10:47:42 pm on December 22, 2011 |
JUST FICTION EDITION- Is JUST FICTION indeed
Have you received an email from them?
If you have you most likely gave a sigh of relief, as a writer, I know that having someone contact you about your story makes your stomach flutter and gives you excited chills. But after considering this excited chill myself I came to the conclusion that my babies, my stories, were worth much more than what this publishing house could or would supply for them. Sending the story into the ethers of interweb space of abandonment is tough and that is exactly what sending my story to them would probably result in.
The email will go like this:
Dear (EXCITED AUTHOR),
I am writing on behalf of a new international publishing house, JustFiction! Edition.
In the course of a web-research I came across a reference to your manuscript (INSERT NAME HERE) and it has caught my attention.
We are a publisher recognized worldwide, whose aim is to help talented, internationally yet unknown authors publish their manuscripts supported by our experience of publishing and make their writing available to a wider audience.
JustFiction! Edition would be especially interested in publishing your manuscript as an e-book and in the form of a printed book and all this at no cost to you, of course.
If you are interested in cooperation, I would be glad to send you an e-mail with further information in an attachment.
I look forward to hearing from you.
(DEATH OF YOUR STORY)
Just Fiction! Edition is a trademark of:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
66121, Saarbrücken, Germany
Please think better of your story and don’t give it to this publisher. Aside from the cookie cutter looking book cover that would banish your title to the ethos of non-existence it is the same as any other self publishing niche EXCEPT that you will not get paid what your worth. SoOooo NOT only will you not have the support and backing of marketing with a well known publisher BUT you will also not have the benefit of more money per bought copy with normal self publishing.
Either way I suppose the choice is yours but just remember that Just Fiction will not have an editor on staff to catch the mistakes you couldn’t and since lots of people out there, the ones NOT as SMART AS YOU, will probably publish with Just Fiction and not edit their work at all. Your story would be lumped in with the stigma of unedited and sloppy work tagged on its forehead for the rest of its existence.
At least with other self published works you are your own stigma. Edited or un-edited as you wish.
Not to mention the fact that most of the contracts with Just Fiction Edition keep the rights to your story… FOR LIFE! and only pay you something measly like 10% on even the EBOOK?
Now… here’s the tip off peeps, after responding to their email (which specifies above NO COST TO YOU) It really does mean NO COST TO YOU and NO MONEY FOR YOU – How are you supposed to get the sales when they won’t be marketing for you plus the reduced percentage of payment towards your book? (per comment given below by a victim of this publisher they take your baby in whatever format you gave it to them in and send it into their predestined template with no formatting changes, meaning it will probably look very unprofessional) And what comes along with formatting issues? The fact that it’s a German company and they lump your story in with German language books whether or not your work is in German or not. (per below comment from victim of this publisher)
Don’t get me wrong, if want you’re looking for is just a way of getting something published and you go in knowing that you’re not getting the benefits of either self publishing or traditional publishing then go ahead and sign your work away to the dungeon.
I suppose I’ve made my point. But here are some of the examples.
Per Writers Beware:
Please also see the following post about Just Fiction Edition Scam as well:
So JUST FICTION Is indeed JUST A BUNCH OF FICTION!
ENjoy! I hope I saved you the trouble of having your heart broken.