I was at a literary conference earlier this month, and went to a workshop on children's books, which was led by a rep from Zoe Life Publishers. It was kind of strange. They said that they were co-publishers, which to me seemed like something between self publishing and traditional publishing.
The rep completely bashed traditional publishing routes and she completely bashed agents. She didn't just say to beware of them, as there are unscrupulous ones out there, she said that you should never ever work with an agent. What kind of publisher would say that? Does anyone else think that's a strange thing to say? In fact, she said that they are less likely to take an agented author, and when discussing agents said that an agent is supposed to write your proposal for you.
Has anyone here heard of them before or worked with them (or any other co-publisher)? I'm not interested in working with them, I'm just curious and if they need to be listed in the Bewares list, figured other writers should be aware of them.
Can I also add that the handout that was distributed at the workshop was not proofread...there were so many errors on it, that it questioned any faith that I might have had in them. These were errors that my DH, who is not involved in the writing/publishing/editing world (except by marriage...LOL), noticed right away, so they were pretty blatant.