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dgkgoldberg
04-06-2004, 10:05 PM
Does anyone know anything about this press?

bentbrains
04-11-2004, 01:05 AM
It does sound familiar, but I cannot recall it. I checked my AOL search but nothing worth much came up. Good luck!
-Frank J. Middleton:jump

AnneMarble
04-15-2004, 09:18 AM
They're an e-publisher specializing in romance and in sensual/erotica romance (although not as well known as Ellora's Cave).

Their URL is AmberQuill (http://www.amberquill.com/)

According to their web site, they're closed to submissions until 2005. As far as I know, they are legit and don't charge a fee. I think some of their titles were once published by another company that folded, and there is a legal notice on the site involving that. AmberQuill Legal Notice (http://www.amberquill.com/piracy.html)

Roger J Carlson
07-15-2005, 04:32 PM
Their newest submission guidelines:

http://www.amberquill.com/submissions.html

MadScientistMatt
07-15-2005, 04:34 PM
Amber Quill has now branched out into selling paperbacks as well as E-books. They do seem a little pricey, though - I wonder if they use POD technology, even though they don't seem to be fee based. In fact, they still appear to be closed to unsolicited manuscripts, with a note that they'll consider a few querries.

inkkognito
05-30-2008, 07:39 AM
I found Amber Quill Press while searching smaller publishers of animal-related non-fiction. It doesn't look like they do a lot, although they have a dog care book. I have other, more specialized publishers in mind but my book is kind of niche-y (is that a word?) so I want to research every potential market. Amber Quill says it only accepts submissions by invitation and doesn't even accept queries. That's a new one for me! How does one even go about getting an invitation for their non-fiction categories? All the website talks about is how to get it for fiction via their contests.

triceretops
05-30-2008, 12:16 PM
Hmmm...this is a closed shop publisher. Invitation only, except for a Jan opening when they allow subs.

What does that mean? I've haven't seen this before except with some agents.

Was this a company started by a tight group of friends or a writing club that specifically published its members only? Sounds reasonable. Very strange.

Tri

para
06-18-2008, 08:34 PM
The only thing I've been able to find out about them is this old interview from 2002 (http://www.fictionforum.net/writers/toolbox/a-look-inside-publishing-with-amber-quill-press-166.html)

jennontheisland
06-18-2008, 08:40 PM
I think the invite only is a way to avoid the deluge of unsolicited manuscripts that most erotica/romance epubs have to deal with. I think it was to cut down on editorial costs, and to allow editors to work with writers, rather than read submissions.

Their annual Amber Heat Wave contest is a short story contest. Winners are notified, no feedback to others. Once you've got a short in, you can sub other lengths.

veinglory
06-18-2008, 09:00 PM
As mentioned, they solicit new authors via the contest. They are reasonably well known and in the area of erotic romance ebooks seem to have better than average sales although I wouldn't put them in the top 3.

jennontheisland
06-18-2008, 09:03 PM
As mentioned, they solicit new authors via the contest. They are reasonably well known and in the area of erotic romance ebooks seem to have better than average sales although I wouldn't put them in the top 3.


Out of curiosity, who would you put in the top 3?

veinglory
06-18-2008, 09:07 PM
Heh. You know what, I just checked my figures and I probably *would* put them in the top three. Ellora's Cave is clearly #1, Loose Id may be #2. I was thinking probably Samhain or Liquid Silver from there but my own data set contradicts me: http://www.erecsite.com/SALES.html by showing Amber Quill is coming in a clear #3.

jennontheisland
06-18-2008, 09:27 PM
Good to know, veinglory. Thanks!

smlgr8
06-18-2008, 09:40 PM
It is good to know since I am one of the winners of the contest 2008 and my book, The Squire, comes out this weekend.

They have been lovely to work with so far and I am contracted for three more stories going into 2009. So we will see how it goes!

WriterInChains
01-17-2013, 01:47 AM
Does anyone have any recent info? I'm thinking of submitting to their open call for M/M Erom.

I couldn't find anything about response time, which would be good to know for starters.

TIA!

smlgr8
01-17-2013, 02:44 AM
I write for them. They only recently opened to outside submissions as they used to be invitation only, so I am not sure anyone could really give you accurate response times. I've been writing for them since 2008. My experience has been good, but I will say that their best selling genre is M/M contemporary. I've written other genres for them that haven't done fabulously, but my contemporaries consistently do very well there. My best year there was (2010) when I had a series that sold very well, and my sales there are not quite up to that year the last few years but still good. Though I believe you will do better there if you already have somewhat of a following. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.

Oldbrasscat
01-23-2013, 05:15 PM
I subbed to their Howling at the Moon call on December 1 and the confirmation email said 8-12 weeks. One more week until I can start obsessively checking my email. Oh, who am I kidding? I'm doing it already!:D

WriterInChains
01-23-2013, 09:11 PM
Did your confirmation e-mail come right away, or was there a lag time? It's been a week & I haven't seen one, so now I'm wondering if they received my sub at all.
Thx!

WriterInChains
01-26-2013, 01:35 AM
Does anyone know whether their confirmation e-mails are auto-generated or manual? I can handle slushpile wait-times, but would like to be sure my e-mail got through (as much as that's possible :)).

TIA!

Oldbrasscat
01-30-2013, 02:23 AM
I'm assuming it's auto generated, because the message was 3-4 days if you have a question, 8-12 weeks if you submitted a manuscript. According to the website, they only have one submissions editor, so those time frames likely aren't too out of line. I'd bet they had a bunch send stuff in. I'm kind of wishing I'd tried Loose Id with it, now. They're much quicker.

WriterInChains
01-30-2013, 11:27 PM
Thanks for coming back to answer!

I pinged with a quick question just to be sure my e-mail got through and rec'd a very nice answer within a few hours that it had. Nothing about potential response time on the ms, just a friendly reply that my e-mail was in the queue.

WriterInChains
04-07-2013, 06:09 AM
FYI: my response came a few days before the 12 week mark -- a contract offer! I could end up with two releases from two different publishers in June. It's frickin' surreal . . .

Oldbrasscat
04-08-2013, 01:03 PM
They lost mine--I'm assuming it was an issue with the address they had created for that specific call. Not sure what I'll do if they do get back to me with an offer. I'm looking at other publishers--I don't feel like I really owe them exclusivity any more, since I'm at 17 weeks from the original submission date now.

HLWampler
01-13-2015, 06:18 AM
I just got an email from them...my manuscript is moving on to a managing editor! So excited and anxious!!

Undercover
01-13-2015, 05:13 PM
I just got an email from them...my manuscript is moving on to a managing editor! So excited and anxious!!

Congrats,HL! Good luck with it!!!

HLWampler
01-14-2015, 07:07 AM
Congrats,HL! Good luck with it!!!

Thank you! I'm already obsessively checking my email even though I know it's entirely too early for a response.

BJ Bourg
01-23-2015, 08:52 AM
Thank you! I'm already obsessively checking my email even though I know it's entirely too early for a response.

Good luck! Amber Quill Press (the genre imprint) just published my crime novel titled JAMES 516, and I'm very pleased.

I know how it feels to check the email obsessively, lol. This was my experience with them:

I received word on August 30, 2014 that it was being advanced to a managing editor. On September 24, 2014, I received a contract offer. So, my wait was about 25 days. The e-book was published on December 7, 2014 and the print version was available on January 6, 2015...one day after my birthday.

Best of luck to you!

VonAngel
04-16-2015, 09:22 PM
Just wondering if anyone has any recent news on these folks. Amber Quill didn't mention a timeline in my auto-response, but today marks month 3 that they've had my submission w/ no follow-up emails from them. Normally, I'd see no problem w/ a 3-month wait on a full response, but considering others on this thread have received updates or faster responses, I'm curious as to whether my MS was overlooked or they've simply flipped me the bird.

michael_b
04-17-2015, 10:54 PM
Just wondering if anyone has any recent news on these folks. Amber Quill didn't mention a timeline in my auto-response, but today marks month 3 that they've had my submission w/ no follow-up emails from them. Normally, I'd see no problem w/ a 3-month wait on a full response, but considering others on this thread have received updates or faster responses, I'm curious as to whether my MS was overlooked or they've simply flipped me the bird.

You might want to send them a query to make sure they received your submission. Sometimes the electronic gremlins eat a few emails now and then.

gingerwoman
04-18-2015, 02:11 AM
Good luck! Amber Quill Press (the genre imprint) just published my crime novel titled JAMES 516, and I'm very pleased.

I know how it feels to check the email obsessively, lol. This was my experience with them:

I received word on August 30, 2014 that it was being advanced to a managing editor. On September 24, 2014, I received a contract offer. So, my wait was about 25 days. The e-book was published on December 7, 2014 and the print version was available on January 6, 2015...one day after my birthday.

Best of luck to you!
Congrats BJ!

VonAngel
04-22-2015, 06:19 PM
You might want to send them a query to make sure they received your submission. Sometimes the electronic gremlins eat a few emails now and then.
Thanks! I ended up nudging them a couple of days ago, but no response yet.

BJ Bourg
05-04-2015, 07:45 AM
Congrats BJ!

Thank you so much!!!

BJ Bourg
12-11-2015, 08:42 AM
Now that I've just had my third novel released through Amber Quill Press, I want to add something about this publisher...they are attentive and very responsive to their authors. If I have a problem or a question I never have to wait longer than a day to receive a response. Almost every time I send them a message I receive an answer within the hour, sometimes within minutes. I swear it felt like Trace was just sitting by his computer last night waiting for my message when I was having an issue ordering author copies of my book. Not only did he respond within the hour, but the problem was already fixed when he responded. I couldn't have asked for better service after the contract. These folks are amazing!

thethinker42
01-02-2016, 11:32 PM
Amber Quill has announced that they are shutting down effective March 31, 2016. All rights will revert to authors by that date.

Filigree
01-02-2016, 11:44 PM
Hmm. I did not see that coming. Not a publisher I ever considered due to some negative reports a few years back. But I'm sad to see them going.

Oldbrasscat
01-03-2016, 12:06 AM
Wow! Any reasons why? I never heard the tiniest whiff of trouble.

thethinker42
01-03-2016, 12:12 AM
Wow! Any reasons why? I never heard the tiniest whiff of trouble.

From the e-mail that was sent to authors, it sounds like they were taking a beating in the changing marketplace, and decided to call it a day. Sales were down, and they were struggling to stay competitive. Doesn't sound like there was any major disaster or financial problems (aside from sales being down). They're basically bowing out.

Captcha
01-03-2016, 12:48 AM
Wow.

But no bankruptcy or anything? Authors should be able to get their rights back, as far as anyone's heard so far?

I'm sure it's still disappointing and scary, but a hell of a let better for a business to close down responsibly than to drag its authors down with it...

thethinker42
01-03-2016, 12:52 AM
They've explicitly stated that all rights will revert to authors on or before March 31st.

Filigree
01-03-2016, 04:28 AM
Bravo for them.

AnneMarble
01-08-2016, 03:44 PM
I am sad to see them go because they were one of the pioneers, and they had some great imprints. But I'm glad to see them closing the right way -- with reversion so to authors. IIRC they were the first ePub to be invitation-only, although I don't know if they kept that policy after their founding. I know it was controversial with some authors. IIRC they also had one of the first m/m imprints.

I also wish I could figure out how to access my old bookshelf on their site. :) Unfortunately, my e-mail to customer service bounced because of an authentication error. So I'm trying with another address.mSigh. :( I'll get my books eventually, and I wouldn't go to this trouble for all ePubs. ;)