It should be noted that Riptide Publishing is an invitation only press. It appears to be just a bunch of authors banding together to self-publish their own work. They will only publish works from people who have agents, have a huge following in the M/M genre (with thousands of sales and royalty statements to prove it), or are recommended by one of their friends already in the loop.
So, yeah... It appears to be more of a self-publishing co-op instead of an actual publisher. This might change in the future, but for now, the submissions info they have up on their site is pretty much moot.
What would make it not a co-op in my opinion would be that someone other than the author decides if the book is suitable with a real prospect of rejecting it, and provides editing and art etc in return for a share of the royalties. In which case it would be less like Alinar (a co-op) and more like Amber Quill (a by-invitation epub).
Just weighing in here quickly. I think it's great that you've been published through Riptide, Lori, and I hope things are going well, but I feel the need to point out that your book has been out less than a month. Even with the press paying monthly, you can't really speak to the royalties quite yet, because you haven't been published with them long enough to have the numbers. There's the basic breakdown of what you theoreticly make and such, but I'd love to see you come back and comment again once you've seen your first royalty statement and can share how they stack up to your other press experiences. Also, how have they been promoting you? Do they do a lot to help, or has it been like any other presses where they give you a little help but you're mostly on your own?
I believe Lori is talking about the royalty RATE being competitive, Kara.
I do understand what she meant by the royalty rate. What I meant was no matter how good the royalty rate is in the contract, what ends up mattering are the sales figures.
They are, according to an email I just received, closed to submissions. Their submissions page does not note this yet.
Is there any new information about this publisher? They've been around for some time now, and while their library seems small what they have seems high quality.
High quality, and from what I've heard, high standards. Good editing and royalties. (This is all second-hand, and hopefully someone who's actually published with them will weigh in.) They're currently invitation-only, other than a few open themed calls. From what I've been told, they have a great marketing department and work hard at getting their books/authors the visibility they need to keep the sales up, both individual titles/authors and the company as a whole.