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Thread: Sendak Chidren's Publishing House

  1. #1
    Reece10
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    Sendak Chidren's Publishing House

    Hi Everyone,

    There's a post from Sendak Children's Publishing House, Inc who want 2-3 more titles this year in the category of children's books.

    The thing is I've search over the Internet to find their homepage, but only come up with Maurice Sendak.

    Has anyone heard of this pulishing house? The email address ends in hotmail.com??? :shrug

    Reece
    PS: I am waiting for a reply from the editor

  2. #2
    toto1958
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    Re: Sendak Publishing?

    Maybe we should let cmp know of this.

  3. #3
    mammamaia
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    Re: Sendak Publishing?

    who's/what's 'cmp' toto?

    anything purporting to be a business and with only a hotmail address smells like kimchee to me...

  4. #4
    Stephanie
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    Re: Sendak Publishing?

    I saw that too, Reece. I'll be interested to hear what you find out.

  5. #5
    Reece10
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    Re: Sendak Publishing?

    Hi Everyone,

    I got a response.

    I'm copying who they say they are here:

    "Sendak Publishing is the newest division of West Asia Distribution, LLC.

    This new division will be distributing only children's titles to North America, United Kingdom and Australia. The changing face of publishing has forced us to create this new division which will be able to react quickly to new market demands and get titles into stores and distributorships before
    our competitors.

    Unfortunately, we do not have a website as of yet and likely will not until we have a sufficient number of titles to promote."

    Hmmmm?? What do you make of this??

    I did a check for "West Asia Distribution, LLC" and cannot locate it. I went to www.streetmap.co.uk and cannot locate the C/O address that's situated in Westminister, London.

    Something sounds questionable :huh


    Reece

  6. #6
    Reece10
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    Sendak Publishing?

    Hi,

    Has anyone heard of Sendak Publishing House which is presumably the newest division of West Asia Distribution, LLC. located in Westminister, London?

    Thanks

    Reece

  7. #7
    Stephanie
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    Re: Sendak Publishing?

    I don't know what kimchee is, but I think something's not quite kosher here...

    Perhaps you'd invite them to post a statement here, Reece - see if they could satisfy the pros on board.

  8. #8
    Kathi430
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    sendak

    I subbed to them via that link and got back a strange letter. I will post it below.

    Dear Ms. Wallace,

    Your book about Victoria and the monsters has generated some interest here.
    The other stories you submitted need more work or don't fit our needs. We
    would like to see the Victoria book illustrated before we consider it
    further. Typically, art directors pair up authors with illustrators that
    they think are best suited for each book. The reason for this is because
    authors often hire illustrators who don't know the industry well enough to
    produce marketable illustrations. The old adage, 'you get what you pay for'
    usually guarantees good illustrations but not always. The editors at Sendak
    have compiled a list illustrators who are reasonably priced. These
    illustrators have been pre-approved for publishing by us. In your case we
    don't need the whole book illustrated but 4 or more illustrations would be
    best. If we decide to go forward, we will contract the remaining
    illustrations with your illustrator. We DO NOT reimburse you for
    illustrations done before formal acceptance unless you have had the entire
    book illustrated in which case we would purchase the completed book from
    you. There is no magic formula. Do what you feel most comfortable with.
    I think that covers most everything. Here is pre-approved list of
    illustrators for your book:

    Alison Relyea www.alisonrelyea.com/newcontact.php
    Jerry Seltzer www.gunchello.com/freelance.htm
    Cyd Moore www.cydmoore.com/art.html
    Rebecca Elliot www.rebeccaelliott.com/contact.html

    I want to reiterate that although these illustrators have been pre-approved,
    we may, at our discretion, use a different illustrator or ask that some
    illustrations be redone. This would of course be at our expense. Also,
    although we are interested in your book does not mean that we will publish
    it. It only means that we are strongly considering it. We may also decide to
    publish it in the following year rather than the year in which it is
    accepted. These are all things to keep in mind.
    By the way, Illustrations will take a few months. Donít rush your
    illustrator. From personal experience they donít do their best work when
    rushed.
    Sincerely,
    Linn Thatcher
    Asst. Editor

  9. #9
    Yeshanu
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    Re: sendak

    I don't really know all that much about the publishing industry, but recapping what we know about this "company" seems to point me in an obvious direction.

    1) They have chosen as a name the name of a well-known children's writer who has no apparent link to the company.

    2) They are supposedly a division of an unknown company with an untracable address.

    3) They want you to pay out something to someone before they will consider publishing your book.

    4) They are very emphatic about exactly who should be illustrating your book. They tell you to go easy on the illustrators. They don't promise that your book will be published after you pay out all that money to the illustrator...

    Does one plus two plus three plus four perhaps equal a scam by a group of "illustrators"? Just asking...

    Ruth

  10. #10
    Stephanie
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    Re: sendak

    I agree. I'd skip this one.

  11. #11
    Betty W01
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    Re: sendak

    Read this forsome other ideas...
    www.absolutewrite.com/specialty_writing/submitting.htm

    Authors don't choose their own illustrators, often not even "big name" authors. They rarely meet or even exchange letters or e-mail, unless they collaborate like Bruce Degen and Joanna Cole (who even moved their families so they could live near each other!) And they certainly don't pay them when they're working with a publishing house - the house does that as part of the publishing package. This smells "scam" to me, big time.

    And if it were me...

  12. #12
    Stephanie
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    Re: sendak

    Over at Writers Weekly, the "approved" illustrators are chiming in to this discussion.

    Take a look.

  13. #13
    Yeshanu
    Guest

    Writers Weekly Link

    Stephanie,

    Why does the link you gave lead to microsoft.com? Is it a mistake, or did microsoft hijack my computer?

    Ruth

  14. #14
    Stephanie
    Guest

    Re: Writers Weekly Link

    Works for me, Ruth - I went into the post and checked it (it's a long URL)

    : bang
    Last edited by CaoPaux; 01-28-2010 at 09:59 PM. Reason: breaking wonky smilie link

  15. #15
    Yeshanu
    Guest

    Re: Writers Weekly Link

    Stephanie,

    It's working for me now, too.

    We have a theory around our house: Microsoft is .

    : bang : bang : bang : bang : bang

    Take that!

    Ruth

    (Sorry about the violence, maia, but once in a while I just have to let it out...)
    Last edited by CaoPaux; 01-28-2010 at 09:59 PM. Reason: breaking wonky smilie link

  16. #16
    cluelessspicycinnamon
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    Re: Writers Weekly Link

    Interesting, very interesting. Now I can't tell whether it's a complete scam, because the illustrators seem honestly perplexed, or if it's just a bunch of crazy people who have no idea what publishing houses really do. Weird.

  17. #17
    Betty W01
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    Re: Writers Weekly Link

    I'm gonna put a copy of this over in BC, for the edification of other confused souls.

  18. #18
    HapiSofi
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    Re: sendak

    By their nature, publishing houses can't be invisible, yet this one is: no books, no address, no mentions anywhere. It's even more impossible for distributors to thus be invisible. An invisible publishing house which is a division of an invisible distributor, and which uses a Hotmail address, has to be assumed to be a conjured phantasm, possessing no more reality than those diverse fortunes Nigerian scam letters want you to help them liberate.

    Run away. Fast.

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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    The only Google hits for "Sendak Publishing" are to this thread. There's one additional hit for West Asia Distribution, LLC, and that's a copy of an ad under Telecommuting Jobs for Writers: http://www.electricpenguin.com/ohi/j...es/002159.html

    Their real existence ... remains to be proved.

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