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Jamiekswriter
03-02-2012, 12:08 AM
Has anyone had any experience with these guys? They're an epub.

http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/

The website looks nice. I like the covers. They seem to have a quick turn around time for submissions.

The only buzz I've heard about them is Chris Keesler, formerly of Dorchester, is working for them -- but I don't know enough about him/her to know if that's a bad thing or a good thing.

Anyone?

Cassie Knight
03-02-2012, 12:19 AM
Hi!

I've had interactions with them and will have an interview up with them in a few weeks. So far, my interactions with them have been pleasant and enthusiastic. I also received an email from them about Chris Kessler. I think that's quite a coup. My personal opinion, of course. If I hadn't just sold a story to Champagne Book Group, I would submit to them (all the normal warnings aside to give them two years).

ETA: Sorry, I should have posted the blog. It's not up yet but I can come back her and let you know when it is: http://www.SeeJanePublish.wordpress.com

I thought the website looked nice.

Again, all surface stuff. I'm sure others will deal with the business stuff. :-D

Cassie Knight
03-02-2012, 12:22 AM
The only buzz I've heard about them is Chris Keesler, formerly of Dorchester, is working for them -- but I don't know enough about him/her to know if that's a bad thing or a good thing.

Anyone?

Sorry, I just saw you asked about Chris being a good or bad thing. In my opinion, very good. He used to work for Dorchester but I don't think that should be counted against him (unless others know more that I certainly don't). He's a strong proponent of romance, has been a dedicated final judge for contests and quite a nice guy. I would have LOVED to have him as my editor.

Jamiekswriter
03-02-2012, 01:04 AM
Thanks Cassie. I just heard from one of my RWA friends that "Chris hung in there when everyone else left Dorchester. And I don't think he had anything to do with the business decisions that hurt them."

eternalised
03-02-2012, 01:27 AM
I love their website. Looks very professional, in my opinion. Their books covers look very professional as well.

One thing I'm currently a bit worried about when looking at their website is that there's no mention of their staff anywhere (by the way, if I'm missing the link to their staff page or something, let me know). On the About Us page there's some random info, but nothing on who exactly works for them. Since they seem to be new, it's possible that they just haven't uploaded the info yet, so I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.

But if I were submitting to them, I would wait until I was sure who was working for them, and what their experience is.

BarbaraSheridan
03-02-2012, 05:44 AM
Just heard about these guys and that Chris K. had joined them. That makes me think they me be a start up to watch, but I wish their About Us page actually gave background on whoever is running the show.

Cassie Knight
03-21-2012, 10:55 PM
Hi!

I'm past time in posting this; however, I have an interview on Boroughs Publishing at www.SeeJanePublish.wordpress.com (http://www.SeeJanePublish.wordpress.com)

This is a good chance to learn a bit more about them.

And while you are there, you might want to check out other interviews on other publishing houses such as Crimson Romance, Musa Publishing, Lyrical Press, Soul Mate Publishing and more. I have Champagne Book Group, eTreasures and more coming.

Hope the interview helps. I know when I have another book ready, I'm going to submit to Chris. I'd love to work with him as my editor and Boroughs looks great (yes, new, I know all the warnings).

Best,

BarbaraSheridan
03-22-2012, 12:01 AM
Thanks for the link & interview, Cassie.

One question you may know the answer to. Is Chris the owner of the company or just the head of editorial? The mentions him being "at the helm" but I wasn't sure if it was overall or with regard to content & acquisitions.

Cassie Knight
03-22-2012, 01:20 AM
He's their Editor-in-Chief and responsible for all editorial content. That's what they meant when they said he's at the helm.

(I know this 'cause they emailed me. :-D)

Hope that helps.

BarbaraSheridan
03-22-2012, 04:55 AM
He's their Editor-in-Chief and responsible for all editorial content. That's what they meant when they said he's at the helm.

(I know this 'cause they emailed me. :-D)

Hope that helps.

That helps a lot, thanks.

If you're in touch again could you ask that their "About Us" actually tell authors a bit on the "Us" behind the company? T
he fact that they've hired Chris says a lot, but I know of another start up some time back who also hired a former large house editor then ended up abruptly going out of business after many setbacks, delays and "computer crashes" over the course of a couple years.

BarbaraSheridan
05-18-2012, 05:14 PM
Just came across a video interview with Chris Keeslar (http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/video-interview-editor-chris-keeslar)about Boroughs. It's around 12 minutes in length.

K. Victoria Chase
05-20-2012, 06:05 PM
I submitted this morning through their Online Submission form. I'll keep you posted on the response time.

K. Victoria Chase
05-20-2012, 06:38 PM
I love their website. Looks very professional, in my opinion. Their books covers look very professional as well.

One thing I'm currently a bit worried about when looking at their website is that there's no mention of their staff anywhere (by the way, if I'm missing the link to their staff page or something, let me know). On the About Us page there's some random info, but nothing on who exactly works for them. Since they seem to be new, it's possible that they just haven't uploaded the info yet, so I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.

But if I were submitting to them, I would wait until I was sure who was working for them, and what their experience is.

Found this link which mentions another staff member. Not sure how up-to-date-but she's an attorney with experience in editing and publishing(as an author).

https://gust.com/c/boroughs_publishing_group

K. Victoria Chase
05-20-2012, 08:18 PM
More research! Marketing example: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/interview-kt-wells-author-of-nobodys/page-2/

Link to page 2 of an interview of one of their authors. She says Boroughs' literary publicist scheduled her a 6-week blog tour.

K. Victoria Chase
05-21-2012, 06:58 PM
24 hrs after using the online submission form, I received what looks to be a personal email (since my name was used in the body) stating they look forward to getting back to me soon.

Also, I read online that they are based in LA.

nkkingston
05-22-2012, 02:30 PM
24 hrs after using the online submission form, I received what looks to be a personal email (since my name was used in the body) stating they look forward to getting back to me soon.

I get a surprising amount of spam with my name in these days, so it's no longer an indicator, sadly.

K. Victoria Chase
05-22-2012, 03:53 PM
I get a surprising amount of spam with my name in these days, so it's no longer an indicator, sadly.

I guess I should clarify that the reply had my original submission form attached to it. You do have to watch out for spam, though. ;-)

Susiemax777
05-24-2012, 02:15 PM
Hi all
I'm new to the forum but I can tell you a little bit about Boroughs Publishing Group. Chris is the Editor in Chief, Jill Limber is an Acquiring Editor and also one of their authors and the other person in the management side of the business is a lady called Michelle Klayman, who is herself an author, editor and lawyer. Hope this helps

K. Victoria Chase
05-25-2012, 04:58 PM
Hi all
I'm new to the forum but I can tell you a little bit about Boroughs Publishing Group. Chris is the Editor in Chief, Jill Limber is an Acquiring Editor and also one of their authors and the other person in the management side of the business is a lady called Michelle Klayman, who is herself an author, editor and lawyer. Hope this helps

Thanks Susie! Have you had any experience subbing to this pub?

Silver-Midnight
05-26-2012, 05:39 AM
They do have a beautiful website. I think I'll keep an eye on them as well. They look very professional.

Pinguicha
05-26-2012, 04:55 PM
It's not just the website that looks good. Their covers are absolutely gorgeous!

K. Victoria Chase
05-31-2012, 04:35 PM
They had some trouble with their website submission form over the weekend and lost my manuscript. If anyone submits, you may want to do it via email.

sharla
06-19-2012, 05:09 PM
Our RWA WF chapter has been getting some spam email from them about setting up pitch sessions at RWA National. They should know better than to do unsolicited promo to an RWA list. Not cool.

Susiemax777
06-29-2012, 11:47 AM
Hi guys
I have experience with this publisher. I've got a contract with them recently for my 3 romance novels which will be due out towards end of year hopefully. I have to say both Chris and Jill have been absolutely wonderful. As a first time author they have guided me every step of the way and helped. So I might be a bit biased but I think it's the start of something good!

jamidavenport
07-15-2012, 09:27 PM
I have recently accepted an offer from them. I don't have the contract yet, but I'm very excited to be associated with this new publisher. I think they're very selective and heading in the right direction.

Willowwriter
07-15-2012, 10:51 PM
What's the wait time like? K Victoria, have you heard yet?

K. Victoria Chase
07-15-2012, 11:00 PM
Hey Willow! I pulled my submission a while back to accept an offer from Astraea.

jamidavenport
07-16-2012, 11:53 PM
I waited about 5-6 weeks.

K. Victoria Chase
07-17-2012, 12:26 AM
I have recently accepted an offer from them. I don't have the contract yet, but I'm very excited to be associated with this new publisher. I think they're very selective and heading in the right direction.

Congratulations!!!

Willowwriter
07-20-2012, 04:14 AM
Yes, congratulations!

Willowwriter
07-22-2012, 06:19 PM
Do you all get any confirmation that the submission was received? I subbed via their email address.

jamidavenport
07-30-2012, 03:10 AM
Willow, I got the confirmation several weeks later, and then the offer a week or two after that.

Willowwriter
10-01-2012, 09:55 PM
Anyone else subbed and waiting on a response also?

Chicker
10-06-2012, 08:30 AM
I subbed to them at the end of June. Then I nudged them after my 8 weeks were up, and they replied that they'd contact me soon...and validated that they received my submission, because I didn't receive an auto reply. I still haven't heard anything, so they must be taking a lot longer than their stated 8 weeks right now. Unless, I'm special. lol

Willowwriter
10-07-2012, 03:05 PM
I subbed to them at the end of June. Then I nudged them after my 8 weeks were up, and they replied that they'd contact me soon...and validated that they received my submission, because I didn't receive an auto reply. I still haven't heard anything, so they must be taking a lot longer than their stated 8 weeks right now. Unless, I'm special. lol

Hi, Chicker. I'm basically in the same boat. Good luck!

Willowwriter
10-25-2012, 06:20 PM
Chicker, did you ever hear?

Chicker
11-04-2012, 03:12 AM
Hi Willowwriter,

Nope, I haven't heard a word from them since my nudge 10 weeks ago. It's been over 18 weeks total wait time now, so I guess I'll assume they have no interest in it.

Willowwriter
01-01-2013, 02:20 AM
Anyone heard from them? I'm still waiting. Assuming it's a no at this point.

kelliewallace
01-02-2013, 06:30 AM
I submitted to them in early November. I queried them 2 weeks before Xmas and they replied saying I will most likely hear from them in a few weeks. Still waiting...

Willowwriter
02-13-2013, 04:27 AM
I never heard anything--so I'm marking this one as a no. Good luck to those waiting.

triceretops
02-13-2013, 04:45 AM
How about advances (token or otherwise)? No distribution since they're digital only, correct?

tri

kelliewallace
02-13-2013, 05:41 AM
I never heard back when they said they would. My book got picked up by someone else anyway.

AnaBlaze
02-11-2014, 05:39 AM
Any updates on working with Boroughs?

WriterInChains
08-10-2014, 08:06 AM
Any updates?
I like their web site and covers; their YA selection isn't huge, but maybe that would work in my favor? Unless they're just less interested in YA than in other genres...
TIA!

writerreader
09-13-2014, 01:54 PM
I published a book with them earlier this summer, and am about to sign for another. So far, everything has been good. Contract negotiations went smoothly last time, and editing went smoothly as well. Sales aren't bad. Hope that answers the question.

Filigree
04-07-2016, 08:22 AM
Anything new on them? They've got a rep at a local convention.

twasadark
04-27-2016, 06:22 AM
They offered to publish my novella but I turned them down because I didn't like their contract. Plus they took FOREVER to respond to emails which made me wonder how prompt they are with royalties.

veinglory
05-29-2018, 08:45 PM
Is Chris Keeslar still at Boroughs?
Edited: Per Linkedin, he is not.

JuliePgh
12-08-2018, 07:36 PM
Has anyone worked with Boroughs recently? How has your experience been?

Sarah M
03-27-2019, 03:07 AM
Hi. Has anyone published with them lately? If so, how is their marketing department? I ask because while their site says they will help market your book, they ask for a marketing plan when submitting? That has me hesitating.