New e-publisher. May I just say that this is the second time you've been fast and loose with your terminology. You have admitted elsewhere that you know very little about the publishing industry, so perhaps this would be a good time to open your eyes and silence your fingers.They're not in the Writer's Market for 2012, or on pred-ed.com.
Just by the website...it looks like a scam operation. I'm just saying...lol
I signed a contract to publish with them on November 1st, as the owner was previously a member of a writing group I was in and one of the editors (also a member) finaled in the Golden Heart.
The owner sent the contract and the cover art form immediately. The cover was gorgeous. She sent my MS to an editor who had great credentials and decided on a release date. I was in the process of writing a "free read" for potential readers as well.
Day before Thanksgiving, the owner sent an e-mail saying she'd decided to close the doors because of "unforeseen difficulties". You can safely scratch this one off your list as an e-publisher.
I'm going to go with she's probably not taking pitches at EPIC.
I somewhat envisioned this simply due to the website's presentation. My spidey senses went off...though it could just be a coincidence.
Or it could be the fact that the vast majority of startup epublishers fail, and a good chunk of them fail within the first six months or so.
I think they go hand in hand. Not being able to afford a certain quality website says there's a lack of funds in some aspect or area. Basic business logic. Just my $.02
I suppose there's always the possibility that they're rebuilding the site. But a message to that effect ought to have been posted.
It's a shame, though. I think things must have been going downhill for a while, and it's sort of tactless to offer a contract then shortly thereafter closing the doors.
The owner/president probably should have let on there was a chance of flopping.