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James D. Macdonald said:That's all you need to know.
It's a vanity press. Move along.
Ray's Dog said:That's what I figured. Now if we can just convince her that this is NOT a good deal. She's such a good soul. I hate to see her get taken.
Thanks for your help.
Definitely. If her book is good enough, she can surely find a commercial publisher who will pay her, then she really will be published. No stigma attached.Bleak House Books said:Stop her. Even if her feelings get hurt, it's better now, then later when $10,000 is gone, too.
Bleak House Books said:For $10,000 she could pay a designer, get her own ISBN, print the books, and still have enough money to take a European vacation. It's not only bad, because of what Jim says, "money should flow towards the author." But it's bad because it's overpriced. It's almost like the "publisher" said, "Hell, if we're goin to scam people, we might as well go full out with it."
Stop her. Even if her feelings get hurt, it's better now, then later when $10,000 is gone, too.
underthecity said:Definitely. If her book is good enough, she can surely find a commercial publisher who will pay her, then she really will be published. No stigma attached.
aka eraser said:Point her to this thread for starters. Would she be excited if a company "hired" her and she had to pay them $10,000 for the privilege?
Ray's Dog said:This is a first novel and I think she has given up too soon with the reputable houses and agents. Like Uncle Jim says: "Send it out until hell won't have it." I don't think Lucifer has read it yet. She's a very good writer. She just hasn't found the right 'fit' yet.
Thanks, undercity. I feel sick about the whole thing. I want the best for her.
roach said:Miss Snark, a literary agent says you must collect 100 rejections. At that point you look back at your book and at the feedback you've collected and see where you need to improve the book. This is along the same line as Uncle Jim's advice, but with a concrete number for those writers who feel better about such things.
You also might want to ask your friend to go into the neighborhood big bookstore and look for books published by VMI. My guess is that she won't find any on the shelf. If the company can't/won't get their books on the shelf then readers won't get to read them. Ask her which she'd rather have, to be "published" or to be read. That just might help put things in perspective.