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Is this a legit publisher?

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Is this a legit publisher?

Postby storybookendings » Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:27 am

My husband found a site for Dorrance Publishing yesterday and had me take a look at it. They offer to review your manuscript and provide feedback at no charge. The website says they've been around since 1920 but I've just never heard of them and you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true. Has anyone worked with them before? Do you know anything about them?

www.dorrancepublishing.com
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Postby firstacts » Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:43 am

They are legitimate in that they publish books. What you have to dig a little deeper for is the terms of publishing. In this case they are a subsidy publisher. What they means is they will publish your book if you are willing to pay them to do so. Some might call them a vanity publisher or perhaps even a glorified self-publisher. Dorance has likely helped fulfill many writer's dreams, but not by being what is typically thought of as a traditional publisher.

This is not to say they are bad, they are just simply different than a mainstream publishing house.

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Postby storybookendings » Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:49 am

Thank you so much for the information. I'm still learning the ropes of the publishing world and many different (and confusing) ways to go about it. Thanks for the help! :)
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Postby deejay » Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:12 pm

Tiffany, here are a couple of sites to help you sort out the good from the bad.

Preditors and Editors/Writers Beware, by the Science Fiction Writers Association:

http://www.sfwa.org/beware/

Also, Whispers and Warnings by Writer's Weekly:

www.writersweekly.com/whispers_and_warnings.php

Both sites have lots of resources for all writers.

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agents

Postby Mandyleigh » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:49 pm

If you want to find an agent, what is the best way to go about finding a reputable one???
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Postby deejay » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:16 pm

The links I posted above should have information for finding a legit agent as well. Never use an agent that wants you to pay them up front--agents are paid when your book is published and when you get the royalities, they get their cut. If you have or can get ahold of a copy of the Christian Writer's Market Guide, or even a copy of Writer's Market (secular), they both have advice and listings of reputable agents. Don't forget to check an agent's background and track record.


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