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    Books With Benefits Press

    Does anyone have any experience with Books with Benefits Press?

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    http://www.bookswithbenefitspress.com/

    The talk about accepting submissions but also offering paid services. So... not clear really.
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    There's no information about the professional background of the two principals named in the "About" section, but a little Google-fu reveals that one is an English teacher who writes under the pen name of Autumn Stark - one of the company's two authors (how about that). I don't see any publishing background for either, and very few books for a company that's two years old.

    Statements like this send up a red flag for me:

    Unlike many of the larger presses, we put great emphasis on your participation in the production of your novel. We want you to be involved from conception to delivery — final manuscript, cover, final title, and publicity. You are, after all, the person who knows your book the best.
    I don't know whether that's veiled speech for "author has to kick in for these services," or merely a variation on the usual small press warning that marketing is largely going to be on the author's shoulders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veinglory View Post
    http://www.bookswithbenefitspress.com/

    The talk about accepting submissions but also offering paid services. So... not clear really.
    Yes, and this doesn't really help their case either (my bolding) --

    Submit your query letter (cover letter), synopsis of your complete novel, and the first three chapter to our email
    They don't proofread their own G/L; not a great sign.

    This particular next bit (off their About page) hits one of my pet peeves; writers who presume that their category is capitalized in every instance. YA is not Young Adult, nor is sf (SF) Science Fiction.

    A small Indie Press, we focus on you, the author, and your book.
    So yeah, not people I would want editing before I did a copyedit. That would increase my workload with things they didn't notice nor tell the author about... who may be a debut author and get a few passes on that debut.

    (Yes, I did have caffeine already; no, today is a day where that won't do any good, being That Time. Caps deliberate. Void where prohibited barring chocolate bribes.)

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