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Do you know anything about Prometheus Books Publishing Company? They are at www.prometheusbooks.com

Are they a print on demand publisher?

Are they a large publishing house?

Do you know if they are reputable?

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The first sign they are NOT a vanity press is that the website is geared toward readers, not writers. Vanity press websites always target writers trying to publish.
 

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They're literally 3 blocks from my house, in one of those suburban business parks. They are quite reputable within their niche. I used to freelance copyedit for them, eons ago. They're geared more toward nonfic than fic. They're not large, but they're well-known. Good luck if you choose to sub to them!
 

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I don't think it's large overall compared to the usual big-name publishers, but Prometheus is large for the types of books it publishes (while it publishes a range of books, it's known for science-oriented titles, especially those skeptical of parapsychology and religion, and Prometheus did it before it was "cool"). and it has been around for decades. Its titles aren't THAT common in the big-box bookstores, but there are surely some there. I have several books published by Prometheus, as well as a couple of its catalogs from about ten years ago.

Prometheus is absolutely a legitimate, reputable (at least as far as this reader knows) "real" commercial publisher.

It's NOT a POD or vanity publisher/printer, or anything of that ilk.
 

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Great publisher, deals with super agents too.
 

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SF/F imprint Pyr accepting unagented submissions

I'm not sure if this forum is the right place to post this (I also posted in the Sci Fi/Fantasy forum), but for those SF/F writers who want to bypass the agent, this is for you (posted on GalleyCat today):

The science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr is now accepting unagented submissions in a few select subgenres: epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, and contemporary/urban fantasy. They will not be accepting unagented manuscripts in the genres of horror, science fiction, or slipstream, nor do they seek short story collections, anthologies, novellas or nonfiction.
Pyr is an imprint at Prometheus Books, and announced the news on their blog yesterday. According to the post, the imprint seeks manuscripts that are between 100,000 and 130,000-words. The site notes that they will not accept science fiction work that is less than 85,000-words, nor fantasy work under 95,000-words.
 

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Looks interesting, will have to do some background research as their guidelines do not tell about formating, pay, or anything else other than how to submitt to Renee...
 

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Their submissions email address keeps being kicked back with a "there is no such server" type error. Any good email address for submissions?
 

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Prometheus prefers submissions by mail, per their guidelines, but are you getting bounces from sending to [email protected]? If so, do you have any attachments? Because that address won't accept attachments.

Mr Sears said he was accepting email queries on his website and asked them to be sent to him at prometheusbooks.com. I think it a computer issue. I shall try again.
 

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Thanks for the information on Seventh Street Press. i have a msyteru I am looking to place.
 

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I just read that chief editor Lou Anders is leaving Pyr:

http://www.staffersbookreview.com/2014/09/the-future-of-pyr-reply-hazy-try-again.html

From what I understand, Anders was the chief face and driving engine behind Pyr. I'd definitely hesitate to submit there until things shake out.
I can confirm the author payment issues mentioned in the article and in the comments. A year behind, not good. I agree -- I recommend not submitting until we see what happens now that Lou Anders is gone and until their financial, er, backlog is fully resolved.
 

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Mark Pryor is published by them. MarkEsq here on AW. I don't know how they are to work with, but as a purchaser of Mark's books I can say that the production values are outstanding. I think there might be another thread specific to SSB in here somewhere.

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Anyone know the response times for Pyr? My agent sent my WWI fantasy novel to them in January, but we haven't heard since. I know publishers can take a while (and I got a reject from a different publisher yesterday [submitted at the same time as Pyr]) but I'm still wondering if they'll ever get back.
 

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Any thoughts on the effect to submissions? I submitted to Seventh St. and Don emailed back saying to expect a 6 month response.
 

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Pyr and Seventh Street have been sold to Start Media

I hope things work out. Pyr and Edge and Angry Robot are a nice addition to Ace/Roc, Daw, Del Rey, Baen, and Tor in the sf/f market.
 
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I hope things work out. Pyr and Edge and Angry Robot are a nice addition to Ace/Roc, Daw, Del Rey, Baen, and Tor in the sf/f market.

So far it's not looking great. Today my book is published, the first SSB book under Start's ownership, and either they don't know it's pub day or they don't care, because there's been not one tweet or mention on social media.
 

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