Windowpane, would you be willing to share all the emails you received from Pegasus with Writer Beware? Please contact me at [email protected]. Everything shared with us is held in confidence.
And this:Here is how its done. You take anything that is sent to you, send out a message that you are interested... hold on to the manuscript as if it were being read... send out a FORM LETTER as if it were read... and then... and only then offer a vanity press deal.
Seems like a nice little bait-n-switch routine going on there.
You kept your cool and didn't get emotional over an 'acceptance' that was really a sales pitch. I wish more authors did that.
mayqueen--there's no connection as far as I know, but this Pegasus has an associated fee-based service, Parnassus Press, and there is crossover, with books rejected by Pegasus being passed on to Parnassus and Pegasus authors encouraged to use Pegasus's "editorial services contractor".
Pegasus looks to me like one of the many, many less-than-professional small presses out there, many of which are unintentionally author-unfriendly simply because they don't know any better. As a fun exercise, count the red flags in this long justification of "the new traditional publisher."
Doc--I'm no longer a moderator here, so I can't port posts into new threads, but hopefully a mod will stop by soon and follow up on your suggestion.
So it seems there are at least three publishers with "Pegasus" in their names: Pegasus Elliott Mackenzie (UK vanity publisher), Pegasus Books (semi-vanity amateur press, at pegasusbooks.net), and Pegasus Books (reputable small press, at pegasusbooks.com). To confuse matters further, there are at least two bookstores called Pegasus Books.