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#1 Simply Me

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:13 AM

Hi, everyone, I am new here. Since many of you seem experienced with the writing world, I'd like to ask a question about NyreePress publishing. I notice they offer several publishing packages, ranging in the thousands. I've read over and over again about scammers charging high fees to publish. Does anyone have any information on them? They seem to be legitimate. By them being new to publishing, I am wondering if that is the reason behind the large fee amounts. I'm not sure, though, being that I am just starting out. Any feedback will be helpful for this journey I'm on. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:28 AM

That's a vanity press. A true traditional publisher (even a small or indie press) will NEVER charge you ANYTHING to publish your book.

 

Their wording is nice, and they make it sound so reasonable and reassuring. Probably some of the best I've seen. They're still a vanity press, though. If you're wanting to see your book in a bookstore, don't go with them. If you don't care if your book sees the fluorescent lighting of Powell's or B&N and are cool with online sales, self-publishing is FAR cheaper and you have complete control.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:30 AM

Yup, Vanity Press. Run. Run away!


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:09 AM

As long as you remember that money should always flow TO the writer, you'll keep out of trouble. Your contribution should be words and characters and ideas so compelling that people will gladly pay money to ride along.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:15 AM

My book is being published by an indie press and I am paying them NOTHING.  As others have said, the press should invest in you and your work, not the other way around.



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:24 AM

By them being new to publishing, I am wondering if that is the reason behind the large fee amounts.

I also wanted to address this as I missed it the first time. I just started up a small press and I would never DREAM of charging the writer. As a previous poster said, your contribution is your words. It's my job to make them make money for the both of us.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:25 AM

Thanks so much for all of your feedback. I will keep away from them!

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:30 AM

I also wanted to address this as I missed it the first time. I just started up a small press and I would never DREAM of charging the writer. As a previous poster said, your contribution is your words. It's my job to make them make money for the both of us.

Exactly. Thanks a lot!

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

Sorry to bother you all again, but has anyone queried the Steve Laube Agency? If so, can you tell me whether or not it is truly necessary to send in a synopsis, chapter by chapter outline, sales handle, marketing strategy, etc. up front? I'd rather know there is interest before doing all of that.
Thanks in advance.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:38 PM

Are you submitting fiction or non-fiction? Proposals, marketing plans etc are generally for non-fiction.

 

Read their guidelines, most agencies have some place on the website detailing exactly what they want, so send them what they ask for  :smile:



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Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:03 AM

http://stevelaube.com/guidelines/

 

That's what his guidelines state. If you want to query him then you'll have to do all of that, I'm afraid. I've never heard of an agency asking for some of those things for fiction, though. It's a little odd.

 

Are you writing Christian fiction? That appears to be what this agency handles. I'd hate for you to go through all that trouble and it not be your genre.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:35 AM

@Awexley: I'm writing fiction. Those guidelines just seemed to be a bit much for simply inquiring. I guess I'm slightly nervous about doing all of that because of the rejections I've been getting.

@LeighT: Yes, I'm writing Christian Fiction. So, I guess I better get to work.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:55 AM

Have you tried The Seymour Agency?  They handle Christian fiction and have more typical querying protocols. http://www.theseymou...ubmissions.html



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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:54 PM

@LucidDreamer: Yes, I've tried and was rejected. Thanks, though.




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