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#1 Aightball

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:59 PM

I recently participated in AdPit on Twitter. I garnered two requests, one of which was from "Midnight Frost Books", on Twitter as "Crimson Frost Books". They asked for a full and directed me to their guidelines. Any request is exciting, and while their guidelines are a little daunting and weird (but they are an e-pub, so I suppose that's for e-publishing), I'm considering their request.

 

However, I looked on Preditors and Editors: not listed. Googled them. Their website comes up but otherwise, it's books with the same name.

 

So...how do I research them? Or is this a sign to avoid them? I'd like to think I'm not a complete guppy anymore, but it never hurts to be cautious.


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#2 D. E. Jackson

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:03 PM

Are they on the AAR member list? I feel this question would best be answered in the Agent Connect - Agent Updates section of the forum. I would entitle it...

Anyone heard of these epub companies?

 

Hope you find your answer. :smile:


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#3 Aightball

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:13 PM

Are they on the AAR member list? I feel this question would best be answered in the Agent Connect - Agent Updates section of the forum. I would entitle it...

Anyone heard of these epub companies?

 

Hope you find your answer. :smile:

 

Good idea! I'll see if a MOD can move it to that forum. I would like to know more before I submit.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:27 PM

You can also search the publisher name on Amazon and see what books they have published, what the reviews & rankings are like and use the "look inside" feature to check out the quality of editing and formatting.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 04:20 PM

I found their website, they have two books for sale. One looks like a YA paranormal thriller and a kids book. Odd combination.

 

Their website is...interesting. Very plain looking. They must be a very, very new imprint. Same with the Crimson Frost site.   


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#6 Aightball

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 05:42 PM

I found their website, they have two books for sale. One looks like a YA paranormal thriller and a kids book. Odd combination.

 

Their website is...interesting. Very plain looking. They must be a very, very new imprint. Same with the Crimson Frost site.   

 

That's what got me researching, actually. 1. I'm not sure if I fit and 2. They look REALLY NEW...and while that's not always bad, being new to this whole thing, it does make me nervous.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 07:18 PM

Here's something from SFWA that might help about small presses and what to watch for: http://www.sfwa.org/...r-beware/small/


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 07:43 PM

Definitely look really new.  They requested from me, too - I'm not planning to pursue unless I get turned down by every agent and every established epub.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:46 PM

Definitely look really new.  They requested from me, too - I'm not planning to pursue unless I get turned down by every agent and every established epub.

 

I got a second request tonight from another agent...thinking now I might wait and hear back from the agents first, query a bit, and then think about them. Let them get some stuff out thre first.


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Synopsis: http://agentquerycon...ercial-fiction/

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:40 AM

If you do decide to go Indie, don't limit yourself to just them. There are plenty of good Indie publishers out there.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:59 PM

And a big YAY for the agent request Aightball! Crossing fingers for you. Agree with everyone here that they look a little iffy. They were all over the #adpit thread. I suppose that's a good way to get subs if you're new, but it seemed a little sketchy to me too.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 05:31 PM

And a big YAY for the agent request Aightball! Crossing fingers for you. Agree with everyone here that they look a little iffy. They were all over the #adpit thread. I suppose that's a good way to get subs if you're new, but it seemed a little sketchy to me too.

 

I also thought it was odd that they favorited me multiple times...how many people were on their feed?


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Synopsis: http://agentquerycon...ercial-fiction/

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