What I did was talk to some of the publisher's authors to get their take on how they have been treated. Actively look for some of the books on the market that they claim they have had published for their authors. It is a rough go with a brand new publisher. If they haven't been around that long it's hard to find evidence of how successful or not successful they are as a publisher.
Blu Phier was very new when I signed with them. The CEO of the company was still learning in many aspects. This could have gone either way. Luckily he took a real interest in making his publishing company as good as he could for his authors. He's hired on some good people who are very experienced. I'm very satisfied with the changes they've made since I signed.
But, there are many new publishing companies sprouting up out there. Sometimes it can be a real challenge trying to take a good look inside before you sign.
Good for you Jeanne. It sounds like you knew exactly what you were looking for. Holding out for the right contract was good thinking.
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