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Thread: [Publisher] Science Thrillers Media

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    [Publisher] Science Thrillers Media

    Does anyone have experience with the publishing company Science Thrillers Media? I can't seem to find anything online about them except for their webpage. Thanks!

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    Adding link: http://www.sciencethrillersmedia.com/

    Flags all over the place for me, starting with the information page on Hybrid Publishing, which uses a 2014 Forbes article to justify itself and asks this pertinent question: "Reversion rights: do you want to limit the number of years that ScienceThrillers Media can publish your title to less than the industry standard of life of copyright?"

    I can't find any information on the people behind this. WAIT. HOLD ON. I WAS TOO EAGER. Found this page with a video of Amy Rogers, the founder and publisher. And the contact tab at the top of the site is actually the Contact & About page that has a long bio of Ms. Rogers. Her first book was published by Diversion Books, the Waxman Literary Agency offshoot that already has a thread on AW. Her second book is being published by Science Thrillers Media.

    If I was looking for a publisher, I'd be wary of them because of this language:

    Extraordinary changes in the book publishing business have upended old business models. Authors are now in control. Amy Rogers believes that the publishing model of the future must combine the services of traditional publishing with the profit- and risk-sharing of independent publishing. Specialization to serve a particular niche is the key to discoverability in the digital age. Science Thrillers Media combines both of these ideas.
    She seems to have a lot of enthusiasm and clearly has a very slick website (which is a lot more than most start-ups). I'd still give the company two years before trying them out with my own novel.

    ETA: Seems like the publisher was set up in 2014, though the parent site sciencethrillers.com began in 2010. So the seeds of the publishing company have been around for a while, and the company itself seems a direct offshoot of the interest sciencethrillers.com has garnered.

    ETA2: She doesn't seem to completely understand trade publishing, as evidenced by this quote about marketing:

    Designing and implementing a marketing plan for individual titles is costly. That’s why most big publishers invest significant marketing money in only a small fraction of the books in their list.
    That implies that for most authors published by the big publishers, the marketing is up to them, and whether their books sells or fails to sell is also up to them. This is a common self- & hybrid-publishing fallacy.
    Last edited by Thedrellum; 09-23-2015 at 10:01 PM. Reason: More info found. More comments needed.

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    Thanks for the info. Very helpful!

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    I published with ScienceThrillers Media November, 2015 and have been very happy with the publisher. The company is still new and growing, but Amy Rogers is committed to publishing quality thrillers with science themes. She offers both hybrid publishing and traditional publishing so that the author can choose how involved he or she wants to be. As with most small presses (and probably the big publishers too), the author shoulders the bulk of marketing, but I was used to that from my first book and it didn't impact my decision to sign on. Communication with the publisher has been great, and I think she put together a great product with tight editing and solid formatting. I would not hesitate to publish with them again. Hope that helps!

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    She offers both hybrid publishing and traditional publishing so that the author can choose how involved he or she wants to be.
    According to the standard definition we use here on Absolute Write, that makes STM a vanity press. Not that this means it can't (or didn't) work for you, but that their accepting of both pay-to-play authors and the traditional arrangement means there's possibly a conflict of interest.

    As with most small presses (and probably the big publishers too), the author shoulders the bulk of marketing
    This is not true, at least not among reputable publishers.

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