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Annwyn
02-28-2007, 08:39 AM
I've just ran across them. They are apparently a new company. They sound interesting. I don't know though...Any word on whether they are legit? They are apparently up and coming...hmm...

roach
02-28-2007, 08:40 AM
Do you have a url for them? How did you come across them?

Annwyn
02-28-2007, 08:45 AM
http://www.calderwoodbooks.com/

Came across them from Agent Sam's blog - seems legit, I'm not sure...they're kinda new and have nothing much - they do have a list of authors, but I dont recognize them but I only skimmed it ( I should since I work in a book store and I'm familiar with quite a few names - even those I don't read )

James D. Macdonald
02-28-2007, 08:48 AM
This place?

http://www.calderwoodbooks.com/

An e-publisher that, to date, doesn't seem to have actually published any books.


Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.


Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 1711

James D. Macdonald
02-28-2007, 08:49 AM
Who's "Agent Sam"?

roach
02-28-2007, 08:55 AM
They're an e-book publisher and they don't look to have anything out yet. I don't see a list of authors on their site, only four pictures (one of which has a caption).

This: "We have no limits on the number of publications per year, except those placed by our human strength." is a bit worrying. Unless they have an unlimited amount of money for editing, cover art, ISBNs, paying for formatting, etc. there will be a limit. Unless they aren't paying for any of that.

I'd wait to see if they can put out any titles and get distribution beyond their own site.

James D. Macdonald
02-28-2007, 09:10 AM
I don't see a list of authors on their site, only four pictures (one of which has a caption).

The one with a caption has a name, and the name is the same as the name of the person who registered the site (in February '07).

Annwyn
02-28-2007, 09:12 AM
Sounds dodgy - I'll hang back and wait, edit my book and try to capture that fleeting virtue - patience :)

zizban
02-28-2007, 08:38 PM
If you want to go purely e-pub go with Chippewa Publishing:

www.chippewapublishing.com

They have an extensive catalog, record of sales and a professional staff.

Note: I am a Chippewa author so I speak from experience.

Joy Calderwood
03-20-2007, 05:25 PM
I am starting Calderwood Books because I have learned while editing that there are many good writers who, for one reason or another, are having trouble breaking into mainstream publishing. Readers should have access to them.

We are being careful about the books we choose. We want to attract mainstream readers to e-books, not drive them away. We are choosing books that readers will enjoy and want more of.

JohnB1988
03-20-2007, 05:31 PM
Quick question Joy your site says 50K words. Ah, bit low that for a full adult novel. Are you seeking only YA, or is that the minimum?

veinglory
03-20-2007, 05:58 PM
If you are looking at off-mainstream (i.e. epublishing) look at the full range. There are now literally thousands of epublishers and only a minority of them with put you in the hands of a substantial number of readers. Moving the search down to small and alt format doesn't really change the need to research a companies capacity, skills and experience.

Joy Calderwood
03-20-2007, 06:01 PM
Quick question Joy your site says 50K words. Ah, bit low that for a full adult novel. Are you seeking only YA, or is that the minimum?
There are few genres we won't take, John. They are listed on the submission page. Our actual size range is ... well, I'll look at anything. We just accepted a novella, and I offered for a 230,000 word ms.

jennifermacaire
03-20-2007, 06:23 PM
I'm Jennifer Macaire, and I'm the webmistress and cover artist for Calderwood books. I also write for other publishers, and I can answer this question.

50k is standard for e-books - at Ellora's Cave and Loose Id, among others, that's considered novel length. E-books are often slightly shorter than paperback books. Ellora's Cave requires a book be at least 50k in order to be made into a paperback. According to their website, 70k and up is a plus sized novel, and below 35k, it's a novella or short story.
For 'real book' publishers, 80k is the required length for a novel, and 60k is considered normal for YA books (from Medallion Press book length requirements.)

According to their guidelines, Calderwood has no preferred novel length.


:-)

roach
03-20-2007, 06:54 PM
Hello Joy and Jennifer. Welcome to AW.

I have a question about distribution. Are you signing up with e-book distributors like Fictionwise, EbookAd, etc.? Or will your titles be distributed solely through your website?

Thanks.

veinglory
03-20-2007, 07:00 PM
I wouldn't think of that length as standard, per se. Epublishers can release any length and 30-50 is pretty common in erotic romance, other genres run the full range, really. When I am not buying an erotic genre or short-form like a novella I tend to find my ebook novel length purchases (fantasy, saga ect) about the same as a paperback in length.

jennifermacaire
03-20-2007, 07:15 PM
Hi Roach -
I've approached Fictionwise about distribution through their site, and will contact Amazon as well.

veinglory
03-20-2007, 07:17 PM
Amazon requires mobi-pocket format these days (mutter mutter)

For romance genre allromanceebooks.com are a good option and don't require any special formatting.

jennifermacaire
03-20-2007, 07:35 PM
Thank you Veinglory!

JohnB1988
03-20-2007, 08:36 PM
:hooray: Joy, thanks for the update.
A publisher, e-book or not, that looks at mixed-genre stories and doesn’t focus on plumbing connections in romance is both refreshing and gives all us quirky writers hope!
I wish you every success—and if I ever get this last edit finished...;)

Joy Calderwood
03-21-2007, 05:35 AM
Consider yourself welcome, John. :) And thanks for the good wishes.

Lisamer
10-19-2007, 10:55 PM
My book is currently in the editing process with Calderwood. However, today I received an email that was sent out to all authors. While the site has only been up for one month, authors are already receiving royalty checks.

Prior to submitting to Calderwood, I had a number of requests for a full manuscript. I came close, but not quite. It was Joy Calderwood who told me its one fundamental flaw. She advised me about how to change it, then accepted it for publication. If you google "Joy Calderwood," you will see that she has a good deal of experience in reviewing books. Her insight regarding what makes a good book is invaluable.

Chicken Warrior
10-19-2007, 11:07 PM
Thanks for the info. I have a short full with Calderwood...here's hoping. :)

silverjoy
10-24-2007, 08:55 AM
what exactly is e books? Does that mean they are only read on the computer internet or are they actually made into real books? I'm curious how it all works that way? Can you expain to me Joy caldwood? Or anyone else who knows about this area please?

silverjoy
10-24-2007, 08:56 AM
I'm sorry I misspelled your name Joy Calderwood. Please write back ok

Chicken Warrior
10-24-2007, 09:32 AM
Go to epicauthors.com or browse the forums for info on ebooks. In the case of Calderwood, they're mostly PDF files, which can be viewed on computers and select PDAs.

Joy Calderwood
12-13-2007, 06:36 PM
25% of the launch books at Calderwood Books are 2008 EPPIE finalists.

The EPPIE finalist list was just announced. (For those who don't know, the EPPIE is the top American award for ebooks.) We opened with 12 books only two weeks before the entry deadline.

On this EPPIE list is
THE FALLING DOWN MAN, James Lally, mystery
NORTH STAR, Pier Giorgio Pacifici, fantasy
ATTACK OF THE KILLER PROM DRESSES, Donna McClaire, teen

allenparker
12-13-2007, 07:34 PM
Congratulations, Joy. Hope thing go well...

awp

Roger Payne
12-21-2008, 10:05 AM
I don't know about anyone else but I submitted a rather risque book to Joy Claderwood, full of language that was appropriate for the book, but not necessarily the type that most e-book publishers take on. She not only offered me the opportunity that any writer craves, she guided me on ways of improving the content and in the process made me a better writer. She is now publishing the book within the next few months. I would highly recommend Calderwood Books to anyone.

Stacia Kane
12-21-2008, 03:56 PM
I don't know about anyone else but I submitted a rather risque book to Joy Claderwood, full of language that was appropriate for the book, but not necessarily the type that most e-book publishers take on. She not only offered me the opportunity that any writer craves, she guided me on ways of improving the content and in the process made me a better writer. She is now publishing the book within the next few months. I would highly recommend Calderwood Books to anyone.


I'm sorry, but exactly what language is "not the type that most e-book publishers take on"? The majority of ebook publishers--at least successful ones--tend to be erotic romance publishers, and they are definitely full of graphic language. So I'm really curious what it is you think most ebook publishers won't tolerate.

xXFireSpiritXx
05-26-2009, 07:49 PM
Any more news on these guys? There website is hard to navigate and I am considering submitting my YA sci/fi novel to them.

CaoPaux
06-01-2009, 07:47 PM
They're closed to subs until fall. What info were you trying to find?

CaoPaux
11-10-2013, 12:18 AM
I'm not finding anything published this year. Anyone have recent contact with them?