Anyone ever dealt with Mascot Books before?
Here's the deal:
On my latest query, I have currently FIVE full manuscript requests out with agents and THREE full manuscript requests out with publishers (so far!). One of the publishers, Naren from Mascot Books, has already contacted me by phone three times since he first requested my manuscript. In our last call (this past Wednesday), he said he was halfway through with my book and he LOVED IT (so far). We even discussed marketing strategies, cover art, printing/distribution and my forthcoming two follow-up books in the series. He said something along the lines of "if the rest of your book is as good as the first part, I think we can probably work something out"!
I have so many questions and not sure where to post them all, but for this Topic, I'm going to stick with one question for now. Does anyone know anything about this publisher? Or, more importantly, has anyone published with them? I have a really strong feeling I might get an offer from them but I don't just want to jump at the first opportunity, especially when I still have others out there (agents and publishers). I did a little research before I queried and ONLY sent my query to publishers that seemed legit and who might actually publish my book in print and on a larger scale. I also considered their cover art on their other books, which is important to me. Everything seems on the up and up, but you never know in this industry. Especially when you're a debut novelist. I've written eleven novels but this is the farthest I've gotten with any of them.
Luckily, I'm a paralegal and my attorney has already agreed to read any contract I might (knock on wood) receive in the future for free. But I really want to know more about Mascot Books...more than what I can find on the internet, anyway. I'd love to hear from someone who either published with them or knows someone who did.
Oh, and one more question...I'd love to know everyone's opinion on whether it's better to go with an indie publisher or an agent on your first book. I've debated this ad nauseum over the past week (even though I don't have any firm offers yet). I'm just curious as to what I would do if I was offered a publishing deal from an indie publisher while I still had several agents reviewing my novel. Thoughts?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.