A Cherry Lane Press, which is due to open April 1, I believe. After poking around, I’m almost hoping it’s an April Fool’s Day joke.
Usually I don’t say anything, but this is starting to piss me off. Epublishing is the business I’m in (as a subcontractor, of course), and things like this make that business look bad. It also takes advantage of desperate writers who don’t have the ability or the confidence to deal with an established, legit company.
This would be like some guy looking at my husband (who holds a Master Electrical license) and saying, “Hmm…he’s got some cool toys and ATVs and sleds and his wife’s got a ’67 Mustang. I’m going to try that.” So he goes to Home Depot, buys a reel of 10-2, some wire nuts and an amp probe and slaps “Electrical Contractor” on the side of his wife’s minivan.
Then some woman who doesn’t want to deal with an electrical contractor who’s running a legitimate business and has overhead and wait times calls this chump up, doesn’t check his credentials or his liability, and likes his cheap price. You know what? Sure, you got your service upgraded, but don’t come crying to me when your house burns to the ground.
The news reports an electrical fire, and everybody rolls their eyes and tsk tsks “those effin’ electricians”.
Based on the website—the official calling card and public face of this publisher—this is not somebody I would trust with my work. This is not a publisher concerned about making a good impression or putting forth the best work possible. This looks like another person with a website and a shopping cart who’s going to make a quick buck turning out ebooks other people have written. If you do it anyway—if you sign with this publisher because EC and Samhain and Loose-ID rejected you and you desperately want to call yourself published and have a cover to put on your website—don’t cry when your house burns down.
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Sorry for the missing graphics, but after five minutes that’s all the page would load. When your typo is big and front and center—and your promo slogan—it doesn’t bode well.
S&M and bondage are “exceptable”? This is one of the many spelling, grammar and punctuation errors you find if you have the patience to browse around the exceptionally slow-loading site.