In doing some research on an author, I stumbled across this publisher. http://press.chevaliereditions.com/
A number of things jumped out at me that were quite unnerving.
Taken from their Submissions page:
Okay, it's possible that I don't have enough blood in my coffee system, but what does this mean that they're not interested in funding from standard sources? Do they mean bookstore sales? The reason I ask is because I have no clue what they mean and because of this:Although Chevalier Editions is a Canadian imprint, we have no interest in funding from standard sources, and so, are willing to consider works (in English or French) from authors worldwide, rather than just Canada.
WTF? I'm curious as to how "reader enlightenment" can be accomplished without sales.As a small, independent press, with printing and fulfillment executed via POD, we are more concerned with reader enlightenment than huge sales. Please keep this in mind when querying.
A click on a title for purchase takes you to Lulu.com. There are no ISBN numbers, so that prevents any of their authors from bookstore signings. And forget about being warehoused by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, etc.
The reason this burns my britches so much is that the author querying me was under the notion that Book 1 of his series would launch a thousand ships, and that I should leap on the bandwagon now for his Book 2. Telling this person the realities about his possibilities hurt like hell. I'm not saying that Chevalier Editions doesn't have their heart in the right place, but they show no viable method of how they make any money. Without a discernable income, they're doomed, and they'll end up taking their authors with them. This just pisses me off. I guess I need more coffee.