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    GenZ Publishing

    Forgive me if this has been posted here before (I couldn't find a thread on it), but I came across this publisher recently and thought it deserved to be vetted by AW members in case some people Google it, as I found it quite jarring based on their website:

    http://genzpublishing.org/

    Apparently this pub was founded by teen "literary prodigy" Morissa Schwartz, who calls herself "the voice of Generation Z" (putting these phrases in quotes to cite the website, not to mock her). Her resume is impressive, including a role on an MTV show, but it's curious to me that she founded a publishing company at such a young age. She claims she wants to help underrepresented voices (teens, I assume) get published.

    One of the red flags on the website was this knock against "traditional publishing" that felt manipulative:

    Then, there is the traditional publisher route, but it is nearly impossible to be published without being established and having an agent. Even with that, publishers receive thousands of manuscripts per week and only dozens are published. Those who are lucky enough to be published, lack creative control and are subject to the publishers’ every vision.
    Then there was this red flag:

    GenZ™ is an innovative publisher for talented authors to have their work seen, recognized, and read by millions. Unlike most publishers who only publish established writers or those with a literary agent, we published based on the author’s talent and their book’s content. GenZ™ makes dreams come true.
    Apparently they've been trying to raise money via an Indiegogo campaign, which I found a bit baffling: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/g...f-publishing#/

    So basically, I've found myself going down this rabbit hole that is the GenZ™ (yes, they hammer that trademark home on their site) Publishing website with a combination of fascination and bewilderment, and had to share it with you all.
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    We help our authors to shape their work while they retain creative control


    This says everything you need to know.

    A real publisher will not relinquish "creative control" to an author. It is their job to make sure things are as marketable as possible. They're putting up the money, which means they're in charge of what gets published.

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    If you're talking about being edited as losing creative control ... it isn't. The editorial process is a partnership, and the author always has the final say.

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    Morissa had her first national article published in Discovery Girls Magazine at age 12
    According to their website, Discovery Girls is open to submissions from girls aged 8 to 12. Good to mention in a general bio, but it doesn't set her apart as a prodigy.

    landed her first job as an adviser to Junior Scholastic Magazine at age 13
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    And it doesn't appear their physical books are available at brick and mortar B&N stores; you can order them through B&N, however.

    One thing I've learned through AW: if they claim to be the future of publishing, they're probably not since what they're doing has already been done to varying degrees of success.
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    Hmmm. A 90-page book (double-spaced?) for $16. Just published in January and has a rank of over 3 million.

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    Then, there is the traditional publisher route, but it is nearly impossible to be published without being established skilled and having an agent a well-written book. Even with that, publishers receive thousands of manuscripts per week and only dozens are published. Those who are lucky talented enough to be published, lack creative control and are subject to the publishers’ every vision get a reasonable advance, then get well edited, professional covers, wide distribution, publicity and marketing.
    Fixed that for her.

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    The GenZ contract is not good. Here is some actual wording:

    The Author’s fee is as follows. The Author does not pay any money to the Publisher. Publisher will pay on behalf of the Author for the editing, copyrighting, proofreading, formatting, cover design, marketing, printing, publishing fees, and all aspects of creating the said work/manuscript. The fee is capped at $2,500 (Two thousand five hundred dollars). This fee is recouped by the Publisher from the Author’s royalties in paragraph 2.


    And this:

    On publication, author agrees to purchase a minimum of 20 paperback copies of their published book.


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    They just added me to a list on twitter, as a result of my #PitMad entry, I'm guessing. Might be their way of trying to get people to know about them on the sly without actually liking tweets.

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