A few weeks ago I got a like from a small publishing house called Burchette and Ferguson during PitMad. So, I checked out their website and liked how it looked and especially liked their book covers. It seemed higher quality than some other small publishing houses. Feeling more confident, I sent my manuscript to them in a PDF. format. Though, I've found on some sites that they were once another failed publishing house under another name. There's been weird stories about them floating around and now I'm a little panic-stricken. Has anyone heard of them or can confirm this? I don't want to sign anything that will destroy any chances of my book getting proper treatment.
Burchette and Ferguson?
Posted 03 October 2018 - 03:47 PM
I can't say for sure, but a bit of Googling hasn't shed a very good light on them, or much at all. They have nothing out. Even their website seems iffy to me; some of the grammar strikes me as ESL (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, unless they're representing themselves otherwise), and reminds me of the better "spammer grammar". Not what I expect from a would-be publisher of English prose, certainly not one touting signed deals with award-winning authors. I wouldn't do business with them myself until they had proved themselves reputable and capable, FWIW. And of course if they're charging you anything at all, well...
Posted 05 October 2018 - 02:26 PM
From what I've read about them at reputable sites that discuss such things -- I would run fast and far.
They have your mss, but that doesn't mean you have to have anything more to do with them. If they offer -- politely refuse.
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