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    Saguaro Books

    Anyone heard of this publisher?

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    Link, please?

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    Here ya go: Saguaro Books

    They're MG & YA only, POD, and are specifically interested in authors who have never published before (which immediately makes me anxious for rookie writers, especially since they won't consider those represented by agents).

    In addition, a fair amount of the marketing burden is to be shouldered by those same rookie authors:

    we provide authors with a marketing packet with suggestions and samples of press releases, sell sheets, bookmarks and other material you will need to develop your own marketing plan. Your book will be featured on multiple websites and blogs. We will assist you in starting a virtual book tour. Also, we will market your book at meetings and book sales.


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    Oh, boy. Those are some mighty pretty red flags waving around. ETA: For various reasons, I'm just leaving that pub alone to do its thing.
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    I checked three of the covers and two of them are basic stock photos from free stock sites. Yuck. I don't have time to check them all now but from a glance I'm betting more than a few of the others are as well.

    The blurbs on the site read like they haven't been edited and they're plot summaries, not jacket copy.

    Amazon numbers are suggesting a handful of sales at best. Haven't found a sales rank under a million yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by FAQ@
    Why first time authors only?
    First time authors have many hurdles to overcome on the road to publishing. We seek to help authors overcome at least some of these hurdles by considering their work. No agent is required.
    As has been pointed out, this is all kinds of problematic. It's an easy myth to fall into for publishers with no publishing experience. It feels like first-time authors could be an unexplored market. But that's the wrong way of thinking about it, because your market is readers, not authors. This suggests all kinds of problems with the business model at Saguaro and the rest of the FAQ back that up.

    Their staff are volunteer. They have no meaningful distribution to stores. The section on copyright makes me wonder if they understand which rights they're taking.

    And, as I dig deeper, I notice they publish the first chapter of each book on their website, which seems odd but alright. They're all in a long, single text page, which means finding the book I might be interested in sampling is tough. There is an editing mistake in the first sentence of the first example. There are many more things an editor should have fixed, as well. I'm also left with some questions about how Saguaro evaluates submissions.

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