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Offline Sheree

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2006, 04:39:36 PM »
I know it was discussed before, but here are links to the Writer's Beware article and Absolutely Write's forum discussing CLA:

http://www.sfwa.org/beware/general.html#Creative

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8312

The forum pages are very long, but #48 by James MacDonald says volumes. It is an interesting discussion that covers alot of questions that you may have about "why not try anyways".

 

Offline Lingua Pura

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2006, 06:28:47 PM »
Suzie

All I can say is these are very helpful links.

Many thanks on behalf of everyone here.

Stephen

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2006, 03:21:15 PM »
Thanks for the tip, Susie,

I've filled out the form, as well.

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2006, 05:54:30 AM »
Ooooooooooo - they've accepted my children's novel!! Just a tiny step in the right direction, but it's hard not to keep smiling when it's your first step ... bit like watching your baby learn to crawl ...

Symphony

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2006, 06:08:14 AM »
Congrats Amanda,

I'm so happy for you, my friend. Uphill from now on!

Suzie x

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2006, 06:10:44 AM »
Symphony

A huge round of appluase and very many congratulations to you.




Well done


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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2006, 06:39:07 AM »

They want me sign with them too. I sent them a story for a picture book.

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2006, 07:18:35 AM »
Well done to both of you. 8) Hope everything runs smoothly! Lingua Pura; loved the fireworks!! Nice touch. Dont forget to let us know how you get on!
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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2006, 07:20:51 AM »
Gub

Very many congratulations to you too.




All the best


Stephen

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2006, 09:17:53 AM »
Wow! Look at those fireworks! Excellent. Thanks, Stephen - and everyone else. Will keep you posted.

Gub2000 - Congrats as well. First steps, eh? By the way - have you managed to send that Reply back? It keeps getting bounced back to me ...

Symphony

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2006, 09:44:29 AM »
Amanda! Congratulations, how exciting. It's the biggest step forward and probably, money aside, the most rewarding.  ;D Aelf.

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2006, 07:32:59 AM »
I have had a bad experience with this agency. I became suspicious when they wanted me to pay $99 Australian to have my novel re-edited, they call it a critique.  CLA claim you need one so they can enhance your sales potential. Unfortunately I was silly enough in a rush of blood when they told me my book had good market potential, but needed a critique, to pay them the money.  I got cold feet when I saw bad reports on the Preditors and Editors web site, and asked for a refund under the terms of the contract I signed with them (there was a three day cooling off period).  You can supposedly change your mind and get a refund if you cancel the contract within three days.

CLA agreed in writing - via email - to give me a refund.  I still have not received it and will take action against them through VISA, to try and recoup my money.

Since I cancelled my contract with CLA an ebook publisher in Australia has signed me up to publish my novel at no cost to me, and if my book sells well as an ebook they will produce it as a hard copy and an audio book.

The Institute of Children's Literature, based in Philidelphia USA, runs forums where authors, agents and publishers give advice on the pitfalls of publishing.  A well known literary agent stated that NEVER give money to an agency to have a critique done and that most of the reliable and honest agents do not have a web site.

My advice is stay away from organisations like the Children's Literary Agency.  You can find a home for your work without using an agent.  It is hard work but well worth the effort.

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2006, 10:22:06 AM »

gotanewvoy, Thanks for sharing your experience. Good luck with your novel!

I took a look at the links Sheree posted. They speak for themselves. One of the writers in this thread put it best. She said when working with agents and publishers, money flows to the writer not the other way around.

Now I don't think paying for a critique is necessarily a bad thing. Anything that can help a writer improve the work is positive. But in this case, CLA is not being up front. This is a masked reader's fee.

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Offline prophetcharlesb

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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2006, 07:29:06 PM »
Here is a link with the very tops in the industry and what they have to say.

One is "Bryan Smith, President of Author House". You will want to check out their Recent Shows from the link at the top of the page.

http://wbjbradio.com/series/pod.php
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Re: Children Publishing Op
« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2006, 07:35:58 PM »
Oh wow, I didnt know the new post went to page two. I thought the new stuff was posted on page one. My post above is relating to what was being discussed on page1. I guess the posting order is a Brit thing.  ::) ;D
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