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Old September 30th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #51

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I contacted Pen & Sword and have to say my experience wasn't very good.

Its fair enough if someone thinks your book is not one they want to publish (for whatever reasons). But to be too busy/important/overworked to give any kind of reply/response/feedback is pretty poor in my humble opinion.

I sent them my book at my expense (Year of The Celt: Imbolc) to review but they never acknowledged even getting it. When I asked if they had recieved it they said yes it has been 'passed on to a reviewer'. Then I heard nothing at all for over a month.

Fed up I contacted them asking for my book back. They said nothing but at least it did come back (with no feedback/explanation of course).

I think Publishers need writers - this is not a good way to treat your potential 'clients'.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 02:12 AM   #52

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You could try the self-publishing route, them publishing consultants. You pay them a certain amount, depending on the package you choose, they do the printing - both paperback and digital - and promo & marketing for you. You can nego the royalty package with them. But you hv to arrange the editing yourself, they don't do that for you.

And your book might still come to the notice of some mainstream conventional publisher later on, if it's good enough. You're not barred from doing deals with another publisher.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 02:46 PM   #53

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I contacted Pen & Sword and have to say my experience wasn't very good.

Its fair enough if someone thinks your book is not one they want to publish (for whatever reasons). But to be too busy/important/overworked to give any kind of reply/response/feedback is pretty poor in my humble opinion.

I sent them my book at my expense (Year of The Celt: Imbolc) to review but they never acknowledged even getting it. When I asked if they had recieved it they said yes it has been 'passed on to a reviewer'. Then I heard nothing at all for over a month.

Fed up I contacted them asking for my book back. They said nothing but at least it did come back (with no feedback/explanation of course).

I think Publishers need writers - this is not a good way to treat your potential 'clients'.
I asked around and I did get some interests in my book by the next day, I did ask a publisher in London if they be interested in my book on Richard III and they said that they will publish it if it was appropriate. I thought it was not them to decide what to publish and I had decided to go to the states and get my book published over there. They welcomed me with open minds and since the first time I had contacted them they have been very supportive. I can ring them on free phone and email them 24/7 if I want their advise. I have had my first proof reading and they have done a though job, I have seen I had made plenty of mistakes its like having a fresh pair of eyes. Right from the start they had told me they would stand by me on what I had written, but would only help out with the bad grammar and mistakes. Well that is going to keep me busy for a while
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Old September 30th, 2013, 03:13 PM   #54
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If they are looking for historical fiction I suggest they reprint the Warren Commission Report, 26 volumes of fiction. I would also recommend the 911 Commission Report which is 500 pages of fiction.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 03:56 PM   #55

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One thing I would advise anyone who is thinking about approaching a literary agent or publisher is to check first on 'Predators and Editors' website (P+E), as there are a lot of sharks out there and they have a ratings list for most of the agents / companies.

I would also advise anyone to steer well clear of one agency I have had dealings with - The Inspira Literary agency. They will take your submission, then phone you and say that yours 'stood out' etc, then try to convince that you'll need to pay them 350 for them to approach publishing houses and for marketing.

Trust me, they are pirates and only want your money. Always go with the thought that 'money flows towards the writer'. not the other way round. (Inspira are in P +E and not recommended by them)

Just thought it might stop anyone getting stung for their dream.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 05:05 PM   #56

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One thing I would advise anyone who is thinking about approaching a literary agent or publisher is to check first on 'Predators and Editors' website (P+E), as there are a lot of sharks out there and they have a ratings list for most of the agents / companies.

I would also advise anyone to steer well clear of one agency I have had dealings with - The Inspira Literary agency. They will take your submission, then phone you and say that yours 'stood out' etc, then try to convince that you'll need to pay them 350 for them to approach publishing houses and for marketing.

Trust me, they are pirates and only want your money. Always go with the thought that 'money flows towards the writer'. not the other way round. (Inspira are in P +E and not recommended by them)

Just thought it might stop anyone getting stung for their dream.
Thank god I never went to them, I had heard about this, the publishers that I went with was very choosy. In fact I agree that they have to have the best interest in the author for the sake of their own label. I have chosen Penguin and they have given me a lot of support. I may have paid some money up front not much but I have had a lot of support from them. they worked very hard to make my work acceptable.
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When my book which I had titled Dear Canada: Torn Apart By War the Balkan War Diary of Danica Kovać is done I want to send it to Scholastic. As they are the ones who do the whole series. I won't consider anyone else.
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