I’m late to this particular party since we were traveling to Minnesota to talk to our new distributor, Consortium, and missed all the balleyhoo. There is a new publisher on the block who’s running a writing contest, and the winners get a publishing contract. What makes my head slingshot is the $149 entrance fee. Her explanation for the fee is “to eliminate anyone who thinks they want to be published from entering.”
She goes on to say that she is a “major publisher” by the merits that she plans on publishing 5-10 books/month. Heck, Publish America “publishes” tons more than that a month, and they’re as far from a “major publisher”as it gets (if one considers the term “major publisher” as being a legit, trade press with real distribution).
Rather than rehash all the points of why this is an idiotic idea, I recommend the AW thread and Janet Reid’s blog where you can read about this abomination. Please. Protect yourself. This is NOT the way REAL publishing works.