Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Publishers say the funniest things--veinglory

Espiren"1. Does Enspiren Pay Advances? Enspiren is not in a position to advance loans against royalties to authors. However, this frees the author from any legal obligation to repay the loan."

Dog Ear Press
"Wordclay is a secondary competitor to Lulu. Both Wordclay and other 'online printer companies' provide just about the exact same services at the same price. Wordclay is primarily a book printer - to take advantage of the value WordClay offers, you'll need to have performed ALL teh tasks needed to produce a real book."

p.s. Samhain has reopened to general submission.

As I am in a hotel post-free-wine-work-mixer function I probably should risk saying any more right now as the appropriateness filters are even lower than usual when soaked in Merlot....


kirsten saell said...

Um, I was under the impression that as long as you fulfill your contract obligations by providing the publisher with an acceptable manuscript by the agreed-upon time, you don't have to pay anything back. Even if your book doesn't sell a single copy.

Am I wrong?

Teddy Pig said...

As far as I know you cannot call an advance a loan. I have been yelled at before for saying that.

I probably got that idea from one of these vanitypresses.

Jules Jones said...

Beat you to the gossip about Samhain, Emily. [thrrp]

Emily's obviously too Merlot-soaked to find the link, but Absolute Write's pack of savage watchdogs had a lot of fun with Enspiren's strange ideas about what an advance is, and sundry other things on their website. Though Uncle Jim was charitable and suggested that it might be just an odd way of saying that you don't get further royalties until after the advance has earned out.

Anonymous said...

Wordclay is a member of the infamous iUniverse/AuthorHouse offerings. Given the recent shakeup at these companies, I would caution authors from trusting their books to these outfits.

Tempest Knight said...

It's good to hear Samhain is looking for submissions. Thanks for the heads up! :)

Anonymous said...

Kristen saell: No you are right. But in the private email convesation that generated the comment stated. The person I was talking to specifically stated that their publisher didn't ask them to pay anything back - even if they signed the contract, took the advance, and walked away without writing a single word.

It is very easy to make a publisher look bad when private conversations are taken out of text. As in this conversation which spanned 'several' emails.

The advance is a 'loan' in that it is repayed from royalties. Ask an entertainment lawyer.

Teddy - A vanity press charges people to publish.

Hope this clears things up.