• Guest please check The Index before starting a thread.

Xchyler Publishing / Hamilton Springs Press

editing_for_authors
Editing for authors: because every writer needs a good editor.

thothguard51

A Gentleman of a refined age...
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Oct 16, 2009
Messages
9,316
Reaction score
1,062
Age
70
Location
Out side the beltway...
Well, they are open to submissions according to their face book page but without knowing anything about them, I would be hesitant to even submit a query.

Unfortunately, they will get submissions though...
 

areteus

Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jun 4, 2011
Messages
2,636
Reaction score
182
Location
Manchester UK
It sounds to me like they are a new start up trying to drum up web buzz with a facebook competition. Nothing particularly harmful about that as far as I can tell so far... at the moment they are an unknown quantity until someone submits to them and finds out how they work and reports any good/bad experiences here.

My strategy for now would be to wait and see. I may look at their website to see what they are looking for and may submit something with no expectations...
 

Unimportant

but appreciated anyway...
Kind Benefactor
Super Member
Registered
Joined
May 8, 2005
Messages
7,504
Reaction score
3,329
Location
Aotearoa
From their Facebook page:
We are accepting all types and styles of fiction.

Owner - Carrie Beeson

From their Facebook wall page:
We would like to thank everyone that sent in their resumes to be considered for the beta reader and editor positions that we had available. Both slots have been filled. We would like to welcome Rob Hardin (beta) and Margaret Grady (editor) to the team!

From their blog:
Team

Owner - Carrie Beeson
Marketing Director - Mary Duke
Editor in Chief - Courtney Conant
Editor- Melissa Ravelli
Beta - Joseph Rubas
Beta - Caitlin McColl
Illustrator - Suzin Bhe

They also have a call for submissions for a dragon-themed fantasy anthology on their blog, but no mention of payment.

It appears that the company owner is the mother of an aspiring a self-published writer, for whom the press is named:
So, if you've been on Mera's YA Book List for a while you'll know about the amazing Mary Duke!

Her pen name is Xchyler Conn!

So, in March her mother Carrie Beeson is officially launching her very own publishing company and it has the perfect name for her!

Xchyler Publishing!

The company does have some phenomenal people working for it. Included in this team is Mary. She is taking care of all of the marketing, as well as many other important aspects within the company.
Adding: The Editor in Chief also appears to be a self published author with no prior editing experience. I would guess that the first books this press publishes will be authored by team members.
 
Last edited:

Mary Duke

Registered
Joined
Jul 15, 2012
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
Hi guys I just wanted to let you know a few thing to clear the air.
We had a professional create our website, and it ended up taking a little longer to create then we thought. So yes our facebook page was out beforehand.
I, the marketing director, am an aspiring author, but no you will not find my books nor none of the staff's books available anytime soon. (As in it won't happen.) My books are currently being published by Trestle Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing under the pen name Xchyler Conn.
Courtney Conant is no longer with us, though I would like to say she has worked as a professional editor for many years, between technical writing/editing for books and catalogs to full-length novels.
Our website is http://xchylerpublishing.com/index.html

Our steampunk dragon anthology is closed at the moment, but the authors chosen together split 60% of the profit, as stated in our contract.


"3. ROYALTIES
The Publisher will pay the Author royalties based upon net sales as reported by the Publisher and their distributors as follows: EBOOKS: Forty Percent (40%) to Author of the proceeds of the sale (revenues) received by Publisher through third parties (booksellers, distributors, book clubs, external web sites, etc.) or through direct sales by Publisher; PAPERBACK: Twenty-Five Percent (25%) to Author of proceeds of the sale (revenues) received by Publisher through third parties (as noted above) or through direct sales by Publisher; ANTHOLOGIES: Author split of Sixty Percent (60%) for EBOOK and Twenty-Five Percent (25%) for PAPERBACK. No advance will be paid by the Publisher to the Author."

By the way, Carrie's email is always open as is my own.
[email protected]
[email protected]
 
Last edited:

Terie

Writer is as Writer does
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jan 18, 2008
Messages
4,152
Reaction score
953
Location
Manchester, UK
Website
www.teriegarrison.com
My books are currently being published by Trestle Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing under the pen name Xchyler Conn.

Presumably, that would be this Trestle Press and this Gypsy Shadow Publishing.

Do you have any marketing experience with major (Big 6), independent, or small (not micropress) publishers? What industry experience in publishing do other principals at Xchyler Publishing have prior to joining Xchyler?
 

Terie

Writer is as Writer does
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jan 18, 2008
Messages
4,152
Reaction score
953
Location
Manchester, UK
Website
www.teriegarrison.com
Hi guys I just wanted to let you know a few thing to clear the air.
We had a professional create our website, and it ended up taking a little longer to create then we thought. So yes our facebook page was out beforehand.
I, the marketing director, am an aspiring author, but no you will not find my books nor none of the staff's books available anytime soon. (As in it won't happen.) My books are currently being published by Trestle Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing under the pen name Xchyler Conn.
Courtney Conant is no longer with us, though I would like to say she has worked as a professional editor for many years, between technical writing/editing for books and catalogs to full-length novels.
Our website is http://xchylerpublishing.com/index.html

Our steampunk dragon anthology is closed at the moment, but the authors chosen together split 60% of the profit, as stated in our contract.


"3. ROYALTIES
The Publisher will pay the Author royalties based upon net sales as reported by the Publisher and their distributors as follows: EBOOKS: Forty Percent (40%) to Author of the proceeds of the sale (revenues) received by Publisher through third parties (booksellers, distributors, book clubs, external web sites, etc.) or through direct sales by Publisher; PAPERBACK: Twenty-Five Percent (25%) to Author of proceeds of the sale (revenues) received by Publisher through third parties (as noted above) or through direct sales by Publisher; ANTHOLOGIES: Author split of Sixty Percent (60%) for EBOOK and Twenty-Five Percent (25%) for PAPERBACK. No advance will be paid by the Publisher to the Author."

By the way, Carrie's email is always open as is my own.
[email protected]
[email protected]

Quoted for posterity.
 

Stacia Kane

Girl Detective
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jul 23, 2006
Messages
8,142
Reaction score
2,668
Location
In cahoots with the other boo-birds
Website
www.staciakane.com
Am I the only one who's never heard of a "beta reader" position at a publisher? Could someone explain to me what that entails? (I mean, I know what a beta reader is, of course, but I'm unclear why a publisher would have one.)
 

Roger J Carlson

Moderator In Name Only
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Feb 19, 2005
Messages
12,799
Reaction score
2,499
Location
West Michigan
Am I the only one who's never heard of a "beta reader" position at a publisher? Could someone explain to me what that entails? (I mean, I know what a beta reader is, of course, but I'm unclear why a publisher would have one.)
First Reader? Intern?
 

Old Hack

Such a nasty woman
Super Moderator
Absolute Sage
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jun 12, 2005
Messages
22,453
Reaction score
4,934
Location
In chaos
That's what I assumed too.

Why call them beta readers, though? It's wrong. And you know how I like things to be right.
 

fireluxlou

Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jan 17, 2011
Messages
2,089
Reaction score
283
Lol I've read both threads and well I'm quite confused :D.
 

Old Hack

Such a nasty woman
Super Moderator
Absolute Sage
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jun 12, 2005
Messages
22,453
Reaction score
4,934
Location
In chaos
I've been thinking "ziche-lar". To rhyme with "eye-ch-larr".

How many different pronunciations does that make? And how many spellings might that equate to, do you think?
 

Calla Lily

Charmingly manic
Staff member
Moderator
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Feb 12, 2005
Messages
38,147
Reaction score
16,002
Location
Non carborundum illegitimi
Website
www.aliceloweecey.net
And how difficult will it be for people wanting their books to type it into a search engine? If it's difficult to spell and pronounce... is that how you want to be known? Unless someone's looking for a specific author or book title, what do you type into a search window if you can't quite remember how the publisher's spelled?
 

Soccer Mom

Crypto-fascist
Kind Benefactor
Super Member
Registered
Joined
Jul 5, 2006
Messages
18,604
Reaction score
8,038
Location
Under your couch
Yes, it's the same person. Speaking of F&W, I'm curious what Xchyler intends to do with these author contracts.

I had several books with AMP when they closed their doors. Musa purchased the Aurora imprint. All authors had their rights returned to them and were offered new contracts from Musa. I hope Xchyler offers the same to the F&W authors.

ETA: Because someone has asked me: We were under no obligation to accept the new contracts from Musa. They were offered, but authors were free to take their rights and go elsewhere.
 
Last edited:

Happy Thanksgiving

Autumn image for Thanksgiving