Thursday, October 3, 2013

new non-fiction publisher: Page Two Strategies

Douglas & McIntrye’s former publisher Trena White and former ceo Jesse Finkelstein have started a new company. Their Page Two Strategies is "a full-service publishing agency" that "will help non-fiction authors navigate their full range of publishing options, including self-publishing, and also provide consulting services to companies looking to develop or expand their own publishing strategies." Page Two also has an alliance with the Translatlantic Agency, in which White and Finkelstein will represent some nonfiction in a traditional fashion, as associate agents.



Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more,,,



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  3. Unfortunately, I have had a some friction with that company. In Vancouver, British Columbia, I ran into a representative at a used bookstore, and we started talking. I told her that I have a book on Space Development, and she told me about her company, Page Two strategies. She took me to the office, introduced me to the staff, and we talked a bit, and, at their request, I emailed them my manuscript. The (then) head of the company said that they were interested, and said they would contact me again. They never did. I would contact them periodically, but I never heard a word from them. I then found that the head transferred to a sister company, and I called them. They said they would get back to me. They did, with the note that they didn't accept my book and a hostile warning never to contact them again. I found this to be rude, insensitive, and hostile. The real rudeness came when they never told me that my book wasn't accepted. If they did, it would have been more respectable. It's not the fact they rejected my book, it was the way they did it. I have just finished another non-fiction book, unrelated to my first, but I am NOT going to come to Page Two. They are extremely unreliable, rude, and unprofessional.
    I recommend that anybody who has a book to submit for publishing NOT to come to Page Two Strategies. Most likely, they will express interest, but then blow you off without saying a word, and then treat you with hostility if you try to contact them again.
    I'm sorry for such a negative comment, but it was all too true for me.
    These people need to learn how treat people in a more professional and respectful manner.
    -Alastair Browne