Tags: white mane publishing

Blood Will Tell

If it smells bad, it probably is bad

When pubilshers or agents want money from you up front, run like hell the other way.

Here is something a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators just recieved from a company called White Mane Publishing. It was listed in the 2006 Children's Writer's and Illustrators Guide. This sounds like a vanity press to me.:

Dear Ms. X:

Our review board has completed their review of your manuscript, TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT, and is interested in publication. However, due to declining sales in the retail market, a guaranteed purchase would be required. Details as follows:

Guarantee sales of 1,000 copies within the first year of publication with an initial author purchase of 250 copies at half of the retail price upon completion. It would be a trade paperback edition. Retail price $8.95. The guarantee of 1,000 copies would be broken into four quarterly installments. Sales would be defined as monies received. In addition, an $1800 editorial prep free would be required which includes cover design.

A 10% royalty is offered on copies sold through our normal distribution.

If you would like to review a preliminary contract, please let us know and one will be forwarded to you.

Sincerely,
Acquistions Dept.
White Mane Publishing Co., Inc.






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