Does anyone know anything about this company? P&E just notes that it's a new publishing house specializing in spy and espionage thrillers. They have a few books, and their amazon price is reasonable, but I can't tell what kind of publisher they are.
It's possible they are a POD, but their two titles are returnable. I just checked with Ingram. There are only two titles on hand. In looking at their message board, the only two books that are published appear to be from the owner, Jack Allen. The first post on their board is dated Dec. 23, '04. Could be a new company. Red Press doesn't come up for me, either. They aren't members of PMA, which isn't a crime. But most of your publishers belong to PMA http://www.pma-online.org/memdrct.cfmCaoPaux said:Love the name. http://www.burpingfrog.com/
It seems to be an imprint of The Red Press, whose website didn’t come up for me. I did find this on their eBay (!) listing, though:
“The Red Press Publishing Company was established to bring to life stories and items of non-fiction that might not otherwise have a voice in the world of publishing.”
All in all, it has a whiff of POD. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing, but….
Thank you, Victoria. You said much more elequently what I attempted to impart. After all, PA is a proud member...victoriastrauss said:Many really stinky publishers are members of PMA. Not saying that PMA is bad--in fact, it's a great organization for its members--but membership is irrelevant to professionalism or legitimacy.
Just to be certain my eyes didn't betray me, I went back. Lo and behold PA is listed near the bottom: http://www.pma-online.org/scripts/showmemlist.cfm?letter=Pbook_maven said:I have been a book design judge for PMA's Benjamin Franklin Awards for five years now. And I was quite surprised to see Lola say that PA is a member. Just to be sure I checked PMA's membership roster before posting, and it does not show them.
I'm certain you did only receive the finest quality of books. This is the case because PA doesn't enter contests. It costs money to enter contensts and they'd rather keep it than spend it.The books I received for judging (primarily in the Arts and Coffee Table/Large Format categories) are usually of the highest quality. (In those years, I have judged about 150-170 books, and found that perhaps four were hopeless, a small number were only fair and most were good to superb.) A friend I recommended to them as another design judge this year was assigned to the Biolgraphy/Autobiograph/Memoir category, and the books she received were for the most part of good to excellent quality.
I do know that PMA has a large table at the BEA and other conventions. What, exactly, this accomplishes is unknown to me. I know they offer resources via their databases, but I don't know how integral they are to getting books into stores.book_maven said:Lola, you are absolutely right. I apologize. Somehow I missed that.
I think Victoria is right, that almost any publisher can join. Since it is an organization that helps them market their books to bookstores and bring them to the attention of reviewers, I am not sure how its membership benefits PA. It's probably more for show than anything else. (But show to whom, I'd ask if I could, since PMA is unknown to the general reading public--including PA authors.)
No further activity on main site, but plenty on their erotica page (NSFW): http://www.burpingfrog.com/bfpebooks/bfpebooks.html