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I believe they are a digital first publisher and digital first publishers tend to do everything via email. I wouldn't bother trying to snail mail them anything.

I received the notice of acceptance on 25 May and she requested the hard copy be sent her by 01 June-- and I overnighted it to arrive the Friday before the deadline. Unless a formal electronic signing app is used, it seems they would still need a signed hard copy of the contract for legal reasons and records. A scan attached to an email doesn't always suffice.

And the are doing physical bound copies of the anthology-- the contract said I get 2 bound copies and 5 electronic ones.

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My digital first publisher puts all books over 50 thousand words into print also. That's what digital first means, digital, before print. I signed the contract on my novel electronically. It's not difficult. Are you saying that Omnerific doesn't have a facility for you to sign digitally? If you're still having problems you might want to email them and ask them how/if you can sign digitally.
 
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Are you saying that Omnerific doesn't have a facility for you to sign digitally? If you're still having problems you might want to email them and ask them how/if you can sign digitally.

Exactly-- typically when filling out an online application for employment with a contracting agency, or credit application, etc, they use a sort of plug-in or app that captures your info and authorizes your input as an electronic signature.

Dr Harper requested that I attach the scanned copy of the contract to an email reply and forward the hard copy to the LA address within a week's time. She acknowledged receipt of the scanned copy and the hardcopy's tracking number, but over this past weekend the hardcopy came back to me "return to sender-- not at this address". It smelled funny, and that's what lead me to this thread. I was trying to do some research prior to getting back to them.

Of a bigger concern, was that I was told by her I can't include the story I wrote in my own on-demand [maybe electronic] release of a collection I am putting together.

The people I've dealt with-- E Harper, the editor, and the promoter-- have been nice enough, and nothing really strange have been requested, but...
 

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I know a few publishers still prefer a hard copy signature; I don't know if there's any legal reasons to prefer it, or whether it's just to cover their backs. So, in itself, not suspicious. The envelope coming back undelivered is a bit weird, but it's got a lot of hands to pass through and maybe some are better at reading handwriting than others? Since it did come back, I'd definitely enquire about a digital signature, or an alternate address at least.

Are you talking about including the same story in your self-published collection? Because I completely understand why that's a no from them, since you've almost certainly signed an agreement to let hem publish it exclusively, at least for a certain amount of time.
 

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I would be very annoyed if a publisher insisted on a hard copy signature as I live in New Zealand so it would be a huge pain. I've never had that problem with anyone I've written for. The Gallery Books thing sounds pretty cool though.
 
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I was thinking of submitting to this publishing press - has anyone had any experience in the past year? :)
 

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Quick question about one of their FAQs answers:


"Because of the significant investment of resources that we make in producing our exceptionally high-quality books (see our rigorous editing process described below), we retain all rights."


Does this mean they have the rights to the books they publish forever, and not the standard 3 - 6 years I've been seeing in other publishers' websites? Is that...normal?
 

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My guess would be that they keep all distribution rights when they contract a book--foreign language, film/TV/media, etc.--rather than just print and e-book rights. But that language seems unclear, and I'd definitely clarify before signing with them.
 

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My guess would be that they keep all distribution rights when they contract a book--foreign language, film/TV/media, etc.--rather than just print and e-book rights. But that language seems unclear, and I'd definitely clarify before signing with them.


I sent a Tweet asking which email (they have multiple, but none for general info) to send a question about their publishing FAQ. Will update what they send me as a response to that rights part as soon as I get a reply! :)
 

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I sent a Tweet asking which email (they have multiple, but none for general info) to send a question about their publishing FAQ. Will update what they send me as a response to that rights part as soon as I get a reply! :)

Did you ever get a response to that Tweet? I'm not sure what's going on with this publisher. They put out a call for submissions at their Facebook page in early May, but since then have only posted twice on the FB page - about February releases. Their Tweets are mostly about older releases - and there's one saying "check out our new YouTube videos" when the most recent video was posted 2 years ago. Their staff page makes it look like they're operating with a skeleton crew: http://omnificpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=1&chapter=2. I'd be wary.
 

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