Hi AW watchdogs
Would like some opinions on this publisher. They operate out of the UK, and
publish both books and a magazine. I heard about them via a group email sent by my department at university. I sent (the magazine) two short stories and received an email within 24 hours, accepting both.
I was suspicious. The stories were "just what we are looking for" etc, but publication date could not be determined as yet, due to being overwhelmed with material and so forth. I would be advised.
I was told that, at that point, I should please email my postal address, and a contributor copy and cheque would be posted to me (I live in Australia). What is interesting is that I have not been asked to sign any contract, and it seems like a fairly standard and above-board arrangement ...
What has made me a bit more suspicious is that I decided to reply to that email, expressing joy etc, and supplying my postal address in advance. And in addition to this I politely asked "what would the amount of cheque payment be" as I thought this a reasonable thing to ask, considering that it had already been decided, by them, to publish me.
I have not recieved a reply ... That was almost a month ago.
Hence my suspicion - at the mere mention of a monetary amount I am to receive, nothing happens.
Ok, perhaps I am wrong in being suspicious. They may be legit, and taking their time to get back to me (with a firm publication date etc), but they might be clueless, or scammers too, dropping communication the moment I ask a question about the amount I will be getting paid.
Considering the very quick response to my submission, and their immediate acceptance and enthusiasm, I find it a little odd that a short reply can't be provided to a simple question about a small amount of money.
Any advice ???