Wendy Wheeler (zainybrain) wrote in wordvines,
Wendy Wheeler

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Writer Beware: Sterling House Publishers

As the contact for a long-lived Austin, TX, SF/F/H group, I got an email recently that began:

Are you an author?

Do you have a book?

Want to get published?

SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc. is actively filling its lines with fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for 2010. We know that many authors are sitting around with unpublished manuscripts and are afraid to take the chance and submit. Maybe you?ve heard in the news that the publishing industry has been hit just as hard as the rest of the world with the poor economy. Despite the economic situation, now is the time to take a chance on your dream. What people need now more than anything is an escape and to do something they never thought possible?have their story told. We are looking to fill our 2010 line with authors just like you. We have not lost our drive, passion and excitement for seeing new manuscripts be sold in the marketplace.
There is a spot on the shelf for everyone, and now more than ever is the time to submit.

Nowhere in the pitch did it mention that authors must buy 1000+ of their own books for the privilege of being published! I told them I was certainly NOT sharing their info with my group. I wondered how they could think we're not networked in with other professional writers' associations and wouldn't know that they are a vanity press?

Ahttp://accrispin.blogspot.com/2009/05/victoria-strauss-sterlinghouse.html for more background at the Writer Beware blog.
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