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This publisher liked one of my #PitMad tweets earlier, and I wanted to do my research on them. Absolute Write doesn't have anything on them thus far, and there's a dearth of info, positive or negative, on them online. They have published authors, and a few books of theirs ranked well on Amazon, so I'm getting a 'no bad press is a good thing' vibe from them, but I wanted to check. Has anyone had dealings with this publisher?
 

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I also got a like from them and am wondering the same thing as you!
 

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I was just taking a closer look at their website, and they don't have a lot of the usual redflags people point out. The home page is geared towards readers. They say they offer a "modest" advance, which is more advance than a lot of small presses offer, they say they do marketing and online distribution stuff. However, they appear to only have been around for a year, and have very few books out. The people running it don't seem to have a ton of publishing experience, at least not that they mention in their bios. I'd love to hear what some of the more experienced people in this forum think.

I am leaning towards submitting since the pitch they liked is for a book that has gotten at least 80 or 90 agent rejections...maybe closer to 100...I'll see if they even make an offer.
 

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Same for me. Would just like to know a bit more about them.
 

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I'd never heard of them, and though the plural is deeply offputting, I clicked.

Run.

There are three people listed as members of their 'team.' Two have exactly NO experience whatsoever in anything relating to publishing, editing, marketing, or any fucking relevant thing. The other seems to be training, possibly, as an illustrator.

Most of their books are by them.

There are a thousand of these "publishers," -- a person decides they'll publish their own books, and it is SO fun, they'll start their own company, and revolutionize the publishing world by whatever, being true, or really supporting authors, or finding unique voices other publishers won't "take a risk on," or whatever nonsense.

Then, kind of inevitably, some unsuspecting writers sign on, the whole thing collapses because the original people lose interest, don't make money, lose money, whatever, and the writers who signed contracts are left holding the proverbial bag with published works that went noplace, rights that are hard to pin down, and a bad experience.

Run. They've spent a year playing publisher; I'd wager the clock is ticking.
 

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I met three of them this weekend at a small convention. They are very nice, very young, and while they have a professional-looking setup and talk a good game, they are very new at this, from what I can say. They do have specific guidelines and know them well (i.e., genre, level of heat/violence, etc.) and could talk intelligently about marketing, distributing, cover art, editing, etc.

I think they have potential but need some time/seasoning.
 

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