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Old 07-03-2012, 09:38 AM
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Anyone got any opinions on them? They're a e-pub first imprint of Harlequin. This is their website: Carina

After Google stalking them a bit I've discovered that they publish novels of all lengths and genres. ALL. They ask for the full manuscript upfront and respond within 4 months - which is an epic win for a publisher!

Of course there are downsides - they don't give advances, they're not likely to get your book into print unless it does quite well of course.

But it is a way to get published and by an imprint with a reputation like Harlequin no less backing it up. I've also heard some authors make a tidy sum through sales and royalties.

Anyone got any inputs? I've submitted to them because they take on risky stuff and mine's a bit risky. They seem like a good option.

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Old 07-03-2012, 06:38 PM
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It's an interesting concept, but I must admit I am skeptical.

1) Their top selling book according to their site has all of 8 reviews on Amazon.com. Not too encouraging.
2) Their covers all look similar - a bit too similar.
3) Although they plan to change this, they currently only publish E-Books.
4) I do not see any evidence they actively market their books.

From what I see, I wouldn't bother with them. You can probably make more just self-publishing. It looks like they put a quick n'easy cover, do some cursory editing, and throw it online. You can do the same and likely make more.

Still, perhaps in the future they may change.
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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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Old 07-04-2012, 01:23 AM
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What can I say. I agree with both of you. The covers do look a little simillar. But it would be nice to be published. Well, let's see. All this is mute if they reject me as well. -.-
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Reject, schmeject. Onwards, Ananth. Onwards!!!
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Hi! I'm a newbie here, but I came across your One Tower thread and enjoyed your writing. Can you tell me a bit more about the novel you are currently trying to publish? Also any advice on a cover letter? Mine just feels like a perpetual sticking of my own head up by ass.
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