Not sure how I happen to get on these lists, other than the fact that I’ve mentioned on different weblists (there ya go) that I’m a (wannabe) writer. It amazes me that people will send me countless offers to publish my manuscript without even having had a query from me, or even a sample of my writing. I’m not even close to finishing anything, as I mostly do this for fun and when I have the time (what’s that…?). Anyway, just thought you’d want to take a look (because you have so much time of your own). I didn’t see Dorrance on the top 20 worsts, but thought it would be worth a warning or notice. If not, chuck it with the rest of your junk mail and keep on snarking.
Hugs to KY.
This isn't an offer to publish your manuscript, it's an offer to print it.
Dorrance isn't a scam house; they're a vanity press. They'll tell you up front they aren't going to do anything but print your books and a very limited amount of pr.
And truthfully, there's nothing wrong with that. If you want a nice book, go for it. If you want to sell it in stores, have it stocked in libraries or reach readers other than people on your Christmas card list, this isn't the best choice. And they'll tell you that, in fact they do. They're VERY clear about it-and that's the best indication of a non-scammer I can think of.
These guys have been in business since 1920. They're not flim flam artists or scammers. They aren't publishers either, not that the two are always mutually exclusive.
You've got it exactly right when you notice they suck up your email address from writing list serves and websites and message boards. You're exactly the kind of person they want to meet. You've got a manuscript, they've got a printing press.
Scammers over promise and never deliver.
Legitimate subsidy publishers like these guys, don't promise you a trip to the moon then hand you a pogo stick.