Submissions ready to go

I haven’t been shouting from the rooftops with the news from Olympia Publishing.  Although they offered me a contract for All That Glitters, it was on the basis of me contributing to their costs to the sum of £1,800.  Now, call me cynical if you like but if I were to give them my money (which I am most definitely not) what incentive do they have to promote my work and not just take my money and pretend to market it?  I never had any intention of paying for publication, in my mind that’s not how it works.  Subsequently, I’ve researched alternate publishers and am ready to submit to one or more of these.

Also, over the past few months I’ve been working on two other children’s books; one rhyming, one prose.  The rhyming one is (vaguely) about a dog show and is most certainly a work-in-progress.  The other is about plastic pollution and is being submitted to The Emma Press who recently accepted one of my poems for an anthology.

Exciting times in the life of this aspiring children’s author.

Comments

16 comments on “Submissions ready to go”
  1. Rakkelle says:

    Yeah, I am with you on that. I would never give a publisher money to market my work.

    Congrats on all the other stuff in the pipeline. All the best.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Invisibly Me says:

    Oh no, that’s really disappointing. I don’t really know how things ‘typically’ work with publishers, but I’d hope most would work on the proviso of taking a commission fee from sales rather than charging up front. I Googled them and found a not-so-great 3.6 / 10 rating in a review – http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2012/01/olympia-publishers-uk-reviewed.html

    Looking in to alternatives is what I’d do in your position, too. You’ve definitely been busy working on two other books lately as well – I feel so inadequate, I barely make it through the day and all I’m capable of apparently is thinking how much I’d like to write over the years without ever starting. I think you’re doing brilliantly, Karen! Wishing you better luck with the other publishers you contact!
    Caz xx

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    1. Karen says:

      aw Caz, don’t feel inadequate. You’ve been through so much health wise recently, you have to concentrate on just being well again.
      I also have read poor reviews of Olympia, wishing I’d read them before sending my work to them. Anyway, I told them that I wasn’t interested so if nothing else at least it made me certain that I’m actually in charge of my writing!
      I hope you have a good long weekend and please be kind to yourself xxx ❤

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  3. Please don’t pay them…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karen says:

      Don’t worry, I won’t be.

      Like

  4. You should not be paying anyone to publish your work…they should be paying you! I hate these vanity publishers.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karen says:

      Exactly my thoughts, thank you 😊

      Like

  5. Dee Kelly says:

    I agree you should be cautious about giving a publisher money. But it’s still exciting going through the process! Good luck!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you. My business account only has about £40 in it so there’s no chance of them getting my money!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. ashleyleia says:

    I’m also inclined to be pretty skeptical of that type of publishing contract, and I can’t see how there would be much benefit for the author. Good luck with the other publishers!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karen says:

      Depending on list price but I think I’d need sales of over 5000 copies before I’d start earning royalties.

      Liked by 1 person

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