Urntme! What a surprise to see you here ;-)
I actually think it's worth a shot - but only after exhausting the other options. I'm a total newbie with e-pubs so I can't compare Carina to any others. Also as it bypasses the whole agent route, going direct to e-pub, you won't get the publicity or promotion of your work so there's always that danger of it sinking without trace. BUT, but, but! You are quite right: At the end of the day, if Carina take your novel, you can say, "it has been published". And that, is a very great milestone, if you get there by any means.
I agree with kirispupis on cover art: A lot of it looks very samey, although the quality is reasonable.
I do think Carina is better than self-pubbing, purely because ANY pub is better than self-pub, if you are serious about a career in writing. To be able to say that somebody, somewhere, has pubbed (or e-pubbed) your work, gives you a little boost off the slush pile in future (or so I tell myself). That is the "long view" as opposed to making a few quid off Amazon Kindle by self pubbing. Long term, if you get published by Carina or similar, it will give you more chance of being picked up by big publisher (Harlequin aside) later on.
You have certainly got me thinking about options like this.
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Last edited by Owen; 07-03-2012 at 11:05 PM..