Author Topic: Your advice sought.  (Read 1978 times)

Offline Justin

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 164
Your advice sought.
« on: January 22, 2008, 06:24:37 AM »
Well I finally got *that* letter - A publisher is interested in my work and wants to offer me a contract.


But...  they are offering me a contract wherein I put up some of the money (we haven't got around to figures yet so I don't know if this is even doable yet) - they describe it as 'sharing the risk.'

I don't really know what to make of this but am asking to have a closer look at the deal before a decision is made.  The company seems very legit and I'm sure this is not a vanity thing as it seems their roster of authors is fairly low and all of those do promote their work online and in the real world.  They are also offering considerable editing input which is greatly desired.

The company is, the imprint is Vanguard.

So any advice - does anyone have any experience with this company?  What do you think?
"Stories are never finished, only abandoned."

Offline AJ Barnett

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1163
    • AJ Barnett
Re: Your advice sought.
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2008, 07:56:21 AM »
Have no experience of the company but BEWARE. No ligit publisher wants you to 'share the risk'. It smells of vanity -- sorrrrry!

Author of <a href="">SHORT MOMENTS</a> and <a href="">WITHOUT REPROACH</a>

<a href="">Publishing on Amazon Kindle</a>
<a href="">Romantic Suspense</a>
<a href="">Dialogue in Writing</

Offline Omni

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 248
Re: Your advice sought.
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2008, 08:15:33 AM »
Yeah, ditto what Anthony said.

Offline Mark H

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 19722
  • Middleclass Machismo now available.
Re: Your advice sought.
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2008, 08:26:31 AM »

Why not speak to 2 or 3 of their existing writers and see what they say? If the company are not prepared to let you do that then they definitely are dodgy.

Buy Bristle Side Down, The Man Who Wore Brown Shoes and Middleclass Machismo here:

If poetry is not your thing: or:


  • Guest
Re: Your advice sought.
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008, 08:49:08 AM »

Sorry to rain on your parade BUT:

These appear to be vanity publishers in disguise - beware - they are interested because they want your money. I'm not bieng personal here, I know your writing is good, but they prey on inexperienced writers and people wanting to be in print. Traditional publishers NEVER ask for money up front. My advice as a fellow author and writing tutor is RUN!

I also noted that they don't mention anywhere in their submission guidelines about 'sharing the cost' and their T&C and copyright pages are gone completely. It doesn'r mention anywhere on their site, that I can see, that the author has to pay anything. Pretty shady in my opinion.

Keep on submitting your work and it will pay off. Remember, Chicken Soup series was rejected over 100 times before it found a home and became the best seller it is today.

Suzie x
« Last Edit: January 22, 2008, 08:55:10 AM by Suzie »

Offline Justin

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 164
Re: Your advice sought.
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2008, 06:43:58 AM »
Well that seems to be quite the consensus there.

I have asked for more info (including contacts for the published authors) and I'll move from there.  Honestly though, I'm becoming quite skeptical.

If they can't even front up the money it kind of points out that they're not particularly enthusiastic about my work - an unenthusiastic publisher is hardly a route to success.
"Stories are never finished, only abandoned."

Offline fwright

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 92
  • Be without fear
Re: Your advice sought.
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2008, 11:08:16 AM »
Sorry, no experience to help you out.  But I'm hooked!  Waiting for the next chapter to see how this plays out.

"I woke up one day to find my writer's self."