VERY cautious. (Ok, run screaming the other direction.)

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    Were the red flags the reasons I posted or did I miss something?
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    I saw more like yellow flags. Mainly that the people listed on the Our Team page don't have much experience in publishing. The author services thing is a worry but they're definitely trying to separate them as much as they can. How that works in reality is another question, though.

    So this might be a situation where it would be wise to wait a couple of years and see how this house does as it gets established (it only opened in 2014) before signing anything with them. I don't think a submission is likely to hurt you, though.

    I wouldn't put this publisher at the top of any list, though, so make sure you've exhausted other options with agents/houses first. Always aim high.

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    @ pinkbowvintage - Did you end up submitting your full? I noticed the services no longer appear on their website, but I'm still not sure about this press.

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    Their submissions page is labeled "publishing services". I don't know about you, but I would read that as potentially fee-based. If not it is a very poor choice of words. Services are provided to a client not a co-participant in a publishing endeavor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feuilleton View Post
    @ pinkbowvintage - Did you end up submitting your full? I noticed the services no longer appear on their website, but I'm still not sure about this press.
    I did months ago and they gave me a nice rejection with notes.
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    The few Amberjack books with the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon seem pretty solid.

    I'd be happier if their staff bios had evidence of real publishing experience (rather than the cutesy "Fun Facts"), and if their FAQ page didn't consist of a 404 error message.
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    I found the real FAQ page: http://amberjackpublishing.com/faq/

    It's...sparse.

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    I found their blog with this title for a post: "8 Fiction Novels That will Make You Hungry." In the preview was this sentence:
    These fiction novels are so tasty that they will leave your stomach rumbling.

    There's just something about a publisher that uses the words "fiction novel". . . .

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    Noticed that this is now one of the non-Google ads on the page (which means it's vetted by AW, right?) although the ending tag seems to be missing as it spills onto the "Welcome to the Absolute Write Water Cooler" text (who do we report that to?)

    They had a very vague contest running through the end of December (write the story you've always wanted to write! 5000 words OR first 5000) without a lot of information as to what they want or what rights you're giving up for submitting. Oh, and they require you to like their Facebook page. I guess if you don't have Facebook, they're not interested in your writing?

    Their Wordpress on their blog seems a bit screwy - the title of their featured blog post takes me to their books link and the comment function looks weird. (This could be because I got "upgraded" back to IE 8 though.) Also, I see ten featured authors, but eight books listed. Are some of them anthologies or co-authored?
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    tiakall, I'm not sure any of the ads on AW are vetted. Even if they are, you should always do further research just to make sure the publisher/service/whatever is right for you.

    From this thread, I'm pretty sure they're not right for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thedrellum View Post
    tiakall, I'm not sure any of the ads on AW are vetted. Even if they are, you should always do further research just to make sure the publisher/service/whatever is right for you.
    As far as I know, the non-Google ads are vetted, but probably only for known scammers and obvious red flags. It's certainly not an imprimatur.

    So yes, it's always necessary to do further research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludens View Post
    As far as I know, the non-Google ads are vetted, but probably only for known scammers and obvious red flags. It's certainly not an imprimatur.

    So yes, it's always necessary to do further research.
    Yep - I do the best I can to Google, and check Cao's BR&BC index thread, and we don't take ads from companies that send up obvious red flags -- BUT an ad shouldn't be read as an endorsement, either! Writers absolutely, positively should ALWAYS research a company they're considering submitting to!
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    Use of the cringe-worthy term 'fiction novel' is very off-putting.

    Amberjack's team members seem to be curiously shy about giving their surnames. The company is based in Idaho and was registered in April 2014 by Jason Burenheide, who works as a Medical Esthetician at Renu MediSpa in Eagle, Idaho.
    Last edited by aliceshortcake; 01-05-2016 at 03:48 PM.

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    Their distributor is Midpoint Trade and they are on Net Galley. I consider those two things at least, good signs.
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    Are there any updates about this publisher?

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    I know they have a new YA book out that they're promoting on social media. Other than that, I haven't heard much about them.
    My YA debut BURRO HILLS is coming from Diversion Books in 2018!

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    YA Contemporary Mystery/Horror - Writing, 43k+
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    Thank you for responding. I have a book from one of their authors and was merely curious of their promotions and etc.

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    One of their novels, DREAM ME, made it on the Buzz Books 2017 list. That's pretty promising.

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