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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by rachel-berkowitz on January 07, 2022, 06:38 PM »
Thanks, Marcia. I've been thinking a lot about wanting to void the contract because I just don't see how I can realistically continue with them the way things have been going. Do you think it would be unwise to mention that in my next email? I don't want to be a jerk and present them with an ultimatum in a confrontational way, but I did wonder if saying something like "If communication continues be as sparse as it has been for the past few months, I plan to work with a lawyer to pursue voiding the contract given what section X says about..." etc.

Is that weird...?
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Nebraska / Writing Goals?
« Last post by Kimberly Z. on January 07, 2022, 05:14 PM »
Hello Nebraska Writers,
 :newyear
Did you set writing goals for the new year? If so, we would love for you to share them here.

My Plan: I will write at least five days each week this year.  I will write every school day while waiting to pick up my children.

I love the book Atomic Habits by James Clear as a resource for building and sustaining habits. What plans or resources will you use to help achieve your goal?

I hope that sharing my goal here will help keep me accountable.  :hug

Kim
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by mrh on January 07, 2022, 02:47 PM »
My initial excitement in signing with them was that working with someone small would make the experience really personal, lots of ability to communicate with them directly, etc. But yeah, if that's not even happening, it kind of feels like...what's the point?
Unfortunately, in my experience that supposed personal attention from small publishers is theoretical. It *seems* it would work that way but it doesn’t materialize. So often they are short-staffed by part-timers, inexperienced, have cash-flow problems, and often all of the above. I’d be more inclined to let go and trust the process if you were dealing with an established publisher, but you’re not. If you get no satisfactory, detailed update this month with all your questions answered, I’d consider that “perceived failure” has occurred and pursue voiding  the contract.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by rachel-berkowitz on January 07, 2022, 01:42 PM »
Thanks so much again, everybody, for your thoughts! I so appreciate it.

Christripp -- you echoed my sentiments exactly. My initial excitement in signing with them was that working with someone small would make the experience really personal, lots of ability to communicate with them directly, etc. But yeah, if that's not even happening, it kind of feels like...what's the point?

I'm trying to think about what to write in my next email to them, and I'm a little afraid I'm going to write something passive aggressive because I'm irritated. Heh. Any suggestions for how to phrase things while staying professional are definitely welcome... :help2

My last email at the beginning of December was simply: Just checking in again since it's been a little while. I know you had mentioned your hopes to have the book out for the holiday buying season, but I'm guessing we may not reach that goal at this point? Just curious how things are going and would appreciate an update.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by Ev on January 07, 2022, 11:53 AM »
Rachel, I'm so sorry this is turning out to be a frustrating experience for you. I don't have any advice different from what others here have given you. I just hope things get better and turn out okay in the end.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by christripp on January 07, 2022, 04:16 AM »
Publishers need to communicate. Let's not excuse that failure.
I agree with Harold. It sounds like Rachel, you are perhaps their only, or almost only Author this past yr. They shouldn't of even mentioned a holiday release date, without knowing the art as nearly completed. But since they did, it takes moments to let the Author know they spoke too soon and the release has been moved to Spring (for example).
The only advantage to working with a micro publisher, is they are able to give their full attention to the Author and the book. When you aren't getting even that...?  I'd continue to phone/email til you get a  reply. 
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by HaroldU on January 06, 2022, 07:07 PM »
Golden Fleece Press dates back to 2014, so not super new as Harold thought. They used to run journals for kids, but closed those projects. It looks to have been started by two authors. It's possible the illustrator was delayed. It's also possible the founders are over their heads because of COVID or that the illustrator is. They published one book in 2020. Prior to that, their last book was in 2018. (This was found by searching Amazon by the publisher and sorting the results by date.)
Thanks, Debbie--so not "new" in years, but really, they haven't published many books--if I remember correctly, they had 4 children's books in total in their catalog on their website.

It certainly is possible that the illustrator was delayed, or that covid caused problems. But if you don't have final art in October, you just aren't going to have books for the "holiday season" (and it's January now, so we are past that.)

It only takes a few minutes to type up an email and say what's happening.  Publishers need to communicate. Let's not excuse that failure.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on January 06, 2022, 06:38 PM »
Golden Fleece Press dates back to 2014, so not super new as Harold thought. They used to run journals for kids, but closed those projects. It looks to have been started by two authors. It's possible the illustrator was delayed. It's also possible the founders are over their heads because of COVID or that the illustrator is. They published one book in 2020. Prior to that, their last book was in 2018. (This was found by searching Amazon by the publisher and sorting the results by date.)

Unfortunately, I'm not sure what "perceived failure" means in the law. Is it really just a matter of your feeling or is there some metric to measure by? You may need to consult a lawyer from the jurisdiction mentioned in the contract to find out. The Author's Guild offers free services for members. In any case, good luck with however this goes. I hope you hear something back from them soon and it's good news.

Another thought is that you may want to tell them you realize they may have no actual news but that you'd appreciate a quick note with just a timeline in it. People are very busy these days and you don't want to nag, but rather to know. It's such a fine line as it is in their perception an not yours. Again, good luck.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by rachel-berkowitz on January 06, 2022, 06:23 PM »
Very true, unfortunately  :green This is why I was hesitant to sign with them in the first place, but I somehow convinced myself it would be a good opportunity. I'm not so sure of that now...sigh.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by HaroldU on January 06, 2022, 03:35 PM »
Thanks for the additional details... To me, it sounds like they were hoping to rush the book through, and then didn't manage to do it. Judging by what you've said and what I see on their website, this is a newish company, probably with inexperienced staff, who may be doing the best they can. Poor communication, unfortunately, looks like only one of your problems.
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