red poppies in a field

Remember

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 72

Thread: Torquere Press

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    HConn
    Guest

    Torquere Press

    Keep it coming dot net has a site that lets writers sell their work in small, bi-weekly installments. The work covers a variety of genres and levels of quality.

    I haven't used it (and I don't plan to) but I know someone who has. He earned a tiny bit of money from it, had a handful of readers, and was forced to turn out his work on a regular basis to satisfy his "contract."

    He wasn't enthusiastic about it, but he admitted to enjoying it a bit.

    Anyway, have a look.

  2. #2
    Potato-eater. TamMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    90
    Hmm, this is an old thread but I'm going to try to revive it. Does anyone have any new info on this company? I'd like to know how professional and organized they are and if anyone has had a contract with them, I'd like to know how they feel about the terms.

  3. #3
    I heart Malamutes! :-) JerseyGirl1962's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Waaay West of NYC
    Posts
    861
    Quote Originally Posted by TSheehan View Post
    Hmm, this is an old thread but I'm going to try to revive it. Does anyone have any new info on this company? I'd like to know how professional and organized they are and if anyone has had a contract with them, I'd like to know how they feel about the terms.
    A fellow blogger of mine, Angie, has a contract with Torquere. (She's in the middle of some life issues, so I'd hold off on sending her any questions.)

    However, she does have some posts on her blog as to the publishing process (has 5 posts, to be exact), so I hope she doesn't mind if I post a link to one in particular:

    http://angiesdesk.blogspot.com/2007/09/edits.html#links

    It has to do with the editing process at Torquere. You might want to further check her blog for more info; it's a really good blog (she also guest blogs at Romancing the Blog, BTW).

    Hope you find what you're looking for!

    ~Nancy
    Screw the new blog, I've resurrected my old blog: Writerly Stuff.

    I twit, therefore I am?

    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison

    It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~Robert Benchley

  4. #4
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    23
    Torquere's reputation is taking some knocks at the moment.

    http://www.teddypig.com/2008/03/12/t...nity/#more-383

    http://mrsgiggles.braveblog.com/index.php (post titled MM author pseudonyms)

    http://karenscott.wordpress.com/2008...hat-he-thinks/

  5. #5
    Potato-eater. TamMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    90
    Hmm… thanks for the feedback guys. So far they've been good to deal with and I'll leave it at that till I see the contract.

  6. #6
    Potato-eater. TamMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    90

    So…

    SO, I'm dealing with Torquere press. They've been prompt, professional and pleasant to work with so far. The contract looked pretty good and Shawn was very open and honest when we negotiated the contract. So far, so good. More bulletins as events unfold. That is all.

  7. #7
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin emlynley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    43
    I've just submitted something to Torquere, and it's actually the first thing I've submitted anywhere. (and finally de-lurking for this, too). How long do they take before they acknowledge a submission? I know they say 4 weeks for a decision, but I haven't gotten any response saying they got it, even an automated one.

    UPDATE: I got two acknowledgements about 2 days after sub. One from the general sub dept and another from the editor himself saying it had been forwarded to him.
    Last edited by emlynley; 09-19-2008 at 11:01 PM. Reason: update information

  8. #8
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin emlynley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    43
    Another update.
    On Oct 6 I got an acceptance email for the story I'd submitted on Sept 17. I'm waiting for the contract in the mail now, though I've talked with a couple of other people who've worked with them and said they've had nothing to complain about from their own experiences. So, I'm pretty excited!
    http://www.emlynley.com
    Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells -- e-book from Ravenous & print just sold to Alyson Books
    A Heat.Seeking.Missile
    -- Available from Torquere



  9. #9
    volitare nequeo AW Moderator veinglory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    right here
    Posts
    27,836
    As a general point I suggest forming an impression from more that happy authors that approach you. There are watchdog and industry sites listing all the publishers in this area. Piers Anthony and Preditors and Editors being a place to start--also my site ERECsite.com
    Emily Veinglory

  10. #10
    Potato-eater. TamMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    90
    Emlynley, a belated congratulations! That's great!

    I've been working with the folks at their YA imprint, Prizm. They've taken three of my books now, and so far I've got nothing to complain about.

  11. #11
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,055
    Adding link for imprint Prizm Books: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zen/
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  12. #12
    practical experience, FTW shayla.mist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    433
    I see no one has written anything about Torquere/ Prizm in a long time. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I'm really interested in one of their current open calls, but since I'm a total newbie I wouldn't want to be eaten alive T_T opinions?

  13. #13
    figuring it all out ccbridges's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    77
    I've got a few short stories with Torquere, and I've responded to a few of their anthology calls. It's how I started out, actually. Did you have any specific questions I could try to answer?
    Available now:

    A Corgi Named Kilowatt
    Teddy Bear Christmas

    The prequel to Angel 1089 - Exodus from Dreamspinner Press

    http://www.ccbridges.net

  14. #14
    practical experience, FTW shayla.mist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    433
    Thanks for answering ccbridges! Congratulations on your many stories. I was just wondering who should I address my query to and if they're open to authors who live outside of US, if you have any idea about that. I'm especially worrying about that because I've never published anything and I'm thinking that coupled with me being a foreigner might be a drawback.
    Also, in general, what's your opinion on them? Let's say in comparison to other publishers. Did you get along well? Is the contract fair? Did they make you revise a lot? Stuff like that. ( You don't have to answer all :P )

  15. #15
    figuring it all out ccbridges's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    77
    Thanks, Andra I will attempt to answer your questions as best I can.

    I know there are a few international authors who write for Torquere, so I'd guess they don't have a problem with it The important thing is to present your best work. It doesn't matter your experience, or lack of it, as long as you polish your writing as much as you can.

    If you're sending a query for a specific anthology, you might want to check if there is an editor attached. I've usually gone with a generic "good morning" as a greeting if I'm sending something to the generic submissions email. It hits all the bases

    I'll sum up my general experience Yes, I was happy with them, but I knew going in they are a very small press. They are one of the few that publishes very short stories, which is why I subbed those to them. The contracts are usually short term for the "Sips" line - usually a year, and then the stories revert to me and I can do what I wish with them. The anthologies contract for a longer period of time.

    I hope this helps!
    Available now:

    A Corgi Named Kilowatt
    Teddy Bear Christmas

    The prequel to Angel 1089 - Exodus from Dreamspinner Press

    http://www.ccbridges.net

  16. #16
    practical experience, FTW shayla.mist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    433
    Thank you so much for your reply, CC. You were very helpful Best of luck in the future!

  17. #17
    So many ideas, never enough time. michael_b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Colorado, or Anime Tokyo, take your pick
    Posts
    701
    Is there anything new on this publisher? Good, bad or ugly?
    Michael Barnette
    Fiction with an Erotic Edge
    LiveJournal Twitter Facebook
    I do NaNoWriMo
    Worth More than Words available now from Dreamspinner Press
    In the Heart of Love-Coming Soon
    SOLD: Nikki's Dragon-short story anthology to Fireborn Publishing

  18. #18
    Hobbit Botherer Eriador117's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    146
    I haven't published with them, but I've read some of their books, which I enjoyed. I read a fantasy m/m trilogy, which had a couple of typos in the first book, but nothing I haven't seen before from some of the 'big' publishers.

    Love or duty - which would you choose?
    M/M Fantasy Romance
    The Chosen out now

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Chosen-ebook/dp/B004GHN4OW

  19. #19
    So many ideas, never enough time. michael_b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Colorado, or Anime Tokyo, take your pick
    Posts
    701
    Quote Originally Posted by Eriador117 View Post
    I haven't published with them, but I've read some of their books, which I enjoyed. I read a fantasy m/m trilogy, which had a couple of typos in the first book, but nothing I haven't seen before from some of the 'big' publishers.
    Frankly, as far as the big publishers and typos goes, I've seen some that have left me shaking my head. I couldn't tell if they were typos or if the editor simply didn't know the difference between 'laved' and 'lathed'. Either way that one sure as heck should have been caught.
    Michael Barnette
    Fiction with an Erotic Edge
    LiveJournal Twitter Facebook
    I do NaNoWriMo
    Worth More than Words available now from Dreamspinner Press
    In the Heart of Love-Coming Soon
    SOLD: Nikki's Dragon-short story anthology to Fireborn Publishing

  20. #20
    So many ideas, never enough time. michael_b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Colorado, or Anime Tokyo, take your pick
    Posts
    701
    Some Numbers:
    Submitted 10/21
    Contract Offered 10/28
    Contract Signed 10/29

    Story, cyberpunk m/m Beneath an Emerald Sky for their Birthstones theme call.
    Michael Barnette
    Fiction with an Erotic Edge
    LiveJournal Twitter Facebook
    I do NaNoWriMo
    Worth More than Words available now from Dreamspinner Press
    In the Heart of Love-Coming Soon
    SOLD: Nikki's Dragon-short story anthology to Fireborn Publishing

  21. #21
    Posting on AW instead of writing
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    under a rock
    Posts
    69
    Anybody have any experience with/thoughts on Torquere's YA imprint, Prizm (http://www.prizmbooks.com/)? A friend of mine is working on a gay YA book and looking at them as a possible place to submit.

  22. #22
    So many ideas, never enough time. michael_b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Colorado, or Anime Tokyo, take your pick
    Posts
    701
    Quote Originally Posted by LaylahHunter View Post
    Anybody have any experience with/thoughts on Torquere's YA imprint, Prizm (http://www.prizmbooks.com/)? A friend of mine is working on a gay YA book and looking at them as a possible place to submit.
    Since they're the same outfit as Torquere I'd guess anything posted here applies.
    Michael Barnette
    Fiction with an Erotic Edge
    LiveJournal Twitter Facebook
    I do NaNoWriMo
    Worth More than Words available now from Dreamspinner Press
    In the Heart of Love-Coming Soon
    SOLD: Nikki's Dragon-short story anthology to Fireborn Publishing

  23. #23
    Potato-eater. TamMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    90
    LaylahHunter: I was offered a contract with Prizm in October but I rejected it. There was a major issue with the contract - the rights I was selling were not the same as the rights I was going to be paid for. I could have negotiated with the editor, and she did offer to send a revised contract, but I felt too put off after that. YMMV.

  24. #24
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    17

    Info on Prizm???

    Quote Originally Posted by TamMac View Post
    LaylahHunter: I was offered a contract with Prizm in October but I rejected it. There was a major issue with the contract - the rights I was selling were not the same as the rights I was going to be paid for. I could have negotiated with the editor, and she did offer to send a revised contract, but I felt too put off after that. YMMV.
    TamMac,

    I've just been offered my first contract for my novel, and it comes via Prizm. Can you offer any specifics of why you were displeased with your contract? Since I read on the net last week that Prizm had gone through a relaunch in September, any other info on Prizm would be appreciated.

  25. #25
    So many ideas, never enough time. michael_b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Colorado, or Anime Tokyo, take your pick
    Posts
    701
    Some Numbers:
    Submitted 12/15--deadline for the theme call
    Contract Offered 12/17
    Contract Signed 12/18
    Michael Barnette
    Fiction with an Erotic Edge
    LiveJournal Twitter Facebook
    I do NaNoWriMo
    Worth More than Words available now from Dreamspinner Press
    In the Heart of Love-Coming Soon
    SOLD: Nikki's Dragon-short story anthology to Fireborn Publishing

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search