Dear Miss Snark,
Last spring I received a hopeful rejection from Publisher #1 in which the editor asked me to resubmit June 2007 as his latest catalog was full. In the meantime, I continued to query and received a strange offer from Publisher #2. He told me he would consider my novel for his spring 2007 catalog but said the MS required a brush-up edit. He then proceeded to give me the name of an affiliated editor ($1000). Now my snark-sense went off, telling me this was a "pay to publish" situation.
So, I have left it alone for about a month now, but my impatience is gnawing at me. I'm nearly finished with a new novel and I guess I just want to get this first one rolling. Plus, even if I wait until June 2007 with Pub #1 there is no guarantee he will accept it.
What should I do?
Thanks for all your help both present and past,
So, you're impatient to spend $1000 to see your novel in print are you?
There's no guarantee that Publisher #2 will publish it either. All he said was it needed a brush up edit for him to consider.
NO legitimate publisher works like that. The Spring 2007 catalogs for every legit publisher I can think of have been filled for months. I sold books for that catalog last winter. We've started pre-publication publicity for those books. They're old news around here.
If you're that desperate to see your work in print, spend less and use CafePress or Lulu.
You'll have a lovely book that you can show off. Bookstores won't stock it and distributors and libraries won't carry it, but they won't with Publisher B most likely either.
Desperation is a very very bad mind set for making business decisions of any kind.