Hello, everyone. Long time reader first time poster.
Found something called Verbaleyze through a promotional post on tumblr, which was the first thing that made me pause. Second thing was that they exclusively publish authors aged 13 - 22 which ouch, not that intentions are necessarily bad but potential for exploiting the young and hopeful much? The beginning of its post, 'The publishing industry can look impenetrable to a young writer, but with VerbalEyze it doesn’t have to be,' was also close enough to make me frown to the old 'unpublished authors are DOOMED but not with us!' spiel that vanities and author mills love. It's already definitively off my list due to a quick look their books revealing very poor sales (also mostly poetry and anthologies despite their call saying they also take novels and other assorted forms, hmmmm). But, I'm curious to ask still what other people here may think of this?
The Verbaleyze facebook says it was founded 2006 as an not-for-profit organisation to supply resources to young writers, with the press side a more recent addition by the looks of it (earliest book seems to be from May 2013). That's new to me, a publisher as a not-for-profit organisation (which conveniently guarantees that, since it can require next to no initial investment to e-publish a book nowadays, they have little to none motivation to sell your book, yay). There's also just the main concept of exclusively publishing young authors--I mean there's certainly under 22 year olds with publishable manuscripts, even maybe some 13 year old prodigies, but would it be enough to build an entire press on?
So, what do you guys think? A well intentioned but unfortunately unfeasible venture? A mill preying on the young ones (ugh, and I tell you I would have totally fallen for it at the age of 16 or god forbid, 13, before I found this forum and its ilk)? Or just another micropress without the means to actually promotes its books?