Dip Publishing

Published by: Athelstone on 11th Jul 2011 | View all blogs by Athelstone
Does anybody know anything about this organisation?

They have a fairly substantial online presence and I haven't seen anything definite to worry about but...

I'm aware that some cloudies have had unexpected invitations inviting them to respond:

"Greetings to you,

My name is Sophia and I represent DIP Publishing House. I would like to discuss a potential publishing opportunity with you. This opportunity is not for Self-Publishing, although our company currently offers those services.

We are in search of a select group of Authors for a newly approved project called P.O.W.E.R... DIP Publishing has recently introduced a new and innovated way to publish called “Partnership-Publishing.” This traditional style of publishing was designed to give Authors with “potential” the opportunity to publish traditionally and receive the full backing of a publisher.

Authors selected are to complete a list of PBRs (Pre-Block Requirements) and shall be published over the next 3 to 6 months. Marketing and promotions will be handled under a budget set specifically for this program. For more information, feel free to respond to my email here or email my boss Argus at: argus@dippub.com

I hope to hear back from you soon!

Also, DIP Publishing has recently joined the cloud as a member.


Puzzled of Worthing.



  • Weens
    by Weens 7 years ago
    sounds extremely fishy to me. 'Partnership' suggests they want you to part with some money.
  • Debi
    by Debi 7 years ago
    I've just received that message which suggests this is aggressive marketing, targeting anyone who might be tempted by their services (which certainly doesn't include me). They're a self-publishing outfit, based in the US. I would check the terms and conditions very carefully indeed. That goes for any business offering similar packages.
  • Weens
    by Weens 7 years ago
    I don't know whether to be pleased or offended that I haven't been approached.
  • Camilla31
    by Camilla31 7 years ago
    i went their website. It does show they are a self- publishing company. but buyer beware
  • mockingbird
    by mockingbird 7 years ago
    Wierd though this sounds they found me! I was not lost..... only buried under a multitudinous heap of issues of Health, and for those into horticulture, fascist plants............ Its a long and boring story, lasting for most of this year so far, but I have only recently re-emerged into the sight of the Cloud but will post a blog later for anyone who wants to catch up with me! In the meantime I shall ignore Sophia, whoever she may be, and raise my mug to tea to everyone on the cloud... xxx
  • Soulhaven
    by Soulhaven 7 years ago
    Yes, I am curious about them, too. Of course, as writers, we all want to get published, but we don't want to be taken for a ride. Can only do our research, I guess. They've worded the email to suggest "traditional publishing", which I would take to mean publishing in which they pay you royalties, but you DON'T pay to get published... but they say you need to do "pre-block courses", which I would almost guarantee that you DO have to pay for...
  • mike
    by mike 7 years ago
    Victorian times. I recently bought a book that is 'print-on-demand' provided by the British Library and 'Google' ( Oddly, it is a book not mentioned in their own catalogue) It is rather expensive = £8.99 for a 70 page novel.) The novel is not a success but I had wondered about the conditions, in Victorian times, under which it had been published? The author is long forgotten but had been a popular writer of the period, The novel originally came out in twelve parts priced at 1s each. I wonder if there had just been a relationship between the author and printer? Perhaps it had been Victorian self-publishing? The British library' print-on-demand' seems to be a fascimile copy of a novel.
    I remember reading, in a newspaper article, that in order to succeed in the academic world it is necessary to have books published and academics had contributed to the cost of publishing their books? Not much to do with the pervious pararaph, but i wonder how common this relationship is?
    P.S The British Library book is printed by Amazon.co.uk and the whole enterprise seems to be, purely, a commercial one.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 7 years ago
    I didn't receive the note myself, but I was shown it. It has that off target tone of voice, and a sort of generic 'Hooray' style, that comes from a note being fired either at random or at least speculatively at an audience. It contains the word 'approved' about some scheme being run, which is a classic ploy (you have been approved for this offer - this offer is approved by the National Society blah blah blah). But the main flag was that it was directed to somebody who hasn't actually posted any writing online yet.

    Perhaps the new member DIP Publishing House would post here and set all our minds at rest.
  • tigermoth
    by tigermoth 7 years ago
    I was offered a $50,000 advance plus 70% Royalty if I signed over my liver.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 7 years ago
    Of course, many of us are already negotiating a similar deal with Messrs Tanqueray Gordon & Co. but in that case we do the paying - so maybe that offer's not so bad.
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 7 years ago
    Same as...

    Generic advertising targeting the desperate to publish. I got one and I have written nada here.

    I would expect a Nigerian prince to email next offerign me 10% if I let him use my bank account.

    I pass.

    Caveate Emptor.

  • mockingbird
    by mockingbird 7 years ago
    Hi Mike! Re your comment on British Library publications..... Loath though I am to criticise the Library itself - have spent many happy hours buried there over the past seven years.....I am not too sure about this wonderful(!) scheme to publish golden oldies. Cost is one factor against it - often second hand versions are available and much cheaper but also watch out for an unsuspected fiddle. You referred to novels coming out in the nineteenth century in standard three volume format. A common practice on behalf of publishers then, right back through the eighteenth century. Books were too expensive for minions of the world to buy, but they could scrape together enough to join a library where they would pay 1d for a volume. Result novels got read, publisher got lots of money and if lucky the novelist got enough to live on! So where is the catch with the British Library editions then? Simple. My research has now taken me well into the Victorian period, and occasionally, very occasionally I buy full price reproductions. I bought one recently - cant remember title off hand, will look it up if anyone wants to know specifically. got it from the amazon website - advertised as 'a novel'. Great I thought. It arrived and I beat the dogs to the postman. Book intact. However when I opened it I was wary. Not enough pages.... Title clearly says Name..... Author....... A novel. Open the book though and the frontspiece says clearly Name... Author.... A novel in TWO VOLUMES. But this was the only one they published. The story finishes - or rather doesnt - half way through... Someone benefited from my purchase - but it wasnt me!
  • Spangles
    by Spangles 7 years ago
    I've been sent one of the messages, which is amazing because for some reason I've always been excluded from the usual blizzard of messages asking me to share my body with someone, and all the other 'temptations' we are occasionally offered from new members. (Hmm, perhaps I should have chosen a different word.)

    i don't know anything about them and their offer may be completely genuine, but all I can do is to echo others in advising that anyone who's interested in this should proceed with caution, just as they would with any other offer like this that arrives out of the blue.
  • trafalgar
    by trafalgar 7 years ago
    There's more on this in a thread entitled ' Beware of DIP Publishing' in the Agents and Getting Published board in the Forum.
  • Spangles
    by Spangles 7 years ago
    They seem to have been sending out lots of emails. http://www.writers-network.com/forum/publishing-talk/has-anybody-else-received-an-email-from-dip-publishing/
  • Autumn
    by Autumn 7 years ago
    Whatever/whoever they are, I wouldn't want to be published by anyone illiterate enough to put the word potential in quotes! Their email hoists them by their own petard!
  • Debi
    by Debi 7 years ago
    They've been booted off the Cloud. Ha!
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 7 years ago
    I am feeling left out. I heard nothing from them at all.
  • Gerilyn
    by Gerilyn 7 years ago
    Nor me :(
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 7 years ago
    We should form a not even worth spamming group, Geri :C
  • Kate7
    by Kate7 7 years ago
    Sounds very very fishy to me :(
  • Weens
    by Weens 7 years ago
    I'm a founder member Alan. Remember the spate of spam letters we got asking for friends etc. I never got one of those either. I'm glad I'm not alone, I was beginning to get offended, :)
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